PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
August 15, 2011

Contact:
Kate Slevin, Nadine Lemmon
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
(917) 833-9259, (917) 767-7698

Statement: Gov. Cuomo to Sign Life-Saving Complete Streets Bill

Statement from Kate Slevin, executive director of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, on Gov. Cuomo's announcement that he will sign a Complete Streets bill (S5411A/A8366) to make roads safer:

Governor Cuomo announced today that he will sign a Complete Streets bill that will save lives. Whether young or old; on foot, in a wheelchair, on a bike, or in a car, everyone is safer when roads are designed so everyone can use them. Roads designed according to "complete streets" principles are safer and encourage walking and cycling, leading to healthier neighborhoods and better quality of life. We applaud Governor Cuomo, Senator Charles Fuschillo, and Assemblyman David Gantt, and thank them for their support.

We also take this time to remember 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. Her mother, Sandi Vega, raised awareness of the Complete Streets bill across the state and delivered thousands of signatures in support of the bill to Albany. This Complete Streets bill will ensure 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.

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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.