Oct. 24, 2012
In an effort to prevent Buffalo Bicycle Accidents, as well as educate the public on the importance of sharing the road, the city is working to complete a $2.4 million project to completely revamp Elmwood Avenue between Delaware and LaSalle parks. The Buffalo News reported the project is scheduled to be completed before Thanksgiving.
As part of the project, a newly paved pathway will be laid between Forest Avenue and the Scajaquada Expressway, along with new curbs, streetlights, and traffic signals. Also, wheel-chair accessible sidewalks will be installed. On other streets like Richmond Avenue, the city has implemented new bike lanes called “sharrows”, marked by the outline of a cyclist. The markings in the lanes are meant to remind motorists to share the road.
The project is just a small part of Buffalo’s effort to adopt a “complete streets” model, in which roads are designed to be occupied by vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The hope is that a better infrastructure can help reduce the number of accidents on the road.
About 80 percent of the project is being funded through a federal grant, while another 15 percent is being covered by the state and the remaining five percent by the city.
The Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers with William Mattar Law Offices understand the dangers cyclists face on Buffalo’s streets each day and are hopeful the project will reduce the number of accidents along the city’s roadways.