Long Beach, NY - June 28, 2016 - In light of a recent accident between a cyclist and motorist, Senator Todd Kaminsky and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) partnered to remind drivers to ‘Share the Road’ with cyclists.
Recently, Kaminsky and NYSDOT worked together to strategically place portable electronic message signs to warn drivers of upcoming lane closures, a Loop Parkway drawbridge malfunction or other traffic-impacting incidents. After a suggestion from Long Beach resident, Allison Blanchette, Senator Kaminsky contacted NYSDOT and requested that the signs be used to remind drivers to be cautious of cyclists when driving. The signs will now display the message “CARS AND BIKES, SHARE THE ROAD” when not needed to warn motorists of traffic closures and incidents.
“Visitors and residents of the Barrier Island often use bicycles as a primary mode of transportation during the summer months,” said Kaminsky. “Utilizing these electronic message signs when not in use for traffic incidents is a great way to remind all that motorists and cyclists alike use the roadways, and safety is paramount.”
“These signs are an advantageous way of educating everyone who uses the road that we all have a shared responsibility to maintain safety,” said NYSDOT Regional Director, Joseph Brown. “Whether walking, biking or driving, we all want to reach our destinations safely.”
“Using these electronic traffic signs is a smart way to remind motorists that they aren’t the only ones using the road,” said Allison Blanchette, of NY Bicycling Coalition. “I brought my suggestion to Senator Kaminsky and he immediately recognized that these signs he procured could be put to more efficient use. Something as simple as a message that bikes and cars must share a road is an important reminder to maintain safety, and I’m happy that Senator Kaminsky made this possible.”