State Lawmakers Call For Complete Streets Funding
Following months of campaigning by NYBC and our partners in New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT), lawmakers from the New York State Senate and Assembly have joined our coalition in calling for $20 million in dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to be included in the State Budget, which is due at the end of this month.
On February 27, Senator Martin Dilan and 19 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter to Governor Cuomo asking him to “ensure that pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects receive a continuous, dedicated level of funding in SFY 2014-2015 and beyond” and saying that “we can and should do better to help protect our State’s vulnerable [road] users.”
On March 8, Assemblyman Edward Hennessey followed suit at a press conference in Patchogue, NY, where he was joined by other federal, state, and local officials; transportation and Smart Growth advocates; and bicycling and running organizations, including NYBC.
Standing on the site where a 29 year old pedestrian was killed in 2012, Hennessey made a plea for safer roadways: “If we want to make our roads safer, more user-friendly for everyone, more integrated with our communities, then we need stiffer laws but also better, smarter infrastructure. This is where the necessary funding and the commitment of our NYS DOT to implement the funding become imperative to follow through on the Complete Streets Policy.”
Assemblyman Hennessey and 9 of his colleagues have written to Speaker Sheldon Silver in support of dedicating $20 million in the state budget to Complete Streets projects.
Wondering what you can do? The state budget deadline is fast approaching, but you can still call your elected officials and urge them to support dedicated funding for improving safe, accessible opportunities for bicycling and walking. Find your Senator here and your Assembly member here.