Did you know that Citi Bike riders are split on whether it’s best to ride on the left or right side of a one-way street?
Transportation Alternatives
STREETBEAT November 14, 2013  

These are the results of Citi Bike Poll #2, but there’s more! New poll questions were just released. Round out T.A.’s Citi Bike Report Card by taking Citi Bike Poll #3.

Articles and Actions
Bill de Blasio Promised Vision Zero. Now what?
New Officials in the Crystal Ball

Events and Alerts
  Activist Party!
How the NYPD Can Make Streets Safe
Neighborhood Street-Up: Bushwick Edition
Life in Public: T.A.'s Winter Art Show with Christie's

T.A. in the News
"Reckless driving is now being stigmatized the way drunk driving was 30 years ago," says [T.A. Executive Director Paul Steely] White. "All eyes are on the mayor-elect. Will he task the NYPD with investigating many more serious crashes? Will he task the NYPD with data-driven enforcement policies?"
  "Citi Bike's First Five Months: Zero Deaths, 93,000+ Members" WNYC, 11/5.

The Last Poll
New! This third and final poll will round out Citi Bike’s first-ever report card.

Share your opinions in Citi Bike Poll #3 and you’ll be entered to win a silk-screened “Bike Like a New Yorker” poster.
Did you know that Citi Bike riders are split on whether it’s best to ride on the left or right side of a one-way street? And that 91% want City Hall to use federal funds to expand bike share citywide?

Neither did Transportation Alternatives, until we questioned more than 1,500 Citi Bike riders in an effort to diagnose what ails New Yorkers about Citi Bike. Here are the results of Citi Bike Poll #2:
  • After encountering an empty docking station, only 45% are able to find an available Citi Bike in less than five blocks.
  • After encountering a full docking station, only 57% are able to find an available Citi Bike dock in less than five blocks.
That means Citi Bike is so popular that there’s not enough bikes, not enough docking stations and not enough rebalancing from Citi Bike operations. When they can find a bike, Citi Bike riders choose a decidedly popular spot to ride them:
  • 65% choose 5th and 6th avenues as the number one location in need of protected bike lanes.
Those Citi Bike riders who want more protected bike lanes also support an innovative way to expand the system:
  • 91% support City Hall using federal transportation funds to expand Citi Bike.
And just as many New Yorkers want Citi Bike expanded to their neighborhood. It sounds like Mayor-elect de Blasio will know where to turn to when he expands Citi Bike. Unfortunately, some Citi Bike riders are less directionally assured:
  • On one-way streets without bike lanes, 53% ride on the left and 47% on the right. T.A. recommends riding on the left side of the street where you're more visible to drivers and less likely to be doored.
In January, T.A. will publish the first-ever Citi Bike Report Card. For T.A. advocates, it will be a to-do list for improving Citi Bike. Get your experiences on the list: Take Citi Bike Poll #3.

Bill de Blasio Promised Vision Zero. Now what?
Bill de Blasio embraces Gregory Thompson, whose sister Renee was killed by a dangerous truck driver in August.
Image courtesy Dmitry Gudkov
Allison Liao, age 3.
Samuel Cohen Eckstein, age 12.
Olvin Yhair Figueroa, age 3.
Lucian Merryweather, age 9.

Four children killed in less than a month, each at the hands of a dangerous driver. The election is over. What is Bill de Blasio going to do about it?

During his campaign, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio made a bold promise to the people of New York City. “The City must take decisive and sustained action to reduce street fatalities each year until we have achieved “Vision Zero” -- a city with zero fatalities or serious injuries caused by car crashes on the streets of New York,” he declared.

Now, our city is in his charge. It’s time for campaign promises to become City Hall plans for stopping the carnage on New York City streets. As Mayor-elect de Blasio looks to 2014 and recommits to his bold promise of Vision Zero, here are two first steps to make good on his word:
  1. Appoint a police commissioner committed to eliminating traffic deaths.
  2. Appoint a transportation commissioner committed to eliminating traffic deaths.
It’s a simple equation toward a safer city. Mayor de Blasio: Lead your administration with expert, empowered people committed to your goal of Vision Zero. A reduction in traffic fatalities will surely follow.

New Officials in the Crystal Ball
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Out with the old! In with the new! A massive upheaval of borough presidents and City Council members leaves New York City’s political map looking more like a clean slate.

Turnover always turns T.A. to the tarot cards and crystal ball. Here are a few predictions about what will happen in New York City neighborhoods in 2014:
  • With Marty Markowitz gone, Brooklyn bicyclists will get a fairer shake. Brooklyn Borough President-elect Eric Adams will lower the borough-wide speed limit to 20 mph and tackle dangerous Atlantic Avenue.
  • On the Upper West Side, Council Member-elect Helen Rosenthal will bring a protected bike lane to Amsterdam Avenue and connect the Columbus Avenue and 9th Avenue bike lanes.
  • In Astoria, Council Member-elect Costa Constantinides will fix 21st Street, so it’s safe for walking and biking.
  • Council Member-elect Ritchie Torres will bring the first Complete Street to the Bronx. Will it be on the Grand Concourse? The crystal ball doesn’t say.
  • In Sunset Park, Council Member-elect Carlos Menchaca will make 4th Avenue more effective for bus riders with a Select Bus Service route there.
  • Citi Bike will come to the Upper East Side after City Council Member-elect Ben Kallos pushes City Hall to expand the system.
  • Brooklyn District Attorney-elect Ken Thompson will dedicate himself to the prosecution of drivers who kill in traffic crashes.
These are a few of your new local leaders. It’s you that will sway them to T.A.’s predictions. All you have to do is get involved.

Activist Party!
Activists, you know, partying, at T.A.’s Bike Home from Work Party this spring.
Image courtesy Will Ragozzino
Local activists are known for their spitfire perseverance, strong opinions and passion for a party.

Across the city, T.A. works with local activists to stoke those spitfires and chronicle those opinions. Now, we’re providing an outlet for the party hardy too.

At the Brooklyn Brewery, T.A. activists from all five boroughs will celebrate a year of hard work, toast their victories with a variety of Brooklyn-brand brews and chat with local elected officials about their fight for safer streets across the city.

It’s a way for T.A. to say thanks for all the hard work so many of you do and celebrate some of this year’s extraordinary victories: Clove Road on Staten Island, 59th Street in Manhattan, the Pulaski Bridge in Queens, Co-op City in the Bronx and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn, to name a few. Cheers!

Activist Party!
Monday, December 9, 2013
7 - 10 pm
Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room
79 North 11th Street
Please RSVP

How the NYPD Can Make Streets Safe
While it’s doubtful data can clean up police officers’ desks, it can do a lot for traffic enforcement.
Police are a regular target for the ire of New York City bicyclists. And New York City bicyclists are a regular target for police officers’ summonses. But that’s a day-to-day perspective. What’s the big picture?

To find out, T.A. is bringing together some of the greatest minds in policing, safety and enforcement for a panel discussion about traffic. Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, the Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas and automated enforcement scholar Richard Retting will be among the experts trying to lay out an agenda for the next NYPD commissioner. Errol Louis, host of Inside City Hall on New York 1, will moderate.

Closing the Enforcement Gap to Save Lives on NYC Streets
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
8:30 am
The Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street
Please RSVP

Neighborhood Street-Up: Bushwick Edition
Brooklyn beer, served with a smile, and the fight for safer streets. How could you be anywhere else on November 19th?
Image courtesy Will Ragozzino
In the 1984 classic Muppets Take Manhattan, Pete, the surly owner of a greasy spoon, gives Kermit the Frog this advice about urban living, “Big city, hmm? Live. Work, huh? But. Only peoples. Peoples is peoples. No is buildings. Is tomatoes, huh? Is peoples, is dancing, is music, is potatoes. So, peoples is peoples. Okay?”

The gist, T.A. thinks, is that city living can be a little lonely without like-minded people and delicious potatoes. Pete’s advice is the inspiration for T.A.’s newest series of meet and mingle events: Neighborhood Street-Up!

November’s Neighborhood Street-Up is in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Come out to duckduck bar for a drink and an inspired conversation with your new friends. You’ll meet local activists and City Council members, and hear all the Brooklyn political gossip. Grab a free beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery and snacks to keep you sated. Bring a friend!

Neighborhood Street-Up: Bushwick Edition
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
6:30 pm
duckduck bar
161 Montrose Avenue
Please RSVP

Life in Public: T.A.'s Winter Art Show with Christie's
Image courtesy Sophie Blackall
This is your notice of a new Transportation Alternatives tradition: Life in Public, T.A.'s first-ever activist-run gallery show.

Life in Public celebrates New York City’s street life & public spaces, with work from some of the city’s most celebrated artists working in the public realm: sculptors, street artists, photographers and cartographers of imaginary landscapes.

At the Wythe Hotel, an exciting live auction by Christie’s will accompany the show. A roster of artists will be on the walls, including David Byrne, Swoon, Stephen Powers, Taliah Lempert, Sophie Blackall, Chris Stain and dozens more. If you can't attend, the online auction is now live.

All event proceeds benefit T.A.’s Complete Streets Fund, which works to expand the citywide network of protected bike lanes and safe sidewalks, as well as connect New Yorkers to life-saving programs like Play Streets and Neighborhood Slow Zones.

Life in Public: An Art Show about New York City’s Streets
Monday, December 2, 2013
6-9 pm
Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Avenue
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