Grant Street Streetscape Design Study

Overview

With the support and guidance of the City of Buffalo, Assembly Member Sean Ryan, Council Member David Rivera, the NFTA, and many other Grant Street institutions and organizations, business owners and residents, GObike is embarking on a process to plan for a streetscape that reflects the current and future needs and aspirations of a street, a neighborhood, and a city with a bright and promising future.

Reimaging Grant Street

Located on Buffalo’s vibrant west side, Grant Street provides a critical economic and social anchor for many nearby communities.

Grant Street has always provided essential goods and services as needs, preferences, and people change. Like the neighborhoods that surround it, Grant Street continues to evolve while remaining a gateway to opportunity. 

Its future includes a place for all residents and visitors. How can this streetscape continue to build opportunity, safety, and happiness? And how can this be done equitably, in a way that ensures every person can feel welcome and included on the street and in the neighborhood?

Here's what people are saying.

These are some of the comments we’ve recieved on the project to date. Add your comments to the mix.

Business Survey Respondent | Grant Street, Buffalo

[Encourage] ethical businesses with an emphasis on no pricing current residents out of the neighborhood.

Mar 8, 2020
Business Survey Respondent | Grant Street, Buffalo

Street clean-ups would improve aesthetics and draw to space.

Mar 1, 2020
Business Survey Respondent | Grant Street, Buffalo

Additional thoughts on the future of Grant Street include bus shelter (bus at airport cover and heat–why only there?), garbage cans on the streets, new trees, and bicycle lanes like the Netherlands. In Africa, bikes ride against traffic because cyclists can stare the driver down.

Mar 8, 2020
Public Survey Respondent | Buffalo
The city needs to invest in the very basic infrastructure on Grant- infrastructure maintenance levels are appalling. We need an all-season street cleaning team- shovel sidewalks in winter and clean up the garbage, leaves, and dirt in other months. Fix the broken sidewalks, replace the broken or missing pedestrian lights, install garbage bins, install benches, plant trees. We need less police and more sanitation officers and landscapers. I don’t think that Grant needs a separate bike path, especially since there are parallel neighborhood streets that would work better. Parallel residential streets (Hoyt, Parkdale, etc) have the room for separated bike paths, which would also slow down the cars that use these residential streets to avoid Grant Street traffic and speed through the West Side.
Mar 9, 2020
Public Survey Respondent | Buffalo
[Add] dedicated bike lanes like on Richmond, trees planted in sidewalk strips to provide shade to pedestrians and those waiting for buses in summer, three-sided bus shelters for winter, and crosswalk signals.
Mar 13, 2020

Here's what people are saying.

These are some of the comments we’ve recieved on the project to date. Add your comments to the mix.

Business Survey Respondent | Grant Street, Buffalo

[Encourage] ethical businesses with an emphasis on no pricing current residents out of the neighborhood.

Mar 8, 2020
Business Survey Respondent | Grant Street, Buffalo

Street clean-ups would improve aesthetics and draw to space.

Mar 1, 2020
Business Survey Respondent | Grant Street, Buffalo

Additional thoughts on the future of Grant Street include bus shelter (bus at airport cover and heat–why only there?), garbage cans on the streets, new trees, and bicycle lanes like the Netherlands. In Africa, bikes ride against traffic because cyclists can stare the driver down.

Mar 8, 2020
Public Survey Respondent | Buffalo
The city needs to invest in the very basic infrastructure on Grant- infrastructure maintenance levels are appalling. We need an all-season street cleaning team- shovel sidewalks in winter and clean up the garbage, leaves, and dirt in other months. Fix the broken sidewalks, replace the broken or missing pedestrian lights, install garbage bins, install benches, plant trees. We need less police and more sanitation officers and landscapers. I don’t think that Grant needs a separate bike path, especially since there are parallel neighborhood streets that would work better. Parallel residential streets (Hoyt, Parkdale, etc) have the room for separated bike paths, which would also slow down the cars that use these residential streets to avoid Grant Street traffic and speed through the West Side.
Mar 9, 2020
Public Survey Respondent | Buffalo
[Add] dedicated bike lanes like on Richmond, trees planted in sidewalk strips to provide shade to pedestrians and those waiting for buses in summer, three-sided bus shelters for winter, and crosswalk signals.
Mar 13, 2020

Project Benefits

Equity

They build equity by promoting healthier and greener transportation, making it easier to get around without driving.

Community Connection

These types of projects, known as Complete Streets, make our streets places where people can connect and build communities.

Multi-modal Access

The process will help rethink Grant Street for everyone, including cyclists, pedestrians, public transportation users, auto and deliveries.

Economy

Stimulates the local economy by allowing people to walk, bike, and take transit to the business district. Complete streets also increase property values and spur private investment.

 

Project Partners