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

$12 million awarded for NY P-SAP local call

Long Island is receiving $12 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds for systemic pedestrian safety projects on local and county roads and streets. This is being administered by the NYSDOT in coordination with NYMTC following a local call for pedestrian safety projects included in the Statewide Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP).

There were five applications received, three in Nassau and two in Suffolk. This 100% reimbursed HSIP opportunity had just closed the application date a month ago - this quick pick of grantee's indicate how efficient, focused and dedicated those tasked with implementing the PSAP are to addressing the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities and injuries statewide. This is just one sliver of the puzzle that seems to be making some progress. 

We were updated on PSAP progress last month while attending Walk-Bike New York (click pic for recap). State roads have completed updates, now local roads will start - we will post specific projects after municipalities get their opportunity to announce. The educational component of PSAP has already begun. 

 

Background on the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (P-SAP), announced June 2016:

The New York State Departments of Transportation and Department of Health teamed up with the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) on a first-of-its-kind pedestrian safety campaign in New York State. It provides a $110 million, five-year commitment to improving pedestrian safety across Upstate New York and Long Island by utilizing the Three E's - Engineering, Enforcement, and Education.

For more information, visit New York State's pedestrian safety web site at https://www.ny.gov/programs/pedestrian-safety-action-plan

 

May 5, 2019 will be the inaugural International Women’s Mountain Biking Day

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) has announced the creation of International Women’s Mountain Biking Day, an annual celebration to be the first Saturday in May. 

This day will be dedicated to women enjoying mountain biking and encouraging fellow women to join them.  We're so proud of our friend Andree Sanders of Trips for Kids Metro for this wonderful idea. It was picked out of 100 entries during IMBA’s first UPRISING event, created by and for women mountain bikers, held in March. 

Read the IMBA Press Release here

 

Senate passes Gianaris bill stiffening penalties for driving w/o valid license who maim or kill

Senator Gianaris, 12th District, announced his proposal stiffening penalties on drivers without valid licenses who kill or injure passed the State Senate unanimously. Currently, the most severe penalty a District Attorney can seek in such instances is a misdemeanor. Convicted drivers are rarely sentenced to any jail time at all and they are free to commit additional offenses.

This legislation (S.3299)would increase the penalty to a class E felony for seriously injuring a person and a class D felony if the accident resulted in a death, with a maximum penalty of seven years in prison. 

Gianaris first introduced the proposal in 2014 after 8-year old Noshat Nahian was killed by an unlicensed driver while walking to school on Northern Boulevard in December 2013. The driver had a suspended license. The bill passed the Senate 59-0 without debate, but languished in the Gantt-run Assembly, where leaders are wary of imposing criminal sentences for drivers involved in crashes.

The proposal now awaits action in the Assembly (A3759) in the Committee on Codes. 

Unfortunately Assembly Codes Committee, Joe Lentol, has more sympathy for unlicensed drivers than for those maimed or killed by them. Brooklyn Democrat Lentol won’t let the bill out of his committee in the Assembly, stating  “You can innocently kill somebody. Accidents happen.”

 

Yes, he said that. Read about it here.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie needs to order Lentol to stop blocking the bill.

Safe Routes to School program & infrastructure upgrades in Hempstead Village

A $510,000 Safe Routes to School federal grant will fund infrastructure improvements and education programming to the David Paterson Elementary School in Hempstead Village. This project proposes to enhance pedestrian safety and encourage students of the David Paterson Elementary School to walk to school in a safe environment. 

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The work will be performed on the adjacent roadways to the school including the widening of existing sidewalks on Fulton Avenue and W. Orchard Street adjacent to the school and the installation of high visibility crosswalks, pedestrian warning signage and ADA compliant handicap ramps at the intersections within the project area.  

Construction to begin this summer, to be completed by the start of school this fall. Two other schools received similar funding, with work to begin next year, Jackson Main School and Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School. 

We will be updating details on the Safe Routes to School program shortly. 

Photo recap from Brands Spring Duathlon #RaceAwesome

We had a BLAST at the 2018 Brands Cedar Creek Spring Duathlon, organized by Race Awesome. 

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The team behind Race Awesome put on the most fun, safe and well oiled events, from duathlons and triathlons to night runs. This year our partners at NewYorkBicycleLawyers.com were a sponsor and had a great team that brought their awesome to the race - two taking podium! Our friends at Merrick Bike Shop #MerrickTri and Brands Cycle #BrandsTri brought A-games to the podium. NYPD Cycling Club were in #beastmode all morning - tremendous turnout!

The big news of the day was the INCREDIBLE course fixes - major improvements to the hairpin turn. Nassau County DPW got big shout-outs for their pothole fixes and clearing out the turn, making it SAFER, more comfortable and AWESOME. We sent in a hearty thank-you email to DPW for going above and beyond at Cedar Creek. 

 

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Vendors wanted for Walk-Bike Nassau event

Vendor space available for clubs, shops and organizations actively working in Nassau County in encouraging, organizing and education of biking & walking.

Perfect for clubs, shops and event organizers!

No sales, demonstrations allowed- must incorporate and encourage safety. Table space is FREE, must be set up by Noon  and no breakdown before 4pm. We have some wiggle room to accept materials and set them up on an open table. 

Please contact walkbikenassau@gmail.com

Bike Witness: See Something, Tweet Something!

BikeWitness.org was developed by brother-sister personal law firm duo Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP, also known for their meaningful commitment to putting themselves out of business through heavy weight advocacy efforts throughout New York. Flanzig & Flanzig created BikeWitness.org to provide a worldwide platform that allows bike crash victims and bike crash witnesses a simple and easy way to find each other after a crash. 

They came up with the idea for BikeWitness.org after noticing difficulty in obtaining witness information.  "The crash victim may have been able to only obtain a first or partial name, an incorrect phone number, or was so severely injured they were unable to ascertain any information after the event. We also started to notice an increase in the failure of the police to properly investigate the crash and obtain witness information. Although our client knew there was a “witness”, they could never ascertain their identity. This site now allows the opportunity for the victim and witness to find each other minutes, days or weeks after the crash.  A sort of “missed encounters” for bike crash victims and bike crash witnesses. "

Click here more information and to access BikeWitness.org.