Niagara Falls Bike Master Plan

November 21, 2018

GObike Buffalo Receives Grant to Develop Niagara Falls Bicycle Master Plan


GObike Buffalo has received a $82,615 grant from the Oath's Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development to develop and implement a plan to create a bicycle-friendly Niagara Falls.

 

The plan will be integrated into the recently adopted comprehensive Complete Streets policy for the City of Niagara Falls. The complete streets policy, approved by Niagara Falls City Council in January 2018, outlines a commitment to improve bicycle and pedestrian friendliness in the City through consistent public realm design standards. 


“I am committed to making the City of Niagara Falls a vibrant, safe space for residents, visitors, and tourists to walk, bike, and recreate as they revel in our extraordinary natural environment,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster. “We have demonstrated this commitment through the adoption of a citywide Complete Streets policy, our roadway redesign projects such as the Robert Moses Parkway, and our colorful crosswalk projects in downtown Niagara Falls to improve walkability for residents and tourists alike. The Niagara Falls Bicycle Master Plan will allow this momentum to continue forward.” 


The Niagara Falls Bicycle Master Plan will:

  • Provide an inventory of existing and planned bicycle infrastructure;
  • Support the goal of the Complete Streets policy to “create a comprehensive, integrated, connected transportation network for the City of Niagara Falls that balances access, mobility, health and safety needs for all residents";
  • Eliminate gaps in the bikeway network to make bicycling a safe, accessible and affordable transportation option of choice; 
  • Guide the newly established inter-departmental complete streets advisory board to annually re-evaluate capital improvement and maintenance projects to encourage implementation of bicycle improvements identified through citizen engagement; and
  • Guide future complete street projects and establish baseline metrics to annually evaluate and measure progress through the identified metrics. 


 “Our objective as an organization is to improve bikability and walkability in the Buffalo Niagara region so we are thrilled to work with the City of Niagara Falls to continue to build a region with world-class bicycle infrastructure,” said Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo. “We worked with the City of Buffalo to develop the Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan Update in 2016, of which more than 100 miles of the outlined 300 miles of bicycle infrastructure have been implemented to date. We are excited to continue this success in Niagara Falls.” 


“ESD chose this project due to its alignment with our approach to economic development which includes smart growth principles,” said Christopher Schoepflin, Empire State Development Senior Vice President, Western New Yorkt. “We’re confident that safe, connected bicycle infrastructure helps improve economic and recreational opportunities for Niagara Falls, as has been demonstrated in cities around the world.” 

GObike Buffalo Receives Grant to Develop Niagara Falls Bicycle Master Plan