Enjoy Troy Streets

Transport Troy is a collective of bicycle enthusiasts who advocate for “complete streets” and human-powered transportation opportunities in Troy, New York.

Each year they host a “Pre-Ramble” event centered on enjoying Troy on bicycle, wheelchair, foot, kayak and other means of getting around without a car. As part of this year’s Sept. 26 activities, Transport Troy commissioned a series of temporary street intersection art featuring the “enjoy troy.” symbol.

Temporary Intersection Art to raise awareness for bicycle crossing, by Transport Troy, Sept. 26.

Temporary intersection art to raise awareness for bicycle crossing, by Transport Troy, Sept. 26.

The murals, a series of ovals inspired by the original “enjoy troy.” symbol, were created with temporary street paint. Some of the ovals had only the word “enjoy” in them so that people could write in whatever they would like more folks to enjoy.

“These chalk murals show how it is possible to mark where a bike path crosses a street,” said organizer Jim Lewis. “Putting a trail through the alley is one good way to keep bicycles away from traffic. Placing artwork on the street where the alley crosses the street, is one way to alert motorists to the crossing. It’s important to remember: the lanes are pretty safe, but accidents happen where you cross traffic.”

The Saturday-long awareness campaign and event also featured museum tours, walking tours of historic sites and parks, a storytelling festival, concert, community meal and kayak rentals at the Ingalls Ave. boat launch provided by Upstate Kayak Rentals.

An anonymous donor promised $1,000 to pay for bike racks in Troy if 50 people pledged bike to work during the week of Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. The pledge level was reached and those bike racks are coming soon.

For more information about Transport Troy and their efforts to create a “Collar City Ramble” trail for hiking, biking and other uses, visit: http://collarcityramble.com

People enjoying Troy intersection art during the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market, Sept. 26, 2014.

People enjoying Troy intersection art during the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market, Sept. 26, 2014.

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