NY groups urge more funding for trails, bike paths

Created: 01/15/2014 10:36 AM WHEC.com

A coalition of nonprofit organizations and local governments is urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allocate $20 million in the next state budget for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects across New York.

The group called New Yorkers for Active Transportation says it has delivered more than 1,300 postcards to the state Capitol, calling on him to dedicate funding for trails, walkways and bridges. Last month, more than 50 organizations sent Cuomo a letter emphasizing the economic and health benefits that better walking and biking infrastructure can have on a community's quality of life.

In 2011, Cuomo signed New York's Complete Streets law, which is designed to improve the safety of roads for all users. But advocates say the state will be investing less money on pedestrian and bicycling safety over the next four years.


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