T.A. is ringing in the New Year by moving from our East Village home. As I write, T.A. is near to signing a lease for a loft space on 17th Street near 5th Ave. We are leaving to seek airier quarters without the diesel fumes and crumbling conditions of our current office. It is going to be a big improvement for T.A.'s staff and the volunteers who spend their time in the office. We intend to share the space with our colleagues from the Institute for Transportation Development Policy (ITDP). ITDP shares our vision on an international scale.
We will need lots of help moving, as well as plastering, painting, and fixing up our new space. All help is extremely welcome, especially from electricians and folks skilled in carpentry, plastering, and dry wall. We can also use quality office furniture, especially chairs, shelving and file cabinets. Give us a call if you can help the moving or refurbishing crews. It will be a fun time!
Other big news is that two wonderful members of our staff are moving on to new opportunities. Margaret Sikowitz (right), T.A.'s dynamic administrative director has moved to an exciting new position with a fast growing film production company. Margaret plans to stay active with T.A. as a volunteer. Special thanks are due Margaret for creating the T.A. Benefit Auction, running the Century and spurring our membership growth. Also leaving is Jesse Kalb (left), T.A.'s bicycle program director. Jesse is moving on to head Scholastic, Inc.'s digital image archives. Among his many accomplishments, Jesse won new funding for bicycle projects and secured agreements for new parking garage access for bicyclists. He also spearheaded T.A.'s efforts to free Prospect Park from cars. We'll miss the homegrown Brooklyn sensibility Jesse brought to T.A. He will also continue to pitch in as a volunteer. Best wishes to them both and thanks for the of hard work and camaraderie.
Fortunately, T.A. has been joined by one of the best in the business. T.A. Administrative Director, Sharon Soons (center), comes to us from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, where she held together the work of the 13 member groups and about one hundred affiliate groups. Sharon has come to learn about running a membership organization. She's looking forward to working with T.A.'s many dedicated and talented volunteers. If you have skills you can share, give Sharon a call.
Here's to better bicycling and walking in the year ahead. Happy New Year everybody!