Attend TransAlt’s Streets for People Party on June 5 to celebrate the many victories won in the name of safer streets and to honor some of the special people who have gone above and beyond to usher in our shared vision of a better New York.
This year, we recognize the contributions of Edward Skyler, executive vice president of global public affairs at Citi, with the Tom Kempner Street Fighter Award. As deputy mayor under the Bloomberg administration, he led efforts to establish the public pedestrian plaza and car-free Summer Streets programs. And in his current role with Citi, he was a key player in the creation of the nation’s leading public bike share program, Citi Bike.
We will also present the David Gurin Award to five individuals who played outsized roles in the campaign to win a car-free Prospect Park: Tupper Thomas, founding president of Prospect Park Alliance; Sam Schwartz, president and CEO of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants; Ryan Russo, former NYC DOT deputy commissioner for transportation planning and management; Michael Drinkard, livable streets and parks advocate; and the Prospect Park Youth Advocates, represented by Michael Cheng. While countless New Yorkers participated in the decades-long campaign to secure Prospect Park for safe, car-free enjoyment, each of these individuals played pivotal roles in turning the tide at critical moments.
For 45 years, Transportation Alternatives has been fighting to reclaim New York’s streets for people. Today, our vision transforms the city, with pedestrian plazas, protected bike lanes, and a car-free Prospect Park (and Central Park starting June 1!). None of this progress happens without your support. Let’s celebrate our great work together.