T.A. StreetBeat

October 1st, 2009

T.A. staffer Ryan Nuckel married longtime member Rachael Myers last weekend.
Our sincerest congratulations to the happy couple.
Image courtesy Andrew Hinderaker

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  • "Shin-pei Tsay, the deputy director of Transportation Alternatives and a Bike Slam organizer, praised the ideas generated by the participants. She was struck by a Dutch idea for bicycle ferries, which could help inspire new cyclists by overcoming the daunting length and hills of the city's bridges."

    -New York Times City Room, 9/22

DOT Wonders: Do Bikes and Buses Mix?

In Copenhagen, bikes and buses work together to tame traffic.

The City has been trying to improve bus service on First and Second Avenues for years, and with good reason: the M15 is notoriously slow, and it serves as a crucial connector for hundreds of thousands of people who live and commute along Manhattan's far-east side. So when the City announced that some Bus Rapid Transit features, like bus bulbs, separated lanes and pre-fare boarding, would be installed along that corridor, it wasn't much of a surprise.

What shocked most observers, though, was the absence of a full commitment to install protected space for bicyclists, along with the new bus improvements. Transportation Alternatives and other advocates agree that protected bike lanes are a commonsense addition to any avenue overhaul, particularly on Manhattan's East Side, where safe space for cyclists is at a premium.

Take a second and email DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan. Tell her:

Protected bike lanes paired with significant bus improvements on First and Second Avenue would shorten commute times for thousands of New Yorkers, make it easier for more people to live active lifestyles, encourage fewer car trips and make two major thoroughfares safer for pedestrians by calming traffic.

New York's Best Bike Lane

Now more Brooklynites can ride both ways.

For the past month, what the Brooklyn Paper calls "the city's best bike lane" has been under construction in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When work is done, the two-way protected facility that runs along the west side of Kent Avenue will link the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Greenpoint with connections to the Williamsburg Bridge as well as City and State parks.

It is a groundbreaking, low-cost design that separates two-way bike traffic from cars with paint and a parking lane. What's more, it's on its way to Park Slope.

Next spring, the DOT will begin work on installing a similar lane along Prospect Park West, between Union Street and Bartel Pritchard Square. That lane will not only provide cyclists with a two-way route along Prospect Park, but also help calm traffic along a notoriously speedy street.

With this great new design in its repertoire, we'll be pushing the DOT to make sure that world-class bike facilities continue to spring up around the city. How about Queens, the Bronx or Staten Island?

T.A. Rides for James on Queens Boulevard

This Friday, friends will ride to remember James.

This past August, a longtime cyclist and dedicated T.A. volunteer, James Langergaard, was struck and killed by a car at Queens Boulevard and 69th Street.

T.A. will be holding a special Queens Boulevard Bike Pool ride in honor of James this Friday. Please come out and join us to help send a strong message to the community that these casualties of the Boulevard will not be forgotten, and that our work to prevent future tragedies is ever-increasing. The ride will pause at the site of James' crash to dedicate his ghost bike.

James Langergaard Memorial Queens Boulevard Bike Pool
Friday, October 2nd
6:30 pm
Meet at Queens side of the Queensboro Bridge bike/pedestrian path

Monthly bike commuter pools on Queens Boulevard are led by T.A.'s Queens Committee to provide cyclists with a safe ride home, and build support for protected space for cyclists on the borough's most iconic roadway.

Tour de Bronx

New York's largest free cycling event, the Tour de Bronx, will be held on Sunday, October 18th. Now in its 15th year, this family-friendly ride through New York City's only mainland borough is always a real hit. You can register here to ride.

If you’d like to be part of making the Tour de Bronx happen, sign up to volunteer at tourdebronx.org/volunteer.

The Bronx Borough President's office is managing volunteers for this event, but we're looking to our seasoned T.A. veterans to help them out. Please don't hesitate to sign up and help make this ride a success!

Biking Rules! at BAM

The videos are in. The contest is closed. Now it's time to watch!

On November 17th, BAMcinématek will host the Biking Rules PSA Contest film screening. It's sure to be an awesome event filled with fantastic videos, so mark your calendars. We'll let you know as soon as tickets go on sale.

Queens Membership Drive

Dues-paying members give T.A. the strength to win safer and more sustainable streets. That's why T.A.'s Queens Committee is organizing a month-long membership drive to build T.A. membership in Queens! Whether you've been on board since our founding in 1973 or are brand-new to the livable streets movement, there's never been a better time to support T.A.'s work and get involved with our hard-working volunteer committees.

Join us this month for two great events: the Queens around the World Bike Ride on Sunday, October 11 (departs from the Astoria Park War Memorial on Shore Blvd at 10 am. FREE) and the Queens Fall Membership Party on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:30 pm, hosted by the Creek and the Cave ($10 for members, $30 to join and attend).

And don't forget to get your limited edition I Bike Queens t-shirt, only $25, while supplies last!

Visit transalt.org/queens for details.

They Came. They Saw. They Park(ed).

...and Streetfilms made a movie.

Park(ing) Day NYC was a huge success. Hundreds of people around the city got in on the action, scores of news stories spread the word, and people are already planning for next year. What would you do with a parking spot?

Click Here for Bike Racks

Want more bike parking in Williamsburg and Greenpoint? You can make it happen! The Open Planning Project has launched the fixcity.org Bike Racks pilot project in Brooklyn Community District 1. Visit the site to suggest new bike rack locations and work with T.A.'s Brooklyn Volunteer Committee, Neighbors Allied for Good Growth and the CityRacks program to get better bike parking faster.

Learn more at fixcity.org.