RPCC is committed to supporting and initiating efforts – individual, community-based, regional, and beyond – to fundamentally improve the sustainability of our transportation habits and needs.

We are focused on the following areas:

  1. Improved Public Transportation:
    Advocating for an improved and sustainable infrastructure,
    and providing information about effective usage of public transportation in and around
    Rochester
  2. Electric vehicles:
    Advocacy for and education about the use of electric vehicles, both for
    personal use and larger fleets
  3. Idle reduction:
    We support legislation that discourages idling vehicles
  4. Bicycle sharing / street and safety improvements for bicycle riders:
    RPCC supports measures to assist cyclists through the further development of bike
    lanes/trails, and increased safety awareness
  5. “Complete streets”:
    Complete streets are those that accommodate all people, including
    pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and people with

 

The following are links to initiatives from within the Greater Rochester community already addressing these issues…

IMPROVING GREEN MASS TRANSIT:

RECONNECT ROCHESTER:
Reconnect Rochester is an organization devoted to improving transportation in Rochester:

“Whether by bus, by rail, on bike, or on foot, Reconnect Rochester champions transportation choices that enable a more vibrant and equitable community.“

The following is a talk by Mike Goverale on the “lost” Rochester Subway (closed in 1956), with thoughts on what a functioning mass transport system means for the social, economic, and environmental health of a community:

Information on how to get involved with Reconnect Rochester


CURB YOUR CAR WEEK:
At Color Brighton Green, the Curb Your Car Week program encourages the use of cheaper, healthier, and more earth-friendly transportation alternatives.


ELECTRIC VIECHLES: 
The EV (electric vehicles) Accelerator: The EV Accelerator will help build support for and increase market penetration of EVs by focusing on… 

  • Community Readiness
  • Consumer Education
  • Consumer Experience
  • Fleet Transition
  • Acceleration

This effort is in line with the community-wide Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP’s goal to reduce 40% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 will depend largely on reduced GHG emissions from cars. By driving more EVs, the Rochester community can make significant advancements toward a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable city for all. 

IDLE REDUCTION:
Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that minimize the amount of time drivers idle their engines. 

Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idle_reduction

A news item on a bill in the state Legislature: 
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/politics/blogs/vote-up/2016/03/18/idling-car-would-draw-fine-under-ny-bill/81978588/

More information on this bill:
http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=S07035&term=2015&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Votes=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y


BIKE SHARING AND SAFETY:

The Rochester Cycling Alliance: The mission of the Rochester Cycling Alliance is to bring together cycling enthusiasts and cycling clubs in the metropolitan Rochester, NY region in order to achieve several objectives:

  • Promote the use of bicycles for transportation, sport, recreation and health.
  • Foster the development of cycling roads and trails.
  • Better facilitate the exchange of information on bicycle safety, active transportation and cycling in general.
  • Provide input on government activities and legislation affecting cycling.
  • Provide a public voice for the interests of cyclistsBike Sharing in Rochester: https://www.zagster.com/roc


COMPLETE STREETS:

City of Rochester’s Complete Streets Policy:

“A complete street is one that accommodates all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons with disabilities.  While different features may be necessary or feasible to complete a street, the goal of accommodating everyone remains the same. “

Sierra Club’s Green transportation page

“Creating a 21st century transportation system also means creating one with environmental justice at its core. Nationwide, the communities with the least access to clean transportation options, and the most impacted by smog and other forms of pollution, are predominately low-income communities and communities of color. A fair and just transportation system is one that ensures everyone has access to safe, healthy and clean transportation options, regardless of their income or where they live.”

http://www.publictransportation.org/Pages/default.aspx

The “commuting page” of Frank Regan’s invaluable resource on environmental issues in Rochester: http://www.rochesterenvironment.com/communting.htm