We tried but were unsuccessful in getting extra state money in this year’s budget to support safer bicycling and walking. But we can still work at the federal level to change things. Here’s what you can do.
- Ask your Representative and Senator to support the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act HR3494/S1708 which would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to set national performance measures to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who are killed on our roads.
- Send a message to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) asking them to require states to set separate safety performance measures specific to bicycling and walking as part of implementation of MAP-21. MAP-21 required the establishment of safety performance targets and gave states a significant increase in Highway Safety Improvement Program dollars to accomplish those goals. Presently, US DOT is asking states only to set a target for overall fatalities and serious injuries, meaning most of these safety dollars will go only to reducing motorized fatalities and serious injuries.
Between 2009 and 2012, almost 29 percent of all traffic deaths in New York were bicyclists and pedestrians, the most of any state in the nation. Yet, from 2009-2013, New York State obligated NONE of its Highway Safety Improvement Program funds to safe bicycling and walking. Specific targets for reducing bicycle and pedestrian deaths and injuries would increase the likelihood that New York will spend more of their federal safety funds on making our streets safer for bicycling and walking.