State bill pushes for safer roads

ALBANY — The state Legislature recently passed a bill that would require all road projects funded both by the state and federal governments to consider the need to add sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle lanes for safe travel by pedestrians and vehicles.

The proposal was pushed by AARP and traffic-safety groups as a way to ensure bicyclists and walkers aren’t pushed off the road, and also to ensure cars aren’t getting into accidents by trying to avoid pedestrians.

The measure, called “Complete Streets,” heads to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature. His office said it is reviewing the bill, but advocates are hopeful he will sign it.

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