New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) urges action on NYSDOT Capital Plan

In November, New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT), a grassroots coalition co-led by New York Bicycling Coalition, Tri State Transportation Campaign, and Parks and Trails New York, delivered this letter to NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald regarding the Department’s upcoming 5-year Capital Plan. New York Bicycling Coalition will also testify at an Assembly Transportation Committee hearing…

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What’s the Skinny on “Road Diets”?

Until recently, this was the best option for cycling on North Margaret Street in the City of Plattsburgh, NY.  That is, until a handful of concerned local advocates calling themselves Plattsburgh Acquiring Safe Streets (PASS) successfully advocated for a “Road Diet” project to improve safety and access for bicyclists in the corridor. What is a…

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New Yorkers call on Legislators to Fund Pedestrian and Bicycling Projects

On February 11 New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) convened around the State Capitol in Albany to advocate for dedicated funding to improve New York’s pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure. The advocacy day is a follow up to other efforts of the group to deliver the same message to the Governor’s Office and the New York…

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New “Texting Zones” Announced in New York

Sept. 23, 2013–New York, NY–By Jen Benepe In his continuing drive to reduce traffic crashes due to texting, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the addition of new stop and text zones along major highways in New York State. The zones, many of which utilize existing rest areas, were created so that drivers who want to text, have a place to stop to do it. The 91 zones will be marked by new blue signs that read, “It can wait: Text Stop, 5 Miles,” or “Text Stop, 1 Mile.” Though the initiative is well-intentioned, it is unclear how well these areas will convince those most likely to text–young and inexperienced drivers–to pull over. “Unless they put some teeth behind this legislation, it will never work,” said lawyer Bob Fader who specializes in civil traffic cases. newyorkstateofficeofthegovernor on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free The new texting zones are part of an ongoing Cuomo initiative which the governor started earlier this year in response to the massive increase in texting and distracted driving. But by all accounts, texting while driving has grown to fantastic levels. In 2011, there were more than five times as many crashes caused by distracted drivers in New York than […]

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Artcrank NYC Bicycle Poster Show and Party Tomorrow

Two-wheeled travel sparks creative expression, and one consistent sign is the Artcrank NYC show and sale of handmade, bicycling-inspired posters. It opens at Bicycle Habitat this Thursday, September 26, and extends through Friday. Admission is free. For the second year, the shop’s SoHo […]

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TSTC Says Loophole in New NYSDOT Policy Undermines New York’s Complete Streets Law

Source of this excerpt:  Mobilizing the Region: News and Opinion from the Tri State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) by Nadine Lemmon The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) recently issued a draft plan of transportation projects it will be tackling from 2014-2017. This draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) will encompass more than $32 billion in federal, state and…

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