Not only does Albany’s Bicycle Master Plan classify City streets according to varying cycling abilities, it also identifies key locations to effectively reconfigure for complete streets--that is, adding street designs and features to make the roadway safe and accessible for all users.
Though Madison Avenue is identified as a “Major Bikeway” in the Master Plan (intended for confident riders that can use the road for direct route commuting purposes), its four-lane design did not include space to safely accommodate cyclists. However, in June 2013, the City of Albany completed a feasibility study for implementing the Madison Road Diet.
A Road Diet is when a road is reduced in the number of travel lanes and/or the effective width. The reallocated space can result in improved safety for cyclists, pedestrians and other motorized vehicles. The Madison Avenue Road Diet Feasibility Study evaluated cycling, pedestrians, public transit, parking, safety and the corridor's general operations and urban development, as a whole, from Lark Street to South Allen Street and along Western Avenue from South Allen Street to Manning Boulevard.
Phase I of the Road Diet (Manning to Ontario) was completed in August 2016, and Phase II (Ontario to Lark) will be complete by summertime of 2018!
The Madison Road Diet Conversion Download the rendering!
|Madison Avenue Road Diet Report||4.3 MB|
|Road Diet Public Presentation (July 29, 2015)||5.31 MB|
|Madison Avenue Road Diet Rendering (Alternative B)||209.29 KB|