Dispatches from the Front

Transportation Alternatives’ Activist Committees host monthly meetings and social outings, and support vibrant online communities. They also make fighting for local street improvements a lot of fun.

Manhattan

The Manhattan Activist Committee turned out over 60 supporters to three successive Community Board 7 transportation committee meetings focused on making Amsterdam Avenue a Complete Street. Their hard work paid off in mid-October when the transportation committee passed a resolution in support of the plan. Next up is a big push to get community boards to pass resolutions in favor of Complete Streets on Fifth and Sixth avenues from Central Park to southern Manhattan. That campaign is closing in on 10,000 petition signatures, and signing on more coalition partners each week.

MEETS

when: First Thursday of every month
6:30 – 8 pm
where: Transportation Alternatives
127 West 26th St, Suite 1002
(Chelsea)

contact: Albert Ahronheim, Chair
aahronheim@aol.com



STATEN ISLAND

The Staten Island Activist Committee hit it out of the park with their Clove Road campaign. The proposal for a protected bike lane and intersection improvements for pedestrians was accepted by Community Board 1’s Silver Lake Area Committee, and the very next day the full Board issued a resolution for the DOT to study the area for future implementation. If the plan moves forward, it will be Staten Island’s first on-street protected bike lane, and the first new bike infrastructure on the Island since 2010. On the calendar for the fall, committee members will be meeting with Council Member Debi Rose to earn her support for bike lanes and pedestrian improvements along Richmond Terrace.

MEETS

when: Third Thursday of every month
6:30 – 8 pm

where: Everything Goes Book Cafe
208 Bay Street (St. George)

contact: Meredith Sladek, Chair
meredith@transalt.org
 










BROOKLYN

The Brooklyn Activist Committee took some time out from their busy schedule to celebrate the new and improved Jay Street bike lane, which runs from Tillary Street to the waterfront. But they aren’t content to stop there. The committee and their high-profile partners plan to rally behind the improvement of the rest of the chaotic corridor. Activists also signed up a slew of senior centers and public schools in their campaign to win a street safety forum in Bushwick and Williamsburg. After a multi-year effort to improve Court Street intersections, Dave “Paco” Abraham worked with the Cobble Hill Association to get pedestrian signals installed at the intersection with Bergen Street. A new crosswalk is also on the way there, but the signals have already made it safer for pedestrians to cross.

MEETS

when: Last Thursday of every month
7 - 8:30 pm

where: Brooklyn YWCA
30 Third Avenue
First Floor Meeting Room
(Cobble Hill)

contact: Dave ‘Paco’ Abraham, Chair
dave.paco.abraham@gmail.com

 

The Bronx

A new bike lane was opened along the length of Co-op City Boulevard in the Bronx. T.A.’s Bronx Activist Committee played a key role in developing and demonstrating public support for the project. Committee members held an “activation” ride along the Co-op City and E. 222nd Street bike lanes. More than 40 people participated, including City Council Member Andy King (who later spoke at T.A.’s Right of Way rally). Bronx Activist Committee members also focused on rallying support for the City’s plan to build a greenway on the Van Cortlandt Park segment of the Putnam Trail, connecting to Westchester’s South County Trail. As a result of those efforts, many speakers turned out in support of the plan at a recent DEC hearing.

MEETS

when: Second Wednesday of every month
6:30 – 8 pm

where: Bronx Museum of Art
1040 Grand Concourse

contact: Rich Gans, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Hamby, Co-Chair bronx@transalt.org


Queens

Queens activists have been a whirlwind of activity lately. Their 21st Street traffic calming campaign has rounded up 27 community groups and small business partners, hosted a successful Park(ing) Day spot with the LIC Library and brought their case to leaders of Community Board 1. The Queens Boulevard campaign has enlisted the support of 10 Bike Friendly Businesses and collected over 1,500 petition signatures. Committee members Steve Scofield and Scott Wolpow recently fundraised for T.A. on the Climate Ride to Washington, D.C. and met with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s staff to try to secure even more support for street safety projects in Queens.

MEETS

when: Second Tuesday of every month
6:30 – 8 pm

where: Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Avenue
(Jackson Heights)

contact: Jessame Hannus, Co-Chair
belleoflonglake@gmail.com
Steve Scofield, Co-Chair
stevsco@gmail.com