Growing Cycling With flat avenues and a compact grid, New York City was a great place to bicycle even before T.A. rolled onto the scene. These days, because of its persistence and introduction of better ideas for biking from around the world, all the cycling potential of that compact grid is blossoming into hundreds of miles of new bike lanes and acres of innovative street designs. Biking is what we do. We want to get you on a bike, take you on a ride and build you the safest route to wherever you want to go.
Traffic Safety and Enforcement
A bike lane is of little use with a car parked in it, and sidewalks are only as safe as the crosswalks that con nect them. That’s why our members and volunteers work with local police precincts to make individual community streets safe to travel, and why we fight for those small changes to become policy citywide. We study what make streets most dangerous and fight for laws that protect the lives of cyclists and pedestrians. We’re your liaison to the people in charge of New York’s street safety— when you feel in danger walking and biking, T.A. is your direct line to the problem solvers.
The ideal urban streetscape has one major criterion: anyone can get around. Crosswalks should be accessible and intersections navigable—the most perfect street we can imagine is one in which a child can safely play and regularly has the space to do so. With streets and sidewalks comprising 80 percent of New York City’s public space, Transportation Alternatives works with individual communities to make those spaces and local streets safe for all and push for multi-modal use to be adopted as policy citywide. T.A. is working for your community to be as welcoming as a playground, and winning the changes that make your trip to the store a walk in the park.
Traffic Reduction and Public Transit
Transportation Alternatives believes in a city where most people can live without owning an automobile; in fact, New York has the country’s lowest car ownership rates and more people use public transit here each day than the rest of the country combined. But subway fares are on the rise and buses can travel slower than walking speed, parking is a pain and everyone is in a rush. T.A. wants New York City to strike a smarter balance for all road users; one that mandates only a minimum of automobile traffic is necessary, encourages the public health benefits of biking and walking, and invests in the efficiency of public transit.
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