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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2008 Archives > December 2008 > Mayor Announces Installation Of City Commercial District Bike Rack Program

Mayor Announces Installation Of City Commercial District Bike Rack Program

Office of the Mayor
Peter K. Cutler
Director of Communications

Phase One Installation of New Bike Racks to Make Buffalo a More Bicycle-Friendly City

Bike Rack Phase I Map

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the first phase installation of bicycle racks in commercial districts throughout the City of Buffalo. Announced earlier this summer, the new bike racks will facilitate greater opportunities to travel by bike to stores and other businesses in the city’s commercial districts. Areas included in the plan will be Elmwood Village, Hertel Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Allen Street, Seneca Street and other commercial districts in the city.

“As I stated during the summer when we announced the first phase of this citywide effort, we have to look at all reasonable alternatives that will strengthen our residents’ quality of life,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “By placing new bike racks throughout our commercial districts, as well as other designated areas, we are working to make Buffalo a greener and more environmentally sound city. We provided business district organizations with a chance to request new bike racks for locations they designated in their respective sections of city and we received an overwhelming response. As a result, with the initial funding we have available, we are installing these new, thirty-five bike racks as part of Phase One of this program and we intend to expand the program significantly in Spring 2009 to meet the strong demand we received from the city’s business district organizations.”

Under Phase One of this program, the city developed an installation request form that was available through the city’s Department of Public Works. Any city-based business organization could request placement of the bike racks in locations they designated in their respective commercial district. 

Funding for the program, which is estimated at approximately $25,000, comes from the City of Buffalo and the city will be reimbursed up to 80% from federal grant funds through the federal Clean Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program.

Mayor Brown is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which has been working collectively on climate issues. He has signed on to the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Project, an initiative that addresses environmental issues in the Untied States. Recently, mayors involved in the project adopted a resolution to integrate bicycling into the nation’s transportation, climate, energy and health policy initiatives.

According to the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Project, the benefits of becoming a bike-friendly city start with an improved quality of life for all residents. Adopting such green-oriented policies and improving overall public health can lead to a stronger urban environment, potentially leading to stronger property values and business growth.

The 35 locations included in Phase One of this program are: 688 and 1069 Abbott Road; 55 and 199 Allen Street; 466 and 504 Amherst; 1955 and 2059 Clinton; 1430 Delaware Avenue; 1187 East Delavan; 257 East Ferry Street; 100, 744, 801 and 1008 Elmwood Avenue; 153 Franklin Street; 254 Grant Street; 1209-1211, 1212 and 1473 Hertel Avenue; 859, 1384 and 1453 Jefferson Avenue; 93 Leddy Street; 910 and 1225 Main Street; 1250 Niagara Street; 280 Porter Avenue; 530 Rhode Island Street; 2234 Seneca Street; 820 Tonawanda Street; 370 Virginia Street; 262 West Ferry Street; and front and back of City Hall.

The contractor for this project is Miller Enterprises, Inc., located at 12 Newfield Street in Riverside.