What's T.A.'s Brooklyn
Committee up to?
Brooklyn T.A. volunteers continue the fight for a car-free Prospect Park,
currently gathering postcards and writing letters pushing for an expansion of
the summer hours from 6 months to year-round. But that's not all. Members have
been very active fighting the DOT's planned widening of Columbia and Van Brunt
Streets in Red Hook. The widening would make these streets more dangerous and
narrow the planned Brooklyn waterfront greenway trail. The committee has met
with candidates for the various City Council races and educated them on
pedestrian and cycling issues including car-free Prospect Park and Downtown
Brooklyn Traffic Calming. Volunteers manned booths and signed up new members
at street fairs like Seventh Heaven and You Gotta Have Park. Volunteers are
also fighting for better bike parking in Brooklyn.
Come and get involved with your community. The Brooklyn Committee meets the
third Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at Eco Books, 192 5th Ave. (between
Union and Sackett Streets, closest trains are N/R/M). The meeting is open to
Attention west Brooklyn residents. A highway tunnel and greenspace, or a new
elevated monstrosity? You decide. Contact Gowanus@transalt.org.
Help make the NYC Century
The NYC Century Bike Tour, T.A.'s largest fundraiser, is taking place on
Sunday Sept. 9, 2001. There are four routes, 35, 55, 75, and 100 miles, that
start and finish in Central Park and travel through Brooklyn, Queens,
Manhattan, and The Bronx. This is a fantastic urban bike tour designed to show
off New York's beautiful parks, bike paths, and waterfront views. Each year,
T.A. puts together special NYC Century teams that help with the ride and make
it the successful event that it is. There are several different ways to get
Central Park Start and
Finish crews: Help set up the start of the ride. We need early risers who
can be in Central Park as early as 3 am! Help register riders, and pass out
t-shirts and waterbottles. The Finish Line Crew (shifts between 10 am - 8 pm)
needs help distributing T.A. literature, signing up new members, and welcoming
Rest stop crews: There are five locations to choose from: Prospect
Park, Canarsie Piers, Alley Pond Park (Queens), Astoria Park, and Pelham Bay
Park (The Bronx). Help set up the rest stop, greet, feed, and water riders.
Pick your favorite park and sign up to help.
Ride Marshals: T.A. needs confident riders to help guide participants
along the route. Marshals also help with minor bike repairs and minor first
aid where needed. All marshals must do a NYC Century pre-ride.
Route Painting: A well-marked route equals happy cyclists! Join one of
the route painting teams in The Bronx, Brooklyn, or Queens and enjoy the
adventure as you mark the route the weekends of Aug. 18th, 25th, and Sept. 1.
To volunteer to help on one of these teams go to www.NYCcentury.org
and click on volunteers or contact the T.A. office at 212-629-8080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car-Free Central Park
Pictured is the Central Park Traffic Calming ride presented by Time's Up!, one
of the many community groups that support a car-free Central Park. To learn
more about T.A.'s Car-Free Central Park Committee visit www.Car-FreeCentralPark.org.
The Bronx Committee is busy this summer planning the annual Tour de Bronx
(Oct. 21), and helping plan the route for the NYC Century Bike Tour. The next
project is marking the Bronx section of the NYC Century route happening August
18th and 25th. To join the fun of painting the Century route meet at 10 am at
the Metro-north Botanical Garden Parking Lot, or send an e-mail to Bronx@transalt.org.