A collaboration among municipalities, schools, businesses and other organizations to promote active transportation across Long Island.
Start promoting the benefits of Active Transportation to your residents, students or employees on your website, email, newsletters and social media. Our Toolkit makes it easy with sample copy, flyers and logos. .
Host an educational event either virtually or in person to promote the many benefits of Active Transportation, and build awareness about nearby walkable downtowns and recreational bike trails. Let's Move LI volunteers can help you organize the event.
Ready for the next step? Form a committee to develop and implement an Active Transportation Plan to encourage your residents, students or employees to walk and bike. Our Spotlights page can give you ideas of active transportation initiatives in other communities. Also, check out our Resources page for information on the many Long Island resources that can help!
This one square mile forward thinking community makes sustainability a culture! Located 25 miles east of Manhattan and sitting atop a 120-foot bluff on the North Shore of Long Island, Sea Cliff encourages residents to walk and bike their slice of heaven that includes a beach and 16 neighborhood parks.
For Sea Cliff, getting residents out of their cars is as much about reducing greenhouse gas emissions as it is about building a more healthy and vibrant community. Each year they celebrate Car Free Day LI encouraging residents to get out of their cars and try walking, biking, and other sustainable forms of mobility.
Trustee Dina Epstein says the reason they have been so successful at changing behavior is they start at a very young age. For the 4th year in a row local bike enthusiast Daniel Flanzig has chaired Sea Cliff Elementary School’s Bike to School Day. Students meet at two locations and bike together to the elementary school where they are met by representatives of Cohens Children’s Hospital who give out prizes and bike licenses. Flanzig reports, “With about 60 kids participating each year the bike racks are overflowing!” The Village collaborates with Jillian Savino from Cohens Children’s Hospital and Mark Hoffacker from NY Coalition for Transportation Safety on their Bike to School Day. In the week preceding the event, Cohen’s conducts two days of bike and pedestrian safety classes during PE with grades k-5.
This culture of active transportation is also cultivated through a series of free outdoor walkable events over the summer and fall including: Second Sundays when local roadways are closed for shopping, music and vendor fairs, Free music at Clifton Park on Thursday nights, Free music on the beach on Friday evenings, and the Minimarket Street Fair in October that starts on Sea Cliff Avenue and continues to Tappan Beach.
Active transportation is just one of the many environmental initiatives of the village. They also have banned plastic bags, straws, polystyrene, cutlery, and stirrers; are planning an EV charging station for the Village Parking lot on Sea Cliff Avenue, sell bins and educate residents on composting, practice sustainable gardening, and are in the process of replacing aging septic systems to improve water quality.
For more information on the Village of Sea Cliff visit https://www.seacliff-ny.gov/
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