On Friday December 16th, 2022, a bicyclist was devastatingly struck and killed by a pickup truck on West Avenue in the area of Grand Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. This terrible accident reinforces our call for safe bike and pedestrian access…
On December 1st, 2022 a formal kickoff to the Reconnecting the West Side Technical Assistance Project occurred with a site visit and a meeting at City Hall. This project is being led by CDTC (Capital District Transportation Committee) and CDRPC (Capital District Regional Planning Commission).
At tonight’s City Council meeting, we received great news! DPW Commissioner Jason Golub announced that the City’s 2023 budget will include a $1,000,000 line item for funding a sidewalk/mixed-use trail along Grand Avenue. The entire Council expressed their support for the project – and applauded our citizen activism! [watch video]
Spread the word about the Saratoga Safer Streets: Grand Avenue Initiative with one of these handsome lawn signs. We’re saving up to buy another batch. If you are interested, please let us know by chipping in. We’re asking for $12 a sign. Click below to learn more.
In a few short months, over a hundred of our Grand Avenue neighbors have signed up on this website to let their voices be heard. Many of you took a poll when you signed up. The tables below show the poll results. We all know that Grand Avenue is dangerous for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and residents and we want change now.
The City has received a grant that will help to identify the safest pedestrian and bicycling routing options in a residential area along sections of Grand Ave, Pine Rd, and Kirby Rd to promote community connectivity and access in the West Side of Saratoga Springs.
Saratoga Safer Streets has been focused on remaining on the Council’s radar during budget season, to ensure funding for this project is allocated in 2023.
The City is ready to start construction of the Missing Sidewalk Links Project. You may have seen the cones on Grand Ave marking the side of the road between West and Birch.
Saratoga Safer Streets attended the City Infrastructure Committee meeting where we learned there was a $1M budget surplus this year, with Mayor Kim expressing desire to use these funds for a safety/access project on Grand Ave.
At the September 6th Saratoga Springs City Council meeting, we presented data proving the unsafe conditions on Grand Ave as well as a call to action for the City to take steps toward making this roadway safe.