Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board

Overview

GObike chairs the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, which provides recommendations to the city on the implementation of plans, policy, and projects to ensure safe travel for all roadways users is considered.

A board of the city council, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is charged with the review of on-going and future infrastructure projects to ensure they best accommodate the needs of all roadway users including pedestrians, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. Meetings are open to the public and held on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 pm.

History

Established in 2006, the board has diligently worked over the years to address concerns with our street design so that all projects, including street construction, re-construction, or maintenance projects, are reviewed and recommendations are developed to ensure it accommodates the needs all roadway users including pedestrians, bicyclists, and people with disabilities. In 2008, the City of Buffalo passed New York State’s first complete streets policy reaffirming the board’s role in the city’s process and mandating that all street projects include bicycle and pedestrian facilities unless it exceeds 20% of the total project cost.

NameActive RolePosition
Justin BoothCyclistChair
Lynn MagdolPedestrianVice Chair
Mike GalliganoPedestrian
Val GrigoriouCyclist
Eric Schamarder/ Julie Fetzer Department of Public Works
Jim Costello Cyclist
George JohnsonCyclist
Lauren Mitchell Pedestrian
Jamie Hamann- Burney Pedestrian
Stephanie BucaloCyclist
Lt Craig MacyBuffalo Police Department
David Wahl Senior Services Bureau
Chris HawleyOffice of Strategic Planning

Previous Planning Documents

City Code Establishing the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board (link here)

City of Buffalo’s Complete Streets Policy (link here)

Design Guidance: Achieving Multi-modal Networks – Applying Design Flexibility & Reducing Conflicts (link here)

Urban Bikeway Design Guidelines from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) (link here)

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares from the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE) (link here)

Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan Recommendations

This plan recommends the addition of 300 miles of bikeways to be implemented in over 10 years. If plan recommendations are constructed according to this schedule, Buffalo will become one of the most bikeable cities in the United States. Through stakeholder collaboration and continued commitment from the City, the plan’s vision and recommendations can become reality.