After being passed from the senate to the assembly the Complete Streets Bill is finally on the desk of the Governor of New York State for him to sign into law. This bill would provide for each project in NYS that receives state or federal funding to consider the complete streets design which is subject to the Department of Transportation’s oversight.
All in all this bill does not guarantee complete streets in New York. It does however ensure that project managers have to at least consider them which is a step in the right direction.
For those of you not familiar with the concept complete streets are ones which provide for all modes of transportation including but not limited to driving, walking, and bicycling. This is essential to moving towards not a car free future, but a sustainable future in which we do not spend $50 at the pump every week. Imagine filling up every two weeks instead. That’s an average of $1300 a year, and that is for only one car. We are very lucky to live where we do. Albany is very accessible by bicycle and your trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy, pretty much everything under five miles could be done by bicycle.
Lastly please stop buying mountain bikes for road usage. You will be amazed how easy it is to ride a bike when you have the one that is built for the surface you are riding on.