Tuesday, February 24, 2009

CITY OF ALBANY's BICYCLE MASTER PLAN PUBLIC MEETING - Consider Attending Wed, Feb 25th

CITY OF ALBANY ANNOUNCES BICYCLE MASTER PLAN PUBLIC MEETING

Albany, NY – On Wednesday, February 25th, 2009, the City of Albany and Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) will hold a meeting for the City of Albany Bicycle Master Plan. Located at the Albany Public Library Main Branch large auditorium, the public is invited to drop-in from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to share ideas about bicycling or attend the 6:30 p.m. presentation and workshop to learn more about the project.

The City of Albany and CDTC are undertaking a Bicycle Master Plan to identify a network of bicycle routes to help make cycling a more viable way of getting around the City. The Plan will present concepts in narrative form, photos, concept maps, renderings, and detail graphics to clearly and logically present the plan for the City of Albany to appropriately address bicycling as part of road maintenance or improvement projects.

“A network of bicycle routes in Albany would not only make bicycling a more viable mode of transportation, but also a safe and healthy transportation alternative which is paramount to achieving sustainability and enhancing the quality of life in the City of Albany,” said Mayor Jennings.

“We feel the best way to start the official dialogue about bicycling in Albany is to ask the people who live and cycle in the City of Albany,” says Douglas Melnick, Director of Planning for the City of Albany. “Moving forward, we will be able to include these principles in our initiatives and comprehensive plan.”

As lead consultant of the Albany Bicycle Plan, IBI Group – based in Ontario, Canada, with offices across the US – is a multi-disciplinary consulting and design firm with extensive experience in transportation planning. IBI has over two decades of bicycle planning in North America from small and large communities. Working with IBI Group is

Rick Manning Landscape Architecture, a planning and design firm located in Ithaca, New York. Collectively IBI Group and Rick Manning Landscape Architecture have worked on bicycle studies in Upstate New York communities, which include the Ithaca, Binghamton and Rochester areas.

“Albany’s relatively high population density, short distances between destinations and slow speed traffic in most locations make it a good city for cycling,” remarks Norma Moores, Senior Transportation Engineer from IBI Group.

To participate in the City of Albany Bicycle Master Plan public meeting, the drop-in time starts at 4:30 p.m. and the workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Albany Public Library on Wednesday, February 25th, 2009.

Date:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Time:
Drop-in from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Presentation and Workshop from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Location:
Albany Public Library - Main Library
161 Washington Avenue
Room: Large Auditorium (First Floor)

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