Milestones for Biking and Walking in New York City
In Memory of Lauren Davis
After Lauren Davis was killed biking on Classon Avenue in Brooklyn, her sister Danielle made it her mission to fix the street.
But Danielle was not the first to demand safe space for cycling on Classon. Before Lauren was killed, neighbors had made multiple requests for a bike lane, each rejected by the community board.
After 5,700 New Yorkers backed Danielle’s campaign, the Department of Transportation painted a bike lane on the street. Danielle hung a flag on Lauren’s Ghost Bike after the new lane was painted — a waving reminder of the cost of unsafe streets.
See Danielle’s petition and others at campaigns.transalt.org.
Bike Lane Roll Call
TransAlt activists recently bested their own high score for most concurrent local activist campaigns — and the record is over 40!
Their hard work has paid off in miles of brand-new bike lanes. Recently installed or coming soon: a new bike lane on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, a new two-way protected bike lane on Northern Boulevard connecting Alley Pond Park and Joe Michaels Mile in Queens, a new bike lane on Van Duzer Street in Staten Island, plus another next to the ferry, and a new bike lane on Dyckman Street in Upper Manhattan. Also in Manhattan: the 5th Avenue bike lane will be protected to 23rd Street, the 7th Avenue lane will be protected to 30th Street, and there are better bike lane connections coming to the Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Queensboro bridges.
Bike Baby Boom
In the early aughts, TransAlt activists convinced the City of New York to study cyclist fatalities and report back on how they could be prevented. Ten years after that first study was published, Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed it was time for an update.
The new report, Safer Cycling: Bicycle Ridership and Safety in New York City, includes a lot of statistics that cyclists know by instinct, like that intersections are dangerous and that most crashes are caused by drivers, plus one bit of very exciting news: bicycling in New York is growing faster than the population. We’re more popular than having babies, baby!
New Activist Committees Launch
Brooklyn and Queens just got a lot more organized with the official launch of two new TransAlt activist committees. Introducing TransAlt’s first-ever committees in North Brooklyn and East Queens!
The North Brooklyn Committee is focused on the impending L train shutdown, and ensuring that biking and buses play a big part in any congestion solutions. In East Queens, the new committee is already crossing off campaigns, with their idea for bidirectional protected bike lanes on Oceania Street and Northern Boulevard coming to fruition. What an opener!