Published on June 10th, 2015 | by GrowWNY Intern0
A Complete Call to Action
BY: Thea Hassan, GOBike Buffalo
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an update on the WNY Environmental Alliance Transportation Working Group’s 2015 Action Agenda item.
We are reaching out to you today to ask for your help. Here at Gobike Buffalo, we strongly support the speed limit reduction and Governor Cuomo’s swift action in right-sizing the Scajaquada Expressway after the tragic accident that occurred on May 30 in Delaware Park. Please join us in an outreach campaign to express support of continued city and state actions in making this area community-friendly.
Decreasing the speed limit is only the first step towards creating a sustainable, pedestrian-/bike-friendly transportation route. With the addition of vital design details—including the implementation of short-term traffic calming measures to support the new 30 mph speed limit and development of a long-term plan to address our community and stakeholder concerns—we can not only build a safer and stronger community but also restore Delaware Park to its intended design.
The Western New York Environmental Alliance—in collaboration with the City of Buffalo Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board—have been working to right-size the Scajaquada Expressway since the 2005 city report identify a new future for this expressway. To date, right-sizing the Scajaquada has the support of more than 100 environmental organizations throughout western New York, more than 1,100 petition signees, and dozens of adjacent businesses and institutions.
As noted in our recent letter to Governor Cuomo expressing our support, successful urban freeway reduction and/or removal in cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Chattanooga, Milwaukee and New York City has resulted in numerous social and environmental benefits, including increased safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists, decreased carbon emissions, and right-of-way conversion to civic amenities. Together, we can build a cleaner, safer, and stronger community. Please consider reaching out to our local media institutions and your public representatives to join us in support of this initiative.