Spring 2001, p.19

T.A. Advocacy Committees

T.A.'s volunteer committees provide an opportunity for T.A. members across the city to advocate for bicyclists and pedestrians. This is a description of what the committees do, and how you can get involved.

Brooklyn Committee
T.A.'s Brooklyn Committee works to improve bicycling and pedestrian conditions in New York's most populous borough. Carroll Gardens resident and Bike Show producer Clarence Eckerson heads the Brooklyn Committee. The committee is currently working on the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming project, the Car-Free Prospect Park campaign, East River bridge access and safety, bike rack installation, and cycling hazard identification. The committee meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 at Eco Books, 192 5th Ave. in Park Slope. To get on the Brooklyn Committee email list, send an email to Brooklyn@transalt.org.

Car-Free Central Park Campaign
The Car-Free Central Park Committee is a group of T.A. activists working to liberate the nation's premier park from the automobile. Long-time car-free park crusader Ken Coughlin is the committee chair. Last summer, the campaign collected over 10,000 signatures for a petition for the next mayor, and expects to collect many thousand more this summer. For more information or to sign up for the Car-Free Central Park email list visit www.Car-FreeCentralPark.org.

Bronx Committee
The Bronx Committee, headed by Norwood resident Rich Gans, advocates for the expansion of the greenway network and the Safe Routes to School program, and organizes the popular Tour de Bronx ride each October. For more information on the Bronx committee and upcoming meetings, send an email to Bronx@transalt.org.

Gowanus Project
Michael Cairl, Brooklyn resident and transit consultant, will be T.A.'s main representative in the upcoming Gowanus Expressway stakeholder process (for more information, see page 13). This state-funded project will explore the possibility of replacing the elevated Gowanus with a tunnel, and was a big win for T.A. and the community. This will be an intensive, multi-year project, and we could use your help. For more information send an email to Gowanus@transalt.org.

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For more information on all of our committees, check out T.A.'s web site at http://www.transalt.org, or call the office at (212) 629-8080.