Summer 2003, p.27

About T.A.: T.A. Celebrates 30 Years of Success

Pedestrian and bicycling paths on all the East River bridges for the first time in 50 years, each bridge an epic struggle.
Pedestrian and bicycling paths on all the East River bridges for the first time in 50 years, each bridge an epic struggle.
Innovative bicycle lanes such as the one on Second Avenue in Manhattan.
Innovative bicycle lanes such as the one on Second Avenue in Manhattan.
Since our founding in 1973, T.A. has won countless victories for bicyclists, pedestrians and sensible transportation. Advocacy work can be slow and hard, but thanks to the support of our members, we are making a difference in the way that the City treats bicyclists and pedestrians. Here are just some of these successes.
  • Pedestrian and bicycling paths open on all of the East River bridges for the first time in 50 years.
  • 50% reduction in pedestrian deaths.
  • $80 million in federal funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • Year-round weekday car-free hours in Central Park and numerous entrances reclaimed as park space.
  • Year-round weekday car-free periods in Prospect Park plus a further increase in car-free hours in the park.
  • Major safety improvements on the "Boulevard of Death"-Queens Boulevard.
  • A promise of a Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, a car-free path circling the entirety of Manhattan.
  • Thousands of modern bike racks throughout NYC.
  • A complete Hudson River Greenway-ten miles of car-free walking and cycling along the scenic Hudson.
  • Major pedestrian improvements in Times Square and Herald Square.
  • Landmark NYC traffic calming law.
  • Network of new bicycle lanes throughout the city, including extra-wide lanes on Hudson Street, Cross Bay Boulevard and many other streets.
  • Full-time pedestrian and bicycle access to the George Washington Bridge.
  • Traffic calming innovations for neighborhood streets.
  • Major crackdown on reckless drivers.
  • Neighborhood Streets Network coalition of over 100 organizations.
  • New bicycle and pedestrian safety education for taxi cab and livery car drivers.
  • Dozens of Give Respect/Get Respect actions and outreach to the city council and police department.
  • Introduction of the concept of "traffic calming" into the New York City mainstream.

Major pedestrian improvements in Herald Square and Times Square.

Major pedestrian improvements in Herald Square and Times Square.

Safe Routes to School at 38 schools in The Bronx and, soon, 135 schools citywide.

Safe Routes to School at 38 schools in The Bronx and, soon, 135 schools citywide.