Monthly Archives: January 2013

How hearty a rider are you? Would you commute 40-miles by bike?

There are plenty of folks that do – and right here in NYS… even in winter! Check out this New York Times article about these intrepid commuters. Of note, NYDOT’s work to connect a gap between the end of the … Continue reading

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Catskill Mountain Rail Trail gains traction

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has earmarked $2 million in the state’s 2013-14 budget to develop a rail trail from the Ashokan Reservoir to the city of Kingston, with the ultimate goal of it reaching the Walkway Over the Hudson, according to … Continue reading

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Do you know a park hero?

Calling all people working to promote the role of parks and public lands in contributing to people’s physical and mental health, and social well-being. The National Park Service’s (NPS) Healthy Parks Healthy People Program has announced the establishment of the NPS … Continue reading

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Maps for Bike, Ped, and Transit Routes

The route-planning application on Google Maps can get you from Point A to Point B in a car, on a bike, by foot or by transit. But one thing the all-powerful mapping engine can’t do (yet) is give you all … Continue reading

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Scotts Miracle-Gro: GRO1000 Grassroots Grants

Community Garden and Green Space Projects Supported The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s GRO1000 Grassroots Grants help foster the development of gardens and green spaces in the United States. Grants of up to $1,500 are awarded to local communities throughout the country … Continue reading

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From Atlantic Cities “What Flickr Can Teach Us About the Way We Photograph Cities”

File this under “cool, but what can it teach us?” By utilizing geotags, which relay the exact location of the photographer, a UC Berkley researcher was able to place over 125,000 photos on a map of the area [PDF], with … Continue reading

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Opportunity for community development assistance with the Citizens’ Institute for Rural Design

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. They offer annual competitive grant funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to … Continue reading

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How did Fiscal Cliff and Hurricane Sandy legislation affect transit, biking and walking?

Last week’s measures to avoid the Fiscal Cliff led to some drastic compromises in the tax code and budgets for government agencies. Here’s how the fiscal cliff legislation affected programs and policies that promote and support transit, cycling and walking: … Continue reading

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Safe Routes to School awards announced

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has  announced $26.5 million in federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding for 64 project sponsors to implement infrastructure improvements and public education campaigns across the State to encourage elementary and middle school … Continue reading

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