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 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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Boot Camp for Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trail Advocates

Last week New York Bicycling Coalition and the Bike Walk Alliance of Westchester & Putnam hosted the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s Winning Campaigns Training in White Plains, a three-day boot camp designed for leaders of local and state advocacy organizations. Nineteen participants from 5 different states gained valuable insight from veteran advocate Jeff Miller, President and…

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NYBC Bike Lawyer responds to death of local bicyclist in Fulton County

What follows is an op-ed written by NYBC Board Member Jim Reed of Elmira in response to the death of Fulton County resident Ed Lakata, who was killed on June 25 in a collision with a motor vehicle while riding his bike.  New York Bicycling Coalition believes strongly that there are options for updating NY’s vehicle…

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