T.A. StreetBeat

October 9th, 2008

Mothers (and Children) for a Car-Free Park
Mobilized Moms marched on Central Park then let their children do the dirty work.
Mayor Bloomberg, this time it's lovable.

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  • "Whenever Prospect Park has gotten more car-free hours, the same people have said that the sky is falling and here we are a generation later and the sky hasn't fallen," said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Wiley Norvell. "Just because you restrict automotive traffic on one artery doesn't mean that every single car will turn out on adjacent roads — that's not the way traffic works."

    --Wiley Norvell, The Brooklyn Paper, 10/02

Rolling Carbon

Rolling Carbon: Calculate Your Commute

Calculate the carbon footprint of your commute at rollingcarbon.org

With millions of people looking for simple and sensible ways to shrink their carbon footprint, a new Transportation Alternatives website, RollingCarbon.org, is helping New Yorkers calculate the environmental impact of their daily trips around town.

Because most people commute twice-a-day, 250 times each year, a small change can make a big difference. If just 5% of all people commuting by private car or taxi switched to public transit or non-motorized transportation like walking or cycling, the result would be a decrease of about 150 million pounds of CO2 emissions per year. To achieve a similar reduction, the City would have to plant trees on about 20,000 acres of land--an area 1.3 times the size of Manhattan.

Along with the website's carbon calculator, RollingCarbon.org is filled with carbon-saving tips, links to help folks green their commutes and a detailed report that explains the connection between commute mode and carbon output in easy to understand language.

Check out RollingCarbon.org today.

Take Action!

Tell your friends about RollingCarbon.org. Let them know that there's a new website that can help them figure out how to "green" their commute.

One Rack to Rule Them All

City Racks

Bold new bike rack ideas are everywhere in NYC. Image copyright RSVP Architecture Studio, co-winner of the indoor bike parking portion of the contest.

At Astor Place, ten new sculptures have appeared, and they're as functionally sound as they are formally pleasing--although you might have to look past a bike or two to see them.

On Tuesday, September 30th, the CityRacks Design Competition announced the ten finalists in its bike-rack design contest and installed a prototype of each rack around the Cube at Astor Place. On October 24th, they'll announce a winner and that design will become New York City's new CityRack.

Co-sponsored by NYC DOT, The Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Transportation Alternatives and Google, the competition drew over 200 entrants from 24 states and 26 nations who sought to develop attractive, functional and well-designed sidewalk racks.

There was also an indoor bike parking portion of the competition. The City, which is in the process of expanding bike parking at municipal buildings, will consider using the winning indoor-design in its facilities.

Prototypes of the finalists will soon be on display at locations across the city, including Borough Hall and P.S. 1 in Queens, Fordham Plaza in the Bronx, the New York Historical Society in Manhattan and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. You can also view and comment on the 10 finalists online or watch a Streetfilm about the competition.

Take Action!

Request a CityRack for free through the NYC DOT CityRacks Program.

Say It Loud: We're Moms and We're Proud

Mobilized Moms: Mothers for a Car-Free Park

The revolution will be maternalized.

Even people who want cars in Central Park will listen to their mothers, right?

That was the hope of dozens of car-free Central Park supporters as they marched in the first ever Mobilized Moms rally on Tuesday, October 7th.

With colorful signs held high, supporters gathered on 72nd Street and Central Park West and began to march towards Bethesda Fountain, propelled by strollers and the voices of kids chanting for a car-free park!

Mobilized Moms founder and Upper West Side mom Lisa Sladkus knew there were many other parents who, like her, felt that speeding cars, children and parks do not go hand-in-hand--Tuesday's rally was the result of her vision.

Borough President Scott Stringer and community activists spoke, while children made "What Central Park Means to Me" art projects and added their hand prints to a large banner that will be delivered to Mayor Bloomberg in the very near future.

All involved hope that Hizzoner has lots of empty wall space, and sense enough to listen to Mobilized Moms.

Take Action!

For the most up-to-date car-free Central Park news join the Car-Free Central Park Campaign. And be sure to visit mobilizedmoms.wordpress.com to learn more about this great new group.

Tour de Bronx Only 10 Days Away

Join us on Sunday October 19th for the 14th Annual Tour de Bronx!

Brought to you by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr. and Transportation Alternatives, and in conjunction with Montefiore Medical Center and St. Barnabas Hospital, the Tour de Bronx is New York City's largest FREE biking event.

There is a 25-mile route and a 40-mile route, and both offer snacks and a music festival at the New York Botanical Garden. Please go to tourdebronx.org for registration and more details about the ride.

Volunteer for the Tour de Bronx:

We need your help to make the 14th Annual Tour de Bronx a huge success. We are still looking for riding marshals and volunteers for the day of the event, as well as route markers and gift-bag stuffers to help out before the ride.

Please go to tourdebronx.org/volunteer or call 646-873-6031 to find out more.

A Special Offer for Queens Residents


During the month of October, Transportation Alternatives is extending a membership discount to all Queens residents. For just $20 you can become a member of T.A., receive big discounts at local bike shops and help make New York a safer, greener city all in one fell swoop.

This month, join one of the group bike rides sponsored by the T.A.'s Queens Committee. You'll meet fellow cyclists and bring positive changes to your neighborhood streets.

Details are available at transalt.org/queens.

Car-Free Sunday at Crotona Park October 12th

Bust a move at car-free Crotona.

The Car-Free Bronx Coalition presents a day of car-free space in Crotona Park (between Claremont Parkway and Crotona Park North) on October 12th from 12-5pm. Come join us for a host of activities on Crotona Parkway. Bring your friends, family and bike (if you have one) and enjoy a beautiful Car-Free day in Crotona Park (rain cancels).

Car-Free Crotona
Sunday, October 12th
12–5 pm
Crotona Park (between Claremont Parkway and Crotona park North)
The Bronx

Call 718-324-4466 for more information.

Park(ing) Day Redux

Hosted in partnership with Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Park(ing) Day Redux will bring together some of the most inspired locations from Park(ing) Day NYC 2008 on a closed street, along with art and installations by the Eyebeam crew. Don't miss your chance to experience a truly Park(ed) street. More information at parkingdaynyc.org.

Park(ing) Day Redux
Saturday, October 18th
12-6 pm
21st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues

Adopt-a-Bike-Lane on Delancey

To draw attention to the need for safer cycling conditions on Delancey Street, local activists and Williamsburg Bridge bike commuters and will be organizing a commuter bike-pool with the support of Transportation Alternatives.

Bike-pools will leave from Bowery and Delancey at regular intervals between 6-7 pm on Friday, October 24th.

Email Marin Tockman at marin.tockman@gmail.com to find out more about the event or to volunteer.

People Make Parks

Image courtesy Partnership for Parks.

On Saturday, October 25th, the Sara D Roosevelt Park, site of It's My Park! Day, will also host the launch of the People Make Parks Initiative.

This groundbreaking initiative, created by Hester Street Collaborative and Partnerships for Parks, is designed to expand the role of communities in park design, giving them the tools and resources they need to develop a vision for their local parks and ensure that this vision is considered as the parks are renovated and improved.

It's My Park! Day is a citywide effort to care for and celebrate New York City's parks, coordinated by Partnerships for Parks. You can find an It's My Park! Day location near you here.

Come out and learn how to get involved with your local parks.

People Make Parks Initiative Launch
Saturday, October 25th
11 am–3 pm
Rivington Street (between Chrystie and Forsyth Streets)

NYC Food and Fitness Partnership Celebrates Healthy Communities


Join your neighbors and meet new friends at an upcoming NYC Food and Fitness event.

The NYC Food and Fitness Partnership is leading guided bus and walking tours through the South Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem with a celebration at Randall's Island recognizing the importance of youth involvement.

All three tours will be held on Saturday, October 18th and all are sure to be fantastic events.

For more information and to register go here.

Ride with George Hincapie


Don't miss your chance to ride with one of NY's cycling greats.

On Saturday, October 18th, "I Challenge Myself", an organization that challenges and supports youth from underserved communities in New York City to become physically active and healthy adults, is hosting a 55 mile fundraising ride led by one of New York's cycling greats, 13-time Tour de France veteran George Hincapie.

The price is $200, and 100% of the proceeds will go to IChallengeMyself.org.

To learn more about the ride, email alex@nyvelocity.com.
To register go to: bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=7207

T.A. is Hiring!

Transportation Alternatives seeks a well-organized, motivated and personable administrator to maintain our accounts, manage our human resources system and manage our dynamic office of more than 17 employees.

If you've got what it takes or are interested in learning more about the position, check out transalt.org/about/jobs for more information.