Complete Streets Makeover

Rochester Complete Streets Makeover

Could your street be safer?
Let us help you give it a ‘Complete Street Makeover.’

(Complete the form below before June 8, 2018 to submit your nomination.)

We need your help identifying the intersections and trouble-spots where you live, work and play that could be redesigned to make them safer for everyone.

Is there an intersection or block in the City of Rochester or Monroe County that makes you feel uneasy during your daily travels? Nominate it for a Complete Streets Makeover today!

Our steering committee will pick one nomination for a Complete Streets Makeover. The makeover will include community input, on-street experiments, and support for making the changes permanent. The Complete Streets Makeover will also be featured in a short documentary film at our November Street Films event.

Reconnect Rochester and our team of partners believe streets are for people – regardless of their age, ability or mode of transportation. Together, we’re kicking off a Complete Streets Makeover program to encourage and support efforts to make our streets safer for all who use them.

No one understands what it’s like to use our streets better than those who walk, bike, roll and ride along them everyday. So nominate one today and tell us what changes you’d like to see.

What is a Complete Street?

A complete street is one that is designed and operated to allow everyone—regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation—safer access on that street. A complete street is a shared street; one shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and motorists. It reflects and serves the surrounding community and neighborhoods.

Are all Complete Streets the same?

No. As Smart Growth America explains: “There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each one is unique and responds to its community context. A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safer crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more.

A Complete Street in a rural area will look quite different from a Complete Street in a highly urban area, but both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.”


Click here to print a hardcopy submission form
(available as .pdf or .doc) and mail to:

Mary Staropoli
ATT: Complete Streets Makeover
Reconnect Rochester
Hungerford Complex
1115 East Main St., Box #61
Rochester, NY 14609

Complete Streets Makeover Program Steering Committee

Stephanie Woodward, Center for Disability Rights
Erik Frisch, City of Rochester
Mike Bulger, Common Ground Health
Maria Furgiuele, Community Design Center
Darin Ramsay, Genesee Transportation Council
Mike Governale, Reconnect Rochester
Renee Stetzer, Reconnect Rochester
Jim Hofmann, Stantec
Zakery Steele, Stantec
Jon Hartley, Stantec
Mike Damico, Stantec
Scott Wagner, Rochester Cycling Alliance
Megan Morsch, Regional Transit Service
Jim Pond, Monroe County Dept of Transportation

Committee Administrator:

Mary Staropoli
Reconnect Rochester
phone: (585) 340-7555

Reconnect Rochester
Community Design Center of Rochester - CDCR
City of Rochester

Library: books, movies, etc.

Looking to feed your brain? These are some of the best books, articles, movies and podcasts we’ve found on the subject of transportation alternatives. If you’ve read something truly great and it’s not listed here, please let us know about it.

Local Government

Below are links to local municipal websites where you can find infrastructure and planning related news, documents and contact information for your city/town/village. If you know of a resource that isn’t listed here, please let us know about it.

ROC Transit Day

ROC Transit Day

ROC Transit Day is typically the 3rd Thursday in June. We have no festivities planned for this year, but you can still participate in spirit. Just leave your car at home that day – and wish your friends a “Happy ROC Transit Day!”

For inspiration, check out photos from ROC Transit Days past… 2015, 2014 and 2013.


ROC in Transit

ROC in Transit

Join us for an evening with friends and fellow transportation enthusiasts

Friday, May 18, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Rochester Academy of Medicine
1441 East Avenue


Silent & Live Auctions  //  Jazz Music  //  Delicious Food  //
Wine & Beer ($5 suggested donation per drink)

Advance Tickets are $25 per person
On sale thru Thurs May 17 @ 12pm


Tickets will be $30 at the door.

Can’t make it on May 12? Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the event.

ROC in Transit proceeds will fuel our work to expand transportation choices through advocacy efforts and programs and projects like:

Rochester Street Films

Bus Stop Seating

Bike Share Station Sponsorship

Transportation & Poverty Initiative

Rochester Bike Share

Rochester Bike Share Fundraiser

Help keep our bike share
station on Hudson Avenue.

Donate $20 or more and you’ll receive
ride credits for you and a friend.

In 2017 the City of Rochester launched a bike share network. Each bike share station requires a $9,000 annual sponsorship. Through a combination of individual donations, a crowdfunding campaign, and lots of hard work, Reconnect Rochester is excited to be able to sponsor two stations – one on Hudson Avenue in the Upper Falls neighborhood, and one on Adams Street in Corn Hill. We need your help now to be able to keep these stations on the ground. Donate now on Crowdrise.

We’d like to thank the following groups and individuals for helping make Roc Bike Share a reality…

Adam & Renee S.
Adam + Meredith
Alana Biltucci
Alex Wirth
Alexander Weiser
Anna Anderson
Anna Liisa Keller
Arian “Rochester Guy” Horbovetz
Ben Hmiel
Bennie Johnston
Bill & Kathy Cochrane
Bill Carpenter
Bill D’Anza
Bill Mcdonald
Blake Quinn
Bob Cookingham
Brenda Massie
Brendan Ryan
Brent Williams
Brooke Fossey
C.J. Mayer
Caitlin Meives
Canning Family
Carolyn Levine
Carolyn Stiles
Charlie Lawlor
Cheryl Frank
Chris Olin
Chrissie Irish
Christine M Ehmann
Chuck Fujita
Cynthia Childs
Dan, Jessie, Maggie & Lila Keating
Dana Davis

Daniel Cordova
Daniel Speciale
Daryl Odhner
Dave & Jean States
Dave & Terry Weagley
Dave Cieslinski
Dave Tyler
David Larson
David Schwartz
DeWain Feller
Drew Washburn
Edward Cramp
Elaine and John Meadows
Ellen & Dan Lill
Emma Daitz/Peter Fitts
Emma Madden
Erik Frisch
Ethan Lustig
Eugene McCabe
Evan Lowenstein
Evan Williamson
Ferris Todd
Fred Sauter
Governale Family
Greg “BullDog” Irwin
Hank Theuer
Heidi Riegel
Henry R Fitts
Amy & Howard Decker
James Burdick & Naomi Pless
Janet Clarke-Hazlett
Jason Partyka
Jeannette Van Loenen
Jeff Dormitzer
Jeff Dougherty
Jessica “Hurls” Hurley
Jim Santelli
JoAnn Beck

John and Anne Vogtle
John and Dora
John Stewart
Jonah Chiarenza
Josh Kramer
Justin Murphy
Karen S. Lankeshofer
Karen Speciale
Kate & Rick Massie
Katie Eggers Comeau
Kevin Farrell
Kremens Family
Laura Beth & Matthew Denker
Leonard Linde
Liz Compitello
Liz Laneri
Liz Rizzo
Marianne Stott
Mary and Tom Myers
Mary Lupien
Mary Pollock
Mary Staropoli
Matt Vanderbrook
Meghan & Paulo Cabral
Michael Philipson
Molly Gaudioso
Nancy O’Donnell
Nicholas Grunert
Nicholas Russo
Pam Webb
Peers family
Pete and Lindsay Nabozny
Peter & Melissa Franz
Philip Huffsmith
R-Community Bikes
Rachel & Brian Larson
Rachel Barnhart
Rebecca & Marc Lavender

Reconnect Rochester
Richard DeSarra
Richard Wheaton
Rob & Marjorie
Roc City Coalition
Rochelle Bell
Rochester Brainery
Rochester Cycling Alliance
Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
Rohan Parikh
Ryan Peck
Sara Gaudioso
Sarah Fitts-Romig
Sarah Hannon
Scott Cranfill
Scott Wagner
Stephanie Bancroft and Charlie Lawlor
Stephanie Townsend & Barney Ricca
Stewart-Frutiger Family
Sue Hughes-Smith
Suzanne Piotrowski
Teresa Bales
The Rochesteriat
Thomas Lawlor
Tom Kicior & Monica McCullough
Tom Perry
Walter Colley & Kim Salley
Wilson Patton
Yellow Haus Bicycles
Zack DeClerck

Maps, Data and Research

Below are links to maps, data and other tools we’ve found quite useful and you might too. If you know of a resource that isn’t listed here, please let us know about it.

Rochester Snow Down

The Great Rochester Snow Down

If not cleared, even the slightest amount of snow can make our sidewalks and bus stops inaccessible for weeks at a time. Help us keep our city moving by taking part in The Great Rochester Snow Down!

 2017 SnowDown stats:

60 unique volunteers. 90 including repeats. 300 volunteer hours

6 major corridors in all 4 city quadrants (Monroe/N.Clinton/Dewey/Genesee/Joseph/Lake)

12 miles of sidewalk cleared

100+ bus stops, bike racks, curb cuts, and fire hydrants cleared

Check out our coverage by the D and C.

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers, sponsors, and supporters!

We are currently seeking volunteers and sponsors for Rochester Snow Down 2018. Contact us to find out how to get your business or group involved in this important community effort.

 Why is this important?

A great deal of time and money is spent clearing roads so that people in cars can get around. Let’s make sure that our friends and neighbors on foot, bicycle, bus, wheelchair, walker, stroller, etc. can get around safely.

What’s in it for me?

Raffle Prizes will be awarded shortly. Winners will be contacted by email or phone. Stay tuned!

What else can people do to help?

Per Rochester’s sidewalk ordinance, property owners are responsible for clearing the sidewalk in front of their property. The city provides only supplemental service when 4 inches of new snow has accumulated.

Put simply: in the morning when you’re digging out your car, take the extra couple minutes to make sure your neighbors can walk by and admire your decorations. Encourage your favorite businesses to keep nearby sidewalks, bus stops, and bike racks clear so every patron has access.

Start something…

If you can’t make our Saturday events, we encourage you to organize your own mini Snow Down! Just snap a photo of you and your friends shoveling any public sidewalk, bus stop, or bike rack and post it to social media using #RocSnowDown to be entered in the drawing.


The Great Rochester Snow Down is made possible by your donations and the following sponsors and partners.

Brue Coffee
El Pilon Criollo
Marshall Street Bar & Grill
Center for Disability Rights

Thanks to everyone who participated in Rochester Snow Down 2016!

“Captain” Dan Speciale
Irene Allen
Brue Coffee
Bill Collins
El Pilon Criollo
John DeRycke
DeWain Feller
Flower City Americorps
Mike Governale
Joseph Avenue Business Association
John Lam
Lincoln Library
Ravi Mangla
Jim Mayer
Brenda Massie
Jason Partyka
Nicholas Russo
Renee Stetzer & Family
Rohan Parikh
Sara Jenks
John Thomas
Southeast Neighborhood Service Center
RIT Service Frat
Salvatore’s Pizza



Rochester Street Films: Submissions

Rochester Street Films

Rochester Street Films: Submissions

Reconnect Rochester in partnership with Floating Home Films are now seeking proposals for transportation-based documentary story concepts.

As part of our Rochester Street Films program, Reconnect Rochester is offering $500 and an opportunity to work with local filmmakers Alex Weiser and Ander Kazmerski who will guide you through the process of creating a film about transportation. People of all neighborhoods and filmmaking experience are encouraged to submit a proposal. Our selection process will be based on the cohesion of the concept and the perceived impact this film could have on the community.


This year’s submission period has closed. But if you’d still like to make a film for a future Rochester Street Films event, contact us.


Theme: Moving Beyond the Automobile

Are you or someone you know living without a car in Monroe County? Tell us that story – the whys and hows. Whether your subject does it to stay active, help the environment, or save cash, we want to know what their daily experiences are like. What are the challenges they face year-round? What are the rewards? And how has living car-free changed their life – for better or worse?

Submission Requirements

  1. 100 word or less summary of your film concept.

  2. The film’s one-sentence logline.

  3. 100 word or less reason why this film must be made.

  4. 60 second or less video example. Quality of camera does not matter, but show us what we might see in this film. You can narrate, show your neighborhood, interview someone. Let’s see a flavor of your approach. This does not need to be polished. Include a link in your submission.

To Submit:

Please email your submission (items 1-4 above) to Your submission must be received before midnight on December 9, 2016 or it may not be considered.

Terms & Conditions

  • All creative approaches will be considered and there are no restrictions regarding style, genre, or creative approach. However, to qualify, productions MUST somehow relate to the theme Moving Beyond the Automobile as outlined above, AND take place partly or entirely within Monroe County, New York.

  • All submissions must be received by midnight on Friday December 9, 2016.

  • Alex Weiser and Ander Kazmerski of Floating Home Films will be available to the winning filmmakers for guidance and consultation throughout the entire film production. Individual pre-production meetings will be held with the winning filmmakers on Thursday 12/15 and Friday 12/16. Winning concepts must be completed by 2/20.

  • Filmmakers who submit must have access to a camera and editing software to make their film. Equipment will not be provided.
  • All dialogues must be presented in English or with English subtitles.

  • There are no restrictions on length, however, typical Street Films are 5-15 minutes in length.

  • There is no ‘Premiere’ requirement for inclusion, however we will give preference to new, unmade ideas.

  • Work-in-progress films that are not final cuts may be entered, but please clearly note what is missing or will change.

  • If your film was submitted for previous editions of Rochester Street Films, you may re-enter it if you have made significant changes and if the eligibility requirements are met.

  • More than one entry may be submitted, however, each entry must be submitted individually. Please do not send one email containing multiple film ideas.

  • Reconnect Rochester reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted.

  • By submitting a film entry, the producer agrees that all rights and clearances have been obtained, that any copyrighted sound, music, image or content included in the work have been legally cleared for use, and that Reconnect Rochester is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from public screenings.

  • By submitting a film entry, you acknowledge Reconnect Rochester has the right to copy any submitted material and use images and trailers for non-commercial use. Promotional use may include a clip of any accepted film being included in a radio or TV program, or in a festival trailer for Rochester Street Films.

  • $500 will be given to the winning film director(s) and will be fulfilled approximately 8-12 weeks after completion of the film. Award recipient is responsible for all applicable taxes on cash prizes. Eligibility is at the sole discretion of Reconnect Rochester.

  • By submitting a film entry, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to abide by these Terms & Conditions.


Rochester Street Films is made possible by your donations and the following sponsors.

American Public Transportation Association
TRU Yoga
Become a Sponsor Today!


Reconnect Rochester
Alex and Ander


The Little Theatre
Editions Printing

Rochester Street Films Sponsor Info

Rochester Street Films

Sponsor Opportunities

Rochester Street Films aims to identify, explain and discuss complex transportation and urban planning concepts that impact the health and vitality of our region.

Three live events will be held at The Little Theatre (April – November, 2018). Events feature a curated mix of locally produced short films, live panel discussions, national speakers, plus material sourced from and other film archives. All of our locally produced films are then shared with our media partners, and posted online and on social media so we can reach the widest possible audience.

Your sponsorship helps us create educational films such as these...

Anticipated Reach

Live Events
Film Views

Through these films and events, Reconnect Rochester is able to share our vision of a region connected by a robust transportation network that makes it easy for everyone—regardless of physical or economic ability—to get around.

For more information or to sign on as a sponsor email us or call (585) 340-7555.

2018 Sponsor Levels:

Title Sponsor

  • $5,000full season
  • or
  • $2,500per event
  • Name Part of Official Event Title
  • Your Ad in Program Handout
  • Logo in Film Credits
  • Logo displayed on Print Ads
  • Logo displayed on Event Posters
  • Shout-out at Each Event
  • Your Ad On-screen Pre-show
  • Seats Reserved at Event (8)
  • Logo in Program
  • Logo + Link on Website
  • Shout-out on Social Media
  • Meet & Greet with Guest Speakers


  • $2,500full season
  • or
  • $1,000per event
  •  (4 seats)


  • $1,000full season
  • or
  • $500per event
  • (4 seats)


  • $500full season
  • or
  • $250per event
  •  (2 seats)

Title Sponsor

  • $5,000full season
  • or
  • $2,500per event
  • Your Name Part of Official Event Title
  • Logo in Film Credits
  • Your Ad On-screen Pre-show
  • Logo Displayed on Print Ads
  • 8 Seats Reserved at Event
  • Logo displayed on Event Posters
  • Your Ad in Program
  • Logo in Program
  • Logo + Link on Website
  • Shout-out at Each Event
  • Shout-out on Social Media
  • Meet & Greet with Guest Speakers


  • $2,500full season
  • or
  • $1,000per event
  • Logo in Film Credits
  • Your Ad On-screen Pre-show
  • Logo Displayed on Print Ads
  • 4 Seats Reserved at Event
  • Logo displayed on Event Posters
  • Logo in Program
  • Logo + Link on Website
  • Shout-out at Each Event
  • Shout-out on Social Media
  • Meet & Greet with Guest Speakers


  • $1,000full season
  • or
  • $500per event
  • Your Ad On-screen Pre-show
  • 4 Seats Reserved at Event
  • Logo displayed on Event Posters
  • Logo in Program
  • Logo + Link on Website
  • Shout-out at Each Event
  • Shout-out on Social Media
  • Meet & Greet with Guest Speakers


  • $500full season
  • or
  • $250per event
  • 2 Seats Reserved at Event
  • Logo in Program
  • Logo + Link on Website
  • Shout-out on Social Media
  • Meet & Greet with Guest Speakers

Contact us to become a Rochester Street Films sponsor today! Or ask us about advertising opportunities for your business…

Advertising Opportunities

  • On-screen pre-show billboard ad
    $100 per event (or $240 full season)
  • On-screen pre-show 30 second commercial
    $300 per event (or $720 full season)
  • On-screen pre-show 60 second commercial
    $500 per event (or $1,200 full season)
  • On-screen ads & payment must be received 1 full week prior to showtime.
    Contact us for acceptable file formats.

Rochester Street Films

Rochester Street Films

Next up:
Rochester Street Films will be back in September 2018. Check back soon for details.

This film series—produced in partnership with Floating Home Films—aims to identify, explain and discuss complex transportation concepts, and facilitate community conversation about the current state and future possibilities for mobility in Rochester.

Together with locally produced and archival short films, live panel discussions help to stimulate community conversation on a wide range of related  topics including Rochester’s transportation history, bus transit system, cycling infrastructure, pedestrian life, street design, “car culture”, equity issues, urban sprawl, and more.

To be notified of future events, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Next up:
Be Prepared to Stop

Be Prepared to Stop - April 4, 2018 at The Little Theatre

The American Society of Civil Engineers grades the condition and performance of America’s transportation infrastructure as a ‘D’ or worse. Our roads and bridges are crumbling; Over 35,000 people are killed on our highways every year; Our transit systems are unable to keep up with demand. And the U.S. lags behind the rest of the developed world in infrastructure investment. Be Prepared to Stop talks about these challenges from the perspective of the freight transportation industry. We’ll have a conversation about the overlapping interests we might have with this industry (i.e. getting more people off the roads and investing in public transit), and how we might join efforts in advocating for change.


Elissa Orlando

Elissa Orlando
Senior VP for Television & News


Enid Cardinal

Enid Cardinal
Senior Sustainability Advisor
Rochester Institute of Technology

Jim Hoffman

James Hofmann

Richard Perrin

Rich Perrin
Director of Planning, East Region
T.Y. Lin International Group

Jim Stack

James Stack
Executive Director
Genesee Transportation Council

Reserve your seat in advance with an online donation to Reconnect Rochester (suggested $5 – $25).

*No one will be turned away at the door for lack of funds, but seats will go quickly. Reserve your spot ahead of time.


The Rochester Street Films below explored topics including accessibility, poverty, urban exploration and car culture.  If you would like to host a mini screening of Rochester Street Films with your friends or neighbors, please contact us.

This film focuses on the lives of three Rochesterians. Cee Cee, Nassir, and Eve give us a firsthand look at what life is like when you can barely afford to buy a bus pass, much less a car. After you watch the film, be sure to check out the live presentation and panel discussion here.

Ericka Jones, a Systems Advocate at Center for Disability Rights, focuses on a segment of our population often overlooked. For people with disabilities, Ericka shows us how running a simple errand requires careful planning days in advance. Ironically, even the streets themselves can become barriers to living a productive life.

Alex Freeman has previously made several films about local cyclists. With this project Alex attempts to understand why the automobile has had such a grip on the hearts and minds of Rochester commuters.

Nate Butler grew up around cars. Learning to work on them with his dad as a kid, he just figured that cars were the only way to get around. Now a student at R.I.T., Nate has taken up cross-country running and he’s learning something new about his community with every step.

Rochester NY in February. It’s 19ºF and the ground is slick with snow and ice. But Mona Seghatoleslami, host of WXXI Classical 91.5 FM will brave the cold attempting to ride her bike from her home in Brighton to her job in downtown Rochester (about 4 miles). Afterwards, Mona heads to Tryon Bike shop to find out what type of gear she’ll need for serious winter cycling.

Transportation planning is about giving people choices. Interview with Erik Frisch, Transportation Specialist for the City of Rochester.

Transportation is key for economic development and making a great city. Interview with Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President of Rochester Downtown Development Corporation.

Alex Freeman introduces us to several Rochesterians who choose alternate modes of transportation.

For some perspective, Rochester Street Films looks back at how attitudes towards urban planning and transportation have changed over the last century. Remember this one?


Rochester Street Films is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

The Community Foundation
Pace - Bike Share
Highland Planning
Lori's Natural Foods
TRU Yoga
Become a Sponsor Today!


City of Rochester - 200 Years of Frederick Douglass
The Little Theatre
Editions Printing
Become a Sponsor Today!


Reconnect Rochester
Floating Homes Films

We are currently seeking sponsors for Rochester Street Films 2018. See all sponsor levels and advertising opportunities and contact us if you or your organization are interested in supporting this program.


You can walk the dog, walk with the kids, or just take a stroll by yourself. However you do it, walking is good for the mind, body, and soul—so do it.

And if you’d like to make the streets in your neighborhood more pedestrian friendly, see below for a collection of useful information & resources.

People who live in walkable neighborhoods weigh 6-10 lbs less on average than those who live in car-dependent areas.

Walking is good for our physical and mental health.

It helps lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and some types of cancer.1 Walking regularly can help reduce stress and symptoms of depression.2 It boosts our mood, self-confidence, levels of happiness and cognitive functioning.

Walking is also one of the easiest and cheapest ways to fit exercise into our daily lives without too much extra effort.

For every 10 minutes a person spends commuting daily by car, he or she spends 10% less time engaging in community activities.

Walking is good for our communities.

When surveyed, people who feel like their communities are safe to walk around in at night, clean and beautiful are more likely to report being happy. More walkable communities foster social connections that can improve the quality of life and levels of happiness among residents.3

If 10% of U.S. adults began walking on a regular basis, we could avert $5.6B in heart disease related medical costs every year.

Walking more can save us money.

Cars are the second highest expense for households in the US.4 Walking more and driving less can reduce fuel and maintenance costs.

Beyond our individual wallets, walking more and driving less can save on public health costs. The health impacts from traffic crashes, physical inactivity and air pollution alone contribute hundreds of billions of dollars in public costs each year.5

To report a malfunction with a traffic signal anywhere in Monroe County, please call (585) 753-7700. Other issues with sidewalks, crosswalks or public pathways should be directed to your town or city hall. If you are not getting a satisfactory response, let us know. We may be able to help.

Everyone — whether walking, riding a bicycle, driving a car, or taking public transportation–has a right to safe, convenient access to destinations. Yet far too many of our streets have been designed for cars only. Wide roads, speeding traffic, lack of sidewalks, bicycle lanes and safe crossings make many streets in our community unnecessarily dangerous. So how can you help to make the streets your neighborhood safer and more pleasant places for everyone?

TIP #1: Take Time to Enjoy Your Surroundings

The best way to create a walker’s paradise is to slow down. Make time to walk and bike to work or to run your errands. Encourage your neighbors to do the same. A few people walking and biking in your neighborhood can have a butterfly effect, encouraging more people to do the same over time. And the more pedestrians and cyclists there are in the area, the more drivers will be reminded to take it slow.

TIP #2: Be Street Smart

Whether you’re walking, biking, or driving, follow the rules of the road. Stay alert—put down your phone and remove those earbuds from your ears! When walking, use the sidewalk or nearby paths whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Cross using traffic signals & crosswalks and be sure to look left, right and left again before crossing. Be a good role model and teach your kids from an early age how to stay safe on the road.

TIP #3: Team Up with Neighbors

When it comes to improving neighborhood streets there is perhaps no better tool than an active neighborhood association. If you already have one in your area find out when they meet and join them. If you don’t, start small and strike up a conversation with your neighbors about the improvements you’d all like to see on your street. Would you like to add street trees? A stop sign? Or reduce the speed on your block? There is power in numbers and it’s all possible if you you’re persistent and stay positive.

TIP #4: Call Reconnect Rochester

Once you’ve done 1-3 and you’re actively talking with your neighbors, you’ll probably have some ideas you’d like to get off the ground. If you’re not sure where to start, contact us. We’d be happy to help.


Ask any passionate biker what happiness means and they’ll probably say, “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and that is close enough.”

If you’re interested in using a bike to get around Rochester, see below for a collection of local cycling tools & resources.

Regular cycling can cut your risk of heart attack in half.

Just one hour on a bike can burn well over 500 calories (depending on incline and how quickly you’re pedaling). It’s an excellent way to get your heart rate up and can actually help slow the decline of cardiovascular health1—possibly even cutting your risk of heart disease by up to 82%.2

And not only can your bike make you physically fit, it may also make you smarter. Biking, along with other types of aerobic exercise, has been shown to increase the hippocampus, the part of your brain related to memory and learning.3

Bikes can fit within the space of 1 car.

In addition to the health & social benefits of the bicycle, there are economic perks to consider as well. For individuals, cycling can greatly reduce the costs of transportation and health care.4

While cyclists tend to spend less per shopping trip than drivers, they also tend to make more trips, pumping more total money into the local economy over time. Multiply that by the additional number of bikes that can fit within a single car parking space, and that could mean a big boost for local businesses.5

Miles of bike paths in Rochester
(including 60.4 lane miles on-street)

Here in Rochester we have some of the most attractive trails in New York State, including the Genesee Riverway Trail and Erie Canalway Trail.

Within our metro area there are over 230 miles of multi-use trails, 60.4 miles of on-street bike facilities, and more being added every year.4

With the rise in popularity of bicycling, this trail network offers significant social and economic benefits to adjacent communities. In fact, simply having access to bike paths can increase your home value by 11%.5

TIP #1: Follow the Law

Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

TIP #2: Be Predictable

Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

TIP #3: Be Conspicuous

Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.

TIP #4: Think Ahead

Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

TIP #5: Ride Ready

Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.

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Public Transportation

For many in our community, public transportation serves as a vital connection to get to their jobs and the services they need for a good quality of life.

If you’re interested in using public transit to get around Rochester, see below for a collection of local transit tools & resources.

Trips taken on RTS each year

In 2014, Americans took a record 10.8 billion trips on public transportation—the highest annual ridership number in 58 years.1

People are choosing to use public transit for a variety of reasons; it’s convenient, less expensive than driving, and it’s better for our health and the environment.

And let’s not forget, over 25% of households in the city of Rochester don’t have access to a car. So for many of us, transit is the only way we can get our jobs, the grocery store, doctor appointments, or to visit family & friends.

Annual household savings
with one less car

Households that use public transportation and live with one less car can save on average $9,162 annually.2

If you drive to work alone each day, your fixed costs (including fuel, maintenance, parking and depreciation) can exceed $1 per mile.3

Comparatively, a trip on RTS costs one buck.

The amount of CO2 emissions Rochester drivers could save everyday using public transit instead

It’s pretty clear that public transit can save us some green in our wallets. But driving less can also ease our impact on the planet, and that’s pretty green too.

Rochesterians all together drive over 10,907,000 miles a day.4 Now take a deep breath… That’s 3,781,271,334 pounds of CO2 pumped into our air each year.5

And all of that motoring around burns up 236+ MILLION gallons of gas each year6 or roughly 11,804,779 barrels of oil7; More than the U.S. imports from Kazakhstan, Egypt, China and UAE combined.8

To report an issue with RTS service or bus stops, please call RTS customer service at (585) 288-1700. To report issues with pedestrian infrastructure, see our Local Resources for Walking. If you are not getting a satisfactory response, let us know. We may be able to help.

TIP #1: Plan Your Trip

The key to any successful trip is to make plans before you leave. Get detailed transit directions at or download the RTS app (Android | Apple iOS).

TIP #2: Prepare Your Fare

It helps to have your fare ready so you’re not fumbling for change at the farebox. RTS fareboxes accept coins and 1, 5, 10 & 20 dollar bills. Change is provided in the form of a Stored Value Pass (they never expire).

If desired, you can buy an All-Day Freedom Pass on the bus. Just tell the bus driver PRIOR to placing your money in the fare box.

You can also order fare cards online or by calling 585-288-1700.

Regular Fares:RTS Fares

TIP #3: Track Your Bus

Download the RTS Mobile App or visit Where’s My Bus to track your bus.


TEXT your bus stop ID number* to (585) 351-2878 or
EMAIL your bus stop ID number* (in the subject line) to WMB@RGRTA.COM

Within seconds you’ll receive the next three bus arrival times.

*The bus stop ID will be a 4-digit number in the upper left or lower right corner of the bus stop sign.

TIP #4: RTS Customer Service

If you still have questions or need further assistance, contact RTS Customer Service at(585) 288-1700 or TTY (585) 654-0210.