FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2021
City of Kingston
to Create a Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan
NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble is pleased to announce
that the City of Kingston is creating a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan
(PBMP) that will inform efforts to improve conditions for active transportation
users, reduce vehicle congestion and emissions, and support community
health. Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. has been
selected as the consultant for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.
The grant-funded Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will analyze the City's existing and planned pedestrian and bicycle
networks and will identify gaps in those systems. Assessment will include a
sidewalk inventory, bicycle infrastructure inventory, measuring bicycle and
pedestrian use, and public input. The PBMP will provide recommendations
including: prioritization of projects, an ADA Transition Plan, a list of
recommended education, enforcement, encouragement and evaluation programs,
policies, and a set of branded maps. The PBMP will also advise how
pedestrians and cyclists should be considered in all future transportation
projects and infrastructure investments.
“An ideal local transportation network has well-connected streets
and paths that link to public transit. Making these routes safe and convenient
for all travelers promotes physical activity, access to recreation, investment
in environmental preservation, and helps to improve positive health results,”
said Mayor Noble. “The PBMP will allow us to identify gaps in our existing
infrastructure, like missing sidewalks, and will help us prioritize future
projects. The plan will provide recommendations of policy, programming, and
education to increase walkability for our community and better overall quality
“We are very pleased to work with Barton & Loguidice on this
project. B&L has expertise in data collection and extensive public
outreach,” said Emily Flynn, Director of Health and Wellness and PBMP project
manager. “The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will pull together all our
previous plans that incorporate active transportation to assess current and
future transportation demand, and will provide us with an accurate picture of
how people move through our city now, and how they could travel more safely in
During the process, there will be several opportunities for public
participation and community feedback. Once complete, the PBMP will be presented
to the Common Council for approval.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan has been funded in part by
the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title 15 of the Environmental
Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
For more information, please visit: https://engagekingston.com/pedestrian-bicycle-master-plan.