Spring 2002, p.10
Join T.A.'s Advocacy Committees and Chapters
T.A.'s advocacy committees are made up of members who are energized to win better cycling, walking and car-free parks in their neighborhoods. They are led by experienced volunteer advocates who know how to use and blend the talent of our members. These volunteer leaders work closely with T.A.'s professional staff, who provide expertise and additional community organizing experience. Whether you are a good talker, artist, letter-writer or rabble rouser, T.A's advocacy committees need you. All across New York City and in New Jersey, our volunteer advocates are making a difference. We believe in the power of our membership-our executive director and president both started as volunteer advocates.
The Brooklyn Committee regularly draws thirty or more people to its entertaining monthly meetings and has grown so explosively that it has spawned four advocacy campaigns. Attend one of the monthly meetings to see what project appeals most to you. The people will make you feel welcome, and Clarence and the other volunteer leaders are happy to answer your questions. The committee is gearing up for an extra big Bike Week and needs your help with a joyride to Long Beach, LI, a family event in Prospect Park, an OpHazID sortie and a bikeTV marathon at Eco Books. As a special treat, ride with new Borough President Marty Markowitz to the Bike Week breakfast on the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday May 14.
Brooklyn Committee Special Projects
Car-Free Prospect Park: Join fellow Prospect Park-lovers every weekend and help make Prospect Park car-free. Collect signed postcards in favor of a car-free park and send them in en masse. Collecting signatures is a fun way to spend some time with like-minded Brooklynites. We are usually easy to find (between 11 am-1 pm on weekends near Grand Army Plaza), but call project leaders Andrew at 718-282-5106 or Alan at 718-625-7734 to find out when we will be out next.
Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming Project: Traffic in residential Downtown Brooklyn is a mess. If you are fed up with having your neighborhood used as a BQE service road and want to win real pedestrian, bicycle and traffic calming improvements, e-mail project leader Michael Cairl at email@example.com.
Brooklyn Hazard ID: Brooklyn's Operation Hazard ID is out identifying potholes and dangerous cycling conditions. Join the team (use spray paint!). E-mail Project Leader Diana Gavales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
East River Bridge Bike Counts: T.A. needs to document the number of cyclists to make a stronger case for cycling improvements. Volunteer to do some basic math and help make the case for better cycling conditions on city bridges. E-mail Project Leader Kerri Martin at email@example.com.
Committee Chair: Ken
Committee Chair: Rich
Michael Cairl, Gowanus Community Stakeholder Group Vice-President
T.A. urges members, especially those living in the Gowanus Corridor, to get involved with this important project.
T.A.'s New Jersey operatives are on the way to winning a major victory for cyclists and pedestrians in the Garden State. At issue is building a link between the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge and the Palisades Interstate Park below.
In meetings called by T.A. and a coalition of New Jersey bicycling groups, the officials overseeing the two controlling agencies agreed to the principal and pledged their support.
James F. Hall, New Jersey superintendent of the Park, promised the land necessary for building the half-mile, off-street path. When presented an idea for a ten-foot wide bicycle-only path, he rejected it and volunteered a 14-foot right of way, large enough for a four-lane path segregated between bicycles and pedestrians. T.A. is thrilled at the leadership Hall has taken in calling for this wider path.
Steve Napolitano at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the bridge's owner, immediately recognized the value and safety the path would bring to bridge users. He promised to look into funding sources.
The project is so important because the bridge is the only bicycle connection between New Jersey and Manhattan. Additionally, it is the only Hudson crossing for bicycles for 35 miles. It will connect New York's Hudson River Greenway, the busiest bicycle path in the country, with some of the most beautiful bicycling in New Jersey.
T.A. is joined on this project by Bike New Jersey, the Central Jersey Bicycle Club, the New Jersey Bicycle Advisory Council and, most importantly, the Bicycle Touring Club of North Jersey, led by Ted Semegran, legislative affairs director.
Write to the Park and Port Authority officials and thank them for making bold, visionary steps to fix New Jersey's biggest bicycle "missing link" and urge them to forge the necessary cooperation to get this project built soon.
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