LI Streets Beat: Bikes shares, expanding trails, bikelash, another hit-and-run, and photo highlights.

LI Streets Beat: Bikes shares, expanding trails, bikelash, another hit-and-run, and photo highlights.

Recent news stories: Bike shares in Suffolk have become contagious! Bus service has been dwindling but some experts aren’t addressing that. More bike trails being built. Legislators criminalize some cycling behaviors with stiffer penalties than for car drivers who maim and kill.

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County Executive responds to concerns over reckless cycling/helmet bills

33.33% OF ALL BICYCLISTS FATALITIES IN 2018- THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW YORK -WERE ON LONG ISLAND but Nassau County Executive Laura Curran’s office is running in circles on mandatory hat laws and curbing the non epidemic of reckless cyclists terrorizing drivers. The following statement from the County Attorney was in response to our concerns re: bills 291-19 and 292-19:

There is moral obligation for the County Executive and our Legislators to consider data on who is being injured and killed, and to then rearrange their problem statement. Exactly what are they trying to address with a mandatory helmet law and ambiguous reckless riding law here- how would those laws have any impact on reducing injuries for bicycle or car crashes? Were there any metrics in place when Legislators John Ferretti and Thomas McKevitt co-sponsored this?

In 2018, Nassau County police-reported crashes resulting in injuries and fatalities involving

  • bikes: 606

  • pedestrians: 850

  • all crashes: 40,306


Distracted Legislature backseat drives a dangerous Newsday narrative that is not about ride-outs

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Disgusting Newsday article written on the dashboard of a distracted journalists SUV while Legislator Tom McKevitt and Legislator John R. Ferretti Jr. were backseat driving this negative narrative. This article exists because they fear us- they needed to spin some press to gloss over the mistakes they know they made - and we're calling out. LI & NYC bike lobby sees through these bullying bike bill and have been calling and emailing Nassau County Executive Laura Curran all week to tell her bills 292-19 & 202-19 were written so flawed that they make transcripts of a Park Slop Community Board meeting look tame.

The anti-bike Legislators pushed these bills to address a non epidemic of drivers in cars & trucks being terrorized by reckless cyclists, creating stiffer penalties for cyclists who seem to be "reckless" cycling than for the drivers of cars who literally terrorize, maim and kill us? The legislative intent re: "devices" is bonkers; GPS and mounted devices have no business scrutinized in court.

The Shared-Mobility Management Plan and the Bike Trail Map are meaningless if County Exec Lauran Curran allows these bills through. I know that we've managed to elevate our concerns to the County counsel, thanks to Daniel Flanzig's detailed analysis and our persistence with our Legislators.

To be clear - these bills do nothing for children or families and do not address the "ride outs" in any meaningful manner - instead they cast a wide net to capture every single person on a bicycle riding in or through Nassau County. THIS AFFECTS EVERY CYCLING CLUB. 

When will these Legislators hold reckless drivers who terrorize and kill us accountable for their actions?? When will these Legislators support a 3-foot amendment to the Safe Passing law? When will these Legislators support raising penalties for drivers who flee the scene of a crash??When will these Legislators do their job and represent our inherent rights to safely access Nassau County streets?? We are dying and they do nothing.

This isn't safety, this is car culture.

Nassau Legislature votes today to allow bikes to be confiscated

Nassau County Legislature hearing and vote today on proposed law enabling police to confiscate bicycles that are driven in a dangerous manner. No word yet on when they will confiscate cars and trucks from drivers who maim and kill.

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This is not how you make Long Island streets safer, it's how you reinforce car culture.
Please let your legislator know that you bike, you vote and you do not support backwards laws that put cyclists in fear of being unfairly targeted for cycling in a manner that preserves your life. 
Nassau County Legislators ought to consider providing more safe access to Long Island streets a priority, not petty profiling. 

Every cycling club pedaling through Nassau County should be concerned.