[Added 6-3-2013 by Ord. No. 2.11.13]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Art. VI, Street Improvements.
The City of Albany Common Council finds that the mobility of freight and passengers and the safety, convenience, and comfort of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, including people requiring mobility aids, transit riders, and neighborhood residents of all ages and abilities should all be considered when planning and designing Albany's streets. Integrating sidewalks, bike facilities, transit amenities, and safe crossings into the initial design of street projects avoids the expense of retrofits later. Streets are a critical component of public space and play a major role in establishing the image and identity of a city. By encouraging good planning, more citizens will achieve the health benefits associated with active forms of transportation while traffic congestion and auto-related air pollution will be reduced. The goal of this article is to improve the access and mobility for all users of streets in the community by improving safety through reducing conflict and encouraging nonmotorized transportation and transit.
For all street construction, reconstruction, or resurfacing projects [as per Section C(2)] that are undertaken by the City and not covered under the New York State Complete Streets Law contained in § 331 of the Highway Law, the department planning such project shall consider the convenient access and mobility on the street by all users of all ages, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation users through the use of complete street design features in the planning, design, construction, reconstruction and resurfacing, but not including maintenance or emergency projects.
Complete street design features are roadway design features that accommodate and facilitate convenient access and mobility by all users, including current and projected users, particularly pedestrians, bicyclists and individuals of all ages and abilities. These features may include, but need not be limited to, sidewalks, paved shoulders suitable for use by bicyclists, lane striping, bicycle lanes and improved bicycle parking and storage, share-the-road signage, street and sidewalk lighting, crosswalks or median refuges, road diets, pedestrian control signalization, bus pullouts and improved pedestrian access to bus stops, curb cuts, raised crosswalks and ramps and traffic-calming measures, and recognize that the needs of users of the road network vary.
This section shall not apply if it has been determined and set forth in publicly available documents that one of the following exists:
Use by bicyclists and pedestrians is prohibited by law, such as within interstate highway corridors; or
The cost would be disproportionate to the need as determined by factors including, but not limited to, the following: land use context, current and projected traffic volumes, and population density; or
Demonstrated lack of need as determined by factors including, but not limited to, land use, current and projected traffic volumes, including population density, or demonstrated lack of community support; or
Use of the design features would have an adverse impact on, or be contrary to, public safety.
Guidelines will be developed by the Department of General Services, Division of Traffic Engineering, and the Division of Planning with stakeholder input and shall include street typologies, design guidance and implementation.
No later than two years after the final adoption of Complete Streets Guidelines and biennially thereafter, the Department of General Services shall publish a report showing how it has complied with this article and improvements made to the roadways of the City.