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Dear @SenKennedy & @BillMagnarelli: Congratulations on becoming Chairs of your houses in the #NYSLegislature. Some thoughts to keep in mind when making policy. (cc @BikeNYBC @transalt @StreetsblogNYC @NYC_SafeStreets)

1) Transportation choices are shaped by public policy.
2) We need to give people safe, convenient transportation choices. Example, loads of people want to cycle places, but they're #2scared2bike.
3) Transportation is the #1 cause of injury death for kids and #2 for adults. But it doesn't have to be this way. Mortality rate in Netherlands is 1/4 of ours. That's because of good engineering (#VisionZero, transit, etc).
4) Transportation has a huge impact on public health. Creating safe infrastructure means people can #walk & #bike places, which inadvertently adds #exercise into their daily routines. Will save State $ on #HealthCare.
5) Transportation is now the leading cause of carbon emissions. #bikes4climate #transit4climate #walk4climate
6) #SpeedKills. Speed limits on neighborhood streets should be 20 MPH (#20isPlenty). State law must be changed to allow this, or better yet, require it.
7) #AutomatedEnforcement #SpeedCameras & #RedLightCameras save lives. Right now, every camera requires legislation. This micromanagement is literally killing New Yorkers.

Legislature should set rules for where they can be installed & how to operate them, then get out of the way.
8) @BikeNYBC is advocating for a 3' passing law. (People driving must give people biking at least 3'.)

To be honest, at 40+ MPH, 3' is nowhere near enough. Should require drivers to change lanes to pass.
9) Allow Class 1 (pedal assist) #ebikes. They get people out of cars, plus help older and disabled people.
10) Dramatically increase #infrastructure funding for people walking, cycling and using transit.
11) @MoveNewYork #CongestionPricing plan is crucial for #NYC.
12) The #cycling/#walking path on the #TappanZeeBridge/#CuomoBridge (& all bridges in NYS) must be open 24/7.

Any other policy means the government is dictating how and when people can travel. Such social engineering has no place in the 21st Century.…
13) That's all we can think of at this hour. Again, congratulations. Make New York proud. Excelsior! 👍
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