Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee originally formed in March 2009 (as the PaTHs 4 Bethlehem Committee) with a primary focus on addressing bicycle and pedestrian mobility in the Town. The committee's mission is to advise the Town, educate the community, and advocate for opportunities to improve mobility and connectivity for bicyclists and pedestrians in Bethlehem.

View the committee's vision, mission, and goals.

Regular Meetings


Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month (with a couple exceptions - see dates below) at 6:30 pm in Town Hall in Room 101.  Remote attendance is available for committee members and the public via Zoom but in-person attendance is preferred.  Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend and a public comment opportunity is provided at the beginning of each meeting.  If you would like to attend an upcoming Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee meeting via Zoom, please contact Nate Owens at nowens@townofbethlehem.org for a link to join the meeting.
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • 2022
      • January 25
      • February 22
      • March 22
      • April 26
      • May 24
      • June 21
      • August 9
      • September 27
      • October 25
      • December 8

Agendas & Minutes


The most recent agenda is posted in advance of each meeting. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent Agenda | View Archived Meeting Summaries
Members
  • Kristin Ackerman
  • Jeff Baker
  • John Forbush
  • Oliver Holmes, Chair
  • Susan Landfried, AICP
  • Jennifer Livingston
  • Henry Peyrebrune
  • Steve Redler
  • Erin Rightmyer
  • Dana Scalere
  • Erin Svare

The committee rotates the chair and recorder positions on a monthly basis to share workload. The following table lists the chair and recorder responsibilities for the current year:  Committee Chair and Recorder schedule/table

Town Representatives


  • Nate Owens, AICP, Senior Planner
  • Commander James Rexford, Bethlehem Police Department
  • Marc Dorsey, Highway Superintendent

Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network Map

The Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network Map identifies roadways in town where pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure is desired and appropriate.  The bicycle and pedestrian priority network segments on this map were discussed and approved by the Town Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.  The map is used when Town staff and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee evaluate and prioritize potential infrastructure projects and is considered by the Town Planning Board when rendering decisions on development applications.

At the end of 2021, the Committee updated the Town’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Network Map with Town staff assistance.  The priority network has expanded to include new segments, some segments have changed classification, and contextual information has been added to the map, including: building footprints, impervious surfaces, existing sidewalks, crosswalks, signs, bus stops, stop lights, and designated bike routes.

New/Updated Priority Segments

  • Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Kenaware (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Gardner Terrace (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Salisbury (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Route 9W (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Dover, Salem, Hampton, and Corrit (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Wemple Road, east of 9W to Soccer Complex (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • East Bayberry and Saybrook (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Portion of Jericho Road (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Henry Hudson Park Loop Roads (Bicycle and Pedestrian)
  • Wheeler, Van Wies Point, and Mosher (Bicycle)
  • North Street & Wright Lane (Bicycle)

Bethlehem Walk and Roll Fest

Each spring the Town and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee holds the Walk and Roll Festival, a family-fun event with activities for everyone, including stations teaching kids essential bike skills, safety awareness activities, exhibitors and local vendors, and more. The Bethlehem Walk and Roll Fest is co-sponsored by the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department, Bethlehem Police Family Services Unit, and Bethlehem Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

The 2022 Walk and Roll Fest will be held in May.  The date is to be determined.

Lawn Signs

In an effort to increase awareness for bicycle and pedestrian safety in Town, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee has developed and is distributing 'Please Look Out For Us' lawn signs. The signs can be picked up in Room 203 of Town Hall, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lawn signs can only be placed on residential zoned properties and must be set back at least 5 feet from the sidewalk or road right-of-way.

Please Look Out For Us

For more information, please see the Sidewalks web page, follow the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee on Facebook and Instagram or contact Nate Owens at nowens@townofbethlehem.org.