Recap: Walk-Bike NY Summit: Encouraging Sustainable Movement

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Long Island Streets attended Walk-Bike NY Summit: Encouraging Sustainable Movement. This statewide summit brings together people from safety, land use, economic development, transportation, education, law enforcement and health to work together to discuss walkable and bikeable communities in New York State.

Walk-Bike New York was sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Federal Highway Administration, NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Department of State, Cornell Local Roads Program and the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research.

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Community Engagement Strategies to Promote Walking and Biking.

Best practices to promote sustainable modes of transportation incl walking, biking, carpooling, public transit or driving an electric vehicle

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Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

GTSC workshop updating people actively working on pedestrian and traffic safety education, law enforcement, engineering and planning on the current status of the GTSC Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) a 5-yr plan to attack NY's pedestrian fatalities focused on high crash locations. Hempstead leads the state, outside NYC, in pedestrian fatalities- and the other municipalities listed in this photo are on the top 20 list. But we aren't just talking about this- we are actively working to eliminate fatalities through education, changing policy (successfully reducing speed limits and strengthening traffic laws) and culture. 
In Long Island, LI Streets has been engaging local communities and working with our partners at the Nassau Traffic Safety Board, NY Coalition for Transportation Safety and injury prevention specialists on meaningful education events over the past year+ with PSAP materials and we have begun incorporating the campaign into our law lectures, which you can hear at the inaugural Walk-Bike Nassau Summit, June 5th in Westbury.

Health Across All Policies – Livable Communities for All Ages Discussion on  Governor Cuomo’s dual announcement that NYS will become the first age-friendly certified state in the nation and will incorporate he health benefits and outcomes into all relevant policies and programs. Initiatives that promote walking, biking and a healthy lifestyle will be emphasized. Presenters: Paul Beyer Director of Smart Growth, NYS Department of State Greg Olsen Acting Director, NYS Office for the Aging.

From Watertown to West 1st Street: An Empire State of Trails Moderator: James Meerdink, Parks & Trails New York. Presenters: Andy Beers  Hudson River Valley Greenway, Geoffrey Urda, Planner, City of Watertown, and John Joyce, NYS Canal Corporation. Tremendous discussion on the development of multi-use trails in New York State as community resources, tourism, economic development generators, and the quality of life booms.  We were updated on where we are in the planning and construction phase of the Empire State Trail system, which will be the nation’s longest state trail system when completed in 2020. 

John Joyce Director, Policy & Program Development, NYS Canal Corporation, discussing the NYS Canals and Canalway Trail system.