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Governor Cuomo sets aside $67M for bicycle and pedestrian projects

Cuomo announced in a press release that millions will be used to add safe bike and pedestrian trails in New York.
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    February 01, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Governor Cuomo received a barrage of postcards from the advocacy group New Yorkers for Active Transportation asking the governor to allocate $20 million in funds for pedestrian and cycling projects. It appears the tactic worked. The governor seems to have agreed to some of the group's suggestions.

The governor stated in a press release from January of 2014 that almost $67 million would be set aside to fund transportation enhancement projects. These projects include increasing the accessibility of sidewalks and improving access for pedestrians to reach public transportation services as well as construction of new pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Governor Cuomo claims the funding will serve two purposes: increasing safety for pedestrians and cyclists while modernizing the city's transportation system.

Specific projects in New York City

Almost $15 million in funding is allocated specifically for projects in New York City. These projects include work on the Pulaski Bridge bicycle and pedestrian paths, Hell Gate Pathway Phase III, Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway - Gowanus Connector and pedestrian and bike improvements in Gulick Park.

It is important to note that even with these improvements accidents can happen. Bicycle and pedestrian accidents that involve a vehicle can be particularly tragic, often leading to serious injury or even death.

What to do if injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident

Those who are injured should be aware that compensation may be available to help pay for costs associated with the injury. In order to receive these funds, victims must establish that the driver of the vehicle was responsible for their injury. Generally, this is done by proving the legal theory of negligence.

Negligence occurs when someone owes a duty to another person, fails to meet that duty and the failure led to an injury. Establishing the driver's negligence can be done in many ways. The presence of a citation for violating any state law -- such as distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or speeding -- can help establish this case.

This is only one way to hold a driver who caused an accident accountable. Additional methods can include establishing that the driver was reckless.

Finding the right legal theory can be difficult. As a result, those injured in these or similar types of accidents should contact an experienced New York pedestrian accident lawyer. This legal professional will be able to discuss your pedestrian or bicycle accident and better ensure that your legal rights and any potential remedies are protected.

Article provided by Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP
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