Enables safe access to public roads for all users by utilizing complete street design principles.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the highway law, in relation to enabling safe access to public roads for all users by utilizing complete street design principles
To include, when possible, complete street design features in resurfacing, maintenance and pavement recycling projects and further enable safe access to public roads for all users
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1: amends subdivision (a) of section 331 of the highway law to include complete streets design features in resurfacing, maintenance and pavement recycling projects that are subject to the department of transportation's oversight.
Section 2: sets the effective date for this act.
New York State's Compete Street Law, which requires the Department of Transportation to consider the convenient access and mobility on the road network by all users of all ages, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation users through the use of complete street design features, only applies to projects classified as construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation. The law specifically excludes projects classified as resurfacing, maintenance and pavement recycling, which dramatically decreases the projects in which complete-streets design features are used.
As a result of the state Department of Transportation's Preservation First policy, nearly 80 percent of transportation funding and numerous road projects exclude pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. This exclusion of a key component of complete-streets design runs contrary to the original intent of the state's Complete Streets law, and this bill would address the issue and strengthen the law.
By reforming our state's Complete Streets law, this legislation would make dangerous intersections and roadways safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. It would ensure our children have safer routes to school and provide local families with more opportunities to walk and bike safely.
This act shall rake effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 6340 A. 8433 S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y January 15, 2014 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Transporta- tion IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. RYAN -- read once and referred to the Committee on Transportation AN ACT to amend the highway law, in relation to enabling safe access to public roads for all users by utilizing complete street design princi- ples THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision (a) of section 331 of the highway law, as added by chapter 398 of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows: (a) For all state, county and local transportation projects that are undertaken by the department or receive both federal and state funding and are subject to department of transportation oversight, the depart- ment or agency with jurisdiction over such projects shall consider the convenient access and mobility on the road network by all users of all ages, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transpor- tation users through the use of complete street design features in the planning, design, construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation,
[but not including resurfacing, maintenance, or pavement recycling of such projects]RESURFACING, MAINTENANCE AND PAVEMENT RECYCLING. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD13150-01-3