Volunteers of the Month
Counselor at Junior High 120 in the Melrose section of the Bronx
T.A. Member Since: 1992
Volunteer Project: Over the past six years, I've worked on various
projects for T.A., ranging from leafleting to managing a table for the NYC
century Bronx rest stop and, now, establishing a Recycle-a-Bike program at
M.S. 120. The RAB program has taken a year to get off the ground and is now
really coming together. I supervise two teachers and several volunteers to
keep the RAB workshop open after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Much of the
time I have devoted to T.A. is due to the gentle yet effective prodding of
Rich Gans, the powerhouse behind the Bronx committee.
Philosophy: Biking is the greatest way to get around. I especially love
riding around the bike paths in the Bronx and Manhattan and not being hassled
by traffic. The best part is that, when I ride, I not only feel great but I
also may eat as much as I like.
Hours per week: Because we are getting RAB started, I am devoting 10-20
hours a week.
Upcoming projects: After the first year of teaching kids how to build
and maintain their bikes, we will teach the kids and their families how to
ride safely in the city. Our long term plan is to have organized rides with
the students and teach mapping skills as they explore the Bronx Greenway.
Occupation: I teach
Classical Greek at NYU School of Continuing Education and also work in my
husband's computer consulting company.
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
T.A. Member Since: January 1996
Volunteer Activity: I work mainly for the Brooklyn Committee, focusing
especially on getting Prospect Park closed to traffic. The Committee's
initiative to close Prospect Park to traffic has a very good chance of being
successful. The more volunteers we have, the better our chances. I am also
involved in efforts to improve access to the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn
side and to make that intersection at Tillary and Adams Street (one of the
most dangerous in the City) safer for cyclists and pedestrians. We need as
many volunteers as possible. The next meeting of the Brooklyn Committee is
March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at 464 East 19th Street in Brooklyn.
Philosophy: I would love to see New York become a city far more
friendly to pedestrians, cyclists, skaters and all modes of gentle
transportation, not only for the sake of the environment and public safety,
but also to enhance the wonderfully open human interaction that already makes
New York such a great city.
Hours per week: I imagine it ranges from 2 or 3 hours a week to
considerably more. It's so much fun, who's counting?
Upcoming Events: Borough President Golden is planning a public meeting
in mid-March on the issue of closing Prospect Park to traffic.