Bicycle & Pedestrian

Project Gallery

The City of Saratoga Springs worked with Bikeatoga to plan a pop-up event as part of the Henry Street Bike Party. The event included a bicycle parade and story ride for kids, bike decoration contest, bike rodeo, helmet and safety gear giveaways, and safety instruction.

In addition to the pop-up bike safety event, 2 Saratoga Springs residents were sponsored to attend the League of American Bicyclist's Traffic Skills 101 course, as part of a process to becoming a League Certified Instructor.

A full summary of the project can be found here.

The Albany Public Library installed public FixIt Stations outside three branches in the City of Albany - Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, Bach Branch, and Delaware Branch. The Albany Bicycle Coalition assisted the Library and helped plan a celebratory bike ride.

“One of the objectives of CDTC’s Traffic Safety Ambassador grant program is to make bicycling easier and safer in the Capital District. The Albany Public Library’s installation of the bicycle repair stands in three locations in Albany will accomplish this objective, and will help bicyclists make repairs when those unforeseen and sudden needs arise.”

~ Michael Franchini, CDTC Executive Director

City of Cohoes Bike Rodeo

In 2016, The City of Cohoes held a Bike Rodeo in Silliman Park which included safety training, an obstacle course, and helmet giveaways. The City has made the bike rodeo an annual event, receiving support from CDTC in 2017 and again in 2018 for the event. The City has created partnerships with Capital Roots and the Albany County Department of Health to enhance and expand the program each year.

Town of Bethlehem Bike Skills Course

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SCEAC's bike safety table at the Schenectady Greenmarket

Schenectady County

The Schenectady County Environmental Advisory Council (SCEAC) is made up of volunteers who have a strong commitment to environmental resources and sustainability in Schenectady County. The SCEAC advises and makes recommendations to the County Legislature, plan and coordinate events, and conduct outreach and education on environmental programs and projects. CDTC has supported SCEAC's bike helmet giveaway and bicycle safety event through the mini-grant program, since 2016.

Watervliet Civic Center

The Watervliet Civic Center received mini-grant funding in 2016 to support it's youth summer recreation program. The program distributed bike helmets and provided bicycle safety education to local youth that attended the program.

Troy Bike Rescue

The Troy Bike Rescue (TBR), in partnership with Capital Roots and Transport Troy, hosted four bicycle safety classes culminating in the sponsorship of one student becoming a League Cycling Instructor and two Cycle the Sam community bike rides. Participants in the bicycle safety classes received a bike helmet, rechargeable bike light, and $20 Bike Barn gift certificate. The Cycle the Sam Rides traversed Troy and the surrounding communities of Cohoes and Green Island to highlight the Uncle Sam Bikeway as a safe bike route within the City of Troy.

Friends of Saratoga Battlefield

Friends of Saratoga Battlefield supports programming at the Saratoga National Historic Park and received funding through the mini-grant program to sponsor a Park Ranger in becoming a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor (LCI) and celebrate the installation of a Fix-It Station. The newly LCI- certified Ranger will lead regular bike skill classes at the Battlefield.

New York Bicycling Coalition

In 2017, the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), partnered with the Capital District YMCA to develop a bicycle safety curriculum and teach it in after school programs in the Albany City School District.

Hudson Crossing Park

A Friends Group applied and was awarded funding through the program to support the installation of a bicycle Fix-It Station at Hudson Crossing Park in Schuylerville. An event to celebrate the new Fix-It Station was complemented by group bike ride on the nearby Champlain Canal Trail.

Capital Roots Demonstration Projects

2nd Ave Road Diet Pilot, Watervliet

Enhanced Intersection Treatments, Downtown Schenectady

South End Cycle Track, Albany

Capital Roots received mini-grants in 2017 and 2018 to conduct demonstration, or "pilot" projects throughout the Capital District. These pilot projects are sometimes referred to as "tactical urbanism" and use temporary, flexible, low-cost materials to demonstrate new bicycle and/or pedestrian infrastructure. Pilot projects allow communities to test new road designs and move long-term goals related to safety, public space, and development forward.

Bicycle & Pedestrian

Bicycle and pedestrian travel is vital to the region's public health, transportation, and the economy.

CDTC believes that encouraging bicycle and pedestrian travel is a socially, economically, and environmentally responsible and healthy approach to improving the performance of our transportation system. At CDTC, possible bicycle/pedestrian related improvements are considered from the perspective of developing a system - not just based on whether a particular facility is currently used. A system of sidewalks, bike lanes, and trails will encourage safe bicycle and pedestrian use and will increase accessibility for all residents and users of the transportation system in the Capital Region.

Since New Visions was adopted in 1997, there has been a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, formerly known as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, at CDTC. This Committee has met almost every month to discuss, strategize, and mobilize to accomplish the bicycle and walking goals set in New Visions. This Committee guided the development of CDTC's bicycle and pedestrian planning goals:

1. Improve safety; reduce the number of vehicle crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians

2. Increase the number of bicycle and pedestrian traips (especially commuting trips) in the Capital Region.

3. Reduce obesity rates, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses in the Capital Region.

4. Increase economic activity related to bicycling and walking

5. Increase funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects, particularly on the on-road portions of the bicycle and pedestrian priority network.

For more detail on these goals and how they were developed, please see the CDTC New Visions Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Priority Network

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network consists of two components – pedestrian districts and a linear network.

The pedestrian districts were created to highlight and address the fact that pedestrian movement is more fluid than linear, and that investments in pedestrian infrastructure should be made where there are greater densities of people living or working and in closest proximity to pedestrian generating destinations.

The linear network connects the pedestrian districts via major travel routes and makes connections to activity generators outside of designated districts. The basis for the linear network was that these longer routes are attractive to bicyclists and manageable to travel by bicycle, whereas walking would be less feasible.

Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects proposed on these networks will be prioritized for funding. A complete description of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network can be found in the Bicycle & Pedestrian Action Plan.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network Interactive Map

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC)

CDTC’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), formerly known as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force, was born out of the 1997 New Visions plan. The BPAC continues to be very active, meeting regularly and dealing with issues ranging from public education to facility planning. The members provide technical guidance on Community and Transportation Linkage Program projects and other bicycle and pedestrian related projects throughout the region.

The organizations that are presently represented on the Task Force include: local municipalities, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Department of Health, Guilderland Pathways Committee, Saratoga County Heritage Trails Committee, CDTA, Hudson River Valley Greenway, the New York Bicycling Coalition and the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club among others. Other organizations or interested private citizens are encouraged to join the task force to raise their concerns regarding bicycling and walking in the Capital District.

The BPAC generally meets the second Tuesday of the month at the CDTC office. All meetings are open to the public

For further bicycle and pedestrian safety information visit the region's Capital Coexist page at the link below

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2018 APBP Webinar Series

Resources

Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network

New Visions 2040 Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan

Regional Trails Perspective

2006 Tech Valley Trails

Capital District Trails Plan (ongoing)

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Bicycle & Pedestrian Resources

Capital Coexist

About Capital Coexist

Capital Coexist is a localized bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign developed in response to feedback received after completing the Albany Bicycle Master Plan. The campaign was launched in the spring of 2010 with a website, graphics and local photography by Zone 5, a former communications and design firm in downtown Albany. The Capital Coexist website should be used as a bicycle and pedestrian safety resource clearinghouse for the Capital Region. It has safety tips for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers, as well as information about current bicycle and pedestrian-related transportation projects, events and educational materials.


Bicycle & Pedestrian Education Series

CDTC has purchased a series of webinars and educational opportunities which it is offering to Capital District public and private sector planners, engineers, and designers at no cost. CDTC offers webinars developed by the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals (APBP), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), and Transportation Research Board (TRB) throughout the year. The webinars are valuable and informative in advancing transportation planning and engineering in the Capital Region. Professional development and continuing education credits are available to those who attend the webinars at CDTC. The schedule will be updated as new educational opportunities are announced.


Download the webinar schedule here.

Capital Coexist Traffic Safety Ambassador Program


The Traffic Safety Ambassador Program a/k/a Capital Coexist "Mini-Grants" was first launched in 2016. The program funds projects that: 1) improve bicycle and pedestrian safety by reducing the number of vehicle crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians, and 2) increase the number of bicycle and pedestrian trips (especially commuting trips) in the Capital Region. Any local government agency, certified first responder, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and private for-profit organization within the CDTC-area is eligible to apply.


CDTC is now accepting applications for the 2019 mini-grant program. Interested project sponsors are encouraged to review the project gallery of previously funded projects and other resources.

ADA Transition Plan Working Group

In June of 2014, NYSDOT and FHWA held an ADA webinar, which discussed municipal requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically related to sidewalks. A number of CDTC's Planning Committee representatives requested formation of an ADA Working Group to work toward completion of municipal Transition Plans. Some goals of the Working Group are to serve as a clearinghouse of useful information, to encourage a consistent approach among the region's municipalities, to help ensure transition plans are done correctly, and to assist with methods of data collection for pedestrian facility inventories.

CDTC staff collected a complete dataset of the locations and materials of all sidewalks within CDTC's planning area. As of March 2018, staff forwarded this data to each municipality with sidewalks.

For additional resources, including materials from the September 2016 FHWA Transition Plan Training for municipalities, see the ADA Resources page.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Carrie Ward at 518-458-2161.


Comments Welcome through November 8th on CDTC's Self Evaluation and Transition Plan

CDTC has prepared a draft Self Evaluation and Transition Plan of its policies, practices, and procedures, and is seeking public comment through November 2018. The Draft Self Evaluation and Transition Plan document contains a nondiscrimination statement as well as a grievance procedure and complaint form. It evaluates CDTC's public meetings policy, its written publications, the office location including access to the office space and toilet rooms, and its website. The Transition Plan specifies improvements CDTC will make or cause to be made, as well as a timeline for those improvements.

Please send comments by November 30, 2018, via email to ada@cdtcmpo.org, or mail to ADA Self Analysis, CDTC, 1 Park Place, Albany, NY 12205.