Milestones



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A GREENLIGHT FOR THE GREENWAY
It’s official! The Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway is on its way. Last month the DOT finalized the route, laid out next steps and proposed an array of funding options. The 14-mile multi-use path, which will run from Greenpoint to Sunset Park, now consists of 23 distinct capital projects that will be built as money becomes available. According to DOT’s announcement, “upcoming construction of permanent protected paths on West, Flushing and Van Brunt streets,” are coming in the near future.


The Bike Ambassadors Bring It Again
T.A.’s team of Bike Ambassadors has been out in force so far this summer, spreading the message of responsible cycling to folks around the city. The six-person team has already led safety trainings in schools, summer camps, a YMCA and on the street. They’ve also met with the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint to address a spate of doorings in that neighborhood. In the next few weeks, six more Bike Ambassadors will come onboard, doubling the group’s outreach capacity. What will they do with all that new person power? Start prepping people for Citi Bike by passing out station maps, signing up new T.A. members, and a lot more of the same grassroots outreach. This summer, more New Yorkers than ever before are out on their bikes, which keeps the Ambassadors busy (and psyched!).

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Act Local
New York City’s bike advocates are getting personal, bringing the fight for safer and more sustainable streets to their own neighborhoods. In the last few months, empowered individuals and community shareholders have­—with a little help from T.A.—made giant steps towards better biking in Ditmas Park, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Bay Ridge, the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Whether it’s infrastructure improvements like the sharrows and timed lights that will soon line Brooklyn’s Lafayette Avenue, community-generated action plans like the Local Spokes Campaign in Manhattan’s Community Board 3 or neighborhood-wide efforts to sign up more Bike Friendly Businesses in Central Brooklyn, each of these small campaigns is part of a virtuous cycle that’s spinning across the city.  


The Great Parking Spot Switcheroo
Local business owners, Transportation Alternatives volunteers and the City DOT have been working to convert car parking spots into bike parking spaces at select sites around the city. Thanks to an innovative program called “Street Racks,” motor vehicle parking spaces in front of particularly popular cycling destinations are being transformed into bike parking facilities capable of storing upwards of eight two-wheelers. You can try out these new bike parking places in front of Mud Coffee in the East Village and Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope. More are coming to Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg, the corner of Court and Pacific in Cobble Hill and, if a group of neighborhood activists and the owners of Queens Kickshaw have their way, the corner of Steinway and Broadway in Astoria too.

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