Memorial Walk
Mayor Bloomberg and the DOT have adopted T.A.'s Elder District plan as their own. Safer streets for seniors are coming to 25 locations citywide.


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Events and Alerts

T.A. in the News

  • "'There's a huge demand out there for this kind of [bike] parking option," said Caroline Samponaro, bicycle campaign coordinator at Transportation Alternatives, a group that advocates for pedestrians and bicyclists.'"

    A Bikes-Only Parking Lot in Midtown?, New York Times, 1/16

Safe Routes for Seniors Coming to NYC Streets
Placard Abuse
Longer crossing times are just one of the improvements scheduled to appear on city streets.
Just five years after Transportation Alternatives started the Safe Routes for Seniors program with support from the New York State Department of Health, the Bloomberg Administration has adopted the plan and pledged to apply it at 25 locations citywide.

In his State of the City Address last week, Mayor Bloomberg announced, "traffic engineering improvements at 25 high-accident areas which are especially problematic for seniors."

The Mayor's plan, like T.A.'s Elder District (PDF) approach, prioritizes areas and intersections where older New Yorkers are most at risk and takes the slower walking speed of seniors as a principle concern in the redesigns.

So far, the DOT has made it clear that they will lengthen crossing times to accommodate slower walking speeds and employ pedestrian medians and new street markings.

Transportation Alternatives is excited by the City's commitment and will encourage the DOT and the Mayor to consider even stronger safety measures--ones that not only increase pedestrian safety, but limit the likelihood of dangerous and aggressive driving as well.


Congestion Pricing: It's in the Details--Take Action Now!
Congestion Pricing
For the first time, New Yorkers were presented with the entirety of what congestion pricing will accomplish, and they liked what they saw. Quinnipiac University released a poll earlier this month showing 60% of NYC voters support congestion pricing if the revenue is used to improve public transit, as it would be under the plan. Most notably, residents of Queens, 61% of whom back pricing, were second only to Manhattan (70%) in their approval of the plan.

A federal grant tied to congestion pricing will put 365 new buses on NYC streets, and new service on the 1, C, E and F trains is scheduled as well. You can see what specific transit improvements are slated for your borough at getnycmoving.org. And don't be shy about forwarding the link to friends. As the poll shows, when New Yorkers know how much they stand to gain, they're far more likely to support congestion pricing.


Take Action:

Go to campaignfornewyork.org and tell the Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission to a choose a traffic plan that reduces traffic, cuts commute times, funds public transportation and is fair to New Yorkers across all neighborhoods and economic levels.



Pedicabs Win in Court
Pedicab
Despite a winning day in court, pedicabs are still in the City's sights.
On January 16th, 2008 the New York State Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of New York City Pedicab Owners' Association v. New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and sided fully with the position of the pedicab owners. This is a big win for human-powered transportation and a big win for NYC.

Chad Marlow of The Public Advocacy Group LLC, and lawyer for the NYCPOA said, "Last spring, the City Council passed a law that put the New York City pedicab industry on life support by capping the number of pedicabs at 325. Last fall, the Department of Consumer Affairs' tried to pull the plug with onerous and unfair regulations. But on January 16th the New York State Supreme Court threw the pedicab industry a lifeline and we are very grateful."

Despite the victory, the pedicab industry is still at risk. The City plans to appeal the recent court decision.

Please visit the NYCPOA website to find out how you can help support this environmentally friendly small business.


Street Renaissance: How You Can Transform NYC Streets
(You) Can Transform (NYC) Streets
Next Monday, an all-star panel of New York City change-makers will bring their expertise and secrets for success to an exciting and informative panel discussion that will be hosted by Aaron Naparstek of Streetsblog. This discussion will be followed by a reception and exhibit featuring food, drinks, and many fun opportunities for you to help win great walking spaces, safer streets, less traffic, a world-class bike network and cleaner air in New York City.

Panelists:

Monday, January 28th
6-9 pm (6 pm Panel, 8 pm Reception/Exhibit)
New-York Historical Society
2 W. 77th St.

Seating is very limited. Please RSVP here.


Public Hearings on Congestion Pricing
The Traffic Mitigation Commission will hold six meetings on the five traffic mitigation plans that are currently under consideration.

We know that these meetings sometimes seem like a crowded subway car stalled under the East River, but they're absolutely essential to making sure that our real subways don't do just that. Please take an hour to make your voice heard about reducing traffic, cleaning the air and funding subway and bus service. If you live or work in any of the neighborhoods below, these are prime opportunities to register your support for congestion pricing and transit improvements.

Congestion Pricing Hearing
The Traffic Mitigation Commission need to hear what you think.

Thursday, January 24th
6 pm
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn

Thursday, January 24th
6 pm
Hostos Community College
Savoy Multi-Purpose Room
Walton Ave. at 149th St.
The Bronx

Thursday, January 24th
6 pm
York College Performing Arts Center
94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica

Thursday, January 24th
6 pm
College of Staten Island
Center for the Arts, Recital Hall 1P
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island

Thursday, January 24th
6 pm
Westchester County Center
198 Central Ave.
1st Floor Meeting Rooms A-B
White Plains

Thursday, January 24th
6 pm
Hofstra University
University Club
North of Main Gate
Hempstead

If you plan on speaking at any of the meetings, you must submit this form (PDF).


Better Parking Plans Make Saner Streets
(You) Can Transform (NYC) Streets
Modern parking policy can combat double parking and much more.
If you live on the Upper East Side or in Harlem, Long Island City, Park Slope or Forest Hills, we urge you to attend a PlaNYC Neighborhood Parking Workshop and advocate for parking policies that will improve streets for cyclists, pedestrians, mass transit users and anyone who breathes.

Please contact Lindsey Lusher at lindsey@transalt.org and take a look at this fact sheet (PDF) if you plan to attend.


Thursday, January 24th
6-8 pm
Doors open at 5:30
The Alhambra Ballroom of New York
2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Manhattan

Wednesday, January 30th
7-9 pm
Doors open at 6:30
Forest Hills Jewish Center
106-06 Queens Blvd.
Forest Hills

Thursday, January 31th
7-9 pm
Doors open at 6:30
Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place (at 8th Ave.)
Brooklyn

Tuesday, January 29th
6:30 pm
Doors open at 6:00
Citicorp Building
1 Court Square
Long Island City


Presidential Candidates' Transportation Forum
The NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and Transportation Alternatives will host the leading Presidential Candidates' transportation and infrastructure representatives. Hillary Clinton, Rudolph Guliani and Barack Obama have confirmed that they will send staff members. Other candidates are expected to confirm in the near future. "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz will moderate the event.
A Message to you, Rudin

Thursday, January 31st
8:30-10:30 am
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
The Kimmel Center, 4th Fl.
60 Washington Square South
Manhattan

Breakfast will be available starting at 8 am.
Space is limited, so please RSVP by January 25th.


T.A. in the News
Your Opportunity to Change New York City Parking Policy, StreetsBlog, 1/22

Streetfilms: Street Star Christine Berthet, StreetsBlog, 1/22

Safer Walks Plotted for City's Seniors, New York Daily News, 1/20

Bloomberg Touches on Safe Streets, Pricing in State of the City, StreetsBlog, 1/18

New York Congestion Hearing Draws Scores, Newsday, 1/17

Markowitz Curbs his Sidewalk Park Habit, New York Daily News, 1/17

Bike Parking Lot, With Attendant, Is Planned for Midtown, New York Times, 1/17

Sidewalk Parking Near Borough Hall Now Legal for Brooklyn Boro Prez, Staff, New York Daily News, 1/16

Speeding New York's Buses, Gotham Gazette, 1/16

A Bikes-Only Parking Lot in Midtown?, New York Times, 1/16

The Wheels are in Motion, City Hall News, 1/14

Placard Crackdown--Can it Work?, Brooklyn Paper, 1/12

A Silent Roadside Reminder, Indypendent, 1/12

Some Skeptical as Mayor Moves to Limit Permit Parking, Downtown Express, 1/11

What if DOT Simply Forgot to Open the Parks to Traffic?, StreetsBlog, 1/11

Families and Advocates Remember Slain Cyclists, Downtown Express, 1/11

New Congestion Pricing Options as the Debate Continues, Village Voice, 1/11

Does Times Real Estate VP's "Joke" Betray Anti-Bike Bias?, StreetsBlog, 1/11

Ideas for Burying the Gowanus Expressway Continue, Gotham Gazette, 1/10



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