What is T.A.?
Transportation Alternatives is growing. Half a dozen years ago T.A. had fewer than 800 members. Today we number 4,000 and serve as a powerful voice for bicyclists and pedestrians in the greater New York City area.
Founded in 1973 to encourage environmentally sound transportation, T.A. continues to promote bicycling, walking, and public transit, and seeks to reduce dependence on the automobile. Our efforts encompass the five boroughs of New York City and the 12 million people in its environs. At its heart, T.A. is a pro-urban environmental group.
Sound farfetched? This is the vision that cities like Copenhagen in Denmark, Curitiba in Brazil and Groningen in Holland are already beginning to achieve.
Many Parts, Working
Members-everyone who has made a membership contribution in the last year-give us clout and resources to get things done, and provide T.A. with a reservoir of volunteers.
Volunteers donate time and labor to help T.A. This year, more than 300 T.A. volunteers have helped publish this magazine, led neighborhood campaigns and attended community meetings. Others have helped in the office with mailings or other projects, or handed out (and mailed in) thousands of postcards for extended car-free hours in Prospect Park and other causes. And, as always, a healthy group is helping make T.A.'s NYC Century a success.
Staff: T.A.'s staff of five full-time and three to five part-time employees generates advocacy pressure on public officials on immediate and long-term transportation issues.
T.A.'s Board of Directors is responsible for keeping the organization on course and financially healthy. Our thirteen board members bring to T.A. a diversity of experience. They are nominated by T.A.'s membership and staff and selected by a board nominating committee.
The Neighborhood Streets Network, a coalition of 32 NYC community and civic groups, is working to reduce traffic and improve pedestrian conditions in their neighborhoods. T.A. weaved the coalition together in late 1995 to unify the voices of the many communities struggling to reclaim their streets from traffic.
Recycle-A-Bicycle teaches kids bike mechanic skills and allows them to earn-a-bike through community service. Along the way the kids learn self-discipline, respect, and cooperation. To date, 500 kids have graduated from RAB programs at four schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is a coalition of 14 NY, NJ and Connecticut civic and environmental groups (including T.A.) working for environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and economically sensible transportation in the 31-county NYC area.
T.A. also works on advocacy campaigns of city-wide importance, like our work with the Gowanus Expressway Community Coalition and Car-Free Central and Prospect Parks.
The Result: A Powerful
Voice For A Livable City
T.A.'s Top Ten
T.A. has won many victories in our 23 years. Here are our 10 favorites: