ON THURSDAY, JULY 29, hundreds
of NYC cyclists will mass on Park Ave. to claim their place on city streets and
protest lax NYPD traffic law enforcement, which leads to hundreds of bicyclist
and pedestrian deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year in NYC, and
City transportation policy, which has produced daily gridlock throughout the
Hundreds of bicyclists will
gather at the Washington Square Arch at 5:30PM, then proceed slowly up Park
Avenue * taking the entire roadway * to Central Park. The group will arrive at
Central Park at 6:30PM, and prevent cars from entering the park via the 6th Ave.
and 59th St. entrance. The demands of the CRITICAL MASS RIDE is for safe streets
and policies to reduce dependence on cars. "NYPD and DOT, DO YOUR JOB"
" NYC is Carsick" will be the protesters' cry.
SAFE STREETS: 282
pedestrians and 17 bicyclists were killed by cars in NYC in 1992. At current
rates, 1993 could be even worse. The NYPD enforcement of traffic laws on
city streets is non-existent: the speed limit is not even posted. Recent
news revelations * coming amid several weeks of well-publicized bicyclist
and pedestrian deaths at the hands of unlicensed motorists * show that the
NYPD has thrown in the towel on catching scofflaw drivers and enforcing
basic traffic safety standards on NYC streets.
after license suspension or driving with no license. Include
confiscation of cars and/or license plates for repeat offenders.
Dramatically step up
on-street enforcement of speeding, reckless driving and red-light laws.
Add a NYC surcharge to
moving violations * dedicated to the NYPD budget * to increase NYPD
incentive for traffic law enforcement.
REDUCED CAR DEPENDENCE: New
York City should be a cyclists and pedestrians paradise. With its high
density, huge public transit system, and low levels of car ownership, NYC
could avoid the gridlock which marks every U.S. city. But transportation
policies which have bent over backward to accommodate private cars have sold
out the promise of NYC's compact layout and superior infrastructure. Now
it's time to return to planning for people, not for cars.
Ban cars from Central
and Prospect Parks as a first step toward more car-free areas in NYC.
3% of City
transportation funds be allocated to bicycle and pedestrian projects and
calming" projects including wider sidewalks, bikeways, physical
barriers to fast driving and 15mph speed limits begin now.
Transportation Alternatives 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-629-8080 Fax: 212-629-8334