NYBC seeks better mountain bike policies in Adirondack Park

New York Bicycling Coalition joined forces with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and 6 local trail organizations to submit formal comments on proposed amendments to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP) that have the potential to impact the development and maintenance of, and access to, off-road bicycling facilities in the Adirondack Park….

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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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State Lawmakers Call For Complete Streets Funding

Following months of campaigning by NYBC and our partners in New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT), lawmakers from the New York State Senate and Assembly have joined our coalition in calling for $20 million in dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to be included in the State Budget, which is due at the end…

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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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