Bicycle and pedestrian advocates from across New York State descended on Albany on February 3rd to ensure all New Yorkers have access to multi-use trails and complete streets as part of the third annual Active Transportation Advocacy Day. In their meetings with legislators, advocates asked lawmakers to sign on to a letter addressed to the Assembly Speaker and Senate Committee Chairs requesting:
- a dedicated fund of $20 million from New York State for bicycling and pedestrian projects in this year’s state budget, ensuring that the increased demand for safe access to high-quality bicycle and pedestrian facilities would be met despite federal cutbacks;
- a commitment from legislators to Close the Gaps in the Erie Canalway Trail, already one of the longest multi-use trails in the nation, in time for the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal’s construction in 2017; and
- a fully funded, five-year statewide transit capital plan to allow for safety improvements to accommodate increased compatibility between users of transit and active transportation.
2015 represents an important year for active transportation advocacy in New York State. If you missed the opportunity to participate in Advocacy Day, you can still get involved by meeting with your local legislators in their district offices. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for talking points.
Active Transportation Advocacy Day, now in its third year, was organized by New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT)– a coalition of representatives from New York Bicycle Coalition (NYBC), Parks & Trails New York (PTNY), and Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC).