Recap: Breakfast W/A Bike Lawyer at Mineola Bike Shop

Our second Bike Law Talk of 2018 was hosted by Mineola Bike Shop, in partnership with Daniel Flanzig, Esq and Long Island Streets, with a follow-up ride led by Roger. Barry and Audrey from Mineola Bike Shop spoke for a few minutes - this was their second workshop in an effort to boost cycling, safety and to help educate their cycling clubs. Good stuff. Allison spoke on behalf of Long Island Streets and our recent efforts to lower speed limits, represent vulnerable road users to local government and civic meetings (where we always need a bike advocate present) and took some video. Daniel Flanzig discussed our rights as a cyclist, the rules of the road,  and what we need to know if we are involved in a crash. Daniel also addressed important insurance issues for any cyclist and ongoing legislative issues in Albany.


Huge thanks to Barry and Audrey at Mineola Bike Shop, all of the Mineola Cycling Clubs, Roger for leading the post-Breakfast Ride and Scott Holiday for the homemade Irish Soda Bread!

Back to School: Safe Routes to Sea Cliff Elementary


We had a great day at school! This morning we helped educate 390 children at Sea Cliff Elementary School on injury prevention, traffic laws, bicycle and pedestrian safety. This was our second time with the students this school year- we recapped an outdoor bicycle rodeo last fall that was so well received that the school requested we return. The school has an exceptionally high rate of students who walk and bike to school, with less than a dozen students relying on a bus. The students are also active with scooters, skateboards, skates and daily outdoor activities.

Today's bicycle and pedestrian safety indoor assemblies were a partnership between the Village of Sea Cliff Traffic Safety Committee and Long Island Streets, NY Coalition for Transportation Safety & Cohen Children's Medical Center. 

May 9th we will return to Sea Cliff Elementary to host a Bike To School Day event - stay tuned for details!


MAY 9, 2018


TOH Mtg re: Speed in Island Park

Hempstead Councilman Anthony D'Esposito, Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford and Island Park school officials asked the Town Board to vote in favor of a lower Austin Blvd. speed limit, at the March 6th Town of Hempstead Mtg. 

Long Island Streets Executive Director Allison Blanchette spoke on behalf of pedestrians and people on bicycles, asking the Board to support legislation that would reduce Austin Boulevard's speed limit from 40mph to 30mph. We know that speed kills, so this reduction  will not only prevent some crashes but will improve the survival rate of those who are involved in a crash. The ideal speed would be 25mph, and that will be an ask in the future. 


Pt Jefferson to Wading River Trail inching forward

 Pt Jefferson to Wading River Trail

Pt Jefferson to Wading River Trail

The proposed Port Jefferson to Wading River trail is a 10-mile shared-use path to be built along the abandoned Long Island Rail Road right-of-way, currently owned by LIPA, which runs parallel to NYS Route 25A. The trail will run through the hamlets of Port Jefferson Station, Mount Sinai, Miller Place, Sound Beach, Rocky Point, Shoreham, East Shoreham, and Wading River. This project was originally proposed in 2001 as part of the federally funded Rails to Trails Conservancy, but was stalled by several political and regulatory obstacles. The money earmarked for the project years ago was on the edge of being repurposed until Chuck Schumer and Lee Zeldin worked together to revive the project. 

Thanks to our friends at C.L.I.M.B. for years of work to make this transformative shared-used recreational path a reality. 

A Public Information meeting will be “open house" style with maps displaying the proposed trail path. Representatives from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works and the Police Department will be available to answer questions. 

Thursday, March 15th ~ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Miller Place High School, 15 Memorial Drive, Miller Place, NY

Written comments will be accepted. For more information, contact Legislator Anker’s office at 631-854-1600.

NY Senate passes Long Island Motor Parkway Study bill

High fives to the advocates behind Motor Parkway East, who inched closer towards making their dream a reality. The NYS Senate unanimously passed legislation (S1566) authorizing the NYS DOT to conduct a study pertaining to a proposed expansion of the Long Island Motor Park east from Winchester Boulevard to Little Neck Parkway in Queens. The study will address the estimated costs, duration and environmental impact of the project, and  the impact construction will have on local traffic patterns.

This bill was sponsored by State Senator Tony Avella (D-College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Flushing, Jamaica Estates, Fresh Meadows, Bellerose, Floral Park, Jamaica, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Kissena Park, Briarwood).

The bill now moves to the Assembly (A5103). It is sponsored by Assembly Member David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows, Richmond Hill) with co-sponsors (thus far)  Assembly members Edward Braunstein, Nily Rozic, Jo Anne Simon and Luis R. Sepúlveda.

Great news following Motor Parkway East receiving  $5.25M for critical repaving. Read more on that spectacular happening here

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Suffolk County RFP for a Bike Share

 steve bellone, Newsday july 7, 2017

steve bellone, Newsday july 7, 2017

Suffolk County issued a request for proposal (RFP) for a vendor to design, build, finance, operate & maintain a regional bike share program, that will best meet the goals of the County, including:

  • Extending the reach of the transit network by providing last-mile connectivity
  • between transit stops and popular destinations;
  • Supporting bike safety through the development of a strong bike culture;
  • Supporting a ‘park once’ approach for cars where appropriate;
  • Decreasing the use of the automobile as the primary mode of transportation;
  • Encouraging a more active lifestyle and providing bicycles for intermittent
  • recreational use; and
  • Establishing a stronger bicycle network in Suffolk County, complete with new bike lanes and supporting infrastructure.

The RFP is due March 8, 2018. We aren't certain if they are entertaining both dockless and kiosk modes. What we do know is that Suffolk County needs to secure safe access to streets for a bike share scheme to work. From what we have read in Newsday, it seems this will be more geared towards connecting visitors arriving by bus or LIRR, to make that "last mile" connection, and those arriving by vehicle - so they leave it parked and zip around by bike. We expect this to be similar to the City of Long Beach Sobi Bike Share, Long Island's first dockless bike share program, rather than NYC's bike share, Citi-Bike, which is geared towards a transportation mode and alternative to subway hell. Knowing the landscape and general customer base, it would make sense to have a dockless bike share versus clunky kiosks (that's our .02).

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has been pushing for this for over a year, hoping to get it rolled out by summer 2018. Last year in Newsday (July 7, 2017) Bellone said, “We think this is a win-win situation. Importantly, it shows Suffolk County can be a leader in cutting-edge transportation alternatives and technologies that better connect residents to our downtowns and our world-famous destinations and assets.


Cutting-edge technology, Steve? Hard to call bike share, which has been around for years, "cutting edge" when Vancouvers unrolling pedal-assist tricycles with heated grips and overhead. Behold: Veemo electric bike-share! This would be so hot in the Hamptons. 








But wait, there's more! Cutting-edge pedal-assist DOCKLESS bike share has unrolled - and it's rivaling Uber. It's called JUMP and it's sexy AF. JUMP bike share is solid enough for San Francisco hill, just imagine how this scheme could champion Suffolk County's terrain. Thinking game-changer. 



And then there's LA, which is light years ahead of New York in cutting-edge technology as they prepare to unroll the last mile electric scooter share: The Bird. 

 The last mile electric scooter share- the bird

The last mile electric scooter share- the bird

But of course Suffolk County cannot have either Veemo or The Bird because electric-assist and motorized things are illegal and highly frowned upon in New York State. Steve, you want Suffolk County to be truly cutting-edge? Support legislation that will legalize electric bicycles.

Pellegrino & Brooks redirecting TNC fee's for mass transportation

Long Island Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino and Senator John Brooks peddling legislation (A9046/S7437) that would redirect the existing 4% assessment fee on ALL transportation network companies (TNC) to the metropolitan mass transportation operating assistance account, whereas it currently gets thrown into a general pot.

Earmarking the assessment fees for transportation, with an emphasis on restoring and improving Nassau County and Suffolk County buses and commuter rails.

"This legislation is a common sense approach to restoring funding to our public transportation and ensuring Long Island is getting its fair share of revenue. Public transportation aids our local economy, eases congestion on our roads, provides necessary services to our seniors, protects our environment and is vital to our communities”, Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino said via

Brooks and Pellegrino announced and outlined the legislation at a press conference yesterday, stating this would add approximately $24million to the public transportation pot. A priority for funding is people with disabilities who are no be adequately served by public transportation. 

You can read the full text here


Recap: NYMTC Annual Mtg

Tuesday, February27th, Long Island Streets attended the Annual Mtg of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) w/Keynote Kathryn Wylde (CEO, Partnership for NYC) talking Transit, Traffic and Taxes.

  Kathryn Wylde (CEO, Partnership for NYC)

Kathryn Wylde (CEO, Partnership for NYC)

Bullet points: industry grown 22% but not transportation, funding sources for the state via an increased gas tax, phased in congestion pricing, Fix NYC Commission, private-public partnerships (P3's), value-capture mechanisms, and design-build initiative (a process that allows state authorities to seek combined design and construction bids for infrastructure projects from a single entity, saving billions of dollars and valuable time).

Outgoing Co-Chair MaryEllen Odell (Putnam County Exec) stressed funding is a priority issue but safety should always first. (I super appreciated the nod to transportation-safety). She also brought up millenial mobility (cheap, quick, hassle-free [hinting less autocentric]).

 NYS DOT Paul Karas, LI Streets Allison Blanchette

NYS DOT Paul Karas, LI Streets Allison Blanchette

The Co-Chair is a rotating position shared with the Council's Permanent Co-Chair, the NYS DOT Commissioner, which is currently Paul Karas. It was interesting to hear Karas take a moment to express pride in more sustainable priorities with walkability and bikeable projects in the state. Voted in as new Council Co-Chair was Nassau County Executive Laura Curran who is a newcomer to NYMTC, replacing Mangano who was more of a seat warmer than a participant, one might say.

Word of the day was congestion. That's great but other than -pricing, not much else was dug into about it (to be fair, this was the Council mtg, not MAP forum) until Brooklyn Advocate for saner streets Joanna Oltman Smith spoke during the always enjoyable 3-minute Public Participation segment. Crosswalks, protected bike lanes, e-bikes for transportation, reducing vehicles, autonomous vehicles and technology- aren't these all part of regional transportation planning for the future, and if so where's the conversation as todays Annual Mtg was themed "Coming Together To Shape The Region's Future." - Allison Blanchette, Exec Director LIS




ABOUT NYMTC: The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is a regional council of governments that is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley. The primary actions of NYMTC's Council Members include developing a shared vision and goals for the region, and adopting the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Transportation Conformity Determination, Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), Regional Transportation Plan (Plan) and Congestion Management Process Status Report, which are federally-required products of the planning process.

NYMTC's Council: Paul A. Karas (Co-Chair) Commissioner of NYS DOT; MaryEllen Odell Putnam County Executive; Polly Trottenberg Commissioner NYC DOT; Marisa Lago Director New York City Department of City Planning; Joseph J. Lhota Chairman MTA; Laura Curran (Co-Chair) Nassau County Executive; Ed Day Rockland County Executive; Steve Bellone Suffolk County Executive; George Latimer Westchester County Executive






Recap: Bike Law Talk at Bicycle Playground, Huntington

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This was our first bike law event for 2018, held in partnership with Concerned Citizens for Mountain Biking (CLIMB) and New York Bike Lawyers, Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP at Bicycle Playground in Huntington.

Michael Vitti presented a background on CLIMB and his advocacy work, Allison Blanchette discussed current legislative initiatives. Daniel Flanzig was the headliner here, discussing everything you needed to know about bike law, for on- and off-road biking. The pizza was awesome.

Creto-Kade Law, Angelica's Law & Seth's Law stalled by David Gantt

NYS Assembly Committee on Transportation Chairman David Gantt (D, Rochester) refuses to discuss several critical pieces of legislation that will save lives, serve justice and provide some level of peace to grieving family members. There are numerous bills being stalled, three we will discuss here.

 Sgt Kade E O'Brien

Sgt Kade E O'Brien

One of these bills includes Creto-Kade's law (S1670/A6562), which passed the Senate but can't even get passed the front door in the Assembly because of Gantt. Creto-Kade's law was named after David Creto Sherry and Kade O'Brien, who, during separate crashes, were killed when a driver made an illegal turn directly in the path of their motorcycles (failing to yield right-of-way).
Creto-Kade's law will hold drivers accountable for blatantly committing moving violations that  endanger motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists due to reckless driving, by ensuring misdemeanor charges against any driver who disobeys traffic law and causes serious bodily injury or death to another person, while carrying a punishment of 30 days in jail and/or a minimum fine of $300. Under existing state law, there is no serious penalty for committing a moving violation that results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person, unless the violation is considered Vehicular Manslaughter or falls under a separate offense, such as driving under the influence or driving with a revoked/suspended license. 

“He has not returned any of my telephone calls. I’ve sent him numerous emails. I sent him a letter from me. All of the above has been ignored.” - Ed O"Brien, Kade's dad, told a journalist a few days ago - read and watch the video by clicking here

 Seth Collier

Seth Collier

Seth Collier was killed by a hit-and-run driver who was eventually sentenced to the maximum: 2-6 years. Seth's Law (S882A) seeks higher penalties for leaving the scene of an accident without reporting. Had the driver stayed at the scene and reported, the penalties would have been higher. Current law incentivizes drivers under the influence to flee. Penalties should not be less severe for a driver who injures others and leaves the scene of the accident, and the law should provide a disincen tive for such behavior.

Read details on Seth's Law here.

Another David Gantt block is Angelica's Law, named after 14-year old Angelica Nappi, killed by a driver running a red light - the driver had multiple license suspensions. David Gantt refuses to let this bill past the front door of the Assembly simply because he doesn't like it. Then again, it's not like David Gantt is standing at the front door- he has the lowest attendance record in Albany. The state Senate has passed the bill multiple times. Under this legislation a person may be prosecuted for aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree when have five or more suspensions for failure to answer, appear, or pay a fine. A person may be prosecuted for aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree when such person has two or more suspensions for failure to answer, appear, or pay a fine. This decreases will take drivers with suspended licenses off the road.

Read more and watch the video of David Gantt refusing to discuss Angelica's Law here.


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So what will it take for David Gantt to open discussions on these and other bills? According to Democrat and Chronicle columnist Dave Andreatta who has been agitating Gantt for years by mowing Gantt's lawn amongst other rather spectacularly irritating antics, nothing will so Speaker of the Assembly Carl E. Heastie should move to remove. 


Newsday using preliminary numbers to claim 'accident' reduction

Using preliminary 2017 numbers that are subject to change, Newsday's  article "Fewer people killed on Long Island roads in 2017, stats show" examines preliminary crash data in Nassau & Suffolk, with a bit of windshield perspective, calling streets safer. 

This kind of blanket statement does nothing for Babylon, Huntington, Lindenhurst, Southampton, Farmingdale, North Hempstead, Glen Cove, Long Beach- these are municipalities that have seen an increase in fatalities from 2016-preliminary 2017 numbers (I'm also using ITSMR data). 
Blanket statements don't help, we need to consider more granular data like municipalities and then looking at what mode of victims (pedestrians, bikes, drivers, passengers). Suffolk County saw an increase in bicycle fatalities - that matters. 

We'll report more in-depth analysis of 2017 numbers when we return from the NYS Walk-Bike Summit in April. 



 Newsday keeping the 'accident' narrative is #DistractedJournalism



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By Michael O’Keeffe and Nicole Fuller,  February 18, 2018

Fewer people were killed in traffic accidents on Long Island roads and highways last year, according to the latest statistics and police officials, who credited the decrease over the previous year to beefed-up law enforcement, increased motorist education and improved roadway engineering.

Other factors, like better cars, installation of red-light cameras, enhanced EMS training and traffic congestion have also contributed to the decline, experts say.

There were 94 crashes that killed 100 people in Suffolk County in 2017, according to preliminary figures released by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, a nonprofit partnership between the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the University at Albany that studies roadway safety. That represents a dramatic drop from 2016, when 139 people were killed in 121 crashes. 

A checkpoint near Sunrise Highway in Patchogue on Dec. 23, 2017, kicks off holiday weekend efforts to combat drunken driving. Photo Credit: Stringer News

Seventy-one people died in 66 fatal crashes in Nassau County last year, the institute said, compared with 79 deaths in 73 deadly accidents in 2016.  Suffolk saw a 28 percent drop in fatalities over 2016; Nassau a 10 percent drop; and Islandwide, traffic deaths fell 22 percent, from 218 to 171. The numbers include all fatalities reported in both counties by New York State troopers and the law-enforcement agencies responsible for patrolling Long Island’s roads and highways — including the Suffolk and Nassau police departments — and the five East End police departments.

Despite last year’s decrease, texting while driving continues to be a big challenge for law enforcement, said Suffolk Chief of Police Stuart Cameron, who noted education and enforcement will prevail.

“We can get a climate in Suffolk County where people aren’t using cellphones or texting while they are driving,” Cameron said. “Enforcement can overlap with education . . . A new driver may not realize the dangers of texting and driving until they get pulled over and get a ticket.”

Det. Gary Ferrucci, a Nassau County police accident expert, said reversing the trend of texting and driving will be hard and likened it to efforts to stop drinking and driving.

“It is going to be difficult because everybody is using cellphones,” Ferrucci said. “Maybe the phone companies will have to devise something so you can’t use your phone while you are driving.” 

The National Safety Council — a nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization promoting health and safety — said vehicle crashes in the U.S. killed 18,680 people in the first six months of 2017, according to the latest data. There were 40,200 deaths in the country in 2016 and 37,757 in 2015.

Robert Sinclair, a spokesman for the Garden City-based AAA, said he agrees that engineering changes and increased enforcement and education saves lives. Locally, he said, there is another factor: traffic congestion.

Nearly 38,000 additional vehicles were registered from 2011 to 2015 in Nassau and more than 55,000 additional vehicles registered in Suffolk during the same period, according to the latest figures available. All those new vehicles are making Long Island roads and highways more crowded and safer. 

“When you slow down, crashes tend to be less severe,” he said. “It’s the law of physics.”

Police officials say they have an arsenal of weapons at their disposal to make roads safer.

Nassau police issued 14.5 percent more traffic tickets last year than in 2016, according to spokesman Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun. Suffolk officers wrote 8.7 percent more traffic summonses last year compared with 2016, but Cameron said the increase in tickets doesn’t tell the whole story.

“They are not just writing more summonses,” Cameron said. “They are writing the right summonses,” he said, adding officers are targeting distracted drivers.

He hopes education to make texting behind the wheel taboo is also working.

Suffolk officers often take a traffic simulator to schools to show students how alcohol or drugs can dull their reflexes, and how drivers distracted by cellphones can turn Long Island roads deadly. 

“It is like a video game,” Cameron said. “It gets their attention.”

Jennifer Wendell, a police officer assigned to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Highway Patrol Bureau, says the department tries to apply intelligence-based policing to traffic enforcement.

She uses a device affixed to a tree or street pole that measures traffic volume and vehicle speeds, Cameron said. If Wendell finds that motorists are hitting dangerous speeds, officers are dispatched to pull over drivers and issue tickets Cameron hopes will make them more mindful motorists.

“The purpose of enforcement is not to punish people,” Cameron said. “It is to educate people.” 

Pavement markings and roadway surfaces have improved, which also makes driving safer, said Ferrucci, a 49-year Nassau police veteran.

Which is why Wendell visits the scene of every fatal crash and serious accident in Suffolk County and analyzes how that intersection or stretch of highway could be made safer, Cameron said.

She also looks at road engineering and forwards recommendations to the appropriate state, county and town agencies, Cameron said. Sometimes those recommendations are as simple as suggesting that a crosswalk be repainted. Others may be major capital projects, such as constructing left-turn lanes at busy intersections, he said.

Ferrucci said red-light cameras also serve as a deterrence and make people more cautious. “People say, ‘I don’t want to get a $150 ticket,’” he said.

He said car engineering is also saving lives with state-of-the-art anti-lock brakes and car bodies that absorb the energy of a crash and break apart on impact.

And in the event of an accident, Ferrucci said EMS personnel are much better trained these days. “The people who are coming to treat you if you do have an accident have received excellent training,” he said.

Safe Routes to Parks + grant opportunities

Addressing park accessibility helps increase the use of parks and plays a critical part in ensuring that communities have access to places to be physically active. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership created the Safe Routes to Parks Action Framework, intended to be used as a guide that will engage leaders and community members in an ongoing process to ensure that community policies and practices support safe and equitable access to parks.  

 Click image to read more about Safe Routes to Parks and access the Action Framework. 

Click image to read more about Safe Routes to Parks and access the Action Framework. 


The Safe Routes to Parks Action Program is currently accepting applications for awards for ten grantee communities in 2018. Grantee communities will receive grants of $12,000 each, and will receive training, coaching and technical assistance. Technical assistance will include resources, webinars, site visits, peer support, and feedback on plans and projects over the grant period. For more information, click here.