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 State Department of Transportation through a postcard campaign and a letter, sent in December 2013, from more than 1300 individuals and 50 organizations representing environmental, health, aging, equity, and transportation groups.
Legislators were asked to send a letter to leadership in the Senate and Assembly asking them to ensure that pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects receive a continuous, dedicated level of funding in the SFY 2014-2015 and beyond, at least equal to that enjoyed in New York before the federal government reduced dedicated funding by 30%.
Advocates also asked legislators to support the following bills:
S6340 Kennedy/ A8433 Ryan Expansion of the Complete Streets law
This bill would amend the Complete Streets law to also include consideration of accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists when undertaking resurfacing, maintenance and pavement recycling projects. New York State’s current Compete Street Law presently only applies to projects classified as construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation and specifically excludes projects classified as resurfacing, maintenance and pavement recycling.
S1356 Little/A6089 Russell Local control of town road speed limits
This bill would allow town boards to establish maximum speed limits on town highways classified as local roads located outside of villages in nonsuburban towns having a population of 50,000 or less.
S6496 Dilan/A8478 O’Donnell Local Control on NYC speed limits
This bill would allow New York City to reduce the city speed limit by 10 miles per hour.
New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) is a coalition of nonprofits and local governments dedicated to ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to safe opportunities for bicycling and walking in the state’s cities, villages, and towns through the development of sidewalks, bike lanes, Complete Streets and multi‐use trails. The coalition is coordinated by the New York Bicycling Coalition, Parks & Trails New York, and Tri‐State Transportation Campaign.