Pedal-Powered Progress In NYS: October Highlights

Filed Under: Advocacy & Policy, Bicycle Events, Bicycle Friendly University, Bike Laws, Culture, eBike, Education & Safety, Equity, Funding
Post By: justinsmith
Posted On: November 5, 2015


Because we’re all busy folks, highlights help keep us up to speed – enjoy these updates and developments from around New York State! Please send us progress from your city, town and region (links, photos, etc.) and we’ll try to fit it all into these monthly updates which we’ll post around the 1st of each month. Email Justin

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Still applicable (from last month’s update) Individual Bike Tourists Tour Erie Canal

  • 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 (add to your list)

  • 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...

Important updates on grants that are no longer open

  • In late September, NYBC launched a new mini-grant program to help advance the bike movement in New York State. Find out who received a grant…


  • Governing published an article entitled, “Most Cyclists are Working Class Immigrants, Not Hipsters“. The article highlights the cultural gap between the largest segment of people who ride bicycles, low-income folks and immigrants, and the paid bike advocacy movement and has gained a fair bit of attention. Huffington post had a live discussion about the subject. Check out this video
  • The 6 E’s of Safe Routes to School: Embracing Equity – Learn more


From NYC

  • A group in NYC is taking action and fixing bike lanes where the city isn’t. The group says its mission is to “show how easy it is to transform streets to make them better and safer for everyone. In less than a half hour, and with about $500 worth of cones and flowers, we were able to achieve something that often gets delayed by Department of Transportation bureaucracy or political fear.” Read more
  • Advocates in NYC call on the City to build protected bike lanes on 5th and 6th Aves:
  • Advocates rally for bike paths on the Verrazano Bridge. Read more


From Western NYSBuffalo lift bridge bike lane

  • The final touches on Buffalo’s Ohio St. are completed and there is now a protected bike lane on the lift bridge – potentially the first of its kind in the nation.
  • Buffalo’s Green Code moves toward density and walkability, away from parking minimums. Read more

From the Southern Tier

  • The Ithaca Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Council passed a resolution in support of abolishing minimum parking requirements.

From the Capital District

From NYC

  • City Hall wants Council Members to beef up “Bikes in Buildings” Bills. Read more
  • Citi Bike is coming to Harlem and they want you to choose where to install their docking stations. They are also hosting a presentation on November 10 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more
  • What’s happening with the Pulaski bridge bikeway construction? Find out
  • TIGER funding will enable the City of New York to connect the South Bronx and the Bronx River Trail, completing a significant gap of the Bronx River Greenway. This will build two bridges and trail connecting Starlight Park to Concrete Plant Park. This funding plus $4.4M in Sandy Recovery funding will bring this $14M project home. For more details, see this press release from NY Congressman Jose E. Serrano.


Across NYS

  • A big congratulations to Alfred University and Nazareth College on becoming New York State’s two newest Bicycle Friendly Universities! Also, congrats to the State University of New York at Buffalo on renewing. That makes a total of 8 Bicycle Friendly Universities in New York State! Learn what other NY universities are BFUs


From the Capital US e-bike laws

  • 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 and we need your help to fix this. The New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), PeopleForBikes, and the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association have teamed up for the second year to increase access for people who would like to ride an electric bike. We’re working to fix a law that prevents New Yorkers from purchasing and using electric bicycles and negatively affects the entire bicycle industry. Learn more

From NYC

  • City Hall wants Council Members to beef up “Bikes in Buildings” Bills. Read more


  • Learn more about the haunting photos from Genea Barnes’ ‪ghost bike book which memorializes people who were riding their bike when they last their lives to traffic violence. It’s available for purchase here:
  • Story time just got a whole lot cooler! Check out this great new children’s book about the ABCs of biking!