For immediate release:
Statement from Kate Slevin, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, on the State Senate's passage of a Complete Streets bill (S5411A/A8366) to make roads safer:
Today, we are one step closer to viewing our roads in New York State differently—not just as conduits for cars, but as public spaces in which all citizens have a right to travel safely, whether they are young or old, in a car, on foot, in a wheelchair, or on a bike. The Complete Streets bill that has just passed the NY State Senate will save lives. We urge the State Assembly to pass it quickly, and we urge Governor Cuomo to sign it into law. We also applaud the leadership shown by Senator Fuschillo, who introduced the Complete Streets bill and never stopped working toward its passage.
This law should be dedicated to the memory of Brittany Vega, who was tragically killed last year while walking to school on Sunrise Highway, on Long Island. Simple changes in the design of Sunrise Highway — such as a count-down clock and pedestrian median — could have saved her life. This Complete Streets bill will assure that when engineers and planners are designing and redesigning roads in the future, they will take into account the needs of everyone who uses them.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a non-profit organization working toward a more balanced, transit-friendly and equitable transportation system in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.