Thousands of Citi Bike riders responded to T.A.’s largest-ever Citi Bike poll. Will you share your experiences in Flash Poll #2?
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STREETBEAT October 17, 2013  

Thousands of Citi Bike riders responded to T.A.’s largest-ever Citi Bike poll.
Will you share your experiences in Citi Bike Flash Poll #2?

Articles and Actions
  How Far Do You Walk in Search of Citi Bike?
Four New Spots to Ride
APB for Bikers: Always Pass Behind

Events and Alerts
  My Streets, My Vote: Petition Delivery
Tour de Bronx
Participatory Budgeting for Transportation Projects
Harlem Bike Friendly Business Tour
Bike-In Movie Night
Workshop: Play Streets, Speed Cameras & Slow Zones

T.A. in the News
"It's like if you build it, they will come."

Specifically, [T.A.'s Senior Director of Campaigns and Organizing, Caroline] Samponaro said Atlantic Avenue and Queens Boulevard would be the most ideal spots for new lanes because they have the highest traffic density among streets without bike lanes. More and more bikers, especially those coming from Prospect Heights and Astoria, are taking to those streets, which are already prone to accidents because they're so packed.

"There is still an opportunity to tackle the biggest, baddest streets in the city," she said.
  "Bike advocates predict more lanes to come to city streets." amNewYork, 10/13.

How Far Do You Walk in Search of Citi Bike?
Time for Poll #2
How far do you have to walk to return a Citi Bike? Do you think NYPD officers on bicycles would reduce parking in the bike lane?

Take Citi Bike Flash Poll #2 to share your experiences and ideas for improvement.
It's no question that Citi Bike -- with 90,000 annual members, 8.7 million miles traveled and 4.3 million trips taken -- is a rip-roaring success. But are the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who try Citi Bike riding happy?

That's what this project is about.

Wrangling the gripes of countless New Yorkers into effective changes to the system requires a lot of patience for whining and some spitfire activism. But T.A. is an advocate for Citi Bike riders. We're on top of it.

Take Citi Bike Flash Poll #2. It's the second of many future public satisfaction surveys.

T.A.'s first Citi Bike poll sought a bird’s eye view of the system and the city streets it operates on. Flash Poll #2 is tweaked to respond to the desires you stated in Poll #1. Each future poll will delve deeper into making Citi Bike work better for you, the riders.

Thousands of riders responded to T.A.'s first Citi Bike poll, but there were few surprises in the data. Simply put, Citi Bike riders are full of ideas and enthusiastic to make bike share work better. And they want more: more bikes at stations, more stations citywide and a lot more summonses for drivers parking in the bike lane...
  • 64 percent of Citi Bike riders' most common complaint is finding an empty station when they want to take out a Citi Bike or a full station when they need to return a Citi Bike
  • 84 percent of Citi Bike riders feel safest when riding in a physically separated bike lane
  • 51 percent of Citi Bike riders said "better enforcement against parking in the bike lane" should be a top NYPD priority
  • 91 percent of Citi Bike riders want the system expanded
In response to these conclusions, Citi Bike Flash Poll #2 delves into solutions to the problems Citi Bike riders identified as most critical.

There’s a new, more in-depth set of questions on the table: Take Citi Bike Flash Poll #2.

Four New Spots to Ride
Bike Friendly Businesses along Atlantic Avenue served up the snacks for bicyclists during the
launch of the new Bike Friendly
Business District there.
You see a problem on a New York City street, and you say, "I can change that."

That can-do attitude is what it takes.

Plus a willingness to slog through a handful of community board meetings, start conversations with your neighbors about bicycling, meet with friends once a month to pick campaign strategies and of course, really wanting it. Wrap all those traits together and you’ve got a local activist.

Local activists in every borough are fighting to change streets where they live. This week, their hard work is making bicycling better in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens:

2nd Avenue, Manhattan
Community Board 6 agreed with local activists that the 2nd Avenue bike lane needs protection straight through Midtown Manhattan. Their support was near unanimous. A protected bike lane coming soon!

21st Street, Queens
At a recent Community Board 1 meeting, a priest from the Mount Carmel Church, the local Boys and Girls Club and two local housing co-ops all spoke up for a safer 21st Street. Local activists are compiling a list of specific requests for the community board to pass on to the City.

Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
The second-ever Bike Friendly Business District launched last weekend, with more than 63 participating businesses each offering a deal or discount to people who arrive by bike, and vowing to join in the local fight for new bike lanes.

Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
In a seven-to-zero vote (with three abstentions), the transportation committee of Community Board 7 voted Tuesday in support of local activists' idea for the City to research a bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue.

APB for Bikers: Always Pass Behind
That's not right! Bikers need to pass
behind people walking.
Image courtesy Andrew Hinderaker
It’s an All-Points Bulletin for New York City bicyclists: Always pass behind.

Follow that simple mantra and it’s not just you who will be safer -- you’ll be protecting every pedestrian you pass by.

No matter where you are or who has the right of way, it’s safest to pass behind pedestrians when you’re on your bike. That way, you don’t need to worry if someone is walking fast or slow. You don’t need to pick a path through the crowd. You don’t need to think about predictability.

In Ideal City, no one jaywalks and bikers never pedal through a red light. But you live in New York City.

In New York City, there is sometimes chaos in the crosswalk and confusion stemming from midblock crossings. The safest way to pedal through the chaos and confusion? Stick to the safe side of pedestrians. If someone’s in your way, listen up to this APB: Always pass behind.

My Streets, My Vote: Petition Delivery
This fall, more than 4,600 New Yorkers boldly declared their electoral allegiances: I bike, I walk, and I vote.

Now, at the apex of election season, the mayoral candidates are due for a special delivery. Join T.A. activists to deliver thousands of petitions to Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio.

With a huge crew brandishing the signatures of thousands of New Yorkers who care about biking and walking, hand-delivery is a powerful way to show the next mayor that New Yorkers need City Hall to lead the way to safer streets.

RSVP to join T.A. for a special delivery during the week of October 21st. You’ll get an invitation once the exact date is chosen.

My Streets, My Vote: Petition Delivery
Monday, October 21 to Friday, October 25
Please RSVP

Tour de Bronx
With 61 distinct neighborhoods and New York City’s largest park, the Bronx is an incredible place for an adventure on a bike. In two Sundays, those neighborhoods and green spaces will be flanked with 6,000 bicyclists. It’s time for the Tour de Bronx, the largest free bicycling event in New York State.

Registration is now open for the Tour de Bronx. You can choose to ride 25 or 40 miles, but you should register today to secure your spot.

Keep an eye out during the ride for local activists from T.A.’s Bronx Activist Committee. They will be on the route, acting as marshals and pointing out neat things, recent improvements local activists have secured, and spots for future campaigns. At the finish line, there will be an interactive festival where you can contribute your ideas for Bronx streets.

Tour de Bronx
Sunday, October 27, 2013
9:30 am
Bronx County Building
Grand Concourse & 161st Street
Register now

Participatory Budgeting for Transportation Projects
Obviously Ai Weiwei’s participatory budgeting process voted for one million bicycles. What will
you vote for?
Image courtesy Brent Granby
What could one million dollars do for your neighborhood?

You could be a big decider of that lottery pot. You’ve only got to participate.

And participate is the magic word. T.A.’s on the Steering Committee for Participatory Budgeting in New York City, which will help you steer the allotment of at least one million dollars to the projects your community wants most. T.A. thinks it’s critical that communities direct public spending in their neighborhoods. Whether it’s a new bike lane or a better habitat for local birds, it’s up to the people who show up.

For District 39, T.A. and Council Member Brad Lander are teaming up to host a Transportation Assembly to brainstorm ideas about transportation projects that could be built with participatory budgeting funds. Will you show up and be the magic word?

Participatory Budgeting for Transportation Projects
Monday, October 21, 2013
6:30 pm
Park Slope Library
431 6th Avenue
Please RSVP

Harlem Bike Friendly Business Tour
There’s a symbiotic relationship between New Yorkers who bike and the small business owners who love them. It’s called a Bike Friendly Business.

Small business owners who declare themselves part of New York City’s Bike Friendly Business network recognize how many of their customers ride bikes and how beneficial biking is to their business. To give back to those customers, Bike Friendly Business owners advocate for local street improvement to make bicycling safer. Plus, they offer special discounts and deals to customers who arrive on bikes.

Join T.A. activists in Manhattan for a tour of East Harlem Bike Friendly Businesses. Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito will give the tour a proper send-off before bikers travel along the freshly painted bike lanes on 1st and 2nd avenues, sampling the wares at Bike Friendly Businesses along the way.

Harlem Bike Friendly Business Tour
Saturday, November 2, 2013
1 pm
El Museo Del Barrio
1230 5th Avenue
Please RSVP

Bike-In Movie Night
But you can bike in, we swear.
Image courtesy Charlie Newland
You'd have to scour the country to find a drive-in movie theater still standing, but for one night in Queens, you can bike your way to the pictures.

With Empire Drive-In, an outdoor "drive-in" theater temporarily installed on the lawn outside the New York Hall of Science, T.A. is hosting a night of bike-themed entertainment. It's called "A Night at the Races."

On the marquee is NYC Bike Ballet, a few short bicycle films and the 1979 classic Breaking Away. Plus, you really can bike to the movies. Meet T.A. activists at Queensboro Plaza at 6 pm to ride en masse to "A Night at the Races." Cutters welcome!

Bike-In Movie at the Empire Drive-In
Friday, October 18, 2013
Ride at 6 pm
Movie at 8 pm
New York Hall of Science
Please RSVP

Workshop: Play Streets, Speed Cameras & Slow Zones
No need to holler to get your block to hula;
T.A.'s got a workshop for that.
Image courtesy Cassandra Giraldo
Are your children lacking outdoor space to play? Are cars speeding down your block? Are you ready to do something about it?

You have the power to bring innovative programs to your neighborhood, but you need to start the process now. Deadlines are rapidly approaching for programs like Play Streets, speed enforcement cameras and other street improvements.

T.A.'s hosting a series of workshops to help you get your application in right, and right on time. Experts will be on hand to teach you about the different programs available and how each could change streets in your neighborhood.

The final two workshops are in the Bronx and Jackson Heights. The first step towards the ultimate solution for your street is deciding to RSVP.

Workshop: Play Streets, Speed Cameras & Slow Zones
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 in Jackson Heights
Thursday, October 24, 2013 in the Bronx
Learn more & RSVP

How to Get Involved