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Transportation Alternatives

My new obsession: Transportation Alternatives in New York City. This is a hip, three-pronged advocacy approach that covers bicycles, pedestrian, and public transit. The organizations looks at striking 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."

Even though streets and sidewalks are a stunning eighty percent of New York City's public space, it certainly seems like a good idea for more cities to adopt this model. On 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 connect 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."

Check this awesome message from Transportation Alternatives' executive director Paul Steely White:





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