Jones Beach State Parkway New Bicycle Pathways Ahead of Schedule

FANTASTIC NEWS! The 4 1⁄2-mile paved path on the western section beyond Field 1  should be completed by the end of this year- six months ahead of schedule. This new path will give people a way to explore farther west into the more natural area of the park where bicycle racks, native plants, traffic signs and lighting will be added to enhance both safety and leisure.

 

 

But wait, there's more!

Officials are analyzing the possibility of expediting the 10-mile eastern path along Ocean Parkway from Tobay Beach to Captree State Park. It's suppose to be complete in 2020, but it's looking to also be ahead of schedule. 

 

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Recap: Walk-Bike Nassau Presentation on Cycling Clubs

 Chris Mistron, head of Nassau traffic safety board. photo credit: Carl Tepfer 

Chris Mistron, head of Nassau traffic safety board. photo credit: Carl Tepfer 

Walk-Bike Nassau had over 100 attendee's including local, regional and state agencies, health professionals, traffic safety educators,  law enforcement, non-profits and the public. The mission was to raise awareness, provide education, and empower residents and community leaders in Nassau County to increase health and safety while walking and biking.

Why Walk-Bike Nassau? Look at the charts below - the numbers are sobering. Nassau County has the highest number of pedestrian fatalities, according to the Governors Pedestrian Safety Action Plan,  in New York State after New York City and followed by Suffolk County. The Nassau County Traffic Safety Board, which is charged with reducing the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes, is undertaking a campaign to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Nassau County. Walk-Bike Nassau was an important step in bringing people to the table to address pedestrian fatality rates while increasing health and safety.

 

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Long Island Streets and partners Flanzig & Flanzig, and CLIMB attended Walk-Bike Nassau, representing on and off road cyclists throughout Long Island, with a focus on bike law, advocacy efforts and the power of cycling clubs and organizations. The event was attended by State and local DOT players, local politicians and key transportation planners as well as those interested in making Nassau a better place to bike and walk.

Strength in Numbers was a presentation by Allison Blanchette. Much of the presentation was to demystifying cycling clubs, provide information how to get involved and explain why clusters of cyclists take a lane / cycling behavior on Long Island streets. Putting a face to cycling club members on and off road - these are parents, children, neighbors and everyday people.....and then highlighting the tremendous events and education that clubs provide = the true boots on the ground advocates for safer streets and healthy communities through awareness, education, encouragement, sports and recreation. 

Bicycle Law- Daniel Flanzig's focus was on the lack of protection for cyclists both in legislation and in the brutal reality of riding. Using video provided by our good friend Roger, Daniel was able to demonstrate the danger and difficulty of cycling on Long Island.

 

A few photo's from Walk-Bike Nassau...


Walk-Bike Nassau was sponsored by the Governors Traffic Safety Committee in partnership with Long Island Health Collaborative and the NY Coalition for Transportation Safety. The Steering Committee included Long Island Streets, DEDICATEDD, AAA-Northeast, and injury prevention specialists from Northwell Hospital.

PSAP funding for local roads announced

This is an update to our April announcement "$12 million awarded for NY P-SAP local call"

Governor  Cuomo announced $62 million in funding as part of the  governor's five-year $110 million New York State Pedestrian Safety Action Plan, which calls for a systemic approach to proactively address safety issues and minimize the potential for crashes through engineering, enforcement and education.  More than $22 million went towards pedestrian safety projects on state roads, which are currently underway, while $40 million is being invested to enhance pedestrian safety on local roadways.  Funding is being provided for cost-effective upgrades that greatly improve safety for pedestrians. Upgrades could include the installation of high visibility crosswalk markings and additional signs, as well as signalization enhancements.


A total of $12.78 million has been allotted  on Long Island, including:

  • $2.78 million to Suffolk County for locations in the towns of Huntington, Islip, Brookhaven, Smithtown and Babylon, for Phase 1 of Suffolk County’s Pedestrian Signal Safety Improvement project

  • $4.13 million to Suffolk County for locations in the towns of Huntington, Islip, Brookhaven, Smithtown, Riverhead and Southampton, for Phase 2 of Suffolk County’s Pedestrian Signal Safety Improvement project

  • $330,000 to Nassau County for a project in the village of Great Neck Plaza in the town of North Hempstead for curb extensions at the intersection of South Middle Neck Road and Barstown Road

  • $4.22 million to Nassau county for locations in the towns of Hempstead, Oyster Bay and North Hempstead, the village of Freeport in the town of Hempstead, and the city of Glen Cove, for safety improvements at uncontrolled crosswalks

  • $1.32 million to the town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County

Long Island Streets has been working with Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) educational materials and engaging with the Governors Traffic Safety Committee on best practices for bringing the messaging down to and throughout Long Island. In addition, we have engaged with NYSDOT Region 10 and several municipalities on the funding applications to make certain we squeezed the maximum amount of local funding available. Long Island Streets is the only not-for-profit covering Nassau County and Suffolk County actively engaging with local, state and regional agencies on PSAP.

Cuomo Announces $100million available via NYSDOT for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)&CMAQ

In 2016, Long Island received $2.2 million for three projects: $1,580,000 to Brookhaven for the construction of 2.1 miles of new sidewalk and 1.2 miles of curbs; $362,208 to Glen Cove for Downtown Business District pedestrian improvements; $288,000 to Amityville to construct 500 feet of pedestrian/bicycle path.

The NYSDOT is administering  $100million in funding for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) projects. These support bicycle, pedestrian, multi-use path and non-motorized transportation-related projects as well as programs and projects that reduce congestion and improve air quality. 

Eligible TAP Activities must focus on bicyclists, pedestrians and non-driver transportation benefits, on-road or off-road, and can include: 

  • Construction or reconstruction of sidewalks, walking trails/paths, multi-use paths.

  • Bicycle infrastructure, including but not limited to:

Adding and/or improving bike lanes on existing roadways and related striping.

Adding and/or improving road shoulders to accommodate bicycles, and related signage.

Installation of the following types of items at intermodal points and vehicular parking facilities: bike lockers, bike racks, parking facilities and shelters to accommodate bikes, etc.; and equipment or facilities to accommodate bikes on buses and trains.

  • Traffic control devices for bicyclists and pedestrians.

  • High visibility crosswalks, pavement markings and signage.

  • Lighting and related safety infrastructure for pedestrian or bicycle facilities.

 

Safe Routes to School projects located within a 2-mile radius of a K-8 school are eligible for TAP funding, including:

  • Construction or reconstruction of sidewalks, separate walking trails/paths, or multi-use paths not solely for recreation.

  • Bicycle infrastructure, including but not limited to:

 Adding and/or improving bike lanes on existing roadways and related striping.

Adding and/or improving road shoulders to accommodate bicycles.

Installation of the following types of items at schools: bike lockers, bike racks, bike parking facilities and shelters, etc.;

  • Traffic control devices for bicycles and pedestrians, including MUTCD- compliant audible tactile signals.

  • High visibility crosswalks, pavement markings and signage.

  • Traffic calming techniques

  • Encouragement activities to promote walking and/or bicycling to school, including Walk and Bicycle to School Days.

  • Educational activities, including educational curriculum and walk and/or bike safety programs for children in grades K-8.

For more information: https://www.dot.ny.gov/TAP-CMAQ

 

 

 

 

Suffolk County Picks Zagster to Operate Bike-Share Program

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced Boston-based Zagste aka Pace will operate the county's dockless bike share program. 

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Zagster is a Boston-based company that has run bike sharing programs for hotels, businesses and universities across North America since 2007. They entered the start-up dockless tech field a few years ago, and currently operate bike share systems in 35 states. Zagster's dockless bike share system is called Pace.

Pace are zippier, smaller bikes than the heavy CitiBikes and have a light commuter-cruiser look. Pace bikes are lock-to dockless bikes, similar to Long Beach's SoBi (Social Bikes - Jump), versus free-floating systems like LimeBike, Ofo, Spin or a dozen others. This could alleviate concerns of bike-shares being tossed around, and will most likely increase bike racks popping up.

The RFP for a bike share program was issued in March (recap here). The rollout date is sooner than later, as County Executive Bellone is anxious to get people peddling through Suffolk this summer. 

 

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Bike to School Day 2018

What a day! Over 100 students participated in  #BikeToSchoolDay at Sea Cliff Elementary School. The Village of Sea Cliff has tremendous community buy-in for all things bikey and walkable, which makes events like this successful. The bicycle racks at Sea Cliff Elementary School are on the front lawn, not hidden to the side or behind the school.

Special thanks to the Village of Sea Cliff Traffic & Transportation Committee and Long Island Streets for organizing this in partnership with NY Coalition for Transportation Safety and Cohen Children's Medical Center! 

 

City Rankings: The Best 480 US Cities to Bike

People For Bikes rates 480 US cities to determine the best places for bikes. The rankings are based on several factors including ridership, safety, network, reach and acceleration, and uses a variety of data sources. City Rankings is the first system of its kind in the U.S., fully transparent and data driven, making it easy for any community to see how it's doing well and how it can improve.

How to get your community ranked:

Community Survey

  • Share the community survey widely to help us collect information about biking in your city.. Find out when the next Community Survey is active here.

Update OpenStreetMap

  • The Bicycle Network Analysis uses an open-source mapping tool called OpenStreetMap The BNA is more accurate when the bike infrastructure, local destinations and speed limits are up-to-date and accurate in OpenStreetMap. Instructions for updating OSM data can be found here.

Complete the annual City Snapshot

  • The City Snapshot must be completed by a city employee or official. Instructions and a timetable for submission can be found here.

We have signed up to get notification for when the next round of City Rankings will happen, and will encourage Long Island municipalities to participate. 

 

 

 

LI Schools Participating In Bike to School Events

Five Elementary School on Long Island are registered with the National Safe Routes to School list of participants for the 2018 Bike to School Day, May 9, 2018.

To learn how to participate in Bike to School Day, check out Walk & Bike to School's website, a program coordinated by The National Center for Safe Routes to School.

The schools are:

ACADEMY STREET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BAYPORT, NY

ALLEGHANY AVENUE SCHOOL
LINDENHURST, NY
 

CHERRY AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WEST SAYVILLE, NY
 

OQUENOCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WEST ISLIP, NY
 

SEA CLIFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SEA CLIFF, NY

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Long Beach City Council cuts city-wide bus service

The City of Long Beach has made drastic cuts to the municipal bus system that went into effect three days after the announcement, with no public meetings. The cuts include terminating Point Lookout Service, terminating the Shoppers Special, cancelling the East Loop and West Loop weekend service, and terminating all weekend access to paratransit service.

Please consider signing our petition, sharing it and / or volunteering with us to conduct bus rider outreach at the bus station.

Long Island Streets is assisting with bus rider outreach, securing signs in Spanish (update: they have been posted), posting signs at bus stops and, more importantly, making emails and phone calls every day to every elected leader. 

 

This is not about lack of bus funding, this is about politics. 

 

I am signing this petition because the diminished bus service is a severe hardship for the elderly, the disabled, the invisible poor who live in our city, working families who need the bus to get to the LIRR and those inong Beach who don’t have a car. Depriving those who depend on the bus as a lifeline for shopping, visiting the library, etc. Is outrageous and cruel.
— Eleanor, #BringTheBusBack online petition
 Allison (LI STREETS) and yuki (LI Bus riders union) doing bus rider outreach, speaking to bus drivers and sending a clear message to city and county officials to bring the bus back   

Allison (LI STREETS) and yuki (LI Bus riders union) doing bus rider outreach, speaking to bus drivers and sending a clear message to city and county officials to bring the bus back

 

The bus service our out narrow island allowed me (in high school)) to get around. Now, when variable shifts and homecare work, not 9-5, M-F, provide so many jobs, these cuts will have an impact on more than a kid getting home; the impact will be greatest on poorer, darker people.
— Peter, I Love Long Beach NY Facebook group
Disgraceful, senior citizens depend on those buses to do their shopping, go to the hair salon and get their hair done, now it’s costing them $10.00 round trip and it’s a disgrace that the city is cutting back on what taxpayers and seniors need! Shame on Long Beach!
— Angela, I Love Long Beach NY Facebook group
Transportation is an essential service. Non-essential services should be the first to face cuts and cancelations in times of fiscal distress. This is outrageous and effects marginalized and minority groups the most. It’s discriminatory.
— Meghan, #BringtheBusBack online petition
This is so sad. I know there was a time I depended on these buses. I didn’t have a car. At least I’m young and healthy and I could walk. The elderly and handicap? What do they do? There is no alternative!
— Jeranny, I Love Long Beach NY Facebook group
 
I am disabled and cannot drive. The bus is important for people in similar situations to have a way out of town.
— Online comment
my 98 year old dad waited for a bus to take him to the library to see a concert for over an hour, he did not know buses were cancelled
— Joanne, I Love Long Beach NY Facebook page
I purchase a monthly bus pass through my monthly train ticket. I’ve used the buses on the weekend when driving is unwise and I know parking will be an issue. Cutting service reduces the value of what I pay every month.
— Diane, #BringTheBusBack online petition