A few days after receiving awards at the T.A. Holiday Party, the committee
sponsored an Operation Hazard I.D. in Brooklyn. A team of four Brooklyn
Committee volunteers helped T.A.'s Project Director, Noah Budnick, to log
dozens of bicycle safety hazards to send to the DOT. In addition, Brooklyn
Committee members attended the Downtown Brooklyn Traffic Calming open houses
on the Draft Area-wide plan. Finally, all members enjoyed a marathon showing
of episodes of the cable-access program "The Bike Show" at our
December committee meeting.
At press time, the Brooklyn
Committee reported that the signal timing at the Flatbush Avenue crossing of
the Shore Parkway bike path has been adjusted. Cyclists and pedestrians now
have less waiting time and more crossing time at this busy greenway and
roadway intersection. Thanks DOT.
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Car-Free Central Park
The Car-Free Central Park Campaign is gearing up for an active spring and
summer. Its goal is to demonstrate to Mayor Bloomberg the City's overwhelming
support for a car-free park by presenting him with 100,000 signatures on its
petition. If you have not signed the petition yet, you can now do it online!
Go to www.car-freecentralpark.org
and click on "Sign the Petition." Better yet, join the campaign's
e-mail list to hear periodic updates on campaign activities. Send a message to
email@example.com, or visit the campaign's web site at www.car-freecentralpark.org
and click on "Join the Campaign."
In addition, Gifford Miller's
recent election as City Council Speaker is great news for the Campaign. The
Campaign also hopes to enlist the active support of another important petition
signer - the City's new Public Advocate, Betsy Gotbaum.
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As we went to press, the Gowanus Expressway Community Coalition was preparing
to announce its community technical consultant. Thanks to a lawsuit
settlement, the Coalition has won $300,000 in state funds to hire the advisor.
T.A. urges members, especially those living in the Gowanus Corridor, to get
involved with this important project. Please contact Gowanus Advocacy
Coordinator, Michael Cairl, GCSG Vice-Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Jersey Chapter
T.A.'s efforts to connect the Palisades Interstate Park with the bicycle and
pedestrian path on the George Washington Bridge are winning support from major
players in the Garden State. The off-street link, which would eliminate two of
the most hazardous bicycling intersections in the State, has been endorsed by
three leading bicycling groups across the Hudson: The Bicycle Touring Club of
North Jersey, the Central Jersey Bicycle Club and Bike New Jersey. Other
coalition members are expected to join the ranks soon.
In addition, Palisades
Interstate Park Superintendent, James F. Hall, has pledged support. With the
Park on board, only two other landowners are left: the New Jersey Department
of Conservation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Neither has
expressed opposition to the link.
When built, the link would
improve access to the only Hudson River bicycle crossing for thirty-five
miles. Please contact Fred Kaimann, T.A.'s NJ Advocacy Coordinator, at email@example.com
to get involved.
T.A. regrets to report that longtime Bronx Chapter T.A. member, Dart Westphal,
was struck and had two legs broken by a car that illegaly failed to yield.
Dart has been a leader in the fight to restore car-free Sundays on the Grand
Concourse, helped make the Tour de Bronx a reality and was a major contributor
to the pioneering 1993 Bronx Greenway Plan. T.A. sends Dart our best wishes
for a quick and full recovery.
On the bright side, the Tour
de Bronx was a rousing success. More than 1500 riders toured the beautiful
course on October 21st. Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer rode the
entire twenty-five miles. The Borough President noted that the ride is
"always a fun way to see how our projects are coming along." The
Bronx Chapter worked hard on the 7th annual free event, of course, and extends
its thanks to the Parks Department, the Police Department and all of the
T.A.'s active volunteer
advocacy committees give our members the chance to do important work on issues
affecting New York. Pick one and join! For more information, send an e-mail to
the chapter chair or call the T.A. office at 212-629-8080.