Justin Booth is an expert in creating livable streets and vibrant communities. He founded and directs Buffalo’s bicycle advocacy organization and is responsible for institutionalizing the voice of cyclists and pedestrians within the City of Buffalo. In addition to his local work, he has helped communities across New York and beyond examine, critique and plan for streets that increase activity and safety for all users.
In addition to his role as a principal at Make Communities, LLC, Justin Booth, also serves as Executive Director of GObike Buffalo. At Gobike, he has fostered growth from a kitchen-table organization to a growing and experienced advocate for Complete Streets and people-first transportation in the region. From its roots in 2008, he has raised well over $2 Million in state, federal, and private foundation grants for a diverse array of program and projects.
Prior to the founding of GObike Buffalo, Justin was the NYS Coordinator for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership identifying policies and encouraging investments in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. In his current capacity he has continued and expanded on this role.
He has extensive experience with City of Buffalo and NYSDOT policy and procedure, and was a leading force in the passage of city, county and statewide Complete Streets policies. Justin has authored or co-authored numerous policy and local planning documents addressing livability and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure and has provided expertise in the development of Buffalo’s Green Code; a Unified Development Ordinance, which combines zoning, subdivision, and public realm standards into a single regulatory document for the City of Buffalo.
Justin also serves as the Chair of the Common Council’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, and is a part of the steering committee for Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities through the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. He is also a member of the One Region Forward transportation working group, and a board member of Re-Tree Western New York, Buffalo Green Fund and the Western New York Environmental Alliance where he chairs the Transportation Working Group.
He was named a Buffalo Game Changer by Buffalo Spree and was profiled as one of six Buffalo News Outstanding Citizens of 2013 and was a runway model for Mass Appeal, a fundraiser for the Elmwood Village Association – an honor his friends and family will never let him live down.
Justin holds a BA in Health and Wellness from Buffalo State College and an MS in Education and Health from Canisius College.