Funds Requested to Reduce Cycling and Pedestrian Accidents in New York

by | February 6th, 2015

Thenumber of bicyclists and pedestrians on New York’s roads continues to increase, but funding to support projects creating a safer environment for these commuters continues to get cut. In response, dozens of advocates for pedestrian and cycling safety descended upon Albany this week to bring awareness to the dangers roads and highways pose to walkers and cyclists and to solicit funds to support their cause.

The groups point out that 29 percent of New York’s highway fatalities are cyclists or victims of New York pedestrian accidents, yet only 2 percent of the state’s transportation budget is allotted infrastructure improvements benefiting these pedestrian groups.

That’s why supporters of New Yorkers for Active Transportation have come to the Capitol to ask for $20 million to be set aside from the state budget for bicycle and pedestrian safety projects. According to Streetsblog NYC, they are also requesting better tracking of funds distributed to the state’s transportation budget and for the gaps along the Erie Canalway Trail—a 300 mile path—to be closed.

State legislators are considering the requests.

At William Mattar Law Offices, we understand the impact a simple improvement to the roadway can have on safety. That’s why our team of Buffalo personal injury lawyers are hopeful our state’s lawmakers will carefully consider granting the requests presented by safety advocates this week.