Sharing the road in Saratoga Springs

Klepetar said that Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network is always pushing for more pedestrian crossing signs, as well as the enforcement of pedestrian stop laws. According to state law, motorists must always stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

The group would also like to see increased bike parking in Saratoga Springs, as well as better options for bicycling down Broadway, where the road is crowded with motorists and bicycling on the sidewalk is prohibited.

"It's actually legal to bike on the sidewalks everywhere else but Broadway," advised Klepetar.

Founded in 2005, the Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network endeavors to make Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area more cyclist and pedestrian-friendly. It lobbies for the creation of more bike lanes, paths and traffic calming measures, and even creates incentives for residents to take two wheels rather than four when making their way around town with Bicycle Benefits stickers.

Volunteers were selling the stickers on Saturday. Created by Klepetar's son, Ian Klepetar, the sticker affords bicyclists discounts at over 60 businesses in Saratoga Springs once affixed to a bicycle helmet, and is good in many other cities.

"The hope is to bring it to every major city in the nation," said Joanne Klepetar. "It's like the AAA for bicyclists."

The sticker can be purchased for $5 at participating businesses.

Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network will also be participating in the fourth annual Saratoga Derby, their only fundraiser of the year, on Saturday, Aug. 16.

Held in conjunction with the Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature group, the 5K run/walk event will kick off at 8:15 a.m. Pre-registration is $15. Visit www.healthytransportation.org for more information and registration forms.

Last year's profits went to purchasing helmets that Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network gave out during their May bicycle giveaway event.""

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