Legislation to create multi-use trails plan close to passage in State Legislature

***URGENT UPDATE*** Late Friday afternoon we learned that S.4416B had passed the Senate thanks to a dedicated voice of support from people like you! But the fight is not over yet. We still need A.5035B to pass the Assembly and we need your help to make that happen. Please CALL or EMAIL your state assemblymember TODAY and let them know that a multi-use trails plan is important to you and your community! Thank you for your voice and your efforts.***

Legislation is currently pending in the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate and (A.5035B and S.4416B) that would create a statewide multi-use trails plan. This important bill would direct the state to come up with a blueprint for future trails development, helping to turn our local trails across the state into a unified network of trails with major spines and connecting routes, ensuring all parts of the state have access to quality outdoor active recreation on trails. We need this legislation to be passed before the end of session on June 19! Contact your legislator today and ask them to cosponsor the legislation and to make sure that the legislation is brought up for a vote before the legislature adjourns for the year.

Write your legislators now and tell them to support the statewide multi-use trails plan!
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The multi-use trails plan is a centerpiece of the Trails Across New York campaign, launched earlier this year. This effort seeks to build off of the momentum of the Empire State Trail's planned completion in 2020 and support ways to turn our statewide trail system into a true network, connecting local trails with the main spine of the Empire State Trail and cementing New York's position as the nation's leader in multi-use trails. See our Trails Across New York informational sheet here!Trails Across New York envisions a future in which all New Yorkers will be located only minutes from a trail and ideally will be able to access that trail easily and safely by walking or bicycling. Throughout the state, trails, bicycle boulevards, and Complete Streets will be acknowledged as essential and mainstream elements of community infrastructure, much as utility lines and sidewalks are thought of today. New York State's trail-rich and trail-friendly reputation will attract visitors from across the nation and abroad to experience the historic communities and varied, beautiful landscapes accessible through the state’s trail network.