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New Bicycle Master Plan
Mayor Brown, GObike Buffalo Release New Bicycle Master Plan
May 6, 2016 – After an extensive public engagement process Mayor Byron W. Brown, in partnership with GObike Buffalo, officially released the much-anticipated City of Buffalo’s Bicycle Master Plan. They made the announcement along the newly completed $1.7 million North Buffalo Rail-to-Trails, a great example of Mayor Brown’s commitment to significantly expand the city’s bicycle infrastructure as it continues to grow Buffalo into a world-class bicycling community.
Mayor Brown stated, “There are many reasons to promote bicycle ridership in Buffalo and the city’s new Bicycle Master Plan will serve as our blueprint to providing an even safer and more connected bicycle network citywide that will improve safety, public health and quality of life for our citizens. It is also a plan that promotes bicycling infrastructure for the benefit of all city residents. As Buffalo continues its significant growth by focusing on being a City of Opportunity, I thank the project team and stakeholders for sharing my commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity by weaving those core values into this new plan from start to finish. The result is a final report that provides our city with the tools it needs to serve the diversity that exists and is growing in neighborhoods citywide.”
The document also guides the development of a bicycle network that provides facilities for all ‘types of bicyclists’. Proposed facilities in the plan are coded according the type of bicyclist that would be comfortable biking upon them. Bicycle infrastructure should accommodate as many user types as possible to provide a safe and comfortable bicycling experience for the greatest number of people that when implemented, would connect the entire city through 300 miles of different facility types across every neighborhood.
“A well-connected bicycle infrastructure network will improve the safety, environment, public health, and quality of life for residents, visitors, and businesses,” stated Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo. “A bicycle friendly Buffalo will be a more affordable, economically competitive, and a sustainable city creating a much stronger backbone of cultural, historical, natural, economic and community assets that can further propel Buffalo along its path of revitalization.”
Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, Buffalo has made a significant commitment to improving its bicycle infrastructure network. As a result of his commitment to add 10 miles of facilities per year, Buffalo will have added over 90 miles of new bicycle facilities by the end of 2016. Our goal is to reach 150 miles by 2018 to propel Buffalo from a Bronze level bicycle friendly community to a Silver.
In 2016, bicycle facilities will be added along Niagara Street, Pearl Street, and Kenmore Avenue. Other projects on the docket for this upcoming season include bicycle lanes on Forest Avenue (from Delaware to Elmwood), S. Elmwood (from Virginia to Niagara), Carolina Street (from Niagara to Tupper) and Parkridge Avenue (from Winspear to E Amherst).
The Bicycle Master Plan for the City of Buffalo was funded in part by New York State through a collaborative agreement between the Department of Transportation and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and through matching funds provided by the City of Buffalo. GObike Buffalo administered the project.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo knows that a sound transportation system encourages economic growth and community well-being,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll said. “With that in mind, we have been pleased to support the development of a new bicycle master plan for the City of Buffalo, a blueprint that will help improve mobility, increase traffic safety and enhance the quality of life for everyone who lives, works and travels in the city.”
NYSERDA President and CEO John B. Rhodes said, “This project is another step in helping the State reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourages a healthier and active lifestyle. I applaud the City of Buffalo’s commitment to becoming a bicycle-friendly city to preserve the environment for future generations. The Master Plan will not only help current cyclists to better move around the city but makes room for hundreds more to enjoy this activity and even bike to work, taking even more cars off our roads.”
The project consulting team was led by national firm Alta Planning + Design, along with local partners Mustard Seed and Wendel Duchscherer. Jeff Olson, Principal at Alta shared, "This plan is the green print for Buffalo's next generation of infrastructure. It will help make the city safer, healthier and improve quality of life."
To view the plan, please visit: GObikeBuffalo.org.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios