Bicycle & Pedestrian

2016 Capital Coexist Mini-Grant Projects

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

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.

The City of Cohoes held a Bike Rodeo in Silliman Park which included safety training, an obstacle course, and helmet giveaways.

Watervliet Civic Center

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Schenectady County

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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

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network

Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan

Regional Trails Perspective

2006 Tech Valley Trails

Capital District Trails Plan (ongoing)

Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting materials may be found by selecting the meeting month below.

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Bicycle & Pedestrian Resources

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.

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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 pedestirnas, 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 corportation, and private for-profit organization within the CDTC-area is eligible to apply.

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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.