I know that New York does a really great thing by keeping a set of interstate bike routes all marked up. If you write the DOT on the topic you can even be sent free maps of the routes with elevations and everything!
But I think it’s time for more. I’d like to see NYS do more to encourage it’s employees and especially at the county and local level to get into recreational cycling.
I see a lot of Chemung County every time I ride. I know exactly how the roads are and where the drainage problems are at. I know where litter problems are and where every loose dog is at. I see people and farms and really get to know the place with my bicycle. I cross cities and deal with traffic and lane closures.
If your job deals with the management of a place, such as a city or a county or a village or hamlet in NY try getting out there on a bicycle and away from the desk. Try running the roads and appreciating all that work you put in hauling fresh asphalt. Believe me, when you repave I have a blast. Go for group rides and solve problems thinking and talking as you ride. See and meet the people you serve.