NYS Questionnaire; Menchaca Save-the-Date; Brooklyn Bridge; StreetsPoll Results

StreetsPAC Issues 2016 Questionnaire for State Senate and Assembly Candidates

If you're running for the New York State Senate or Assembly, we invite you to complete our 2016 Candidate Questionnaire. It is a pre-requisite for being considered for StreetsPAC's endorsement, but it'll take you only a few minutes to complete.

To get started on completing our questionnaire, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/NYS2016. You can return to an unfinished questionnaire before submitting it, and we will confirm your submission with your campaign once you complete the survey.

And if you're a New York City voter who's interested on how the candidates in your Senate and Assembly districts stand on safe-streets and public transit issues, we urge you to share the link with their campaigns. You deserve to know where the people running to represent you in the State Legislature come down on these important questions.

Completed questionnaires are due on Monday, August 22.
Save the Date: September 7 Fundraiser for City Council Member Carlos Menchaca
It's a month away, but we hope you'll mark your calendar for a fundraiser we're hosting on Wednesday, September 7, for Brooklyn City Council Member Carlos Menchaca.

Carlos was one of the first candidates we endorsed in 2013, and he's been a true champion of progressive transportation policies since winning his Council seat in an upset against a two-term incumbent. His safe-streets voting record is stellar, and he currently has a bill before the Council that, if passed into law, would allow people on bikes to adhere to pedestrian signals, greatly reducing the likelihood of someone being struck by a turning driver.

We're still ironing out details like exact time and location, but we hope that, for now, you'll circle September 7 on your calendar and plan to join us to help get Carlos's re-election campaign off to a fast-rolling start!

NYC DOT Studying Increased Pedestrian and Bicycling Space for Brooklyn Bridge

Anyone who's ever walked or ridden a bike over New York City's iconic Brooklyn Bridge, except perhaps in the wee hours of the night or the midst of a hurricane, knows how congested the upper deck of the bridge can be. Varying in width from just 10 to 17 feet, the bridge promenade is, at once, one of New York City's most popular tourist destinations, and a heavily used route for bike commuters. Conflicts are commonplace, to put it mildly.

But hope is on the horizon. On Monday morning, The New York Times broke the news that the New York City Department of Transportation has commissioned a study by engineering firm Aecom to assess the feasibility of expanding the space dedicated to walking and biking (something first proposed by StreetsPAC 2013 endorsees Brad Lander, Steve Levin and Margaret Chin in 2012). NYC DOT has outlined the project in a presentation that you can see here, and if all goes well, in a few years the Brooklyn Bridge promenade could look something like the rendering below.


Of course, the city could also decide right now to test dedicating a lane of the Brooklyn Bridge roadway to biking, something that would become much easier to accommodate if Albany would ever pass the common-sense Move NY Fair Plan.

StreetsPoll: What's the Most Important Thing Albany Can Do This Year for New York City Streets?

Speaking of the Move NY Fair Plan, two-thirds of respondents to last week's StreetsPoll believe that passing a version of the plan to equalize tolls around New York City is the most important thing that Albany can do during its 2016-2017 session to improve New York City's streets and transportation system. The failure of the Legislature to even bring Move NY to a vote last session is a stark reminder of the importance of electing Senators and Assembly Members who are committed to progressive transportation and street-safety policies.

Congratulations to Bill Amstutz of Manhattan, the randomly selected winner of a StreetsPAC t-shirt from among respondents to last week's StreetsPoll.
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