Albany’s Bicycle-friendly Routes

Developed by Albany Bicycle Coalition
in collaboration with Parks & Trails New York
Website development by Mohawk Valley GIS.
Principle funding: NY State grant from Assemblymember Patricia Fahy.
Crowd Funding Campaign
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Plan Your Route on BikeAlbanyMap

Riding tips
Some routes on this map are circuitous to avoid hazardous areas and high traffic. Once you are comfortable riding in traffic, you can “straighten out” portions of routes as desired. Unless you are experienced cycling in traffic, avoid busy streets such as Central Avenue.

Pavement Conditions
•  Be alert for potholes, and cracks running in your direction of travel. Many streets suffer damage from winter conditions.
•  Shoulders may be in poor condition or may contain debris. You – the bicycle rider – decide whether the shoulder is safe for riding.

Traffic Light Sensors and Pedestrian Signals
When stopped at a red light on a side street: seams in the pavement or a square metal plate indicate sensors under the street, which turn the light green when a motor vehicle is there. They do not respond to bicycles. Either wait for a car to trip the sensor, or use a pedestrian button (on the traffic light post). Press the button and wait for the green light or the walk light.

Traffic Laws
•  Bicycles must obey the same traffic signs and signals as motor vehicles.
•  Ride on the right in the same direction as motor vehicle traffic.
•  Do not ride on the sidewalk in Albany (except children under 10).
•  Riding next to parked cars: allow clearance – watch for doors opening.
•  Use hand signals before turning, changing lanes, or stopping (as long as you can steer safely).
•  Shared lane markings on pavement (“sharrows”) alert drivers to your presence. But use caution and keep to the right.
•  Pedestrians have the right of way.
More Traffic Law information for NY State Cyclists
CDTC’s regional trail plan

Presentation at Opalka Gallery, Sage College Albany, May 17 2019
Why Bike Albany Map? Presentation at CDTC, Oct. 25, 2016
Bikes on CDTA Buses and Video Instructions
Printable bike map, JPG format, 11×17 paper or larger Due to the wide variety of printers and computers, we can’t provide technical support for printing.

News 10 TV Nov. 18, 2016
All Over Albany Nov. 17, 2016
Times Union front page Oct. 16, 2016
All Over Albany Oct. 5, 2016
All Over Albany May 16, 2016

Technical Specs
BikeAlbanyMap was built using
Google Maps API (free for low-volume applications)
Carto – open-source GIS database
QGIS (snaps route segments together)
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