Bike to Work May 16; Car-Free Central Park; Lobby in Albany for Speed Safety Cameras

Join Us May 16 to Bike to Work with the City Council's Progressive Caucus!

On Wednesday, May 16, we're going to be celebrating Bike Month with our 5th Annual Bike to Work event with the New York City Council's Progressive Caucus, and we hope you'll saddle up and ride with us.Bike_to_Work_2018_Flyer_v3.jpg

We'll have two feeder rides, one meeting up on the plaza behind Brooklyn Borough Hall at 8:00 a.m., and the other gathering on the 14th Street steps at Union Square in Manhattan at 8:30 a.m.  The rides will converge at City Hall for a rally at 9:00 a.m. Don't miss your once-a-year chance to pose with your bike on the steps of City Hall!

Please join us, along with partner organizations Transportation Alternatives, Bike New York and Get Women Cycling, for this fun, casual ride, and the opportunity to bike side by side with some of the Progressive Caucus's most dedicate advocates for safe streets.

Please RSVP to znasir@council.nyc.gov, and if you don't have access to a bike, request a Citi Bike with your RSVP.

Car-Free at Last: Central Park Says Goodbye to Motor Vehicles

On the Friday before Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Central Park will become permanently car-free on June 27, the culmination of more than a half-century of activism.

"The effort to free Central Park from motor vehicles has been a long one, but it has been a fight well worth fighting," said StreetsPAC Board Member Ken Coughlin, in the city's official announcement. Coughlin, who has personally battled to rid the park of cars since 1992, thanked Mayor de Blasio and NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg for turning a decades-long dream into reality.

Yesterday, a group of advocates, including Coughlin and fellow StreetsPAC Board Member Peter Frishauf, kicked off Bike Month with a celebratory lap around Central Park. Streetfilms was there to capture the action. Click the image below to view the video.

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Albany Lobby Day for Speed Safety Cameras, May 9

Next Wednesday, May 9, Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives are traveling to Albany to lobby for more speed safety cameras, and you're invited to join them.

Speeding is one of the leading causes of injury death in New York City, especially among children, and speed safety cameras have been proven to be a highly effective tool for addressing dangerous driving. But state law only allows New York City to operate 140 speed cameras in city school zones, while there are more than 2,000 schools citywide, leaving 93% of the city's school-age children unprotected by this life-saving technology.

So Families for Safe Streets and T.A. are headed to Albany next Wednesday to demand more, and the more of us who join them, the more effective we can be. It's a long day, but we guarantee you that you'll feel exhilarated after making the rounds in the legislature, and we won't win more cameras unless we all pitch in.

Click here for more information, and to reserve your spot on a bus to Albany. It truly is a matter of life and death.

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