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Plans in place to make Gates Circle safe, neighbors want it to be even safer

Posted at 12:21 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 00:21:40-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Changes are coming to the stretch of Delaware Avenue between Forest Avenue to North Street, this summer.

“The project is actually really exciting,” said Justin Booth, the head of the Buffalo Common Council's bicycle and pedestrian board. He is also the executive director of GoBike Buffalo.

Booth says the project will make traffic safer in that area. But, he and neighbors around the area, believe more can be done to make Gates Circle safer. Some of those neighbors hired the same firm that designed the roundabouts in Hamburg, to take a look at Buffalo's current plan.

The plan for Gates Circle now, is to paint traffic lines, bike lanes, and add a crosswalk.

The firm hired by the neighbors believes more can be done, like better designed islands at the entrances to the circles, to keep traffic moving slower.

You can see this report here.

“What is the balance that we want to strike as a city and as a community to make our streets safer, particularly at such a dangerous intersection,” said Booth.

The City of Buffalo is working to make roads safer for everyone. Its Delaware Avenue plan includes limiting lanes from four to three, adding bike paths, and adding cross walks. This plan is attempting to do all of this without sacrificing traffic flow.

You can see the city’s plan here.