After bicycling from City Hall to the medical campus Friday morning, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown described Buffalo as a bicycle-friendly city that is trying to get even friendlier. The city, he said, is continuing to add 10 miles of new bike lanes each year, for a total of 80 miles by the end of 2015.
Some of the lanes have been added, Brown said, on roads undergoing major redevelopment, including Ohio, Pearl and Niagara streets as well as Kenmore Avenue.
Also, he said, the city last week unveiled the installation of 110 more bicycle racks, these at St. Vincent de Paul society, bringing to 400 the number of racks the city has installed over the past few years.
The city has been working with a consultant on a bicycling master plan. The last of a series of public hearings on the document is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 21 at the downtown Buffalo and Erie County Public Library auditorium.
Brown’s bicycle ride and announcement were part of a National Bike to Work Day event sponsored Friday morning along with GObike Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Buffalo is trying to develop a network that will allow bicyclists to ride safely on uninterrupted bike lanes throughout the city, and to connect them with suburban routes. The Village of Kenmore, on Buffalo’s northern border, recently got a grant to create bicycle lanes, Justin Booth, GObike executive director said at the National Bike to Work Day event.
Buffalo has been recognized by the League of American Cyclists as a bike-friendly community with a bronze-level status. Brown said he’s striving for the highest status – platinum. In New York State, Rochester is also ranked as bronze, while New York City is silver.
Portland, Oregon, is ranked as platinum. Seattle, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; Cambridge, Mass., and Missoula, Mont., are among the relatively few cities in the nation with gold status.