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INTRODUCING THE NISKAYUNA POLICE DEPARTMENT
BICYCLE PATROL



THE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY INITIATED A NEW BICYCLE PATROL PROGRAM WITH OFFICERS MIKE WALSH, JIM WALSH AND BRIAN CONNOR ASSIGNED TO THE DETAIL.  THE OFFICERS WILL BE ASSIGNED TO FOCUS THEIR PATROLS ON THE VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS, PARKS AND SCHOOLS IN THE TOWN AS WELL AS THE MOHAWK COMMONS AREA AND THE BIKE PATH. THE BIKES WILL PROVIDE AN ADDED DIMENSION TO OUR PATROL CAPABILITIES AND GIVE OUR OFFICERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE OBSERVATIONS AND INTERACT WITH THE PUBLIC FROM A VANTAGE POINT WHICH IS UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF A PATROL CAR.  GIVEN SOME OF THE EARLY FAVORABLE RESULTS AND FEEDBACK, THE DEPARTMENT HOPES TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE TO ENHANCE OUR PRESENCE AND ASSIGNMENT OPPORTUNITIES.


WE’VE MENTIONED THE BIKE PATH HERE AND WHILE RESIDENTS AND THE PUBLIC CAN EXPECT TO SEE THE BIKE PATROL OUT ON THE PATH AS WELL AS VOLUNTEERS FROM THE CANALWAY TRAIL AMBASSADORS PROGRAM, IT ALSO SEEMED LIKE A GOOD TIME TO MENTION A FEW BIKE PATH SAFETY AND COURTESY GUIDELINES.  PLEASE KEEP THESE POINTS IN MIND WHEN USING THE BIKE PATH:


  • PRACTICE PROPER TRAIL ETIQUETTE FOR THE SAFE AND FAIR USE OF THE PATH. A LITTLE BIT OF COURTESY GOES A LONG WAY.

  • WHETHER YOUR’E A WALKER, RUNNER, BLADER OR BICYCLIST, THE SLOWEST TRAFFIC IS ON THE RIGHT AND ALL FASTER TRAFFIC SHOULD STAY RIGHT AND PASS ONLY ON THE LEFT.

  • ALL PATH USERS SHOULD AVOID USING MP3 PLAYERS OR HEADSETS WHICH REDUCE HEARING AND SAFETY WITH PASSING TRAFFIC OR WHEN CROSSING LOTS OR ROADWAYS.  YOU SHOULD ALSO AVOID STOPPING ON THE PATH TO CONVERSE WITH OTHERS OR USE YOUR CELL PHONE.  STEP OFF THE PATH AND CHECK FOR TRAFFIC WHEN GETTING BACK ON.

  • DOG WALKERS SHOULD ALWAYS CONTROL THEIR DOGS SO AS TO NOT INTERFERE WITH OTHER BIKE PATH USERS AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO CLEAN UP AFTER THEIR PETS.

  • ALL PATH USERS SHOULD STOP AT STOP SIGNS.  WHILE THERE AREN’T MANY OF THEM, THERE ARE SOME SIGNS AT ROADWAY CROSSINGS.  BE SURE TO CHECK FOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC BEFORE PROCEEDING. USERS SHOULD ALSO USE CAUTION AT ALL TRAIL BREAKS AND ACCESS POINTS.

  • PARENTS SHOULD ALSO ENSURE THAT SMALL CHILDERN DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE PATH FOR OTHER USERS.  TEACH YOUR KIDS THAT THEY MUST SHARE THE PATH WITH OTHERS.

  • WALKERS ARE USUALLY AMONG THE SLOWEST TRAIL USERS. MOST OTHER TRAFFIC WILL BE FASTER AND COMING FROM BEHIND TO PASS YOU.  MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM BY WALKING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PATH AND AVOIDING WALKING THREE ABREAST.

  • RUNNERS ARE FASTER THAN WALKERS BUT NOT AS FAST AS BLADERS AND BIKES.  WHEN APPROACHING SLOWER TRAFFIC MOVE TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE TRAIL (PASS ONLY ON THE LEFT) AND SAY “LOUDLY” BEFORE YOU GET TO THE WALKERS: “ON YOUR LEFT” THIS WILL GIVE THEM TIME TO GET OUT OF YOUR WAY.

  • IN LINE SKATERS ARE FASTER THAN WALKERS OR RUNNERS AND SHOULD ADHERE TO THE “ON YOUR LEFT” RULE MENTIONED ABOVE.

  • BICYCLISTS ARE THE FASTEST TRAFFIC ON THE PATH.  HELMETS SHOULD BE STANDARD AND AN EXTRA MEASURE OF CAUTION AND COURTESY AS WELL AS THE “ON YOUR LET” RULE SHOULD BE PRACTICED BY ALL RIDERS.  LIGHTS SHOULD BE USE DURING EVENING HOURS.

  • BIKE PATHS CAN ALSO HAVE A NUMBER OF HANDICAPPED USERS.  THEY COULD BE IN A WHEELCHAIR OR RACING CHAIR WHICH ARE ABOUT TWICE AS WIDE AS A BICYCLE AND LESS MANEUVERABLE.  THEY ARE BONA-FIDE TRAIL USERS SO PLEASE BE CURTEOUS IF YOU SHOULD CROSS PATHS.

  • LASTLY; PLEASE HELP KEEP THE PATH CLEAN FOR ALL USERS BY NOT LITTERING, USING THE TRASH BARRELS AND PACKING OUT WHAT YOU BRING IN.

 
One Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 386-4500 Fax: (518) 386-4592 | Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.