Mark Levine Event Tonight; Remembering Mike Ameri; MoveNY; StreetsPoll Results

Reminder: Join Us Tonight in Support of City Council Member Mark Levine!

This evening, we're co-hosting a Manhattan fundraising event for Upper West Side Council Member Mark Levine, who's beginning to gear up for his 2017 re-election campaign.

marklevine.jpgMark has been as strong a voice for safe and complete streets as any member of the City Council. He pushed hard for the redesign of dangerous Amsterdam Avenue, a project just now coming to fruition, was instrumental in the fight to introduce Select Bus Service to 125th Street in Harlem, and on multiple occasions, he's been willing to push past recalcitrant Community Boards when they've stood in the way of safe-streets projects.

Please join us tonight to say thanks and to help his re-election effort.

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!

Remembering NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri

Advocates, community members, elected officials and officers of the 78th Precinct gathered last night next to the short protected stretch of Brooklyn's Bergen Street bike lane to remember NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri, who first cordoned off the lane with temporary police barricades back in 2012. Ameri, who died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on May 13, led the 78th Precinct from 2011 to 2014, before being promoted to Commanding Officer of NYPD's Highway Division, which includes the Collision Investigation Squad.

Ameri_Bike_Lane.jpgIn a ceremony before the monthly 78th Precinct Community Council meeting, Ameri was remembered for his embrace of New York City's Vision Zero Initiative. Under his command, the 78 initiated undercover failure-to-yield stings, put cops back on bikes for the first time in years, and instituted separate traffic-safety meetings in conjunction with the Community Council. Advocates and cops together installed a sign designating the one-block Bergen Street protected bike path as the "Inspector Michael Ameri Bike Lane."
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Join us June 1 for a fundraiser for Mark Levine!

Join Us June 1 for a Fundraiser for City Council Member Mark Levine!

Before you head out of town for the Memorial Day weekend, be sure to RSVP for the fundraiser we're co-hosting for Upper West Side Council Member Mark Levine on Wednesday, June 1.

Mark is one of the City Council's leading voices for safe and complete streets.  He's been a leading advocate for the redesign of dangerous Amsterdam Avenue (a much-needed project that has finally come to fruition), was a stalwart in the fight to bring Select Bus Service to 125th Street in Harlem, and has consistently taken 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!

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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.

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Monday: Bike to Work with StreetsPAC & the City Council Progressive Caucus!

Bike to Work May 16 with the City Council's Progressive Caucus & StreetsPAC

Here's a quick reminder that this coming Monday, May 16, we'll be joining the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council for their 3rd annual Bike to Work Day!

Join us on the north side of Borough Hall in Brooklyn at 8:30 a.m., or in Union Square Park in Manhattan at 9:00 a.m., for group rides to City Hall, where we'll be teaming up with the Progressive Caucus and other advocacy groups for a rally on the steps at 10:00 a.m.

Don't miss your one chance of the year to lift your bike on the steps of City Hall!

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Progressive Caucus Bike to Work Day; Car-Free Earth Day 2.0; Amsterdam Avenue

Bike to Work May 16 with the City Council's Progressive Caucus & StreetsPAC

On May 16, we'll be joining the Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council for their 3rd annual Bike to Work Day!

We'll be helping to lead some feeder rides from different points around the city (stay tuned to StreetsPAC.org@StreetsPAC and Facebook for more details), and teaming up with the Progressive Caucus and other advocacy groups for a rally at City Hall at 10:00 a.m.

If you've ever wanted to do a bike lift on the steps of City Hall, this is your chance! Join us!

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Pledge to Go Car-Free for Earth Day; Plaza Bill Becomes Law

Pledge to Go Car-Free for Earth Day

Tomorrow, Friday, April 22, New York City is going car-free for Earth Day!

The effort, championed by New York City Council Transportation Committee Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, encourages New York City's drivers to leave their cars at home tomorrow and choose alternate means of transportation to commute, run errands, or otherwise get about, be it by mass transit, on foot, or by bicycle.

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StreetsPAC Urges City Council to Pass Daylighting, Pedestrian Right-of-Way Bills, Back Car-Free Earth Day

We gave the following testimony to the New York City Council's Committee on Transportation at their April 4, 2016 hearing covering several pieces of legislation. 

Int. No. 912 – Requiring curb extensions at certain dangerous intersections (Support)

We offer our strong support for Intro 912, which would establish a curb-extensions program and require curb extensions at dangerous intersections.  The bottom line is that daylighting can save lives, by increasing visibility at corners for all street users, and curb extensions can be accomplished at low cost using temporary materials on an interim basis before being fully built out.

We do, however, believe the number of annual curb-extension projects called for in this legislation – a minimum of five per borough – is woefully inadequate, and would urge that the bill be amended to substantially raise the bar.  Ideally, curb extensions should be standard design at every intersection.

Regardless, though, we strongly support initiating a program for daylighting intersections, which we believe is critical to helping the city achieve Vision Zero.  Saving lives is well worth the cost of a few corner parking spaces.

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StreetsPAC Urges City Council to Pass Legislation on Pedestrian Plazas

At a hearing of the New York City Council's Committee on Transportation on Wednesday, March 30, StreetsPAC urged the Council to pass a bill introduced by Council Members Corey Johnson and Daniel Garodnick that would give the Department of Transportation the power to regulate activity in the city's pedestrian plazas.

Read our full testimony after the jump.

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Big Changes Coming to Chrystie Street; Streetfight Hits the Shelves; Peatónito Hits the Streets

Yesterday evening, the New York City Department of Transportation presented Manhattan Community Board 3's Transportation Committee with plans for a major redesign of Chrystie Street, a key route for the thousands of people who use the Manhattan Bridge bike path every day.

In February of 2015, StreetsPAC board member Dave 'Paco' Abraham pitched Manhattan CB3 on a concept for replacing Chrystie Street's paired (and frequently obstructed and badly pockmarked) Class II bike lanes with a parking-protected, two-way Class I bike path, running along the east side of Chrystie, adjacent to the linear Sara Roosevelt Park. The board's Transportation Committee endorsed the concept unanimously, and two weeks later, the full board, by a vote of 35-0, asked NYC DOT to study the idea, which had the backing of elected officials including State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Council Member Margaret Chinned Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

Then last fall, an anonymous group calling itself the "Transformation Dept." (NYC_DOTr on Twitter) created a pop-up protected path on Chrystie's northbound bike lane, using plastic safety cones and sunflowers. The temporary materials were enough to keep the lane clear of the vehicles that frequently obstruct it, and led to calls for the real NYC DOT to accelerate its efforts.

The waiting, at least as far as a plan goes, is now over.

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StreetsPAC Urges City Council, Mayor to Drop Central Park Pedicab Ban, Make Park Fully Car-Free

At a hearing today of the New York City Council's Committee on Transportation, StreetsPAC urged the Council and Mayor de Blasio to drop a provision in a proposed bill on reducing the number of horse-drawn carriages in the city that would ban pedicabs in Central Park below the 85th Street Transverse.

Rather than banning human-powered pedicabs, we strongly urged the Council and Administration to make Central Park fully, and permanently, car-free.  Motor vehicles were barred from the majority of Central Park's roadways in 2015, but are still permitted during certain hours between Central Park South and 72nd Streets.

Read our full testimony after the jump.

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