Making Strides: 2018 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities...

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the Y have released Making Strides: 2018 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities, a report that helps state leaders and decision makers prioritize transportation investments, resources, and policies that support walkable communities. The report cards were generated by evaluating 27 indicator areas across four core topics: Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning. The funding section examines how states can use federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding to support biking, walking, and Safe Routes to School.

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New York State ranked 123/200, broken down as follows:

Complete Streets and Active Transportation 50/65;

Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding 32/55;

Active Neighborhoods and Schools 32/55;

Physical Activity Planning 15/15.

What is clear looking at the New York report card is our state does well with overall physical activity, needs to improve on active transportation and is close to failing when it comes to providing safe routes to schools and through neighborhoods- and that is a more county-local issue to work on and champion.  

You can read the full report by clicking here

Vehicle Size Matters for Pedestrians

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An adult is 2-3 times more likely to be killed when struck by an SUV than by a typical passenger car. Children have a 4x fatality risk when hit by an SUV than a passenger car. 
The increased sales of SUVs and small trucks which overrun our streets helps to explain the massive uptick in pedestrian deaths over the past couple of years - not pedestrian distraction.

Data and honest safety experts have verified that long-standing common factors in pedestrian deaths, such as alcohol and jaywalking at night, did not account for the recent growth in ped fatalities. The myth of distracted pedestrians is lazy and dangerous. 

 

"SUVs and pickups account for closer to 40 % of pedestrian fatalities, which suggests that more severe injuries sustained in crashes are also from these vehicles. According to a recent study, a pedestrian is 2-3 times more likely to suffer a fatality when struck by an SUV or pickup truck than when struck by a typical passenger car.  The fatality rate for small children is four times greater.

 

If you're wondering why SUVs, pickup trucks and small trucks are so deady - it's the point of impact being the chest, which will knock you down, versus the leg where you may be more likely to land on the hood. 

 
 
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The perils of pedestrianism on Long Island, which seems to be SUV-land, is two-fold: dangerously designed suburban streets and highways + obsession with owning SUVs and smaller trucks. Engineers dropped the ball throughout Long Island, designing wide streets to accommodate painting 14'+ width lanes and intersections so wide that a driver need not remove their foot from the pedal. Residential streets mimic highways, incentivizing speed. 

 

 

Call to Action: Port Jefferson to Wading River path is in limbo!

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Funding for the 20% match of the federal grant that will be used to build the Port Jefferson to Wading River Shared Use Path is in limbo!

Call and email Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and ask he separate funding for the Port Jefferson to Wading River Shared Use Path from the general budget. 

Steve Bellone
Phone: (631) 853-4000
Email: county.executive@suffolkcountyny.gov
H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099


BONUS POINTS: Call these legislators, tell them you are a registered voter and you will vote for someone who supports building bicycle infrastructure in your county:

 

· Legislator Rudy Sunderman: 631-852-1300

· Legislator Tom Muratore: 631-854-9292

· Legislator Tom Cilmi: 631-854-0940

· Legislator Steven Flotteron: 631-854-4100

· Legislator Leslie Kennedy: 631-854-3735

· Legislator Robert Trotta: 631-854-3900

· Legislator Kevin McCaffrey: 631-854-1100



NEXT MEETING: July 17th at 9:30AM at the William H. Rogers Building 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11787

#LARASTRONG benefit recap

Great turnout for the #LARASTRONG benefit in Rockville Centre! All proceeds to benefit the long recovery for Lara, who was critically injured by a driver while walking to school in Oceanside. 

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The benefit was organized by Iron Sights LEMC with a tremendous force of club showing up including; Founding Sons LE/MV MC, Praetorians MC LE LongIsland, Vigil Lance Lemc, Chosen Souls MC, Forsaken Guns LEMC, Sworn Guns MC, PUNISHERS LEMC New York City Chapter, Fire Riders Nassau County, and Guardian Soldiers LEMC.

Long Island Streets has partnered with Iron Sights and the family for this benefit and will have a 2nd event in Oceanside announced shortly. Shout out to Dark Horse Tavern and scrumptious Blue Moon for hosting and catering.

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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