With your support the New Yorkers for Active Transportation coalition were successful in raising dedicated funds for Complete Streets Infrastructure.
We know have funding for safer walking and bicycling results with this $110 M initiative.
Thanks to the support, a new $110 million, five-year initiative focusing on pedestrian safety in areas outside of New York City was announced by Governor Cuomo last month. PTNY and partners in the New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) coalition have advocated for a dedicated fund for Complete Streets infrastructure since 2011.
The new funding will be used to implement the first-ever NYS Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP), a comprehensive approach to addressing the state’s pedestrian safety needs through the “three E’s”—engineering, education and enforcement.
The PSAP proposes widespread, but low-cost, countermeasures throughout the state’s road and sidewalk network. Pedestrian safety improvements will begin immediately, with state-owned roadways the focus for the first year. During the second year of the plan, NYS Department of Transportation will fund local pedestrian safety initiatives identified through a competitive process. Moreover, the plan will place a special emphasis on 20 communities, including Albany, Buffalo, Hempstead, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers, which account for more than 50% of pedestrian-involved crashes outside of New York City.
Highlights of the Plan:
Improving crosswalks at more than 2,000 locations, including both unsignalized intersections and non-intersection locations
Improving 50 percent of signalized intersections, including nearly 2,400 locations
Installation of additional safety treatments, such as pedestrian refuge islands and attention-grabbing light beacons at up to 400 locations
Evaluation of potential safety improvements in five dangerous corridors around the state
Why it matters: NYS ranks last in bicycle & pedestrian safety
The plan’s recommendations are meant to address the challenging and often dangerous environment encountered by pedestrians in New York. NY4AT has repeatedly lamented New York’s ranking as the most dangerous state to walk or bike based on percentage of roadway fatalities involving non-motorized users. The grim statistics include the more than 23,700 pedestrians hit by motor vehicles between 2009 and 2013, at an estimated economic cost of $1.16 billion annually.
A major step forward
New Yorkers for Active Transportation and other groups have for years been calling on decision makers to increase state investment in the safety of our roads, including the need for dedicated state funding to support Complete Streets legislation. This funding would allow communities across the state to build facilities such as sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-use trails that improve safety for non-motorized users, while providing positive economic and community health impacts. The PSAP and corresponding funding is a great first step in fulfilling that request.
Applaud Governor Cuomo, the NYS Departments of Transportation and Health, and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Council for this major step.
You made the difference
The comprehensive approach the state is proposing to minimize the potential for crashes would not have come about without advocates like you working hard to raise the issue over the past five years.
There’s more work to do
The New Yorkers for Active Transportation coalition will continue to push for additional funding for multi-use trails and other non-motorized transportation users, such as cyclists, that the PSAP does not address. Get involved if you can to support initiatives that will provide for users of our roads and trails that are safe and connected!