New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) urges action on NYSDOT Capital Plan
In November, New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT), a grassroots coalition co-led by New York Bicycling Coalition, Tri State Transportation Campaign, and Parks and Trails New York, delivered this letter to NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald regarding the Department’s upcoming 5-year Capital Plan.
New York Bicycling Coalition will also testify at an Assembly Transportation Committee hearing on the NYSDOT Capital Plan on December 11.
NY4AT is encouraged by some of the recent steps the Department has taken to advance bicycling and walking initiatives across the state, and we are urging NYSDOT to assure that the next 5-year Capital Plan includes policy initiatives and adequate resources that will enable all New Yorkers to have access to safe, healthy and low-cost active transportation options in the future.
Recently the State has awarded federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects – through the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Highway Safety Improvement Program – that have given municipalities the opportunity to create meaningful changes in their communities. The Department’s Complete Streets website and training workshops have served as an important first step toward educating municipal leaders about how to build infrastructure for all users.
NY4AT is urging NYSDOT to take the following steps in the upcoming 5-year Capital Plan:
- Establish Active Transportation Performance Measures
- Create a Dedicated State Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure
- Incorporate Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements into Routine Roadwork
- Update the Highway Design Manual and Adopt the NACTO Bikeway Guidelines
- Complete the Canalway Trail System and Invest in State Bike Routes
- Update the outdated 1997 NYS Bike/Ped Plan and Reinstate the Bike/Ped Advisory Committee
NY4AT works with many stakeholders to advocate for consistent state policies, planning and funding for bicycle, pedestrian and trail infrastructure projects, and supports legislation to improve the safety of bicyclists, pedestrians and other road users.
Since NY4AT was formed in 2011, NYBC, PTNY, and TSTC have created a synergy based on their complementary skills and broad base of constituents and energized a coalition of other organizations and local governments, to become recognized as the leading advocate for active transportation and Complete Streets in the State.