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Another year--another NYC Century Bike Tour--another 6,000 smiling faces. Catch the video and photos below.

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NYC Century Bike Tour: Click here to Watch the StreetFilm
See the 2007 NYC Century Bike Tour in action below.

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Kids' Memorial Conjures $5 million for Safe Streets
3rd Avenue Mural
Click here to see the 3rd Avenue Traffic Calming Mural photo essay.
At the unveiling of the 3rd Avenue Traffic Calming Mural, the Department of Transportation announced a $5 million dollar plan to improve street safety in Downtown Brooklyn.

The DOT's plan to improve conditions at 47 intersections in the area is the agency's first step in implementing the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming Report, a watershed safety plan that Transportation Alternatives and community groups have been pushing for a decade.

As hundreds of community members, dozens of volunteers from Groundswell Community Mural Project, Visual Resistance and Transportation Alternatives as well as livable streets supporters from around the city laid joyous, and sometimes teary, eyes on the mural honoring three young boys that were hit and killed along 3rd Avenue, the DOT stepped up and announced concrete improvements that would prevent future traffic tragedies. T.A. commends the DOT for this commitment and is proud to have been part of the process. We eagerly await pedestrian safety improvements in Downtown Brooklyn and in other neighborhoods around the City.


Take Action:

Tell the DDC that you support a speedy build-out of the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming Plan.


Tragedy Sparks Huge Bike Safety Ad Campaign
Look Campaign
Join us on Sept. 18th as we launch LOOK, the City's first ever bike safety PR campaign.
Two years ago, Liz Byrne was biking home to Greenpoint when a turning truck struck and killed her. She was a painter, photographer and freelance designer who commuted 40-50 miles a week by bike. Less than a month later, T.A. received an email:

  • i really like what your organization stands for. unfortunately i only learned of it after the sister of a dear friend and coworker was killed while cycling in brooklyn. her name was liz byrne. her death got some coworkers and i to thinking that maybe we could do something to keep her memory alive and to turn this tragic negative into something positive. we work for one of the bigger ad agencies in the country (publicis). we make campaigns that get people to stop, think, and act. what we're wondering is might we do that for you-- pro-bono of course.

And so, the LOOK campaign was born. Publicis joined forces with T.A., the New York City Bicycle Coalition, the City Departments of Transportation, Health and Police, the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Office of the Public Advocate. Together the groups developed NYC's first bike safety public relations campaign.

This fall, the LOOK campaign hits the streets to raise awareness among drivers and bike riders. It is aimed at drivers respecting cyclists' right to the road and everyone's responsibility to be aware in traffic. Though Publicis developed the campaign pro bono, the City of New York put almost a $1 million into buying ad space. The campaign will run in English and Spanish on bus shelters, buses, taxi tops and phone kiosks this fall, and there will be a website, posters, postcards, t-shirts and other give-aways to promote the cyclist safety.

Join us for the official LOOK launch and celebration of city cycling:
Tuesday, September 18 (rain date, Thursday, September 20)
12 am-2 pm
Union Square South


The NYC Century Slide Show
NYC Century 2007: Send us your Photos!
Click here to see the T.A. Century 2007 slideshow.
Over 5,000 riders and marshals took to the streets on Sunday for the 18th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour. And we have the pictures to prove it. Riders enjoyed a great route, plenty of food and drinks at rest stops and excellent weather for riding a 15-, 35-, 55-, 75- or 100-mile route. Thanks to all who rode, and all of the hundreds of volunteers who made the ride a huge success. A special thank you to all of our sponsors, who provided food, supplies and services to keep our riders rolling. And an extra-special thank you to many city agencies including the Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Department of Sanitation and NYPD. We could not do this ride without your support. More than just a great ride, your rider fees go to support the advocacy work of Transportation Alternatives, your advocate for bicycling, walking and sensible transportation.

We hope to see you on Sunday, September 8th, 2008 for the 19th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour. Save the date--it's the best way to truly see New York. If you want a snippet of what you missed or want to relive the moment watch this video.

Also don't forget to submit a photo for the NYC Century Photo Contest! Email us your best pictures from ride day to events@transalt.org. The best photographer will win a Crumpler Messenger Bag!


Job #1 for Pricing Commission: Get on the Bus!
NYC Bus Riders
Walk a mile in my shoes. Ride a day on my bus.
Assemblyman Richard Brodsky and the 16 other recently appointed members of the Congestion Pricing Commission will soon begin deciding the fate of Mayor Bloomberg's transit-boosting congestion pricing plan.

Before they read one report or pore over a single spreadsheet, the Commission should do one thing that elected officials rarely, if ever, do: Ride the bus.

Riding the bus will jolt the Commission members out of their usual "windshield perspective"--the tendency to over-emphasize the minority motorist--and give them a taste of the abysmal bus service that 3 million New Yorkers put up with every day.

NYC buses are in fact the slowest in the nation, their ride will afford them plenty of time to consider the fact that congestion pricing's associated bus improvements will benefit many more New Yorkers than the 5% minority who would be inconvenienced by the congestion fee. These bus improvements include but are not limited to:

  • 367 new clean-fuel buses on City streets, including 22 new buses on Flatbush Avenue alone.
  • Dozens of new express bus routes from neighborhoods like College Point, Queens, and several new dedicated bus-only lanes on main streets and bridges.
  • 10 new Bus Rapid Transit corridors that will speed buses with special signal timing, pre board fare payment and other enhancements.

Most of these bus improvements will come on line before or simultaneous to congestion pricing, but ONLY if the Commission, City Council and the State Legislature approve a plan akin to Mayor Bloomberg's proposal. Before anyone acts on roughly $300 million in bus funding, a $2 bus ride doesn't seem too much to ask.

Take Action:

Want to learn more about BRT in NYC and other cities? Visit our new BRT webpage at transalt.org/brt.

25 New Parks (Limited Time Offer)
Park(ing) Day!
Pak(ing) Day is here again!
September 21, 2007 is National Park(ing) Day, a time for street activists to repurpose thousands of square feet of public space--now dedicated to private car storage--into beautiful, temporary parks.

New parks will be created in all five boroughs and will feature grass, seating, participatory art projects, bicycle-powered smoothies and other fun and thoughtful park designs.

To see the growing list of spaces and find out more about what is happening in NYC, visit the NYC Park(ing) Day organizing page For more information about National Park(ing) Day, please visit parkingday.org.

If you or your organization would like to get involved, please contact Lindsey Lusher at lindsey@transalt.org or 646-873-6039.

Pedestrian Memorial Walk
Pedestrial Memorial Walk
Join us as we walk to remember pedestrians killed on NYC streets.
Join us on Tuesday, September 18th as we walk to honor and remember the loved ones lost on our streets in past years.

The walk will be led by the family of Josh Crouch, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run crash on September 18th, 2006. It will end at 23rd Street and stop by several pedestrian memorial sites along the way. Please join us for this evening of remembrance.

Pedestrial Memorial Walk
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
6-7:30 pm
Meet at West 12th Street and the West Side Highway
Manhattan

For more information, please contact ped@transalt.org.


On Sept 24th, Speak Up for Safe UWS Streets!
Upper West Side
Opinions about transportation on the Upper West Side? Let your voice be heard.
Do you have thoughts about improving the bicycle, pedestrian and transportation environment on Manhattan's Upper West Side? In conjunction with Councilmember Gale Brewer, the Department of Transportation would like to hear your thoughts, concerns and ideas regarding transportation issues from West 55th to West 86th Streets (PDF).

West Side Manhattan Transportation Study Open Session
Monday, September 24th from 6-9:30 pm
Refreshments and Registration from 5-6 pm
John Jay College
899 Tenth Avenue at 58th St
RSVP by September 17th to westsidestudy@hshassoc.com or call 917-339-0488.

And, be sure to save the date for a very special Upper West Side event featuring Jan Gehl, the world's foremost designer of green & livable streets:

Tuesday November 6, 6 pm
Jewish Community Center
334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street


One Great Tour Deserves Another
Tour de Bronx
The Tour de Bronx is NYC's biggest free bike tour.
If you did not see the Bronx during the NYC Century Bike Tour here is your chance. And it is FREE! The Tour de Bronx, now in its 13th year, is a great way to see all of the great bike facilities the Bronx has to offer.

Each year the tour highlights new improvements, scenic parks and the amazing waterfront of the Bronx. There are 25 and 40 mile routes with snacks, water and rest stops.

Both the 25 mile and 40 mile route will take riders onto the Sheridan Expressway, specially closed for the Tour de Bronx.

Don't miss this chance to see the Bronx from a whole new point of view!

FREE registration available at TourdeBronx.org.
Tour de Bronx is presented by the Bronx Borough President's Office and Transportation Alternatives. Register today and tell your friends.

Car-Free Grand Concourse
Car Free Grand Concourse
Join us on a car-free Grand Concourse.
Be a kid again, come and join us as we bike, walk and play on a Car-Free Grand Concourse. Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. has brought Car-Free Sundays back for a third year.

12-4 pm Rain or Shine
For more information, call 718-590-3989 or visit ilovethebronx.com.
To volunteer at Transportation Alternatives' bicycling station at the Car-Free Sundays email volunteer@transalt.org.

The Bronx Committee is Back!
T.A. Bronx Committee
The Bronx Committee won the City's first Greenway Master Plan back in the 1990s. Help us bring the next generation of green streets.
Join T.A.'s Bronx Committee for its first meeting of 2007! We need dozens of T.A. volunteers and members to help this committee win better bike lanes, more greenways, safer streets and less traffic. Plus, get a sneak preview of what we have coming for next month's Tour de Bronx. Join us after work as we strategize and lay our T.A.'s Bronx agenda for the coming months. Dinner and drinks provided.

When: Tuesday, September 18th, 6:30-8 pm
Where: 198 East 161st Street, 2nd floor Hearing Room
Contact: Email wiley@transalt.org or call 646-873-6008

Ride Your Bike to a Savory Destination
Pickle Day
Join Transportation Alternatives at the 7th Annual NYC International Pickle Day. We will be providing valet bicycle parking to pickle fans enjoying the free festivities provided by the Lower East Side BID this Sunday.

When: Sunday September 16th, 11 am--4 pm
Where: Orchard Street between Broome and Grand Streets

To volunteer at this event, email volunteer@transalt.org.




You want a pickle and you want to ride your bi-cycle.

David Byrne Presents: How New Yorkers Ride Bikes
David Byrne
David Byrne knows a good bit about how New Yorkers ride.
On Saturday, October 6th, as part of the New Yorker Festival, David Byrne will host an evening of music, discussion, film, readings, and surprises dedicated to the advancement of bicycling in New York City, including talks and performances by the Classic Riders Bicycle Club, Jan Gehl, Buck Henry, Calvin Trillin, Paul Steely White, Jonathan Wood, and the Young@Heart Chorus.

David Byrne Presents: How New Yorkers Ride Bikes
Saturday, October 6th
7:30 pm Town Hall, $16 123 West 43rd Street
Tickets are also available at the Town Hall box office.
Free valet bicycle parking will be provided.

Pedal for Peace
On Sunday, September 23, 2007, support United for Peace and Justice and be a part of the cycle of peace with an afternoon bike ride!

The ride will be a family-friendly bike affair starting in Central Park, riding through Harlem and coming back to the park by way of Riverside Drive. The route is approximately 15 miles with the option to finish halfway at the rest stop. Bring the whole family! (Children ages 12-17 ride free.)

Registration is $40 with a $25 student/low-income fee.

For more information, see unitedforpeace.org/nyc or call 212-868-5545.

T.A. In The News
Wheely Unfare Gouging, New York Post, 9/7

Dinowitz Responds To Streetsblog, New York Press, 9/7

Q Poll Asks Misleading Questions, Gets Misleading Answers, Mobilizing the Region, 9/7

To Ease a City's Traffic, Shifting From 4 Wheels to 2, New York Times, 9/4

Department of Transportation to Fix Traffic-Light Timing, New York Daily News, 9/4

Third Avenue Mural of Children Killed Crossing Street Offers Sign of Hope & Safety, New York Daily News, 9/4

Last Weekend of Summer Marked by Child's Death, StreetsBlog, 9/4

A Future on Two Wheels, Brooklyn Rail, 9/1

Congestion Pricing Poll Results Questioned, Metro NY, 8/31

Poll Finds Support For Congestion Pricing On The Decline, NY1, 8/31

City Promises $5M in Ped Safety Improvements at Mural Opening, StreetsBlog, 8/31

The Daily Politics, New York Daily News, 8/31

Park, Not a Parkway, For a Couple of Extra Hours, Brooklyn Downtown Star, 8/30

Park, Not a Parkway, For a Couple of Extra Hours, Queens Ledger, 8/30

Trek: A Bike Maker Flexes Some Advocacy Muscle, StreetsBlog, 8/30

Community Asks for Safer Streets Through Mural, gothamist, 8/30

Poll: Opposition to Congestion Pricing Is Growing, New York Times, 8/30

Elsewhere: Spitzer, Cuomo, Yoda, New York Observer, 8/30

Brooklyn Traffic Calming Mural Unveiled, StreetsBlog, 8/29

Ticketing 'Cycle' Slower, New York Post, 8/27

Prospect Park Car Restriction Starts Now, StreetsBlog, 8/27

Prospect Park Gets More Car-Free Hours, Brooklyn Paper, 8/25

Survey Finds that Buffered Bike Lanes Are Better, StreetsBlog, 8/24

Pro Bono Barrister: August 24 Andrea Bonina Urges Lawyers To Join Liz Padilla 5K, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 8/24

Creating a Blaze of Color From Brooklyn to Harlem, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 8/24

Moving Towards a Car-Free Prospect Park, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 8/23

Putting Brakes on Prospect Park Drivers, New York Daily News, 8/22



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