Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Transportation Alternatives' mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to promote bicycling, walking and public transit.
Paul Steely White
111 John Street Suite 260
New York, NY 10038 USA
Sustainable Transportation, Urban Mobility, Biking, Bicycle, Walk, Pedestrian, Car-free Parks, Public Transit, New York City, Advocacy, Safe Streets, Complete Streets, Vision Zero
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Families for Safe Streets
Families for Safe Streets is a branch of TransAlt founded in 2014 for individuals who have lost loved ones or who have been seriously injured in traffic crashes on New York City streets. Families for Safe Streets was founded in partnership with traffic violence victims/survivors on TransAlt's Board of Directors and in its membership network.
TransAlt uses the powerful stories of Families for Safe Streets members as a tool for change. There are tandem goals for this new branch of TransAlt: Families for Safe Streets seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries through advocacy and targeted awareness campaigns, and to support other crash victims with information and a wide range of support service programs.
Learn more: familiesforsafestreets.org
Watch: "Drive Like Your Family Lives Here" -- youtube.com/watch?v=OAnSw3nzj0U
Borough Activist Committees
The heart of TransAlt’s power to transform New York City streets lies in its grassroots base. TransAlt has seven activist committees led and comprised by volunteers campaigning to fix dangerous local streets in Upper and Lower Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Eastern and Western Queens, and on Staten Island. The two newest committees – Upper Manhattan and Eastern Queens – were launched in early 2015 as a response to community feedback.
The committee structure ensures that every TransAlt campaign is fueled by neighborhood demand. While each committee is overseen by a TransAlt borough organizer, the members vote on campaigns, develop strategy, and elect leaders. TransAlt empowers its activists and others in New York City through an annual training and ongoing education about how to affect change in New York’s political sphere at monthly committee meetings.
Get involved: transalt.org/neighborhoods
Vision Zero is an international movement that aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries from traffic crashes. The movement originated in Sweden but TransAlt introduced Vision Zero to New York City with its 2011 report, "Vision Zero: How Safer Streets in New York City Can Save More Than 100 Lives a Year." As the leading watchdog for Vision Zero in New York City, TransAlt analyzes and publicizes the progress of city agencies and elected officials toward the City's goal to achieve Vision Zero by 2024.
Learn more: transalt.org/getinvolved/vision-zero-now
Read original TransAlt research: transalt.org/reports
TransAlt was founded by a group of passionate cyclists-turned-activists in 1973 and promoting bicycling as one of the best transportation alternatives remains at the core of its work.
Globally, the transportation sector’s greenhouse gases emissions are increasing faster than any other energy using sector. Shifting trips away from private automobiles and public transit to bicycling presents a major opportunity for cities around the world to lead the charge to combat climate change. The opportunity to increase bicycling’s share of urban trips is particularly great in New York City, where residents shoulder the longest commute times in the United States. Travel time via bicycle is more predictable than public transit in New York, and studies show that cyclists experience higher satisfaction than drivers, subway and bus users.
The time is also right to advance biking in New York City as more Americans are choosing walkable urban neighborhoods over car-centric suburbs. Nationally, the percentage of Americans holding driver’s licenses has fallen dramatically over the past several decades, and less than a third of New Yorkers rely on a car for their daily commute. 2014 U.S. Census data showed that bicycle commuting was on the rise in New York City, and Bicycling magazine named it the most Bike-Friendly City the same year.
TransAlt advocates for the installation of "Complete Street” design elements, like protected bike lanes, which are proven to make streets safer for bicyclists – and all street users. In addition to reducing traffic crashes, complete streets help reduce congestion and noise pollution, contributing to a stronger sense of community and the vibrant street culture for which New York City is world renowned. Biking is also a great way for New Yorkers to get in the recommended amount of exercise, and above all, it’s fun.
Simply put, biking is better for New Yorkers and our shared environment. TransAlt will continue working to make bicycling ever more enjoyable and safer in every New York City neighborhood.
Launched in early 2016, TransAlt’s Every School campaign calls for the installation of speed safety cameras at every school in New York City.
Speeding is the number one cause of traffic fatalities in New York; it kills more New Yorkers than drunk drivers and drivers on cell phones combined. Right now, there are over 1 million students in the New York City public school system but only 140 speed safety cameras. The cameras protect just 7% of the city’s schools and students. In locations where speed safety cameras are installed, speeding has dropped by 60%.
A citywide speed safety camera program would save up to 100 lives and 1,400 serious injuries every year. Automated enforcement by speed safety cameras is also a fair system of enforcement. Drivers are only ticketed when they speed by at least 10 mph over the speed limit, and only asked to pay a $50 civil fine – far less than the fine for speeding when the ticket is issued by a police officer. Tickets given by speed safety cameras do not put points on the driver’s license, unlike tickets issued by police officers. Plus, speed safety cameras only monitor the speeding car, not the driver’s age, race or gender.
Learn more: everyschool.nyc
Get social: #EverySchool
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