Spring 2005, p.14

ANSWERS: Quiz for Mayoral Hopefuls: Do You Know Your Electorate?
(Publisher's Letter Continued)

1. C: The Mayors of cities with higher car ownership rates than New York City have won majority hearts and minds (and votes) by taking steps to reduce traffic and promote more walking and bicycling.

Source: International Association of Public Transport. Car ownership rates per 1,000 residents are: New York 210, Copenhagen 225, London 356 and Paris 383

2. D: In fact, car ownership has dropped significantly in every borough except transit poor Staten Island, where it is up only 2% since 2000.

Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles

3. D: New Yorkers, especially a growing population of senior citizens who walk (and vote) more than average, want to cross the street safely and get a good night’s rest.

Source: 2004 Baruch College/ Citizens for New York City survey

4. D: Use of our city’s bridge paths and greenways has exceeded everyone’s expectations. There are many more opportunities to expand New York City’s growing network of bicycling and greenway paths.

Source: City DOT bridge counts

5. A: New Yorkers value quality of life much more than a short cut. Look for T.A. to deliver 100,000 petition signatures to the steps of City Hall before this fall’s election.

Source: Transportation Alternatives’ Central Park Committee

6. B: Though no candidate dares for fear of Queens and Brooklyn backlash, pushing bridge and street pricing could be a winner if it is a part of a larger transit funding and transportation improvement package.

Source: Quinnipiac University poll, February 2003