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. 

 

 

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.

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

 

Report: NYS Park System Economic Benefits

Long Island's state parks expand the island's economy by millions, according to a NY Parks & Trails report. The 21.7 million Long Island state park visitors between April 2015 - March 2016 spent $1.3 billion, adding jobs opportunities in the parks as well as nearby restaurants, stores, hotels and suppliers, from trucking firms to sporting goods stores.

 "Combining both visitor and state government spending, the study finds that the economic significance of the New York State park system supports 54,000 jobs, $5 billion in sales, and
$2.9 billion in state GDP. Of this, the economic impacts – which exclude local visitors but include non-local visitors and state government expenditures – total 27,000 jobs, $2.6 billion in sales, and $1.5 billion in state GDP."

Read full report HERE