Category Archives: Climate Change

LIPA moving forward, permitting trails along transmission line right-of-ways

A long-proposed bike and jogging path running along the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) transmission lines in Suffolk County is finally moving forward. On July 30, County Executive Bellone signed a 25-year agreement reached between the county legislature and LIPA on July … Continue reading

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Schumer and Little among lawmakers asking Amtrak to permit roll-on bikes

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sens. Betty Little of Warren County and Brad Hoylman of Manhattan are asking Amtrak to permit roll-on bikes, as it would bring visitors and tourism dollars into New York state. The legislators held a … Continue reading

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Cycling policy primer

The League of American Bicyclists has prepared a presentation that coalesces in-depth interviews and the opinions of the national policy community with a focus on bicycling as transportation. The presentation also reviews data from a survey the opinions of leading advocates, specifically those at the March 5th Bike … Continue reading

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Genesee-Finger Lakes Active Transportation Summit

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 8am – 5pm The purpose of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Active Transportation Summit (G-FLATS) is to help educate, inspire, and mobilize our nine-county region to achieve that vision by making walking, biking, and transit easier, safer, … 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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Big changes for Transportation Reauthorization

Parks & Trails New York is actively working on a coordinated effort to ensure that New York State implements the new federal transportation bill in a way that continues funding for bicycle and pedestrian programs, trail building, and safe routes … Continue reading

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Capital Region Sustainability Plan public meetings slated

The Capital Region Sustainability Plan, a coalition effort to craft a smart growth plan for Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington Counties is part of the the Cleaner, Greener Communities program, a major environmental initiative announced by … Continue reading

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The Boom in Biking Benefits Everyone, Not Just Bicyclists

From an article last month in Shareable Cities: “For the past year powerful voices around Washington have singled out programs to improve biking and walking as flagrant examples of wasteful government spending. Since last summer, proposals have flown around the … Continue reading

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National Report Ranks Cities and States for Bicycling and Walking

In a new report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report, the Alliance for Biking & Walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding, and other factors. … Continue reading

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Take Action Today

Protect parks and trails from hydro-fracking The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a revised Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement along with Proposed High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations in September and is accepting comments on both until January 11. … Continue reading

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