Pedal-Powered Progress In NYS: November Highlights

Filed Under: Advocacy & Policy, Culture, Education & Safety, Funding, Infrastructure, Local Communities, Tourism
Post By: justinsmith
Posted On: November 30, 2015

 

Because we’re all busy folks, these monthly updates from around New York State will help keep you up to speed! Please send us progress from your city and region (links, photos, etc.), and we’ll add them in to our monthly updates which we post near the 1st of each month. Email [email protected]

THE GREENBACK TRACK

New options Park tool

  • Park Tool has launched it’s new Park Tool Community Grant Program to help nonprofit bike programs get the tools and repair products they need. Applications for the grants will be accepted from November 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. Learn more and apply

Still applicable (from last month’s update)

  • The deadline is fast approaching! Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the NYS Office of Parks, Preservation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) are offering the first round of competitive grants for Friends organizations that support New York State parks, trails and state historic sites. Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2015. For more details and to apply

Looking ahead People for Bikes

  • Funding for bicycle infrastructure through PeopleForBikes – the 2016 spring grant cycle schedule should be posted by the end of October. At the moment, they’re planning for the same date schedule as 2015, but it is possible for things to change. Learn more and apply here...

ADVOCACY ADVANCES

From the Hudson Valley

  • Kingston’s Building a Better Broadway plan has released a Revised Recommendation Report that helps to clarify misunderstandings that were being spread by uninformed individuals and media outlets.

From NYC crash-not-accident

  • Transportation Alternatives launched a campaign asking the Associated Press to change its Stylebook (used by virtually all journalists) to stop using the word ‘accident’ in stories about traffic crashes.
  • Transportation Alternatives speaks on the NYPD’s crackdown on jaywalking. On November 5, 84-year-old Agalia Gounaris was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Queens. Just a few days later the local NYPD precinct and elected officials responded with swift action. Unfortunately, their response was not to crack down on hit-and-run drivers, or fix a notoriously dangerous street with some of the highest pedestrian volumes in the city. Instead, they announced a crackdown on jaywalking. Read more
  • Manhattan Community Board 8’s Transportation Committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend an additional Upper East Side (UES) crosstown bike lane! Bike New York and Transportation Alternatives teamed up with local stakeholders and UES residents to advocate for an additional crosstown bike lane.

FACILITIES FEVER

From Central NYS

Part of the new bike boulevard

  • Rochester began building its first and long-awaited bike boulevard as part of a larger plan to create a low-cost network of low-speed streets for low-stress cycling. In conjunction with bike lanes and bikeways separated from car traffic, bike boulevards form a network of routes to reach “within a half-mile of every home and business within the City.” Learn more

From Western NYS

  • Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. announced their approval of a $5 million project to increase access and activation of the outer harbor area. Planned improvements will make the area more accessible by bike, including:
    • Construction of a visitor center at Bell Slip with bicycle amenities;
    • Completion of the bike path along Terminals A & B in order to connect the entire southern end of the Greenbelt loop; and
    • Development of a 6-acre mountain bike course with a series of unpaved trails and a pump track.

From the Adirondacks 

  • The future of the state-owned rail corridor that stretches 119 miles from Remsen to Lake Placid has proved to be a very contentious issue in the Adirondack Park in recent years. The NYS DOT and DEC have at last settled on a plan to create 34 miles of recreational trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid to be used by people who bike and walk in the warmer seasons and snowmobilers and cross-country skiers in winter. Read more

From the Hudson Valley 

Photo: Gregg Swanzey

Photo of the construction beginning in Kingston by Gregg Swanzey

  • One section at a time The Kingston Greenline is being built! Everyone who walks out to Kingston Point along the Causeway or rides the Trolley will be pleased. This is part of the effort by Kingston Land Trust in partnership with the City of Kingston thanks to a grant through the Economic Development office from NYSERDA, Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, and the Department of State. Learn more…  

From NYC

  • Getting from Randall’s Island to the South Bronx is about to get much easier. After years of waiting, the Randall’s Island Connector opened on Nov. 14. The Randall’s Island Connector is a quarter-mile long pathway meant for people who bike and walk. Read more
  • Sharing the walkway on the Pulaski Bridge with pedestrians will soon be a thing of the past. Check out these photos
  • The MTA is seriously considering pedestrian and bicycle access on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Read more

    Photo of Alec Melman of the new flex posts on 158

    Photo Alec Melman of new flex posts installed on 158

  • The Bayonne Bridge, which connects Staten Island with Jersey City, will have a shared walkway and bikeway when completed. Read more… 
  • Citi Bike expanded deeper into Brooklyn, farther uptown in Manhattan, into Western Queens and across the Hudson. Meanwhile, Hoboken launched its own bike share system.
  • Flex posts help up the protective ante on the 158th bike lane as part of the Upper Manhattan bike improvements intended to make biking and walking safer between the Hudson River Greenway and the High Bridge. Read more

BUSINESS IS A BOOMIN’

Across NYS

  • A big congratulations to Alfred University and Nazareth College on becoming New York State’s two newest Bicycle Friendly Universities!

LEGISLATE…

From the Capital

  • Did you know that buying an electric bicycle (e-bike) in New York State is legal, but riding it is illegal? We think this is absurd. Will you help us fix this?

ENFORCEMENT

From NYC

  • NYPD is dedicating over 1,700 police officers to dangerous-driving crackdown. The officers will spend more than 12,000 enforcement hours per day to targeting drivers who speed, fail to yield to pedestrians, drive distractedly, and park in traffic lanes.. The sting will be in all parts of the city and will run through Nov. 22. Read more

THE PROGRAM JAM

  • Mark your calendars for the Walk-Bike New York Conference on Sept. 13 and 14 in 2016. Visit www.itsmr.org in May to register.

RESEARCH & STUDIES

CARGO CORNER – WE’RE PACKING IN SOME MORE INFORMATION!

  • Citi Bike riders who like to do a subway-bike combination will soon be able to plot out their route using a single app. Learn more 
  • Check out the haunting photos that comprise Genea Barnes’ ‪ghost bike book. Genea’s memorializes people who were riding their bike when they lost their lives to traffic violence. It’s available for purchase here: http://geneabarnes.com/blog/book/