Bike Week NYC, May 1-11, is your chance to take action to improve bicycling conditions in NYC while having fun! Put up posters, attend events and speak to your Borough President at their celebrations. Bike Week NYC is fun! Free rides, food, seminars, shows, films and much more! Join us at Bike Week NYC!
Wanted: Century Coordinator
Help organize the much-loved NYC Century Bike Tour! T.A. is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented, independent bicyclist to assist the Event Director with all details of the event. See job listing for more information.
T.A. In the News
3/20 Letters: Burning blubber, Time Out New York
3/17 Weekend Warrior, Daily News
3/16 BUZZ: Looking for a Good Word About the Car Alarm, New York Times
3/13 Pushing to drive out car alarms, Daily News
3/13 Forum on Car-Alarm Ban, Newsday
3/9 From Racks to Insurance: Parking Guide For Bicycles, The New York Times
3/1 Segway's Breakdown, Wired Magazine
2/17 T.A. Hollers for Bollards, Park Slope Courier
2/16 On a Road That Has Claimed Lives, a Push to Save Them, The New York Times
2/12 Albany Pols Give Tolls an Unofficial OK, Queens Courier
1/30 Hills & Gardens: News & Views from Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights Press & Cobble Hill News
1/28 Green Light for Greenways!, Waterwire.net's Waterwire News
1/27 Prospect Park Car-Free Hours Are Cause For Celebration, Park Slope Courier
1/23 Plan Eyed To Combat Accidents, Newsday
1/22 Prospects up for walkers in park car ban, Daily News
1/19 One-Vehicle Gridlock, New York Times
1/13 Prospect Park set to go car-free... sort of, The Brooklyn Papers
1/13 More Car-Free Hours Coming, Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill Courier
1/13 Issue of the Week: 311, Gotham Gazette
1/9 Prospect Park cuts drive time, Daily News
Come to the Volunteer Mailing Party, Wednesday, April 9th at 6 pm at the T.A. Office (115 West 30th, #1207)! Free beer, soda, snacks and scintillating conversation.
16 to 20 hours a week. Minimum commitment of one semester. Visit transalt.org/jobs for details.
Time on your hands? Eager to
make a difference? T.A. needs folks who are retired, work part-time or
between jobs to help our top-notch advocacy staff make the city a better place for bicyclists,
pedestrians and transit riders.
Valet Bike Parking Volunteers Needed
Volunteer to provide valet bike parking at events throughout the year. Register online to express your interest in this opportunity.
T.A. still has two open internships:
Please visit transalt.org/intern for more information.
Donations Wish List
Help cycling and walking and get a tax deduction. Donate to T.A. We need:
-Pentium II or better
Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do Your Part for Safer Streets! Report:
obstructions: Mayorís Quality of Life Hotline at 888-677-LIFE/
Read more about T.A.'s work to reduce street hazards at transalt.org/haz
Report Dangerous Cabs: 212-221-TAXI or report them online.
Read more about T.A.'s work to make cabs safer for pedestrians and cyclists at transalt.org/cabs
The T.A. Bulletin is a bi-weekly publication of Transportation Alternatives. The Bulletin has 23,000 subscribers.
Transportation Alternatives is a 5,000-member NYC-area non-profit citizens group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars. We work for safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks. Join T.A. today!
The business of government and everyday life continues despite the war in Iraq. Here in New York City, the mayor and his commissioners continue to grapple with an enormous budget deficit and the threat of terrorism. Meanwhile, the MTA has announced that, due to soaring interest payments and predicted cuts in state and city aid, it may have to implement another fare hike in addition to the one scheduled to go into effect in May.
Read on for T.A.'s campaign for life-saving red light and speed cameras, Manhattan Bridge dangers, plus GM on public transit riders.
Tell Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate Leader Joe Bruno to pass this lifesaving legislation
There is overwhelming evidence
that red light cameras and speed cameras make streets safer. To their credit,
Mayor Bloomberg and the Department
of Transportation are renewing their efforts to get the state legislature to
pass new laws allowing NYC to expand its successful red light camera program
from 50 to 150 cameras and to install up to ten automatic speed enforcement
a fax to both Silver and Bruno using the form below or
modify it as you see fit. If your e-mail program does not
support forms, visit
Please include your full contact information so that your message will be treated as official correspondence! Your message will be faxed toboth Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senate Leader Joseph Bruno and e-mailed to Transportation Alternatives. If your e-mail program does not support forms, please visit this page online:
Read more aboutred light cameras and speed cameras.
British Transport Secretary Alistair Darling announced in February that deaths and serious injuries fell by 35% in Britain on roads with speed cameras in operation. He heralded the life saving benefits of the devices:
Key Findings on Speed Cameras
The independent report was commissioned by the Road Safety Division of the
Department for Transport and produced by University College London and PA
For more evidence in favor of
speed cameras, see T.A.'s 2000 report, "Slowing Speeds, Saving Lives".
During last year's legislative campaign for speed cameras, the Daily News, which editorialized in favor of the cams, interviewed Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman David Gantt (D-Rochester) about his opposition:
Briefing materials supplied to Gantt by the NYC DOT and Transportation Alternatives clearly demonstrate that speed and red light cameras like those in use in NYC and Britain take pictures of only the vehicle's license plate. And, even if they take a picture of the driver's face, the cameras are triggered only when a motorist runs a red light or speeds. In Gantt's world, it seems that law breaking motorists are entitled to a special privacy right not available to the rest of society, given that it is now common practice to videotape--and even use facial recognition technology--in public spaces? Moreover, NYC already has issued more than a million tickets to vehicle owners using red light camera technology without a public outcry over the fairness of issuing the penalty to the vehicle owners rather than the vehicle driver committing the crime. Indeed, the January 10th, 2002 issue of Car and Travel reports that 89% of NY State AAA members support red light cameras.
As to Gantt's "slippery slope attendant to using machines to enforce traffic laws rather than people," the man has got it backwards. Red light cameras don't engage in racial profiling and they don't harass women traveling alone late at night. In fact, they are utterly unbiased and fair. H'mm, perhaps this is exactly the problem for legislators and other VIPs who are used to getting away with speeding and light running.
This statistic is staggering: motorists run 1.23 million red lights in New York City every workday. According to a 2000 report by then NYC (and now NY State) Comptroller Alan Hevesi, the worst intersection for red light running in Manhattan is 79th Street and Madison Avenue, and the five worst intersections in Brooklyn are close to schools.
So who is running all those red lights? Not taxis. They account for only 2% of the violations (14% in Manhattan). The vast majority of violators are passenger vehicles, and they overwhelmingly have in-state license plates (98%). According to Hevesi, other cities are taking red light runners head on. For NYC to equal Washington D.C.'s coverage, it would need 338 red light cameras. To equal San Diego, 251. New York City currently has 50 red light cameras.
The DOT Must Act to Make it Safer
When the Manhattan Bridge opened to cyclists and pedestrians in June 2001, dangerous traffic conditions existed on both sides of the bridge.
Despite the dangers, cycling
use of the bridge has skyrocketed since the DOT conducted its safety evaluation of
the bridge in August 2001. The number of cyclists crossing the Manhattan Bridge
between 7 and 10 am on an average August day has increased from 11 to 152.
time for the DOT to re-evaluate bicycle and pedestrian access to the Brooklyn side
of the Manhattan Bridge and take action to make it safer.
DOT should install a "yield to
cyclists" sign and flashing amber light here on the Brooklyn side of the
Manhattan Bridge to alert bridge traffic to the presence of cyclists.
Advertisement appearing in the Georgia Straight, a Vancouver, British Columbia publication
Winter 2003 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!
Ban Car Alarms in NYC Now!
T.A. has many volunteer opportunities. Please visit our site to learn more about how you can help. Come to the Volunteer Mailing Party on Wednesday, April 9th at 6 pm at the T.A. Office (115 West 30th, #1207)! Free beer, soda, snacks and scintillating conversation.
ē Sign-up Online! T.A.ís members support our advocacy for bicyclists, pedestrians and car-free Central and Prospect Parks. So should you.
MAD AS HELL? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
Call the Mayor's Quality of Life Action Line (real people 24 hrs a day): 888-677-5433 or 888-677-LIFE.
POTHOLES, STREET HAZARDS GOT YOU IN A RUT?
Call DOT at 212-225-5368 and hit 0 to skip the message and speak with a
human. You can also report them online at transalt.org/
STAY SMART & INFORMED
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NYC News summaries and savvy commentary.
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RIDES AND WALKS
Friday, March 28, 7 pm. Critical Mass. Union Square Park North. Time's Up!
Saturday, March 29, 9 am. Montauk Training Ride / Hackensack, NJ. Plaza Hotel. 5BBC.
Saturday, March 29, 10 am. Bike the Bronx River with the Urban Park Rangers. 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard in Shoelace Park; Biking to Soundview Park.
Saturday, March 29, 10 pm. Riverside Ride. Columbus Circle. Time's Up!
Sunday, March 30, 8 am. Montauk Training Ride / Rockland Lake, NY. Plaza Hotel. 5BBC.
Sunday, March 30, 9 am. Four Boro Bike Ride. City Hall. 5BBC.
Sunday, March 30, 10 am. Spanish / Bilingual Immersion Ride - El Museo. City Hall. 5BBC.
Sunday, March 30, 12 pm. Coney Island & the Aquarium. Nathanís Rest. near Stillwell Ave. station (F, Q, or W trains). Shorewalkers.
Tuesday, April 1, 10 am. TBA. Central Park Boathouse. The Weekday Cyclists.
Thursday, April 3, 10 am. Ride the Manhattan Greenways. Central Park Boathouse. The Weekday Cyclists.
Friday, April 4, 10 pm. Central Park Moonlight Ride. Columbus Circle. Time's Up!
Sunday, April 6, 8 am. Montauk Century Training Ride / Sunken Meadow State Park, LI. Cunningham Park. 5BBC.
Sunday, April 6, 10 am. Hoboken Waterfront Exploration. Near entrance to PATH train at 6th Ave. & 32nd St. in outdoor seating area. Shorewalkers.
Sunday, April 6, 12:30 pm. Captain Kidd & the Lost Treasures of the East River. East 60th St. & 1st Ave. 5BBC.
Tuesday, April 8, 10 am. TBA. Central Park Boathouse. The Weekday Cyclists.
Thursday, April 10, 10 am. TBA. Central Park Boathouse. The Weekday Cyclists.
Saturday, April 12, 8 am. Montauk Century Training Ride / Stony Point, NY. Plaza Hotel. 5BBC.
Saturday, April 12, 10 am. Broadway #1. Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Shorewalkers.
Sunday, April 13, 8 am. Montauk Century Training Ride / Lloyd Neck, LI. Cunningham Park. 5BBC.
Sunday, April 13, 8:45 am. Kingston, NJ to Princeton. PABT, south bldg., to take 9 AM Suburban Lines bus (Coach USA) to Kingston (NJ), arr. 10:20. Shorewalkers.
Sunday, April 13, 11 am. Rounding Historic Manhattan. in front of Trinity Church, 9 Broadway and Wall Street. Shorewalkers.
Sunday, April 13, 12:30 pm. Brooklyn Queens Mosaic. East 60th St. & 1st Ave. 5BBC.
Tuesday, April 15, 10 am. TBA. Central Park Boathouse. The Weekday Cyclists.