Complete Streets Coalition
A cornerstone of the campaign was the creation of a coalition to communicate shared goals, develop work plans, and create processes for moving Complete Streets forward from policy to regular procedure in the City of Buffalo. Each participating organization has a vested interest or responsibility in the planning and implementation of our build environment and includes: the City of Buffalo offices of Strategic Planning and the Department of Public Works, GObike Buffalo, Buffalo Green Fund, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Buffalo Place, Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, NYS Department of Transportation, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Partners for a Livable WNY, Wendel Duscherer, the University at Buffalo and others.
Neighborhood Outreach Campaign
A Neighborhood Outreach Campaign was developed to raise the community’s consciousness on the need and vision for complete streets and how they can establish Buffalo as a healthy, environmentally sustainable, community-friendly city. GObike hired a local marketing/communication firm to develop an integrated outreach strategy aimed at expanding our reach to build public awareness and, ultimately, on the ground results.
Bicycle Lane Request Form
A bicycle lane request form to gauge public support for biking and identify locations for bicycle infrastructure implementation was part of the complete street effort. The three streets that needed the most improvement for bicyclists based upon responses from the request were Main, Delaware, and Elmwood Cumulatively, a total of 150 roads and intersections were recorded.
Complete Streets Summit
A two-day symposium highlighted the role of Complete Streets in promoting sustainability and economic development in the City of Buffalo and its surrounding regions. Understanding that the challenges facing us are multifaceted, transcend municipal boundaries, and affect all of us, regardless of how we choose to get around – by car, bike, transit, or our own two feet – the summit took a look at confronting these challenges.