The City of Albany began implementing its Bicycle Master Plan in 2009. Albany's Bicycle Master Plan is a comprehensive study identifying a network of bicycle route classifications and street treatments for improved cycling within the City. These route classifications cater to the different types of cyclists found on urban streets--supporting a safe and healthy transportation alternative for those cyclists that may be considered "timid," "confident," or somewhere in between. Street treatments and intersection upgrades also make it safer and easier for pedestrians, which is paramount to enhancing quality of life and mobility in and around the City. The Bicycle Master Plan fits with Albany 2030 and the Climate Action Plan, setting sustainable goals to create a healthy transportation alternative that connects neighborhoods and destinations.
Since the completion of the Bicycle Master Plan, Albany has made a number of improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. To date, over 20 miles of bicycle infrastructure has been added throughout the City, including shared-use markings (sharrows), signage, and multi-use path improvements. The number of bike racks has also increased, with an estimated total of 1,500 bicycle parking spaces available. Exciting upcoming bike improvements include the Madison Avenue Road Diet and the Corning Riverfront Park Transportation Enhancements.
Cycling has a significant benefit to individuals, the community and the environment. It is a healthy, sociable, affordable, and sustainable mode of transportation. By careful design and through public contribution, Albany's classified routes help connect regional multi-use networks, while linking parks, natural areas, neighborhoods and area destinations together. Objectives of the Bicycle Master Plan include:
- Advance the current vision of bicycling as a viable transportation alternative;
- Develop a bikeway network linking desired destinations, residential areas and existing routes;
- Identify a hierarchy of bikeways and associated treatments;
- Examine bicycle-supportive policies as part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan;
- Identify pilot projects for short-term implementation.
The City received Honorable Mention in 2012 as a "Bicycle Friendly Community" from the League of American Bicyclists. See the Bicycle Master Plan in action…