The CNY Pathways Work Group, creators of the website, is a subcommittee of “Forging Our Community’s United Strength” (F.O.C.U.S.) Greater Syracuse, whose Vision is to work on Making Central New York a healthy place where all human modes of travel are safe, accessible, and easy; and to support healthy neighborhoods. To do this, the group developed a Citizen’s Strategic Action Plan for Connecting Healthy Communities with specific goals of developing a connected network of routes for cycling, hiking, walking & wheeling throughout CNY.
The group Developed recommendations, prioritized strategies and noted potential champions to address a series of challenges relative to the vision. These challenges include:
- Provide safety and security for walkers, hikers and wheelchair users.
- Provide safety and security for cyclists.
- Teach everyone how to share the road safely.
- Encourage walkable communities and accessible urban trails.
One recommendation that addressed each of the challenges was to create a public website with maps & safety information, dedicated to the group’s mission. The FOCUS Work Group asked the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) to host the web site.