Transportation Alternatives (T.A.), NYC's advocates for bicycling, walking and environmentally sensible transportation, appointed Clarence Eckerson as the new chairman of its Brooklyn chapter today.
Mr. Eckerson, a resident of Carroll Gardens, has been involved with transportation issues in Brooklyn for many years. Eckerson is a lifelong cyclist, and has been a strong proponent of bike racks, bike lanes, safer streets and traffic calming. He co-produces The Bike Show, a weekly cable television program on all aspects of cycling in NYC. In his day job, he is a Manager in Sales Operations at Comedy Central.
Transportation Alternatives' Brooklyn chapter works to improve cycling and walking conditions in New York's most populous borough. The chapter is currently working on the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming project, the Car-Free Prospect Park campaign, East River bridge access and safety, bike rack installation, and cycling hazard identification.
Upon his appointment, Mr. Eckerson remarked:
"My main goal is to motivate Brooklynites to take a more active role in pursuing safer streets for themselves, their family and friends. Traffic and unsafe street conditions are serious problems in our neighborhoods. It has become increasingly dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians; especially to our children and seniors."
"I intend to elevate the debate on these topics and motivate our elected representatives to take action and improve conditions throughout the borough."
The Brooklyn Chapter meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 at Eco Books, 192 5th Avenue between Union and Sackett streets. The next meeting will be on Monday, October 16th. If you'd like more information on the Brooklyn Committee, contact Transportation Alternatives at (212) 629-8080, or visit our web site at www.transalt.org.