The Transportation Council engages in a variety of tasks that seek to integrate walking and bicycling into our transportation system. This work includes implementing recommendations from Walk Bike Dutchess – our Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, hosting a Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee, promoting Complete Streets, and providing information to assist people walking and bicycling in our area.
“Complete Streets” is the concept that streets should be planned, designed, operated and maintained to support safe travel of all kinds: walking, bicycling, riding the bus, and driving, by people of all ages and abilities. Depending on the street’s characteristics and land use context, Complete Streets may include sidewalks, crosswalks, paved shoulders, bicycle lanes, bus pull-outs, traffic calming measures, or other features. Complete Streets support local businesses, promote economic development, improve health and safety, and make our communities more inviting.
In 2016, the Dutchess County Legislature adopted a Complete Streets Policy (.pdf). The policy applies to transportation-related elements of projects involving County property (including roads, parks, and buildings), as well as public and private projects over which the County Department of Public Works has permitting authority.
More than 1,200 municipalities, counties, and states across the country have adopted Complete Streets policies, including ten other counties in New York. Locally, the Town of Fishkill adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2013 and the City of Beacon adopted Complete Streets guidelines in 2016. New York State passed a Complete Streets Act in 2011.
Walk Bike Dutchess, the Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan for Dutchess County, recommended the creation of an inter-departmental Complete Streets Committee to develop a Complete Streets policy for Dutchess County and to promote walking and bicycling. The Committee includes staff from Planning & Development, Dutchess County Transportation Council, Public Works, Behavioral and Community Health, Office for the Aging, Divison of Public Transit, Traffic Safety Board, and the Sheriff's Office. Transportation Council staff coordinate the committee and serve as a liaison between County departments and with local municipalities, NYSDOT, and others. The committee meets every 2-3 months.
The Committee shares resources and ideas to promote walking and bicycling in the county, building on efforts including the Department of Behavioral and Community Health’s Declaration of Wellness, the Healthy Communities Trail Map Series, and the Planning Department’s Greenway Connections and Centers and Greenspaces concepts. Our products are listed below.
Dutchess County shall strive to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain its streets, bridges, bus system (buses, stops, shelters, etc.), parks, trails, and buildings to promote safe, comfortable, efficient, and convenient travel for people of all ages and abilities, and for all types of transportation, including walking, bicycling, riding the bus, and driving, to the greatest extent possible. Over time, these facilities will be integrated into a countywide network that promotes the health, safety, environment, and economic vitality of Dutchess County and makes it a more desirable place to live, work and visit.
The Committee developed a Complete Streets Checklist to assist the County in achieving its vision for complete streets. It should be completed for all projects affecting County roads, either by the County’s project manager or the project applicant.
Dutchess County Watch Out For Me: Transportation Safety Campaign
Dutchess County Complete Streets 101 flyer (.pdf)
NYSDOT Complete Streets: links to Complete Streets policies, information about funding, design details, and project examples.
National Complete Streets Coalition: best practices for policy development and implementation.
To learn more about services for persons with special needs, see Dutchess County's Think Differently initiative.
If you have questions or concerns about accessibility in your area, please contact your municipality.
For issues on State roads, contact NYSDOT-Region 8.
Walk Bike Dutchess is our countywide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan. The Plan identifies strategies to make walking and bicycling better transportation options for more people. It provides policy and design guidance to municipalities and other agencies to help improve conditions for walking and bicycling, focusing on access to schools, transit, parks, and other activity centers. It also provides design guidelines for walking and bicycling facilities and recommends education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation programs to improve safety and promote walking and bicycling. We adopted the Plan in 2014.
Vision Statement: In Dutchess County, walking and bicycling will be part of daily life, providing safe and convenient transportation and recreation.
Chapters (all files .pdf)
All Chapters - (large file size: 36 MB)
Plan Cover, Title Page, Acknowledgements, and DCTC Resolution
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Federal, State, and Local Guidance
Chapter 3 - Design Guidelines
Chapter 4 - Dutchess County Overview
Introduction to the Planning Area Chapters
Chapter 5.1 - Lower Hudson Planning Area
Chapter 5.2 - Upper Hudson Planning Area
Chapter 5.3 - Lower Taconic Planning Area
Chapter 5.4 - Upper Taconic Planning Area
Chapter 5.5 - Harlem Valley Planning Area
Chapter 6 - County-Wide Recommendations
Chapter 7 - Implementation and Funding
A - Public Outreach Summary
B - Moving Dutchess Pedestrian and Bicycle-Related Recommendations
C - Best Practice Bicycle Parking Codes
D - Vehicle and Traffic Law Excerpts
E - Census Data
F - Walk-Bike Dutchess Survey: Paper Form & Overall Results
Walk-Bike Dutchess Survey Results - Lower Hudson
Walk-Bike Dutchess Survey Results - Upper Hudson
Walk-Bike Dutchess Survey Results - Lower Taconic
Walk-Bike Dutchess Survey Results - Upper Taconic
Walk-Bike Dutchess Survey Results - Harlem Valley
G - Bicycle Parking Inventory
H - Crash Data
I - Planning Area Recommendations
J - Pedestrian/Bicycle Count Tables & Charts; Ped/Bike Counts, as of September 2014
K - City of Poughkeepsie Bicycle Route Field Data and Bicycle Route Map
L - Project Prioritization Criteria
The Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) assists us with implementing Walk Bike Dutchess , our county-wide Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan, sharing best practices, and promoting walking and bicycling. A DCTC staff member chairs the BPAC. The BPAC is open to anyone, including representatives from local municipalities, bicycling and walking groups, the public, and staff from other Departments and agencies. It meets quarterly on the last Thursday of January, April, July, and October, and its work is reported to our Planning Committee. Please call or email us if you would like to be added to the BPAC email list.
October: Agenda & Minutes (including link to sPOKe presentation)
July: Agenda & Minutes ; New York Bicycling Coalition presentation
April: Agenda & Minutes ; Planning in Beacon presentation
January: Agenda & Minutes ; Watch Out For Me presentation
October: Agenda & Minutes ; Market Street Connect presentation
July: Agenda & Minutes ; NYS Pedestrian Safety Action Plan presentation
April: Agenda & Minutes , including bridge access discussion with NYS Bridge Authority and Walkway Over the Hudson
January: Agenda & Minutes ; Bicycle Friendly Kingston presentation ; Kingston Land Trust presentation
October: Agenda & Minutes ; Red Hook Trails Plan Map 1 (.pdf) & Map 2
August: Agenda & Minutes ; Scenic Hudson- Hudson Highlands Fjord Trail presentation
April: Agenda & Minutes ; Pine Plains Pedestrian Plan presentation
January: Agenda & Minutes
Bicycle parking is critical - people are much more likely to ride to a destination if there is a convenient, secure place to lock their bike. There are two main types of bike parking: short-term and long-term. The DCTC's Bicycle Parking Recommendations (.pdf) outline best practices for bicycle parking. For sample bicycle parking codes, see Walk Bike Dutchess, Appendix C. For bicycle parking placement guidelines, see the APBP's Essentials of Bike Parking (p.12).
Our online bicycle parking finder is a searchable map of bicycle parking in Dutchess County. Please call or email us if we are missing a location or if you require further guidance on bicycle parking.
Bicycle Lid (long-term enclosed parking)
Cycle Safe (racks and lockers)
DERO Bicycle Racks (racks and lockers)
Function First Bicycle Security (racks)
Huntco Supply Inc. (racks and lockers)
Jamestown Advanced Products (racks)
Madrax (racks and lockers)
Ground Control Systems (racks and lockers)
Pilot Rock/RJ Thomas (racks)
Dutchess County Complete Streets webpage
Complete Streets fact sheets
NYSDOT Complete Streets
Pedestrian Signal Timing
Technical Fact Sheet for local agencies- pedestrian signal timing
Non-Technical Fact Sheet- designing intersections for all users
Training & Safety
Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board (TSB)
Cornell Local Roads Program
Governors Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC)
GTSC Sharing the Road Safely
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
League of American Bicyclists- Safety/Education Programs
Know Your Pedestrian and Bicycle Laws Fact Sheet (.pdf)
Data & Regulations
Safe Routes to School
NYS and US Department of Transportation
Feedback: Please call or email us to add additional links or resources.