Your community can tell Albany to properly spend aavailable bicycle-pedestrian funds. New Yorkers of all ages and abilities want safe, healthy, and low-cost active transportation. For more than two decades federal transportation monies have helped communities make that happen by providing money to build bicycle and pedestrian paths, bike lanes, sidewalks, and other infrastructure that promotes complete streets and bicycling and walking. Under, the new federal transportation law, MAP-21, bicycle and pedestrian funds are less secure.
Advocacy is key to ensuring that these funds get spent on active transportation needs in your community.
Citizen advocates like you have a key role to play in this effort!
Albany needs to hear from leaders of your community! Share this letter with your local elected officials (council-members, mayors, trustees, ward representatives, etc.). Ask them to customize and sign it. This letter will send a clear message to the Governor and to the NYSDOT that your community supports investments in bicycling and walking.
This advocacy effort is promoted by NYBC and the New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) coalition. NY4AT is a new coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocates working with stakeholders to assure equitable funding for non-motorized transportation, including complete streets, multi-use trails, and safer and increased levels of bicycling and walking in New York's cities, villages, and towns. NYBC co-leads the NY4AT coalition.