Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed a bill allowing New York City to set its default speed limit to 25 mph. This hard-fought victory required the passion and devotion of advocates from all walks of life, many of whom know all too well the pain of losing a loved one to traffic violence.
But it shouldn’t be this hard. All the backroom horse-trading, the eleventh-hour dealmaking… it shouldn’t take this much work to enact sensible policies that save lives.
That’s where you come in.
Your calls, your emails, and your donations ensure that each step toward making New York City’s streets as safe as possible comes faster than the one before it. By helping StreetsPAC elect candidates who put people over politics, you make the city more walkable, bikeable, and livable everyday.
Together, our accomplishments in the past year have included:
- Twenty-one candidates endorsed by StreetsPAC won their races, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Letitia James, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito.
- Eight of the thirteen members of the City Council’s Transportation Committee are StreetsPAC endorsees.
- Our board members lobbied and provided key legal support for Intro 238, a groundbreaking New York City law that criminalizes a sober driver’s failure to yield to a pedestrian or cyclist that results in injury or death.
- StreetsPAC members testified at City Council hearings in support of a historic package of eleven bills that were recently signed into law by Mayor de Blasio.
- Our organization co-sponsored Vision Zero Town Halls in each of the five boroughs.
There is still, however, much more to be done. Last week’s down-to-the-wire legislative victory demonstrates the need to change the conversation in Albany. This week, StreetsPAC will be sending our questionnaire to candidates for the State Senate and Assembly, and we’ll soon be following up many of those survey responses with in-depth personal interviews. But we won’t be able to elect candidates who share our goal of safe, complete, and livable streets without your help.
Together our work has pushed the livable streets agenda into the forefront of city and state politics. Please support StreetsPAC with a donation today, and help us continue to shape a safer New York City.