New York State's government has announced $112.2m in funding for carrying out 81 projects to support bicycle and pedestrian enhancements, as well as improving air quality across the area. 

Funding will be used for creating new multi-use bicycle and pedestrian facilities, new accessible pavements that will be built in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improved access to public transportation, and enhance roadway safety.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "This funding is critical to enhancing our infrastructure and paving the way for both pedestrian and bicycle travel.

"By improving roadway safety and increasing access to healthy transportation alternatives, we are providing both residents and visitors with a chance to experience the state's natural beauty like never before, while supporting a cleaner, greener New York for generations to come."

Funding will provide up to 80% of the cost of each project is made available through the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation. 

New York State Department of Transportation commissioner Matthew Driscoll said: "Governor Cuomo continues to make strategic investments that address the increased demand for more walkable and bikeable communities.

“Promoting local transportation alternatives, tourism and recreation opportunities will enhance regional economic development opportunities and are indicative of the historic commitment New York State is making in transportation infrastructure.”

A significant portion of funding has been allocated to Mid-Hudson region, which will receive $22.6m, and is followed by Western New York region with $20.1m, Finger Lakes will receive $17.8m, New York City will have $16.1m, and the Capital Region has been allotted $13.1m.

"Increased biking and walking reduce congestion and help boost the economy."

In addition, the Southern Tier region will be receiving $8.4m, Central New York region has been granted $5.5m, North Country region has been awarded $4.9m, while the Long Island region will get $2.2m, and the Mohawk Valley will receive $1.4m.

The government anticipates that with additional public and private funding, these projects will leverage nearly $233m that will be used for improving air quality, promote walking and biking, expand public transportation access, and boost tourism across the state.

US Senator Charles Schumer said: "This massive federal investment will help New York State make important upgrades for pedestrians and bicyclists and, in turn, encourage New Yorkers to travel more by bike or by foot.

"Increased biking and walking are good for our collective hearts and lungs; it also reduces congestion and helps boost the economy. These transportation improvements demonstrate the types of important local projects that can only be accomplished with direct public investment." 

Image: The New York government to fund transportation improvement projects for cyclists and pedestrians. Photo: courtesy of New York State Government.