Spring 2005, p.4

Cycling News: Bridges
T.A.’s Noah Budnick in Serious Crash Near Manhattan Bridge

T.A.'s project director Noah Budnick (left) has helped T.A. win new bicycling lanes, greenways, and hundreds of new bike racks.

T.A.'s project director Noah Budnick (left) has helped T.A. win new bicycling lanes, greenways, and hundreds of new bike racks.

On Tuesday, March 29, T.A’s Projects Director, Noah Budnick, struck a deep pothole and crashed as he bicycled in Brooklyn near the exit of the Manhattan Bridge bike path. Noah was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he remained in intensive care for nine days. On April 13, Noah was airlifted to Boston where he is now undergoing rehabilitation for the head injuries he sustained in the crash.

When the crash occurred, Noah was cycling eastbound on Sands Street just under the BQE overpass. Sand Street is a popular bicycle route and is heavily traveled by cyclists entering and exiting the Manhattan Bridge. Sands Street however is also notoriously hazardous for cyclists. When the crash occurred, Noah was investigating possible alternatives to the dangerous conditions around the bridge.

Since 2001, when he left his post at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy to join T.A., Noah has worked tirelessly to make the streets safe and inviting for New Yorkers of all ages to bicycle. Noah’s work has led to many miles of new bicycling lanes, hundreds of new bicycle racks and many other improvements to New York City’s cycling environment.

Over the past two years in particular, Noah has endeavored to improve bicycle access to all of New York City’s bridges. On the day prior to the crash, Noah wrote the following paragraph, part of a larger article about improving bicycling conditions in New York City:

“The four East River bridge paths are the backbone of New York City’s cycling network. They connect Brooklyn and Queens, the two most populous boroughs, with Manhattan’s jobs, commerce and cultural and educational institutions. All need some work to improve safety and riding conditions. Removing the Williamsburg Bridge bumps, making the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge and the Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge safe for bikers and walkers and building the Brooklyn Bridge fly-over ramp to Cadman Plaza Park would be a good start.”

Noah’s family and the staff of Transportation Alternatives greatly appreciate the voluminous flow of “get well” wishes that have poured in for Noah since his crash. While it is too early to say when Noah will be back at T.A., hopes are high that Noah will return sometime this autumn.

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