Imagine the City of Buffalo having smart infrastructure that supports new transportation technology like e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-cars!

On Thursday, September 28 (6pm-8pm), the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning is inviting people to attend a public Smart Streets Design Meeting to discuss existing street conditions and infrastructure, while exploring the benefits of Smart Streets. As the world moves towards more “futuristic” forms of transportation, our city infrastructure must keep up with the rapidly changing times. What may seem like a good idea now, may not be a good idea ten years from now. Therefore, the best thing you can do is get ahead of the curve, by researching best practices.

Buffalo’s Race for Place is about “developing the City of Buffalo and the Western New York region by supporting the attraction of our modern talent and workforce by creating innovative and engaging environments – both at home and abroad.”

“This effort is a big deal to attract talent and develop infrastructure in the City of Buffalo. The Buffalo Race for Place initiative is an outside-the-box strategy that demonstrates the kind of aggressive response regions must make to stay relevant in the global race for talent, while ensuring Economic justice and inclusion at the same time.” – Brandi Meriwether, Vice President of BUDC

The upcoming Smart Streets Design Public Meeting (part of a series) will be held at Seneca One Tower.

The overall focus if the Race for Place initiative includes:

  • Develop downtown infrastructure plan, streetscape improvements, and place design in key investment corridors and nodes
  • Strengthening the foundations located along the main street “Knowledge Corridor”
  • Progressive land use policies that prioritize traffic calming, demand and load management, and pedestrian and bicycle-friendly activity, as well as promoting public transit use, and continued car sharing on Main Street
  • Implement additional smart city technology solutions and capabilities within and beyond these corridors
  • Additional public safety solutions to enhance community confidence and new residents
  • Increase urban vitality and revitalization through implementation input and feedback from citizens and employees/employers (via the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, and Community Outreach)
  • Integration with existing talent acquisition activities, region-wide organizations and campaigns, such as Be in Buffalo

Within Reach: Smart Street Design Plan

The community event and meeting will feature a presentation demonstrating Buffalo’s potential as a city that supports a range of e-mobility modes and services.

Along with the presentation, there will be demonstrations, vendors and interactive activities.

The event is free. Click here to register.

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