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.

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. 

 

 

 

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.

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. 

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Bike Law + USA Cycling

USA Cycling has partnered with Bike Law (not a firm but a national network of lawyers who are cyclists/advocates) to provide legal resources to cyclists across the country. Several Long Island cycling clubs, shops and individuals have USA Cycling memberships, so this new partnership will provide these members with cycling legal assist, increased awareness of cycling laws, legal reform, education and bicycle advocacy. 

Bike Law New York is led by Jim Reed and Daniel Flanzig. Jim handles Upstate New York, while Daniel covers NYC, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland. Congrats on the partnership! 

#nybikelawyers #nybikelaw

Bike Law Talk

An evening with New York Bike Lawyer Daniel Flanzig

November 18th 7pm - 8pm+

1966 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793

Hear from a New York bike lawyer on what you need to know if you ride in New York. Daniel’s talk will include a summary of NY State Bike Laws as well as practical advice for cyclists involved in a crash. Learn how to get your bike paid for following a crash, how to get your medical bills covered, as well as insurance needs for all New York Cyclists. Daniel will also discuss why your bike lawyer loves your “Go Pro” as well as how other electronic devices collecting crash data. Daniel will also discuss current campaigns of the New York Bicycling Coalition to make the roads safer for all New York cyclists.

Social refreshments will be served.

Who is he? Dan Flanzig (Flanzig & Flanzig –NewYorkBikeLawyers.com) is a New York Bike Crash Lawyer representing cyclists throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC) where he also is a legal advisor writing their monthly blog “Wheels of Justice”. He has authored numerous articles and frequently lectures on bicycle litigation throughout New York and nationwide. Daniel has been featured in both The New York Times and Bicycle Times Magazine for his work as a leading Bicycle Law Advocate and a New York Bike Crash Lawyer.

Join us for what we know will be an informative lecture needed for anyone who ‪#‎ridestheisland‬!