Bike to Work Day; Mark Levine Fundraiser; #EverySchool; StreetsPoll Results

Citi Bikes at City Hall – Celebrating Bike to Work Day

This past Monday, we joined the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council for their 3rd annual Bike to Work Day, both a celebration of cycling in New York City as well as a reminder that we still have plenty of work to do together to expand and improve safe biking infrastructure in all five boroughs.

Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Ben Kallos joined our Manhattan ride, and CMs Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca met us at Brooklyn Borough Hall for the ride over the Brooklyn Bridge.  Steve Levin hopped a Citi Bike in Greenpoint and rendezvoused with us at City Hall, and Antonio Reynoso, the unfortunate victim of a recent bike theft, came by subway (yes, even members of the City Council are not immune to the scourge of stolen bicycles).

All six of the Council Members who participated in Bike to Work Day were endorsed by StreetsPAC in 2013, and among them, they have several bills pending in the Council that would improve cycling safety and access.  We were proud to join them Monday, and look forward to continuing to work together to make New York City's streets safer for everyone, regardless of transportation mode.


Join Us June 1 in Support of City Council Member Mark Levine!

On Wednesday, June 1, we'll be co-hosting a Manhattan fundraising event for Upper West Side Council Member Mark Levine, who's up for re-election in 2017.
Mark has been a tremendous champion for safe and complete streets since the day he was sworn in to the City Council.  He has been a leading advocate for the redesign of dangerous Amsterdam Avenue (construction begins on that project this month), was instrumental in the fight to bring Select Bus Service to 125th Street in Harlem, and has consistently come down on the side of safety in the face of dithering Community Boards.

Here are the details:

Wednesday, June 1
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Parlour
250 West 86th Street

To RSVP and purchase a ticket online, please click here. To RSVP and pay at the door, please click here.

Either way, please join us to help re-elect one of the City Council's best safe-streets advocates!

Tell Your State Legislators: #EverySchool Deserves Speed Safety Cameras!

Families for Safe Streets, Transportation Alternatives activists and dozens of middle-school students visited Albany last week to lobby members of the State Legislature to support Assembly Bill 09861, a bill introduced recently by Manhattan Assembly Member Deborah Glick that would permit NYC DOT to install speed safety cameras at all New York City schools and remove restrictions on the hours that they can operate.

If passed and signed into law, T.A. estimates that the bill would save 100 lives a year, and prevent 2,700 crashes and 1,400 serious injuries annually.

You can join the campaign for #EverySchool and send a quick letter to your representatives in Albany asking them to support this critical legislation at

StreetsPoll Results: Don't Let Queens CB4 (Them? Again?) Stand in the Way of a Safer 111th Street

Following Mayor de Blasio's well reasoned decision last week to move ahead with Queens Boulevard safety improvements over the misguided objections of Queens Community Board 4, we asked you in last week's StreetsPoll which CB-obstructed project City Hall should implement next. And you put Queens CB4 right back on notice!

Two-thirds of poll respondents thought the de Blasio administration should move forward with NYC DOT's plan to implement traffic calming and a protected bike lane on 111th Street in Corona, a project that has been slowed down by Queens CB4, whose chairperson has said he's "getting a little tired of hearing about" the proposal, and Queens Assembly Member Francisco Moya, who's gone out of his way to stand in its way.

A group of Corona moms took to the streets earlier this month to urge the city to act on the potentially life-saving proposal, which will help to greatly improve safe access to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Judging from the StreetsPoll results, you're right there with them.

Congratulations to Jessame Hannus of Rego Park, the randomly selected winner of a StreetsPAC t-shirt from among last week's StreetsPoll respondents, and thanks to all of you who chimed in.

Photo Credits: Joyce Choi Li; New York City Council
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