Press Release

Environmental groups, park advocates, users commemorate the occasion, call for car-free park; Frederick Law Olmsted's biographer makes strong statement in support of car-free park

November 15, 1999

What: Observance of 100th anniversary of first car in Central Park.
When: 9 am, November 16, 1999. Rain or shine.
Where: West Drive at West 67th Street-across from Tavern on the Green.

On November 16, 1999, a coalition of prominent environmental groups-including the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council-along with park advocates and users, will mark the 100th anniversary of the first car allowed on the loop drive in Central Park, and renew their call for a Car-Free Central Park.

Advocacy Group Estimates 400,000 Will Take to Bikes

December 12, 1999

Based on an analysis of photographs of the 1980 transit strike, the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives estimates that daily cycling levels in NYC will quadruple to 400,000 bicyclists.

East River Bridge and Avenue Bike / Ped Lanes to Handle Throngs
Reportedly, the Police Department will set aside two additional lanes on each of the East River bridges, and one additional lane on major avenues south of 60th Street for cyclists and pedestrians.

Cyclists Energize En Route to Work

May 15, 2000

Fri. May 19 @ 7:30-9am

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: In honor of Bike Week Borough President Virginia Fields will be meeting and greeting cyclists in front of the Municipal Building.


May 15, 2000


7:00 -Cyclists Gather at Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse.
7:15 -Cyclists Depart
7: 35 -Cyclists arrive at Bronx County Court House, 161st and the Grand Concourse, where Boro President Ferrer will sponsor a refueling breakfast for cyclists.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Bronx cyclists of all stripes cruising down the Grand Concourse on their way to work. Enjoying breakfast at the Courthouse.

with Idling, Noise, Air Pollution, and Pedestrian Safety

May 26, 2000

The death on Monday of an elderly Hell's Kitchen resident under the wheels of a New York Apple Tour Bus graphically highlighted NY Apple's long record of environmental, traffic and safety violations. Transportation Alternatives joins State Senator Tom Duane and Councilmember Christine Quinn in demanding that the City immediately revoke NY Apple Tour's license.

June 26, 2000

11th Annual NYC Century Bike Tour
Sunday September 10, 2000
A fun bicycle ride for everyone!

Please list this event in your community/events listings.

June 28, 2000

Elected officials, NYC transportation advocacy groups, and Hell's Kitchen residents are condemning the decision by the Appellate Division of the New York State Court to lift the stay of appeal from the State Supreme Court order of early June. This ruling effectively allows New York Apple Tours back on the streets as early as the July 4th weekend, and seemingly ignores the fact that NY Apple has violated almost every conceivable city, state, and federal law.

Focus Should Be on Improving Walking Conditions in NYC

July 7, 2000

In his weekly call-in radio show on Thursday night, Mayor Giuliani announced that the City would begin another crackdown on jaywalkers in NYC. In 1998, a similar crackdown initiated by the Mayor was universally disparaged, and resulted in less than 100 arrests.

Neel Scott, campaign coordinator for Transportation Alternatives stated:

July 11, 2000

Transportation Alternatives (T.A.), NYC's 5000-member advocates for environmentally sensitive transportation, today applauded Councilmembers Fisher and Rodriguez's City Council-funded initiative to study the feasibility of replacing the elevated Gowanus Expressway with a tunnel, as well as their overall support for the proposed Gowanus tunnel.

Bronx Borough Borough President Fernando Ferrer to lead students and parents in a "walking school bus" to celebrate National Walk to School Day

October 3, 2000

When: Wednesday, October 4th, 2000 7:30 am

Where: The "walking bus" will leave from the corner of E. 229th St and Baychester Av. and travel to school from there, picking children up along the route.

What: A "Walking School Bus" is a group of children, lead by volunteer parents, who walk together along a set route to school, picking up more children who live along the route.