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Mayor Announces City Commercial District Bike Rack Program
Phase One Installation of New Bike Racks to Make Buffalo a More Bicycle-Friendly City
Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the first phase of installing bicycle racks in commercial districts throughout the City of Buffalo. The new bike racks will facilitate greater opportunities to travel by bike to stores and other businesses in the city’s commercial districts. Areas included in the plan will be Elmwood Village, Hertel Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Allen Street, Seneca Street and other commercial districts in the city.
“In a time when we are faced with an increase of challenges, both from the impact of global warming and ever increasing gas prices, we have to look at all reasonable alternatives that will strengthen our residents’ quality of life,” said Mayor Byron W. Brown. “By placing new bike racks throughout our commercial districts, as well as other designated areas, we are working to make Buffalo a greener and more environmentally sound city. We will provide business district organizations with a chance to request new bike racks for locations they designate in their respective sections of city.”
Under Phase One of this program, 35 new bike racks will be available for placement throughout the city in the following weeks. The city has developed an installation request form (see attached) that is available through the city’s Department of Public Works and it will also be available through the city’s website. Any city-based business organization can request placement of the bike racks in locations they designate in their respective commercial district. The bike racks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Funding for the program, which is estimated at approximately $25,000, will come from the City of Buffalo and the city will be reimbursed up to 80% from federal grant funds through the federal Clean Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program. Once this phase of the city’s bike rack program is completed, the city could be eligible for up to $100,000 in additional federal funds from the CMAQ program.
Mayor Brown is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which has been working collectively on climate issues. He has signed on to the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Project, an initiative that addresses environmental issues in the Untied States. Recently, mayors involved in the project adopted a resolution to integrate bicycling into the nation’s transportation, climate, energy and health policy initiatives.
According to the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Project, the benefits of becoming a bike-friendly city start with an improved quality of life for all residents. Adopting such green-oriented policies and improving overall public health can lead to a stronger urban environment, potentially leading to stronger property values and business growth.
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Photos by Angel Art LTP, compliments of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Additional photos by Adrian Roselli, compliments of Algonquin Studios