T.A. in the News
The fact is, speed kills. As Transportation Alternatives, an advocate for safer streets, points out: “Hit someone at 30 mph, there is an 80 percent chance they will live. Hit someone at 40 mph, there is a 70 percent chance they will die.” What is the city doing to limit speeding here?
-- “An Epidemic of Speeding on Staten Island” Staten Island Advance, 10/6.
The Future of the Avenue
An architect asks “Can I make a building work for everyone?” then chooses elevators and hallways to make that building navigable for all. A teacher asks “Can I make a classroom work for every child?” then chooses decorations and supplies to make that classroom educational for all. With local residents, business owners and street designers, T.A. is using that model to re-envision streets in a "for all" way.
Sign the “5th & 6th Forward” petition to help T.A. shape the future of 5th and 6th Avenue.
It’s simply discrimination: Streets can be built for some, or streets can be built for all.
Manhattan’s 5th and 6th Avenue are used by everyone, but don’t work for anyone but drivers. T.A. is taking on these avenues with a new campaign called 5th & 6th Forward: The Future of the Avenue.
We’re going to remake these streets for everyone, so whether you’re on bicycle, on foot or on the bus, you’ll have safe space on the avenue. Sign the “5th & 6th Forward” petition.
These two avenues are more than the heart of Manhattan, they’re packed! During rush hour, over 26,000 people walk past a single block of 5th Avenue. Sixth Avenue’s narrow bike lane is crowded with taxis and trucks even though it has the most bicycle traffic in the city.
Take action now to shape the future of 5th and 6th Avenue. Help T.A. win protected bike lanes, more room for walkers and bus-exclusive lanes through the heart of Manhattan: Sign the “5th & 6th Forward” petition.
Going for the Guinness World Record
In the Guinness Book of World Records, there’s a record for riding every line in the New York City subway in the shortest time.
We’re going to break the record! Join the race as a virtual rider and we’ll make you part of this historic stunt.
To stop the fare hike and put 100,000 eyes on our “Stop the Fare Hike” petition, T.A.’s Transit Advocate Stefanie Gray is going to be the first ever woman to attempt to break the record. And she’s going to need your help to succeed. We need virtual transit riders to support Stefanie and her crew while she attempts to break the record: Join the "Race to Stop the Fare Hike."
Is breaking a world record on your bucket list? Now’s your chance at some serious bragging rights. You can join Stefanie by following the race from your phone or computer. Sign up to be a virtual rider in the "Race to Stop the Fare Hike."
To join the race, you only need an e-mail address. Here’s what we’ll send you:
Make no mistake: T.A.’s "Race to Stop the Fare Hike" is a straight-up publicity stunt. A fare hike is looming (the most recent prediction is a $21 increase on your monthly MetroCard) and we can only get Governor Cuomo to stop it with your help. Let’s get 50,000 New Yorkers to sign our “Stop the Fare Hike” petition by making sure our stunt gets a ton of buzz. More than 15,000 New Yorkers have signed already. Join the race to help us meet our goal!
- An exclusive, sneak-peek map of our "Race to Stop the Fare Hike" route
- Updates on Stefanie and her crew, as they race from station to station
- A critical role in our Twitter-bomb campaign to put 100,000 eyes on our "Stop the Fare Hike" petition
Speaking Up in Bay Ridge
People say, "You can’t complain if you don’t vote." But in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn they know you can’t vote if you don’t join up.
Emilia Crotty, a member of Queens' Community Board 2, rides the
Queens Plaza protected bike
lanes her board approved.
Image courtesy Andrew Hinderaker
T.A. will teach you how to change your neighborhood at our Community Board Join Up. It’s the fun way to get a voice in your neighborhood.
We’re not talking about Romney and Obama, but your friendly local community board.
In Bay Ridge, a cadre of local activists led by Community Board 10 Member Bob HuDock are proving what joining up can do. Thanks to them, a neighborhood once at war with safety improvements on their streets just asked for more bike lanes.
That process, the green light for new bike lanes, happened at the community board. Community boards are the local, voting micro-governments that advise on everything about how neighborhoods change, from zonings laws to bike lanes.
In May 2011, when the New York City Department of Transportation proposed bike lanes for a dangerous stretch of Bay Ridge Parkway, Community Board 10 practically yelled, “No!” Now, the community board has requested five streets where they’d like a bike lane.
“I wouldn't have had a voice in the debates if I hadn't gotten involved,” explains HuDock. “I had no idea what the issues of the day were until I started going to the meetings.”
According to HuDock, changing his neighborhood meant he had to meet his neighbors. It took a number of coffee shop tête-à-têtes to win over Community Board 10, but according to HuDock, the first step is joining up. If people want to change their communities, he says, “then they need to be involved in their local community boards. This is where the rubber meets the road.”
T.A.'s members are the people who change New York City every day: bicycle-friendly streets, better buses and 10,000 other improvements are only won because of members dedicated to T.A.’s mission. And the benefits aren't bad! Members receive a year’s subscription to T.A.'s award-winning quarterly magazine, Reclaim, and since T.A. has partnered with hundreds of businesses throughout the city, members get incredible discounts: 75 percent off bike rentals, discounts at over 100 bike shops and scores of other retailers like acupuncturists, rock climbing gyms and more. Join today!
Community Board Join Up
There’s one simple way to change your neighborhood: Your community board. If you want a bike lane on your commute or a Play Street on your block or a speed bump outside your supermarket, your community board is the voting, mini-democracy that can get you there. Become a powerful part of decision-making in your neighborhood: T.A. is hosting a party to show you how.
In Jackson Heights, Queens, a pedestrian
plaza was made possible by the
local community board.
Image courtesy Andrew Hinderaker
Snacks, drinks and community process; what a way to spend your day. Come by to meet like-minded New Yorkers interested in joining their community board. You can fill out an application, learn about the process and we’ll have a notary public on hand to stamp your application on the spot. This year, the Community Board Join Up will happen in Manhattan and Queens, too.
Manhattan Community Board Join Up
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7 - 9 pm
127 W. 26th St. - 10th Floor
Queens Community Board Join Up
Thursday, November 15, 2012
7 - 9 pm
31-10 Thomson Ave.
Tour de Bronx
From the South Bronx to Pelham Bay, it’s all about autumn on the Tour de Bronx, now in its 18th year. With two route lengths -- choose to ride 25 or 40 miles -- this annual ride is the ultimate way to see the leaves change across miles of scenic Bronx parkland.
Thousands of bicyclists ride in the Tour de Bronx every year.
Even more are expected to participate in 2012.
On October 14th, join T.A. for a tour of the north-most borough and you’ll get more than a lovely bike ride. You can take the highway! For the Tour de Bronx, the Sheridan Expressway is shut down to cars and open to you and 6,000 other bicycle riders. The chance to bicycle a highway comes only once a year. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by registering for the Tour de Bronx today.
There’s no cost to ride, but registration is required.
Tour de Bronx
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Grand Concourse and East 161st Street