I’ve been a Delmar resident for most of my life. For the last four years, I have served as a member of the Town’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Committee. This project will improve Bethlehem with a thoughtful, well-planned street design that prioritizes safety and access to many destinations (businesses, homes and schools). Complete Streets are roads that work for users of all abilities and ages – they are not only safer, but more inclusive. I have family and friends who own businesses along this stretch and rely on it to get home safely. The turning lane, better sidewalks and a lower speed limit will greatly enhance safety for all local residents, including hundreds of students who attend Elsmere Elementary.
My family chose to move to Delmar in large part because we wanted to live in a walkable, bikeable neighborhood and an area with a strong sense of community. As a mom, a frequent driver on the corridor, and a member of the Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, I believe the Complete Streets project will build on the Town’s strengths and make Delaware Avenue a safer road for all of us.
Bethlehem Morning Voice Huddle
In the interest of safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, as well as for the beautification of the Delaware Avenue business district, the members of the Bethlehem Morning Huddle strongly support the Bethlehem Community Streets Plan for Delaware Avenue between Elsmere Avenue and the Albany city line.
Bethlehem Indivisible supports the Complete Streets Project for the Town of Bethlehem because it will make Delaware Ave. safer for people to walk, bike, and take the bus rather than drive, contributing to a reduction of greenhouse emissions.
When I lived in Dutchess County there was a Community Streets plan (similar to what is proposed for Delaware Ave.) that was implemented on a 1 mile stretch of NY State Route 55. There was much opposition and criticism. (“Those planners will just make things worse!”) BUT the plan was implemented, and it is a huge success. That stretch is now pedestrian friendly; safer for bicycles, drivers, and people crossing the road; and attractively landscaped with benches, trees, and flowers. It has become an appealing extension of the town’s center, and it has been excellent for the businesses there.
As a member of Bethlehem’s Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, I’m a strong believer in working to make our town even better than it is now. The complete streets project will create a new, walkable main street in Elsmere. The neighborhood will have a completely different feel than it does now, and there will be new shops and restaurants for people for all over Bethlehem to visit.
On a personal level, I’d love to be able to take my dog across Delaware so she can walk on the bike path and to be able to turn left off of Euclid Ave. without worrying about being hit by cars.
Bethlehem Tomorrow supports the Town continuing to advance a “Complete Streets” strategy for the investments made in the transportation infrastructure across the entire Town of Bethlehem. All residents deserve the benefits of making the street network safer and more accessible for multiple modes of travel (e.g. walking, biking, driving, and transit) and addressing vulnerable travellers including children, elderly and mobility impaired. Collectively, “Complete Street” improvements will make Bethlehem a better place to live.
Bethlehem Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
“The Town of Bethlehem Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (Committee) has been actively involved with the study since prior to the grant application being submitted, and is pleased to support the full road diet option as outlined in the Delaware Avenue Complete Streets Feasibility Study Draft Report.”
— Excerpt of memo from Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee to Bethlehem Supervisor, December 5, 2017
The main reason I moved to Delmar 13 years ago was that I wanted to live in a walkable community- a place where you could walk down the street to get a coffee, bump into a neighbor, or run an errand without needing a car. In the past decade, with attractions like the rail trail and farmer’s market, Bethlehem has only improved. I believe that the Complete Streets project is another opportunity to make our community more walkable, beautiful and sustainable by improving a stretch of Delaware that is currently unattractive and sometimes dangerous. I currently avoid businesses where I would need to make a left turn across Delaware and I personally witnessed a very serious accident involving a pedestrian being hit by a truck making a quick left turn. Bethlehem deserves better!
As a business owner and local resident, it’s important for the future of our community. The new design unifies the businesses, encourages pedestrian activity, and most importantly, increases safety for everyone using this stretch of road.
I support the Complete Streets project because it will make our community safer, is better for local businesses, and will encourage healthier choices amongst our residents.
I support the Complete Streets project because it will make Delaware Avenue safer, more walkable and inviting to pedestrians as well as commuters. The data shows that businesses benefit from this type of investment in infrastructure. Let’s support one of our main streets with this project
I support the Complete Streets project in Delmar. It certainly seemed counter intuitive to me that reducing two lanes of dedicated road space for vehicles to a single lane with other road space features for other purposes would not greatly impede vehicular traffic on the road. What really cemented my position in support of this project is a report created in 2016 by NYSERDA and the NYS Department of Transportation. That report surveyed a host of stakeholders that utilized complete streets corridors after project completion. The key impacts cited by merchants in relation to drivers driving the commercial corridor was mostly neutral. Seeing merchant perspectives in other commercial locations after these type of projects were completed elsewhere gives me confidence the Delmar project in all likelihood will have the same impacts.
The Complete Streets project for Delaware Ave. will keep everyone in our community safer, and give everyone in our town more choices to walk, bike, or drive to our local stores, our parks and trails, to our workplaces, and our friends and neighbors. It will benefit all of us, and our environment!
We need to calm traffic on Delaware Avenue and make it more pedestrian- and bike-friendly and safer for everyone, including cars—a complete street will achieve all three things!
I commute by bike and sometimes stop to shop on the way home. Crossing Delaware is hazardous, so I would be more likely to shop there if the streets were safer and more welcoming.
Bethlehem healthy Kids
The mission of the Bethlehem Healthy Kids Committee aligns perfectly with Bethlehem Community Streets. Our mission is to work in cooperation with all levels of our school district administration and personnel, Bethlehem students and families, and the larger community to improve nutrition, physical activity, environmental health and overall wellness of all students in the Bethlehem Central School District with a goal of providing the best possible environment in which our students can learn. Walking and biking around town supports our goal to improve physical activity; it is crucial that our students can use our streets safely.
I learned about complete streets back in 2002 when I first started working in public health. I have been in support of complete streets ever since. Efforts to calm traffic & ensure safety for all users makes sense for our community. It is better for our health & for the environment.
Capital Bicycle Racing Club
The Capital Bicycle Racing Club (CBRC) is a Capital District bicycling group that has been committed to the enjoyment of cycling since its inception in 1977. Our members range in age from 11 years to 85 years and we are comprised of a wide variety of cyclists such as advanced racers, recreational riders and nascent beginners. What brings our group together is the that we promote the sport of bicycling as fun, healthy and safe.
CBRC supports the Bethlehem Complete streets project since Delaware Avenue is a dangerous street and in its current form is unsafe for bicycling and pedestrian traffic. Many bicyclists have been hit by cars while riding on this street and it is hazardous for pedestrians to cross Delaware Avenue due to its lack of designated crossings.
The Delaware Complete Streets project will not only make this street safer for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, but we also believe that this project will improve the accessibility to the important businesses who are on this road. We anticipate that these businesses will thrive and that Delaware Avenue will become more business friendly due to better accessibility once the project is completed.
For these reasons, CBRC strongly supports this project and encourage others to vote yes for the upcoming bond issue vote on November 2nd – let’s make Delaware Avenue safe together!