Trails, Art, & Advocacy This Summer

We just wanted to note a few things coming up that you might want to know about, if you are part of the TBR community, or looking to get ivolved.

1) Help Make Troy More Bikeable and Walkable - Complete Streets!
Join the Biking Sub-Committee of the Citizens Working Group on Alternative Transportation.
We are seeking individuals who want to be involved in mapping, researching, and brainstorming for better biking in the city.  At this point, this is a discussion group with a focus on collecting information and reaching consensus among avid bicyclists.  If you are a commuter, regular rider, or have mapping or planning skills, please consider joining this group.  FIRST MEETING:  JULY 9th 7-8PM.  Please RSVP breathingplanet AT for location.


sorry, everyone!  Thursday night femshop is cancelled for this week.

Be sure to attend the June 27th Femshop Meeting if youre interested in helping facilitate this important part of TBRs operations!


Welcome New Members!!

Troy Bike Rescue would like to send a big thank you out into the world to all the new members who showed up last Saturday for our Spring New Member Orientation. And, another thank you to all the seasoned members who helped facilitate the orientation. We welcomed twenty new members to our shop, explained some of the inner workings of TBR, taught them how to get involved and gave tours of our awesome building and workshop. Many have already been busy this week at Learn and Earn and helping out. 
Welcome!! Troy Bike Rescue loves you, thanks for coming and please keep coming. If you missed it, please don't hesitate to stop by anytime during our shop hours we would be happy to get you acquainted with Troy Bike Rescue.

March 2013 News


Youth Bike Summit 2013!

                              We're not in Troy anymore, toto!

          This past weekend, several of tbr’s beloved volunteers trekked down to NYC for the 3rd annual Youth Bike Summit (YBS). This three day event, hosted by local collective Recycle-a-Bike, focused on youths, bike education, and advocacy. We sure did take away a lot from it!

   Saturday featured a kickoff with keynote speakers Enrique Penalosa and Devlynn Chen.

Thursday January 31 - Let's start to make a bike-friendly city!


Date: Thursday January 31, 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Location: The Sanctuary for Independent Media 3361 6th Avenue in North Troy

A meeting is being called to assess the varied interests in bicycle infrastructure and alternative transportation initiatives in Troy. We are asking any citizens, planners, politicians, and/or cyclists with an interest in making Troy a more bicycle-friendly city in the coming year and beyond to please attend and participate.

Successful Holiday Bike Gift-Away

On Sunday, December 16, TBR gave away about 50 bikes to kids from all over the region!!  Some families had made reservations ahead of time, and others showed up on the day of.  Our volunteer labor prepared the many bikes from our inventory of donations:

Then, people came and picked them up.  Some of the kids were present, and some parents were going to surprise them.  It went off without a hitch.  In fact, the whole neighborhood had a collaborative celebration organized by people with Uptown Initiative, the Missing Link, The Sanctuary for Independent Media and TBR.  Read more at this Record article:

New Documentary about TBR!

hey everyone, check out this video made by one of our interns  from RPI this past semester:

Ghost Bike Ceremony for Paul Merges

Dedication of Paul Merges Ghost Bike – Thursday, 12/6, 5:30 PM

array of memorial items – wreath, flowers, candles, assign, and a ghost
bike – have appeared at the intersection of Washington Ave. and Manning
Blvd. to commemorate the death on November 24 of Paul Merges.  Paul,
45, was the father of two, Sean and Keara.  His funeral was on November
28, 2012.

Upset by the Death of a Cyclist in Albany

The Troy Bike Rescue Volunteer Community was saddened to hear about the recent death of fellow-cyclist Paul Merges, who was
murdered by a drunken motorist on Saturday, November 24th on Washington Avenue in Albany.  We want to express our condolences to the family and our solidarity with all cycling families who live in fear of these sorts of incidents.  Paul could have been any of us.

We would like to ask that people remember that bicycles and pedestrians are traffic too. We are family members, co-workers, and friends. We ride our bikes for fun, exercise, and most importantly as a form of transportation.  We are fragile human beings with very little separating us from the automobiles we meet.  We'd like to ask everyone to please, share the road.

For a newspaper article about the incident, follow this link.