1. OVERVIEW

 
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For New York to compete in the global economy, and provide the safety and quality of life New Yorkers deserve, our leaders must embrace a 21st century vision for our streets and transportation system that puts the well-being of people first. StreetsPAC supports candidates for public office who champion safe, complete and livable streets, along with world-class public transit.

Safe Streets are safe enough for children, seniors, and people of all abilities to travel without fear of injury or death. Despite recent gains, our streets remain unsafe:
  • Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of preventable death in New York City; while traffic deaths decreased significantly in 2014 and 2015, fatalities have increased during the first half of 2016.
  • Although speeding is the top factor in NYC traffic deaths, police rarely enforce speeding laws on neighborhood streets, and prosecutors rarely pursue charges against sober drivers who kill.
To foster safe streets, StreetsPAC supports changes in roadway design, as well as the use of speed and red-light cameras and other enforcement strategies, all of which are proven to calm traffic.
Complete Streets encourage mobility and health by allocating space for walking, public transportation, bicycling and wheelchair access, and by prioritizing curbside access for taxis, delivery vehicles and passenger loading over the underpriced curbside parking that now makes such uses difficult or impossible. For example:
  • Select Bus Service using dedicated bus lanes has been an unqualified success, reducing travel times by 20% and increasing ridership.
  • An expanded bike lane network, along with the introduction of a large-scale bike-sharing system, have made cycling for everyday transportation a viable option for many New Yorkers. Protected bike lanes have been proven to reduce crash injuries among bicyclists, walkers and drivers by approximately 40%.
  • Countdown clocks, sidewalk extensions and landscaped pedestrian refuge islands make walking safer, more pleasant and more efficient.
StreetsPAC supports improving the quality and variety of transportation choices to enhance personal mobility and build a more sustainable transportation system of complete streets.
Livable Streets are comfortable and welcoming to residents and visitors, and attract patrons to shops, restaurants, hotels and other local businesses. New Yorkers want to live, work and shop on livable, economically vital streets. Research shows:
  •  Pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, play streets and other amenities dramatically increase retail property values, and significantly raise other commercial and residential property values.
  • For one example, the reduction/elimination of motor vehicle traffic on Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square has created a mecca for tourists, as well as technology and other new-economy businesses.
StreetsPAC supports repurposing streets to give priority to people, creating spaces in which community life and commerce can thrive.
A world-class public transportation system is essential to New York City's success, but as it stands now, our public transportation system is showing significant strain.

Our subways are pushing the limits of their capacity, moving more than 5.6 million people every weekday, and nearly six million people on weekends.  Our buses carry another 2.5 million New Yorkers each day, but because they're slow and increasingly unreliable, bus ridership has been in decline for several years.

New York State must redouble its commitment to the MTA, assuring that the agency's capital and operating budget are fully funded. We must modernize our transit system, by upgrading subway signals, rolling out new stock, introducing a new payment system, dedicating more street space to buses, and more.

StreetsPAC believes this commitment starts with the state legislature, whose members must be dedicated to providing the MTA with the funding it needs to thrive.  NYC's public transit system must be reliable, affordable and world-class.
Process and Deadlines. StreetsPAC is a political action committee registered with the New York State Board of Elections and the New York City Campaign Finance Board. This questionnaire seeks to elicit your views on the important issues facing New York State’s and New York City’s streets. Your answers will help inform StreetsPAC endorsements for the 2016 election.

All responses should be considered public, although StreetsPAC may at its discretion choose to disclose some, all or none of your responses. Responses may be shortened for publication. StreetsPAC may also disclose a candidate’s decision to not respond to this questionnaire. If you refer in your response to a position paper or your web site, please specify the exact text you are referencing. By responding to this questionnaire, you give your agreement to the foregoing uses of your responses.

The StreetsPAC Board may request personal interviews with candidates who submit questionnaire responses. Please submit questionnaire responses via this web form no later August 22nd.

The questionnaire, which follows, should take you only a few minutes to complete.

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