Bethlehem Embraces Complete Streets – Cyclists Rejoice

Focusing on the “downtown nature” of the Bethlehem portion of Delaware Ave. from Elsmere Ave to Adams St., the town is focusing on pedestrian and bicyclist enhancements, the public transit environment, multi-modal parking, traffic calming, and streetscape design standards.

On November 15, 2010, the Town of Bethlehem’s Planning Office hosted its final public input meeting on the “Draft Delaware Avenue Hamlet Enhancement Study Design Standards and Guidelines and Transportation Improvement Plan.” About 100 enthusiastic audience members – many of whom participated in the plan’s development – attended the presentation.

Major outstanding concerns include the following:
– The need to ensure that the bicycle-oriented enhancements are compatible with Albany’s initiatives on Delaware Ave.
– That “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” signs (not the ineffective “Share the Road” signs) be used on all Shared Lane areas.
– Reduction in speed limits on all of Delaware Ave. from 40 to 30 miles per hour.

The plan can be viewed: here.
The bicycle portion of the plan is on page 18 of the download.

E-mail or mail your comments on the plan to –

Mike Morelli
Director of Planning
Town of Bethlehem
445 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054 

Written by Lorenz Worden

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One response to “Bethlehem Embraces Complete Streets – Cyclists Rejoice

  1. Sarah

    I attended the meeting and all those issues were raised there. It’s still good to e-mail them in too though!

    I was actually told that the “bicycles may use full lane”signs were already incorporated into the report, but that doesn’t appear to be true.

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