Volunteers of the Month
Contracts Manager, EDO Corporation
Neighborhood: Park Slope
T.A. Member Since: 1993
Volunteer Project: Bridge Access! Working for new bike/pedestrian
access to Brooklyn Bridge, improved and safer bike access to other bridges in
Philosophy: Improvements in the quality of life, whether bicycle and
pedestrian improvements or anything else, won't be handed to the community --
we have to work hard for them and sometimes butt our heads against brick
walls. But safe non-motorized transport, the quality of life improvements, and
Brooklyn are all worth the work and the bruises.
Hours per week: 4-8 and increasing.
Upcoming Events: A plan for changing Brooklyn Bridge access in
Manhattan is well advanced and will result in much improved bike/pedestrian
safety. On the Brooklyn side, the city has a plan for adding bike lanes to
Adams Street leading to the Bridge, but the current unsafe conditions for
bikes and pedestrians at the Tillary Street intersection at the entrance to
the bridge are completely unaddressed. There are alternate plans which will
result in new, safe access to the bridge. For details on this project, other
access improvements which are needed in Brooklyn (especially in Williamsburg/Greenpoint),
and what you can do to help - because help is needed - feel free to contact me
at directly at email@example.com
And of course, don't miss the next Brooklyn Committee meeting!
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
T.A. Member Since: 1991
Why Joined: Initially, to get the cars out of Central Park. But my
membership has given me a growing appreciation of the many ways cars detract
from the city's quality of life, and how much better New York life would be if
alternatives were more feasible.
Volunteer activity: I contribute the occasional article to the
magazine, I've started doing the "Auto-Free World" column (love that
travel budget!), I edit or proofread at deadline time, and I help out at
mailing parties and on volunteer nights when I can. I'm also a member of Ken
Zirkel's roving band of pedaling paparazzi.
Philosophy: Coming to T.A.'s office is a welcome change from the
semi-arid corporate environment where I spend most of my working hours.
There's a great sense of community and a collaborative spirit that results
from bright, vibrant people working together for a cause they believe in.
Also, the level of humor is quite high, and the T.A. staff really makes you
Hours: Probably 10 or so hours at magazine time, and a couple hours for
volunteer nights. The funny thing is, it doesn't feel like work. T.A. has
become one of my hobbies.
Upcoming Projects: I have some article ideas for future issues of the
magazine, including "The Top 10 Least-Enforced Traffic Laws in the
City" (ideas welcomed). I'm also on a campaign to get the Parks
Commissioner, Mayor Giuliani, and the DOT Commissioner more involved in T.A. I
don't think they've been pulling their weight.