Albany

Long Beach Streets was back in Albany on Tuesday, February 2nd for a day of legislative action, reinforcing the importance of increased funding for policy’s that supports cycling and walking.

We met with Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky as well as lent a helping hand to other bike/ ped / trails advocates from around New York State. From Buffalo and Rochester down to NYC, we asked for a solid investment in our multi-modal transportation system in New York, including:

  •  “A Fair Share for Safety”: DEDICATED Funding Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure. Include $20million in dedicated funding in the budget to move our communities forwards, not backwards. 29% of traffic deaths are pedestrians and cyclists yet we’re only spending approximately 2% of our transportation dollars on the safety of vulnerable users of our roads. 
  • “Close the Gaps” in the Eerie Canalway Trail. This gorgeous trail is the backbone of the state’s trail system and a significant economic asset for upstate New York. The trail is 79% complete- the goal is to have the remaining 75 miles of trail under construction or in design by 2017.
  • Require NYSDOT to submit a list of projects, before the end of budget season.  The legislature must require the NYSDOT to submit a 5-year Capital Plan with defined projects, subject to public review, prior to passage of the state budget. Regulation and transparency, my friends. 
  • ”Fill the Gaps” in statewide transit capital investment. A fully-funded, 5-year statewide transit capital plan- with a state contribution of $100 million a year for non-MTA transit.

This day would not be possible without the New Yorkers for Active Transportation [NY4AT] Coalition which includes Tri-State Transportation Campaign, NY Bicycle Coalition, and Parks & Trails New York. http://ptny.org/ny4at

 


Special thanks to Assemblyman Kaminsky!

Thank you for meeting with us in Albany, and signing the support letter circulated by Assembly member Patricia Fahy, supporting $20 million in dedicated state fundingfrom the Department of Transportation’s proposed $22.1 billion capital plan, for each of the plan’s remaining five years for dedicated, state funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects. 

The New York State legislature passed a Complete Streets law in 2011. No new funding  has been appropriated for those purposes, and there’re currently no state dollars dedicated for Complete Streets.  Federal dollars that NYSDOT uses to fund the statewide competition for bicycle and pedestrian projects have decreased significantly since passage of the Complete Streets law– the two recent federal transportation bills, MAP-21 and the FAST Act, shrank funding for Complete Streets projects by 30%.

Todd Kaminsky, your constituents appreciate your leadership and continued involvement on the issue.