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Niagara Falls to become more bike-friendly, thanks to Yahoo grant

GObike Buffalo has received grant to develop and implement a more bicycle-friendly Niagara Falls.

The $82,615 grant – from the Oath's Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County–Empire State Development — will help carry out a comprehensive Complete Streets policy the Falls City Council approved earlier this year.

Buffalo boasts a similar policy, which outlines a commitment to improve bicycle and pedestrian friendliness in the city through consistent public realm design standards.

Buffalo's 'Complete Streets' strategy aims to make city more livable

"I am committed to making the City of Niagara Falls a vibrant, safe space for residents, visitors, and tourists to walk, bike, and recreate as they revel in our extraordinary natural environment," Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said in a news release. "We have demonstrated this commitment through the adoption of a citywide Complete Streets policy, our roadway redesign projects such as the Robert Moses Parkway, and our colorful crosswalk projects in downtown Niagara Falls to improve walkability for residents and tourists alike. The Niagara Falls Bicycle Master Plan will allow this momentum to continue forward."

The master plan will provide an inventory of existing and planned bicycle infrastructure; support an integrated, connected transportation network that balances access, mobility, health and safety needs for residents; eliminate gaps in the bikeway network; engage residents about improvements; and measure the needs for Complete Streets projects.

"Our objective as an organization is to improve bikeability and walkability in the Buffalo Niagara region so we are thrilled to work with the City of Niagara Falls to continue to build a region with world-class bicycle infrastructure," said Justin Booth, executive director of GObike Buffalo. "We worked with the City of Buffalo to develop the Buffalo Bicycle Master Plan Update in 2016, of which more than 100 miles of the outlined 300 miles of bicycle infrastructure have been implemented to date. We are excited to continue this success in Niagara Falls."

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