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T.A. In the News
12/15 Going the distance, Daily News
12/14 Let's talk token utopia, Daily News
12/13 Transit strike would squeeze NYC, USA Today
12/13 Water they'll do during walkout?, Daily News
12/11 How About Biking to Work?, NBC4
12/9 For whom the bridge tolls, Daily News
12/7 Runaway car kills teen, injures man, Daily News
12/1 TA's Budnick Named to Board of Thunderhead Alliance, The Ride
11/24 Connecting the Lines: MTA studying links for plaza's transit, Daily News
11/18 Fare deals called way to go for TA, Daily News
11/7 Sea of bikers participated in 8th annual Tour de Bronx, Bronx Times Reporter
11/6 Mayor's tolls talk not swaying local politicians, The Villager
10/28 Olympic VIPs To Be Easy Riders, New York Post
10/27 Why Use the Park to Ease Traffic Congestion? New York Times
10/27 Where Big Rigs Roll, Howls of Dismay, New York Times
10/24 On Bridges, Raising Money but Not Blood Pressure, New York Times
10/23 East River tolls could float without Albany's OK, Daily News
10/22 Mayor Weighs Plan to Turn Over Bridges to Transit Authority, New York Times
10/20 An Old Idea, Still Rolling: Fewer Cars in the Park, New York Times
10/19 The free ride could be over: Mike talkin' tolls on E. River spans, Daily News
10/18 Big Apple Biking, The Savvy Traveler
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Bikes, Mike and Transit Strike
Fortunately, the transit strike didn't happen. The city avoided economic devastation and the chaos and disruption a strike would cause. Deft negotiating by the transport workers union and MTA gave transit workers a "non-raise bonus" of $1,000 and modest future pay raises in exchange for work rule changes and consolidation of bus operations. Some intriguing issues emerged from the strike threat:
Mixed Cycling Message in the News
Cycling featured prominently in news stories about options for transit riders in event of a strike. The mayor made front page of the Daily News when he purchased a mountain bike and gear and vowed to bicycle to work during the strike. The papers were full of pictures of cyclists thronging the streets and bridges during the 1980's transit strike, and some of them printed detailed bicycling maps.
Unfortunately, the mayor's vow to bicycle met with more public derision than delight. Joyce Purnick, a columnist at the Times wrote that the mayor's bicycle was a strike "symbol worth dropping ..." because "... there are probably not many average New Yorkers who can buy a bike like that or risk bicycling through tunnels and across bridges in bad weather and traffic." This sentiment was echoed by many smirky TV and radio reporters and disappointingly, by thousands of protesting transit workers who chanted, "Shut up mike, where's your bike" and "Mike rides a bike" and "Hey mike whaddya say? How many bikes did you ride today?" Even thoughtful transit advocates said that the mayor's new found cycling enthusiasm was off-putting. They cited his ostentatious purchase of a shiny new mountain bike, and the perception that he was recommending cycling as a one size fits all solution to stranded transit riders.
Also see Michael Smith in the Gotham Gazette on Biking and the Transit Strike.
Last week, Mayor Bloomberg said he would ride a bike to work in case of a transit strike.
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Ivan Illich, a provocative iconoclast, died on December 2 in his native Germany at age 76. Illich spent his life working with the poor and writing in Germany, Mexico and Washington Heights. He was an iconoclast and provocateur whose essays examined everything from the Roman Catholic Church to higher education and transportation. Illich articulated some of the most sophisticated and insightful criticisms of automobile-based culture and wrote at length on the role of the bicycle and pedestrian in contemporary life.
We strongly recommend the
on-line edition of Ivan Illich's "Energy and
Equity." It features
very short (one page or less) essays that are easy to read. Note chapters on
the "Industrialization of Traffic" and the bicycling in "Degrees
of Self-Powered Mobility."
On December 9, Mary Hansen, a
leader of the internationally known pop band Stereolab was
killed by a motorist
while bicycling in London. Stereolab is well known to many NYC music fans from
their shows in Central Park. Hansen, a native of Brisbane, Australia, was 36
Check out T.A.'s bollard brochure "Establishing
Attractive Security and Pedestrian Areas in Lower Manhattan."
On Thursday, December 12, the City opened the new bicycle and pedestrian path on the Williamsburg Bridge. The new 18 foot wide path is a great improvement over the narrow boardwalk it replaces. Gone are the 83 stairs that were a barrier to cyclists and pedestrians alike. The path runs over the JMZ train tracks and, at the main span, splits in two. At the split, pedestrians are supposed to take the old path on the south side of the bridge (opened in 1999) and cyclists the new path on the north.
Unfortunately, the bicycle and pedestrian stencils on the new path are dangerous. They direct cyclists and pedestrians to travel head-on into each other. The DOT should immediately remove these dangerous bicycle and pedestrian stencils and replace them with safer lane designations that clearly separate bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
With construction about to
finish on the Williamsburg Bridge, this is the perfect time to correct the new
path's bicycle and pedestrian stencils and ensure that it is safe for the 3,000
people that walk and bike over it each day.
Ride the New Path!
The Manhattan entrance to the
path is on the median of Delancey Street at Clinton Street.
There are two access points in Brooklyn. The DOT left the existing access point on Bedford Ave between South 5th and South 6th Streets open and added another at the corner of South 5th Street and South 5th Place. A full compliment of directional signs, traffic lights, walk signals and crosswalks on both sides of the path should make it easy to find and access.
Over the last twenty years, improved subways and buses have been one of the city's real success stories. Transit workers and management both deserve great credit for this turnaround. Monday's agreement acknowledges the key role of both, by providing raises for workers and new ways for managers to improve productivity to benefit riders and hold down expenses.
Now, public attention is turning to the MTA's proposal to hike fares to as much as $2. We hope that there will be a a vigorous conversation on fares and service. Among the key questions are:
So, congratulations on the settlement. Now on to the next debate.
Fall 2002 T.A. Magazine
This issue is being mailed to all T.A. members. It includes news on bicycle, pedestrian and car-free Central Park and Prospect Park, sensible transportation, features and much, much more! View the Table of Contents or request a copy!
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POTHOLES, STREET HAZARDS GOT YOU IN A RUT?
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RIDES AND WALKS
Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 pm. Lights in the Heights. City Hall across from the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge. Fast and Fabulous.
Sunday, December 22, 9:30 am. On a Winter's Night. Cunningham Park. 5BBC.
Sunday, December 22, 4 pm. Lights in the Heights Ride. City Hall, across from the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge (by Horace Greeley Statue). Time's Up!
Tuesday, December 24, 9 am. Central Park Boathouse. New York Side of the GWB. Fast and Fabulous.
Wednesday, December 25, 8 am. Christmas Tour of Manhattan. Central Park Boathouse. Fast and Fabulous.
Friday, December 27, 7 pm. Critical Mass. Union Square Park North. Time's Up!
Saturday, December 28, 9:30 am. Quick Spin Peekskill. Plaza Hotel. 5BBC.
Saturday, December 28, 10 pm. Riverside Ride. Columbus Circle. Time's Up!
Tuesday, December 31, 10:45 pm. New Year's Eve Ride. Union Square Park North. Time's Up!