Calling all NY League Cycling Instructors!

New York Bicycling Coalition is reaching out to all League Cycling Instructors as part of an effort to evaluate how we can best support New York’s network of bicycling educators. NYBC would like to develop a network and support system for cycling instructors. We strongly believe that providing educational opportunities for people of all ages…

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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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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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How to Write a Complete Streets Policy

Step one: Do it like Indianapolis.
This is how Indianapolis does complete streets. Image: UrbanIndy
Of the 130 complete streets policies passed in 2012, the one passed by Indianapolis gets the highest score in a new ranking by Smart Growth America and its National Complete Streets Coalition.
“The Complete Streets movement fundamentally redefines what a street is intended [...]

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Women Bike Webinar: Getting More Moms and Families on Bikes

Research consistently shows that women shoulder more of the household responsibilities, including childcare and transportation. Whether running errands or shuttling kids, women often face additional considerations when it comes to getting around by bike. So join us for our next Women Bike webinar — April 11, from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. EDT — as we [...]

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How Much Driving Is Avoided When Someone Rides a Bike?

If Jane Doe rides her bike a mile to the post office and then back home, is it fair to assume she just avoided two miles of driving? And can we then assume that she prevented 2.2 pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted?
Photo: Bike Reviews
That’s more or less the way most agencies calculate averted vehicle-miles traveled. [...]

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Streetfacts: Bike Lanes Aren’t Just for Big Cities

Welcome to the first of five shorts we’re calling Streetfacts. With Streetfacts, we’ll be highlighting developing trends affecting transportation and planning policy, as well as addressing the cost of “bad practices” that prevent us from shifting to a more balanced transportation network that supports more livable places.
As Streetfilms viewers know, many of the big cities [...]

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Women’s Forum Follow-up: Engaging Women in Rides & Races

Challenge or charity. Fitness or friendship. There are so many motivations to start riding. For women, the social aspects of bicycling are often a key motivation and inspiration, making rides and races particularly important in engaging and empowering more female bicyclists. At the National Women’s Bicycling Forum this month, we explored ways to break down [...]

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