Complete Streets

Complete Streets DesignThe City of Albany’s historic network of streets and buildings has evolved since the City’s early foundation as a trading post and Port location in the 17th century. However, as the City has grown and expanded, street use and mobility within our community has changed. Transportation planning has evolved towards roadway concepts and designs that aren't just “car-centric,” but aim to complete the street and accommodate the many demands for access, safety, and use by people of all ages and abilities.

And that's what “Complete Streets” is all about... ensuring that transportation planning and engineering consistently implement designs and updates with users of all ages and abilities in mind – bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, pedestrians and motorists alike.

Albany has approved legislation to include Complete Streets design features for all street construction, reconstruction, or resurfacing projects.  Integration of sidewalks, bike facilities, transit amenities and safe crossings into the initial design of street projects avoids the expense of retrofits later on.  With good planning, more citizens will achieve the health benefits associated with active forms of transportation, while reducing traffic congestion and auto-related air pollution. 

The City's goal is to improve access and mobility for all users of streets in our community – improving safety and reducing roadway conflicts (i.e., integrate bicycle riders, CDTA bus stops, pedestrian crossings, etc.).  Complete Streets encourages non-motorized transportation and the use of public transit... making it easier for you to catch your bus, cross the street, walk to your favorite establishment, or bike to work.

What do Complete Streets Mean for Me and My Community?




Policy & Design Manual

The City of Albany, along with the Capital District Transportation Committee and MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, are developing a Complete Streets Policy and Design Manual in compliance with complete streets legislation that was passed by Albany's Common Council in 2013.

The Design Manual will provide street design guidelines that fit with and enhance existing physical conditions, land use context and neighborhood character. The guidelines will draw from the existing legislation, policies and Albany 2030 initiatives to improve and establish connections between neighborhoods and City centers, while providing a safer, more efficient transportation network for multiple users.

The first public meeting to gather input for the upcoming policy document took place in October at The Linda (WAMC's Perfroming Arts Studio).  Pedestrians and cyclists provided valuable insight about their experiences and concerns while traveling around the City.  The second public meeting, to review the Draft Policy & Design Manual took place in June at the Albany Main Branch Library.

Presentations and meeting materials, along with the Draft Complete Streets Manual are provided below.  The FINAL manual is expected to be complete and in circulation this fall.

Complete Streets Public Meeting


Complete Streets Photos


Chris Spencer (, Planning Director
Department of Planning & Development
(518) 465-6066

Carrie Ward (, Transportation Planner
Captial District Transportation Committee
(518) 458-2161