Walking and bicycling are among the most energy efficient and environmentally benign forms of transportation, in the NYMTC planning area.
NYMTC's members recognize that all travelers, including pedestrians and bicyclists, should have safe access to streets and roadways. The passage of Complete Streets legislation in New York State in 2011 now requires State agencies to consider pedestrians and bicyclists in roadway designs. Additionally, NYMTC’s other members also undertake planning for pedestrian and bicycle facilities and amenities.
Plan 2040 includes a federally-required Pedestrian-Bicycle Element built around five broad goals to further enhance pedestrian and bicycle systems:
- Improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
- Improve the pedestrian and bicycle network
- Support the creation of sustainable communities
- Support economic development
- Contribute to the improvement of public health
The Pedestrian-Bicycle Element draws on planning undertaken at the subregional level through each of NYMTC's three Transportation Coordinating Committees (TCCs). The counties in the lower Hudson Valley have contributed a comprehensive pedestrian-bicycle plan which examined the trip patterns and users who walk and bicycle, as have the suburban counties on Long Island And New York City has an extensive pedestrian/bicycling plan and network.