In November, the New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) coalition weighed in on NYSDOT’s 5-year Capital Plan with a letter to NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald with recommended priorities and a list of performance measures that can help the transportation agency better monitor its bike/ped progress.
The NY4AT coalition is a grassroots coalition co-led by New York Bicycling Coalition, Tri State Transportation Campaign, and Parks and Trails New York.
NY4AT is urging NYSDOT to take the following steps in the upcoming 5-year Capital Plan:
- Establish performance measures for active transportation
- Create a dedicated, state funding source for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
- Incorporate Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements into Routine Roadwork
- Update the Highway Design Manual and adopt the NACTO Bikeway Guidelines
- Close the Gaps in the Canalway Trail System and invest in state bike routes
- Update the outdated 1997 NYS Bike/Ped Plan and reinstate the Bke/Ped Advisory Committee
The Department of Transportation is required by statute to create a plan to address the state’s capital needs every five years. NYSDOT’s last capital plan, covering 2009-2014, is available at the NYSDOT website.