Pedal-Powered Progress in NYS: Highlights from around the State

  Because we’re all busy folks, highlights help keep us up to speed – enjoy these majestic bicycle morsels from around New York State! Please send us developments from your city, town and region (links, photos – the whole shebang) and we’ll try to fit it all into these twice a month updates which we’ll…

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Buffalo Leads the Bicycle Friendly Community Charge!

By Harvey Botzman & Justin Smith Yesterday, we joined bicycling advocates from western New York and across the State to gather in Buffalo to hear Bill Nester, V.P. of programming for the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), explain the importance and benefits of participating in the Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program. The gathering, which was…

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Bicycle Commuting Workshops Wrap Up

NYBC recently wrapped up a successful series of Bicycle Commuting 101 workshops in both Rochester and the Capital District. These workshops, sponsored by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, followed up the creation of a New York State Bicycle Commuter Guide, working in tandem to provide all levels of bicyclists with fundamental knowledge and confidence to…

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Obstacles to Female Cyclists and Why they Exist

This is the first in a series of stories that will explore the role of women in bicycling. This preliminary piece introduces the issues that have developed to create the current situation for women in the world of bicycling. Often when we think of cycling, it’s hard not to imagine the stereotypical middle-aged man wearing…

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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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