The Gallery District is getting bike-friendly. Not only have the sidewalks been widened and converted into paved bike and pedestrian trails along Elmwood and Forest, Justin Booth of GO Bike Buffalo tells me that Elmwood will also be marked with bike sharrows
. That means that speedier cyclists looking to commute can still use Elmwood safely, while casual cyclists can stick to the dedicated bike-ped trails.
The addition of all of these cycling amenities means that finally the Olmsted Park System, Buffalo State College and the galleries will be connected to Richmond Avenue via bike sharrows and dedicated paths.
All of this will ultimately make it easier and safer for cyclists to go from the Jesse Kriegel Bike Path (along Scajaquada Creek) to Forest Avenue (photo below) and on to Richmond Avenue. On Richmond there are already bike sharrows and lanes that lead cyclists to Porter Avenue where a series of lanes and dedicated bike-ped sidewalks then lead to LaSalle Park. And from LaSalle Park cyclists can navigate to the Inner Harbor and beyond. Oh, and let's not forget about the skateboarders
Justin also tells me that The City is considering dedicated traffic signals for cyclists at the corner of Elmwood and Forest in order to create a safer flow for all vehicles and pedestrians.