New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT)
NYBC has joined with Parks & Trails NY (PTNY) and Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) and other bicycle-pedestrian advocates to form New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT), a coalition dedicated to working with stakeholders to assure equitable funding for non‐motorized transportation, including complete streets, community multi‐use trails, and safer and increased levels of bicycling and walking in New York’s cities, villages, and towns.
Agenda for 2013-2014
Beginning in December, 2013, NY4AT will work our state and local partners to advocate for increased state funding for much needed bicycle and pedestrian projects.
We know how much our members love to bike and walk, and that communities all over the state are eager to build trails, bike lanes, and sidewalks to improve safety and access for bicyclists and pedestrians. But, as the recent round of Transportation Enhancements Program funding demonstrated, the huge demand for these projects far outpaces the funding that is available to build them.
Unfortunately, recent reductions in funding, on a state and federal level, have greatly limited the ability of communities to develop the infrastructure needed to implement the state’s Complete Streets law and promote bicycling and walking.
NY4AT is calling on Governor Cuomo to:
- Establish $20 million line item in the 2014-15 state budget specifically dedicated to funding pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects, with a minimum additional commitment of $20 million annually over the next 5 years.
- Direct NYSDOT to revise its Preservation First policy so that it does not exclude new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects and is consistent with the intent of the state’s Complete Streets law.
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Summary of NY4AT Action in 2012-2013
NY4AT Advocacy Day March 13, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Fort Orange Club
110 Washington Avenue
The national advocacy group Transportation for America (T4America) will kick off the day with a program, Making the Most of MAP-21, designed to help lawmakers and advocates better take advantage of the new federal transportation legislation. We’re inviting New York’s senators and assemblypersons as MAP-21 has given states, and therefore our legislators, much greater control over which transportation programs will receive funding. Registration is required by March 11. Cost for the breakfast is $10, payable at the door.
10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
After breakfast, walk half a block to the Capitol and Legislative Office Building to make the case for continued funding for active transportation. You will be assigned to a team with fellow advocates who will join you in meetings with policymakers throughout the day. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required by March 11. For those not attending the breakfast, a meeting place and brief orientation will be arranged.
This is your chance to tell your representatives and other key committee members how important trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, complete streets, and safe routes to school programs are to the economy, quality of life, and health of the citizens of your village and town.
• Dedicated bicycle-pedestrian infrastructure funding
In a November 2012 memo to the Governor’s transportation staff, NY4AT has requested:
a budget line in the Executive Budget dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure,
assurance that all or a clearly established percentage of the federal Transportation Alternatives funds will be dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
• Inclusion of bicycling and walking in NYSDOT’s Two-Year Capital Plan
In a November 2012 letter to NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald, PTNY, NYBC, and TSTC called for NYSDOT’s Two-Year Capital Plan to include walking and bicycling as part of the state’s transportation system.
• Release of up to $50 million in Transportation Enhancements Program (TEP) funds
As much as $30-50 million of TEP dollars may still remain. NYSDOT should make these dollars available as soon as possible to local governments to fund trails and bicycle and pedestrian projects.
• Re-establishment of the state bike-ped advisory committee
NY4AT urges NYSDOT to re-establish the state bicycle-pedestrian advisory committee as a means of gathering input from stakeholders as well as helping disseminate information about the new Transportation Alternatives program.
• Continued funding for trails and bike-ped projects
In an August 2012 letter to Governor Cuomo, PTNY urged immediate action to ensure continued robust funding for trail and bike and pedestrian-oriented projects in NYS. The letter was-developed with our partners, NYBC and TSTC, and co-signed by almost 100 organizations and municipalities.
In addition, almost 600 trail advocates responded to PTNY’s call for postcards to let the Governor know of the importance of the Recreational Trails Program.