ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — City officials and cycling enthusiasts celebrated Bike to Work Day in Albany on Friday morning. The city called it a celebration of the steady growth of cycling in Albany, and the first spring the South End connector is ready for cyclists and pedestrians.
The city sponsored a two mile ride that started at 9 a.m. at the Albany County Rail Trail parking lot, and took cyclists down the south end connector, which opened last summer and is the city’s first two way cycle path. It links the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail and the Mohawk Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. The ride also stopped by the U.S.S. Slater along the Hudson River, where Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced the release of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.
An update to the 2009 Bicycle Master Plan, it is recommending over 40 miles of bicycle boulevards, 30 miles of protected bike lanes, and approximately 20 miles of multi-use paths in the city, along with other safety elements. Mayor Sheehan said this blueprint will prepare the city to utilize federal funding when it comes in.
“This gives us the ability to create shovel-ready projects,” Sheehan said, “and to be able to say we’ve already done the community engagement. We’ve already done the outreach.”
Sheehan said the plan has a 15-year horizon.