(Graphics by Alta, courtesy of the Niagara River Greenway Commission)
Public hearing likely, as DOT continues to review proposals
By Joshua Maloni
Amid speculation the New York State Department of Transportation will decide which, if any, bike paths are selected for Center Street in the next 60 days, Niagara River Greenway Commission Executive Director Greg Stevens again appeared in the Red Brick Municipal Building to pitch a southside bicycle track on Monday.
Speaking in between the Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Board meetings, Stevens said, “There’s an opportunity right now for the village. This opportunity won’t come around for another 30 years, to have some input on what the DOT does with Center Street (when it repaves next year).“We have an expert team working on our trails. They know all about how to improve pedestrian safety and cycling safety and improve economic activity in a village.”He explained, “A dedicated cycle track is an exciting concept, because it defines the state-of-the-art in village cycle safety. There are very few places outside of Portland and Seattle that have dedicated cycle tracks. The City of Buffalo just put a tremendous one in from City Hall all the way to Hertel on Niagara Street. It’s going to be a fantastic example of upgraded safe pedestrian and cycle mobility.“Our experts think there’s room for one on Center Street.”Stevens said adding a cycle track would require narrowing Center Street drive lanes. That, he suggested, would naturally slow down traffic – […]