The Buffalo Bicycle Facility Master Plan is a collaborative project with the City of Buffalo and GObike Buffalo working together to make the city more bicycle friendly. The effort documented the community’s comprehensive vision and provide a detailed work plan for increasing the attractiveness of bicycling over time as a key strategy for enhancing overall livability in Buffalo.
The Bike 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. After a 17-year hiatus from the first regional bicycle plan in 1981, the Regional Bikeway Implementation Program (1998) initiated a decade-long process of planning for bikes in Buffalo. The goal of this plan, which was developed by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Committee (now GBNRTC), was to create a range of strategies and cost estimates to create a network of dedicated bicycle routes throughout the Niagara Frontier region. The report produced a Bicycle Network Master Plan for Buffalo, which was adopted by the City’s common council in 1998. The plan recommended facilities so that, when the network was built-out, most of the city’s residents would living within one half-mile of an on-road bicycle facility. The plan rated many of the major roads in Buffalo based upon their level of comfort for bicycling, or Bicycle Level of Service (BLOS). In this report, 75% of all road segments within the city of Buffalo received a score of “D” or worse (on a scale from “A” being most comfortable to “F” being least comfortable), mainly due to high traffic volumes and constrained rights-of-way.