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+ 2016 Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) released its first-ever New York State Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) in June of 2016. The five-year, multi-agency plan takes a three-pronged approach to improve pedestrian safety. It will be implemented cooperatively by NYSDOT focusing on engineering improvements, the State Department of Health producing public education and awareness campaigns, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee coordinating increased law enforcement. Funding for the plan’s implementation is supported through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funding and State sources.
The PSAP calls for a systemic approach to address widespread pedestrian safety issues and minimize crash potential by implementing low-cost countermeasures throughout the roadway network, both local and state jurisdictions. NYSDOT has begun pedestrian safety improvements on state-owned roadways at approximately 2,000 uncontrolled crosswalks (no signals or stop signs) and 2,400 signalized intersections. The PSAP also includes $40 million of federal HSIP funds to implement systemic pedestrian safety projects on local urban roads and streets. Projects funded pursuant to this call for pedestrian projects are eligible to receive up to 100% federal HSIP funding.
In October of 2017, a call for local projects went out to municipalities within the 2010 US Census defined Urban Boundary. Full details of the program solicitation are available at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/divisions/operating/osss/highway/psap.
Project applications were due to the GBNRTC by March 09, 2018. Winners are expected to be announced by NYSDOT in June, 2018.
+ 2008 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (Erie & Niagara Counties)
The 2008 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is Buffalo-Niagara’s vision to make bicycling and walking an integral part of daily life in the region. The plan recommends projects, programs and policies for the next 10 years to encourage use of these practical, non-polluting and affordable modes of transportation.
This 2008 Master Plan update integrates the 1998 Niagara Frontier Bicycle Master Plan for Erie and Niagara Counties and the 1997 Regional Pedestrian Master Plan into one concise document with the express purpose of providing coordinated guidance for the implementation of a safe, efficient and accessible transportation system designed for walking and bicycling.
By reassessing previous goals and objectives, the intent is to adjust and reaffirm a regional vision regarding bicycling and pedestrian activities, including the establishment of interconnected bicycle and pedestrian networks for transportation.
Such networks provide for focused treatments and sometimes separate facilities to promote walking and bicycling, and add a critical multi-modal element to a transportation system often geared toward motor vehicle travel. It furthermore reflects current federal goals to increase the amount of local bicycling and walking, and to increase safety by reducing the number of crashes.
The 2008 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan will serve as a framework for facility investments and assist in promoting mobility options, healthier lifestyles, reducing air pollutants, and decreasing traffic congestion.
View the PDF version the 2008 GBNRTC Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
- Buffalo Bikeway - Map 1A
- Erie and Niagara Bikeway - Map 1B
- Buffalo Rail Lines - Map 2A
- Erie and Niagara Rail Lines - Map 2B
- Buffalo BLOS - Map 3A
- Erie and Niagara BLOS - Map 3B
+ 2016 City of Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan
The 2016 City of Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan is a collaborative project lead by the City of Buffalo, GObike Buffalo and many other stakeholders, who worked together with the goal of making the city more bicycle friendly. The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council was a member of the steering committee for the plan.
The effort documented the community’s comprehensive vision and provided a detailed work plan for increasing the attractiveness of bicycling over time as a key strategy for enhancing overall livability in Buffalo. It compliments current plans and outlines how the community’s vision to become more bicycle friendly will be achieved over time.
Funding for this project was procured by GoBike Buffalo through a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Transportation and matched by the City of Buffalo.
The 2016 City of Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan was released on May 6, 2016.
The ongoing bicycle master planning process is the most recent in a series of efforts aimed at improving bicycling conditions in the City of Buffalo. For more information about the planning process, please visit buffalobikeplan.org.
How Walkable is your Community?
Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking.
Your Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:
- 90–100 = Walker's Paradise: Daily errands do not require a car
- 70–89 = Very Walkable: Most errands can be accomplished on foot
- 50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some errands can be accomplished on foot
- 25–49 = Car-Dependent: Most errands require a car
- 0–24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Almost all errands require a car
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+ GBNRTC Online Bicycle Map
The GBNRTC has created an interactive online bicycle map that lets you view different features of Erie and Niagara Counties' bicycle infrastructure, including:
- Trail Names
- Bike Shops
- Bike Racks
- Multi-Use Trails
- Bike Lanes
- New York State Route 5 & 517
- BLOS - Bicycle Level of Service (roadway bike friendliness measure)
- GBNRTC Boundary