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Community group urges city to make streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists

Community group urges city to make streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists

PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER R. BARBER/THE Daily Gazette The intersection of North Church and Front streets in the Stockade is pictured Tuesday. The intersection was cited by…

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PHOTOGRAPHER: PETER R. BARBER/THE Daily Gazette

The intersection of North Church and Front streets in the Stockade is pictured Tuesday. The intersection was cited by the president of a neighborhood group as being unsafe. Leaders of three community organizations took to the (virtual) floor at Monday’s City Council meeting to rally support behind their campaign to advocate for safer streets for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in the city — including a proposal to lower the city’s speed limits from 30 to 25 miles per hour.

Schenectady United Neighborhoods President Tom Carey, Stockade Association President Suzanne Unger and Cycle Schenectady founder Art Clayman all urged the council and Mayor Gary McCarthy Monday in support of getting the city to adopt a “complete streets” approach to road design and safety.

“Our goal is a city where the streets are accessible and safe for everyone — not just those in cars,” said Carey, whose group is a coalition representing multiple neighborhood associations.

The goal of the initiative, Unger said, is to “put pedestrians and cyclists on an equal footing with the cars that race through our neighborhoods every day.”

The group’s priorities include a list of 20 specific actions for the city to implement. Among them are lowering the speed limit to 25 mph citywide and 15 mph in Central Park, adopting “complete streets” legislation, fully implementing the city’s bike master plan, allocating 2 percent of the budget for cyclists and pedestrians, increasing pedestrian safety around housing projects and senior facilities, providing safe routes to schools for […]

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