NYBC MONTHLY UPDATE SEPTEMBER, 2016
Hello and welcome to our new Monthly Update blog series! Once a month we’ll be bringing you what we think are the highlights of the bike movement across NYS and beyond – as well as keeping you up to date with the work we do by providing highlights from our monthly newsletter. Upcoming events, recommended readings, calls to action, our work and more! Tune in here once a month for all you need to know about biking in New York State.
Rides, public meetings, conferences etc.
Electric Bike Campaign
Ramps Up Again This Fall
Here we go again!
Kicking off with two public events this fall – one, shown above – with events on September 25th through the 27th in Rochester and Buffalo sponsored by Conkey Cruisers and featuring Olympic bike champion Nelson Vails. Please join us for one of these events.
NYBC will be hosting another E-bike event in Brooklyn a few days later, on October 3rd – and sponsored by Propel Bikes. More information to follow. We are confident that the third year of this campaign, supported by People for Bikes, will be “the charm.” Look for information this fall on our revamped website about how YOU can get involved in this campaign. We got oh so close last year – electric bikes were stopped at the last minute by the New York City Police Department, who had had objections relating to enforcement. But, we are confident these issues can be overcome during the upcoming legislative session in Albany.
Registration is now open! NYBC serves on the Steering Committee for this important biennial event, sponsored by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management. We are coordinating and will be moderating three exciting sessions at this year’s Symposium, and hope to see you there.
In case you missed it!
News stories and articles from across the State and beyond.
An op-ed in The New York Times in by Gretchen Reynolds that uses evidence from recent medical studies to illustrate the health benefits of E-Bikes. A must read for any bike enthusiast. It’s time NYS legalized E-bikes!
Long-time advocate and contributing author for lohud, David McKay Wilson, talks about bike safety in the Lower Hudson Valley.
CityLab’s Sarah Goodyear gives us the rundown on an amazing new device Chattenooga police are using to enforce safe passing laws. A great look at how modern technology can improve bike-safety enforcement.
A tragic hit and run accident has left a Rochester man severely injured and is shedding light on the need for New York to have more severe punishments for drivers involved in a hit and run with cyclists. Take a moment to read the article, and keep the Frisch family in your thoughts as we all work to make New York a safer state to bike.
We Need Your Help!
Organizations like us can’t function without the help of great people like you!
NYBC is Looking for a Few Good Cops!
We need a few passionate and knowledgeable law enforcement officers around the State, active and retired, to serve on our new Law Enforcement Advisory Team. Your local traffic safety board or Police on Bikes squad may be a good place to start.
Casting Call: We are also seeking a few officers with passion and experience for bike safety to be involved in a NYS version of this great video put together a few years ago by our colleagues at MassBike.
Please send names and contact info to [email protected]
What We’ve Been Doing:
New Expanded Safety Education Program!
Transforming NY State into a Leader in Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety is our new program funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), our long time state agency partner. This multi-year contract allows NYBC to make significant changes in the dissemination of critical educational materials to all New Yorkers. Stay tuned for a fleet of innovative programs to make biking and walking safer and better in New York State.
NYBC Long Island Chapter
We are proud to announce the creation of our first ever chapter in Long Island! The great energy and enthusiasm driving the work of our new NYBC Long Island chapter continues unabated. Lately, their work has been focused on developing a realistic list of projects for consideration under the federal Expiring Earmarks campaign. Our plan is to submit this list to NYSDOT’s central office in Albany, for consideration as part of an overall package the agency needs to submit to FHWA by late August. Interested in starting a new chapter in your region? Please contact [email protected]
The Long Island Chapter was busy this past month with events and presentations. In collaboration with Angela Satcher, organizer of the safety fair at St. Hugh of Lincoln Church. NYBC members staffed this great event on Saturday, July 16th in Huntington. Great Work!!
NYBC Announces the Founding Wineries of the Bike Friendly Program
Thanks to the efforts of our “super volunteer” Peter Masse, we now have five wineries who are committed to you, the bicycle tourist. They have fix it stations, bike racks, parking and hospitality facilities for your comfort. When you are choosing a launching off point for your next ride in the Finger Lakes, please go and support these wineries who want your business!
Statewide Happenings & Victories:
Bike Share Is Popping Up All Over New York –
Is Electric Bike Share Right Around The Corner?
One more thing, in order to expand the range of participants in their bike share program, Positively Rome is exploring an electric bike share, which has launched in Europe and coming to other states in North America soon.
But not yet in Rome!! (New York) – remember, electric bikes are not legal in our state!