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Once again, our representatives in Washington need to hear from you about the importance of cycling and walking.  Senator Pat Toomey (R – PA) has introduced an amendment (Toomey Amendment 1) to strip funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) which is the principal source of Federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects.  Without this funding, states will essentially be mandated to ignore the needs of all road users when planning new transportation projects.   Its important to make sure that our Senators know your views on this subject.  Click here to write to them:

Posted by Duff on July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized,
 

This month,  from Albany, we have  Good News, then some Bad News, and a chance on February 11 to make a difference.

The good news – on January 15, Governor Cuomo announced the awarding of 67 million dollars for bicycle and pedestrian projects across New York State.

The Bad News –  in his budget presentation, Cuomo offered no dedicated state funding for bike and pedestrian projects in spite of a state wide campaign that resulted in 1300 “post cards” sent to Albany.

You can help change that fate by coming to Albany on February 11, and joining NYers for Active Transportation for their Transportation Advocacy Day. (more…)

Posted by Duff on January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized,
 

The Post Card Campaign by New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4ACT) gathered 1300 post cards from across New York State to ask Governor Cuomo to support the following:

  • $20 million in the 2014-15 state budget specifically dedicated to funding pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects, with a minimum additional commitment of $20 million annually over the next five years.
  • Revision of NYSDOT’s Preservation First policy so that it does not exclude new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects and is consistent with the intent of the state’s Complete Streets law. (more…)
Posted by Duff on January 20, 2014 in Uncategorized,
 

When :     Wednesday, January 2911, 2014, 7 – 9 PM

Where:    White Plains Public Library

Register: White Plains Biking Discussion on EventBrite

Join Westchester Cycle Club and the Bike Walk Alliance on to talk about biking in White Plains with White Plains Mayor Tom Roach at the White Plains Public Library’s auditorium.  Discussion will cover the city’s bike lanes, a proposed BikeShare program, bike parking at the White Plains Transcenter, bike safety and upcoming special events to promote bike safe bike use.  Sign-up sheets will be circulated for myriad volunteer opportunities. Contact dave wilson at davidmckaywilson@aol.com for more information.

Posted by Duff on January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized,
 

Communities across our region are starting efforts to address the needs of  cyclists and pedestrians in their transportation plans – a welcome change after 75 years of  auto focused policies. Unfortunately, recent reductions in state and federal funding are making if very difficult to fund even the most minor improvements.

The Bike Walk Alliance is working with New Yorkers for Active Transportation (NY4AT) to change this and we need your help.

Here’s what you can do:

Let us send a postcard to Governor Cuomo on your behalf. Just provide your name and city and we will send a postcard requesting:

  • $20 million in the 2014-15 state budget specifically dedicated to funding pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects, with a minimum additional commitment of $20 million annually over the next five years.
  • Revision of NYSDOT’s Preservation First policy so that it does not exclude new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects and is consistent with the intent of the state’s Complete Streets law.

Learn more   We hope to deliver a tall stack of cards to the Capitol, but we can’t do it without your help.  We must hear from you by December 27. It takes three clicks.

  1. Read the postcard
  2. Sign on 
  3. Spread the word on Facebook
Posted by Duff on December 14, 2013 in Uncategorized,
 

When:      December 11, 7 – 9 PM

Where:    Mahopac Public Library

Register: Bike Putnam Launch

Join Westchester Cycle Club and the Bike Walk Alliance as David McKay Wilson leads a community discussion on biking and walking in Putnam County.  The evening will launch an effort that includes Saturday morning adult rides, on many levels, conducted in collaboration with the Carmel Department of Parks & Recreation and WCC. We’ve got plans for an after-school rides program for kids, a bike-related public arts project, a bike-safety initiative, and a walking program along the Putnam Trailway. (more…)

Posted by Duff on November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized,