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.

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! 

 

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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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. 

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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Sea Cliff Elementary School Bike Rodeo - recap

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Great turn out and a beautiful day for the first Sea Cliff Village Bike Rodeo event. Children and parents at Sea Cliff Elementary School first learned about proper helmet and bike fitting as well as the rules of the road. Following the short instruction, they engaged in a number of bike skill exercises to help them gain confidence on their bikes. Fun was had by all! 

This event was sponsored by the Sea Cliff Village Traffic & Safety Committee in partnership with Long Island Streets and New York Coalition for Transportation Safety.

 

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! 

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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!