AARP Long Island Seeks Grant Applicants

TSTC’s partners at AARP Long Island are seeking Long Island-based applicants for two grants of $5,000 each. AARP has been a strong advocate for safer streets and livable communities on Long Island. The organization was instrumental in the recent adoption of a complete streets implementation fund in Suffolk County.

Grant proposals should explain in 500 words or less:

• Alignment with AARP’s mission and [...]

Long Island Elected Officials Call for Safety Improvements on Dangerous Roadways

Last week, Newsday published two separate articles about local elected officials in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties calling for safety improvements on fatal roads.

In response to two fatal crashes in the last three months along a stretch of Roslyn Road in the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs is calling for a uniform speed limit of 30 [...]

Lack of Additional Funding from Suffolk State Legislators Leaves County Transit Riders Out to Dry

Suffolk County Transit riders were left in a lurch after New York State’s legislative session ended without securing funding for expanded bus service last week.

Suffolk County State Senators and Assembly members failed to deliver for bus riders, despite a letter from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature, calls from advocates [...]

Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.

New Amtrak baggage cars feature roll-on bike storage. | Photo: blog.amtrak.com

New Amtrak baggage cars feature roll-on bike storage. | Photo: blog.amtrak.com

WINNERS

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo – This morning Governor Cuomo signed into law a piece of legislation that authorizes the expansion of speed camera use on Long Island, saying that “By empowering Nassau and Suffolk Counties to install dozens of speed cameras in school zones, we are helping to protect our students and ultimately save lives. This should send a message to all drivers – slow down and obey the speed limit, especially when passing by a school.”

Hopewell Township, NJ – The township became the 100th municipality in the Garden State to embrace Complete Streets and the first municipality to do so by way of a Complete Streets ordinance. According to the Township Administrator/Engineer Paul Pogorzelski, “we decided that this policy should be in the form of an ordinance and have the weight of law rather than simply be part of a resolution which does not transcend governing body changes. “

Amtrak - Amtrak announced that they have begun testing new bike-friendly baggage cars to alleviate passengers of the hassle of boxing and checking their bikes as luggage. These baggage cars, which are manufactured in New York state, are expected to be put into service on all 15 long-distance routes by the end of this year.

New Jersey Transit – The agency has unofficially launched its first-ever one seat ride summer shore rail service from Penn Station to Bay Head using new energy-efficient dual-powered locomotives. Riders will save 25 minutes by not having to change trains at Long Branch, which will likely boost ridership to the shore and alleviate summer parking in shore towns. » Continue reading…

Dan Burden, Advocates Lead Walking Audit on One of Long Island’s Most Dangerous Roads

The group crosses Sunrise Highway in Freeport. | Photo: Samantha Thomas/WALC

Dan Burden, a national authority on traffic, pedestrian safety and street design, led a walking audit with local elected officials, civic groups and advocates along Sunrise Highway in Valley Stream, Baldwin and Freeport on Thursday.

Sunrise Highway, a multi-lane thoroughfare that runs through each community’s downtown, [...]

Traffic Safety Expert Dan Burden to Lead Walking Audit on Sunrise Highway

Another Pedestrian Death on the Tri-State Region’s Most Dangerous Road

The incident occurred just west of the intersection of Middle Country Road and North Bicycle Path, according to the police report.

The incident occurred just west of the intersection of Middle Country Road and North Bicycle Path, according to the police report.

Newsday is reporting the death of another pedestrian on Route 25 (Middle Country Road) in Selden (Suffolk County), which according to Tri-State’s Most Dangerous Roads report ranks as the most dangerous road in the tri-state region for walking. Newsday reports that 56-year-old Sean Slattery was struck at 11:05am near the corner of North Bicycle Path on Middle Country Road, according to the police report. The intersection of Route 25 and North Bicycle Path is six lanes wide and abutted by a bus stop and various retail outlets. The location of this most recent fatality lies almost directly in the center of  the deadliest section of the region’s deadliest road for pedestrians, according to Tri-State’s Cluster Analysis report of the Route 25 corridor.

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Suffolk County Legislators Adopt a Complete Streets Implementation Fund

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco | Photo: suffolkcountyny.gov

Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco | Photo: suffolkcountyny.gov

The Suffolk County Legislature voted today to establish a Complete Streets Implementation Fund behind the leadership of Legislator Rob Calarco and Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory. The 17-1 vote creates an amendment to the County’s 2015-2017 Capital Program, which will provide a yearly allotment of $250,000 to redesign the County’s roadways to more safely accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists, beginning in 2016 and continuing each subsequent year.

Tri-State, along with the AARP and Vision Long Island and other safe streets advocates have been calling for the creation of such a fund since the County’s Complete Streets policy was adopted a year and a half ago.

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Suffolk County Set to Establish a Complete Streets Fund

Suffolk County is poised to fund the implementation of complete streets infrastructure, like the sidewalk and bike lane in the Town of Brookhaven, Long Island, pictured here. | Photo: Ryan Lynch/TSTC

The Suffolk County Legislature is poised to fund the implementation of complete streets infrastructure, like this new sidewalk and bike lane in the Town of Brookhaven, Long Island. | Photo: Liz Krolik-Alexander

After repeated calls from Tri-State and safe street allies for additional funding for complete streets implementation in Suffolk County, it appears the County Legislature is primed to create a Complete Streets Fund in its 2015-2017 Capital Program. Scheduled for a final vote tomorrow, the proposed amendment to the Capital Program calls for $250,000 a year – beginning in 2016 and each subsequent year – to be dedicated to building infrastructure that enhances the mobility and safety of all users of Suffolk’s roads.

The amendment has been championed by Legislator Rob Calarco and supported by Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory as a means of facilitating the implementation of the County’s complete streets law adopted in December of 2012.

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To Make Roads Safer, Tri-State Communities Must Focus on Arterials and Speed

Arterial Slow Zone on McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint. | Photo: Jon Orcutt/Twitter

Arterial Slow Zone on McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint. | Photo: Jon Orcutt/Twitter

While Mobilizing The Region readers don’t need to be convinced that walking can be a dangerous undertaking in many parts of the tri-state region (especially for seniors), Smart Growth America’s 2014 Dangerous by Design report provides even more evidence of the unfortunate perils of being a pedestrian. The report finds that:

  • Of all United States metropolitan areas, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island metro area has the highest percentage of traffic fatalities that were pedestrians.
  • New York State has the third-highest pedestrian fatality rate for pedestrians 65 years and older.

The analysis examines pedestrian fatalities through a few different lenses. Dangerous by Design uses a Pedestrian Danger Index to measure the likelihood of a pedestrian being killed by a car for each state and metropolitan area, and it also looks at road type, the posted speeds of roadways where pedestrians were killed and pedestrian fatality rates by age and race. The report provides metro area and county breakdowns by state for certain statistics, too.

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