The City of Albany began implementing its first Bicycle Master Plan in 2009. Albany's Bicycle Master Plan is a comprehensive study identifying a network of bicycle routes and street treatments for improved cycling within the City. The Bicycle Master Plan fits with Albany 2030 and the Climate Action Plan, setting sustainable goals to create a healthy transportation alternative that connects neighborhoods and destinations.
Since the completion of the Bicycle Master Plan, Albany has made a number of improvements for cyclists. To date, over 20 miles of bicycle infrastructure has been added throughout the City, including shared-use markings (sharrows), signage, and multi-use path improvements. The number of bike racks has also increased, with an estimated total of 1,500 bicycle parking spaces available. Exciting upcoming bike improvements include the Madison Avenue Road Diet and the Corning Riverfront Park Transportation Enhancements.
Cycling has a significant benefit to individuals, the community and the environment. It is a healthy, sociable, affordable and a non-polluting mode of transportation. By careful design and through public contribution, Albany has created a City-wide network of bicycle routes for a variety of riders, linking them to parks, natural areas, cultural features, historic sites, regional multi-use trails and retail areas. Objectives of the Bicycle Master Plan include:
- Advance the current vision of bicycling as a viable transportation alternative;
- Develop a bikeway network linking desired destinations, residential areas and existing routes;
- Identify a hierarchy of bikeways and associated treatments;
- Examine bicycle-supportive policies as part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan;
- Identify pilot projects for short-term implementation.
The City received Honorable Mention in 2012 as a "Bicycle Friendly Community" from the League of American Bicyclists. See the Bicycle Master Plan in action…