Transportation Alternatives

  • News

    February 5, 2014

    It's Too Easy to Kill Pedestrians in New York City

    Pedestrian deaths in New York City are on pace to eclipse homicides in 2014.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    4Knots Music Festival: Set Times, Afterparty Details Announced

    The Village Voice's 4Knots Music Festival takes place this Saturday at Piers 16 and 17 of the South Street Seaport, and if you want to plan your day out we have the set times for the day, which will include performances by Archers Of Loaf, The Drums, Crocodiles, Hospitality, Bleached, Nick Waterhous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Bike Crackdown: Is The NYPD Setting Up Cycling Checkpoints This Summer?

    The Voice just got some info suggesting that the New York Police Department might boost bike ticketing efforts, including setting up more cycling safety checkpoints around the city -- and the NYPD doesn't plan on informing the public beforehand. Here's what's up: a reader was recently riding away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Deadly Delancey: What To Expect With The Street Safety Plan

    In January, 12-year-old Dashane Santana was struck and killed by a car as she crossed Delancey, at Clinton Street. Santana was not the first pedestrian to perish on the busy road: Other walkers and many cyclists have died on Delancey. At the intersection of Delancey and Essex, for example, Transpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Will Subway Stations Soon Have Wifi?

    Subway fares might be going up, The MTA's capital plan might be funded by debt, and the city's mass transit lines might be overrun by rats but hey, commuting in New York might not be all bad. Boingo and Transit Wireless will start hooking up wifi in the city's subway stations over the next five yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    At Mathieu Lefevre Hearing, Arguments About Transparency and Bike Safety

    As the mother of slain cyclist Mathieu Lefevre sat stoically in the second row of the gallery, lawyers for the New York Police Department tried to explain to a judge why it has taken more than five months to comply with her Freedom of Information request information about how he died. Questioned by ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Hey, Ladies: Biking Might Make Your Crotch Numb!

    Bicycling is fun, but going numb in your ladyparts is not fun. Like, at all. As has been recently reported, spending time in certain cycling positions doesn't just cause erectile dysfunction in men: It might mess up ladies' sex lives, too. Anyway, here's what's up: if you have ever been on a bik ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    MTA Funding Fail? Straphanger Advocates Say Andrew Cuomo's Plan Will Up Fares

    Looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature might have just brokered a deal that would fund the remainder of the MTA's five-year capital plan. But straphanger advocates say that Albany's agreement will make riders foot the bill for transit improvements. Cuomo and legislators OKd an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    New Yorkers Tell Albany: Don't Raise MTA Fares!

    MTA rates are expected to go up in 2013, but Empire State straphangers won't let this happen without a fight. Transportation Alternatives, a commuter advocacy group, started an online petition March 15 asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators to stop scheduled fare hikes. In a week, the petition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    City Councilor Files Amicus Brief in Mathieu Lefevre Case

    Mathieu Lefevre was hardly the first cyclist killed on the streets of New York City, nor was the driver who ran him over the first to get a pass from the NYPD. Lefevre's family members weren't the first ones to be stonewalled as they tried to get details on how the police investigate fatal bike cras ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Peter Vallone, City Council Public Safety Chair, on Making New York's Roads Safer

    Yesterday, Runnin' Scared reported that Transportation Alternatives wants the NYPD to give out more speeding tickets, telling City Council that hurried, harried drivers cause unnecessary deaths. By the group's calculations, more New Yorkers were killed in traffic -- 3,647 -- than murdered by guns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    NYPD Doesn't Give Enough Speeding Tickets, Transportation Alternatives Says

    New York's main transportation advocacy group wants the NYPD to give out more speeding tickets. Transportation Alternatives is putting pressure on the City Council to crack down on dangerous drivers, and is telling the Public Safety Committee today that cops just don't do enough to prevent people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    State Senate OKs Budget Resolution That Takes $770 Million from MTA Investment

    The New York State Senate on Monday night passed a budget resolution that would bleed $770 million from the MTA's Capital Plan, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget, if made into law. The Republican-led Senate also voted down a plan to up the MTA's bond cap by $7 billion. While this sound ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Transportation Advocates Fight Planned MTA Fee Increases

    The MTA will increase fares again in 2013 -- meaning that riders will be hit with the fourth such fee hike since 2007. While this isn't exactly breaking -- the New York legislature long ago gave the green light to transit rate increases every two years -- what's worth mentioning is that transporta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Prospect Park Loop Redesign: More Space for Walkers and Bikers

    By now, you have probably heard about proposals to redesign the Prospect Park loop, which were discussed at a public meeting last night. You see, the Prospect Park Road Sharing Taskforce has been seriously considering changes after several recent accidents left two with severe brain injuries. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Hit by a Car? A New NYC Website Will Help You

    Carol Wood has been hit by cars while riding her bike. "When it happens, you really don't know what to do. There simply is no information out there from the City," the Midtown resident told Runnin' Scared. So Wood, who just got a master's degree in journalism, decided to write her thesis on car a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Civil Court Finds Abraham Soldaner Responsible for Cyclist Rasha Shamoon's Death

    A New York Civil Court has decided today that Abraham Soldaner is responsible for the 2008 death of cyclist Rasha Shamoon. Shamoon was killed on the corner of Delancey and Bowery on Aug. 5, 2008. More than 20 witnesses called 911 to report the accident, but cops didn't interview anyone, according t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    New Yorkers Say the MTA Is Bleeding Them Dry

    ​What sucks even more than commuting to work? Having to wait longer and pay more to commute to work, that is. Unfortunately, it looks like that's exactly what's happening in New York. Check it out: Transportation Alternatives, a commuter-advocacy group, surveyed a bunch of New Yorkers last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Street Kids: Groups Want to Make NYC Roads Child Safe

    Remember, back in the day, when you used to go outside and scamper around the streets of New York with all the other rosy-cheeked neighborhood kids, playing stickball and tag and hopscotch as the summer sun sank gently into the horizon? No? Well, not to worry, Runnin' Scared doesn't either -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Vehicle Crashes Disproportionately Hit Children in Low-Income Areas: Report

    Last week, a 12-year-old girl was struck and killed as she crossed Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, in an area that has a reputation for being dangerous for pedestrians. Now, an advocacy group has said that this tragedy is part of an alarming trend -- that young children in low-income neighb ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2012

    Why Won't the NYPD Charge Motorists Who Maim or Kill?

    The NYPD hands out plenty of traffic tickets

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    M50 Bus Wins "Slower Than a Lawnmower" Acclaim

    According to this year's annual "Pokey" award, the slowest local bus route in New York City is the M50, which travels crosstown on 49th and 50th Streets between First and Twelfth Avenues, clocking in at just 3.5 miles per hour at noon on a weekday, according to Straphangers Campaign staff and volunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Ray Kelly, Advocates Say, Dropping the Ball on Investigating and Charging Reckless Drivers Who Kill

    Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is under criticism from transportation advocates for failing to hold accountable reckless drivers who kill people. "They [police] are simply not taking that job seriously," says Paul Steely White, executive director of the group, Transportation Alternatives. "Their ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    NYC's Bike and Pedestrian Crashes Are Now Mapped

    ​Using data compiled by the New York State Department of Transportation, Transportation Alternatives has released CrashStat, a map of pedestrian and bike crashes in the city, spanning the years from 1995 to 2009. It's searchable by neighborhood, precinct, and street address, among other option ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    'Safety Managers' Are Monitoring NYC Bridges to Help With Cyclist-Pedestrian Relations

    ​Did you bike or walk across the Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Williamsburg Bridge today? Did you see guys, or gals, in yellow vests, stationed there to prevent pedestrians and cyclists from encroaching upon each others' territory, possibly wounding, or simply being rude to one another? If you didn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Cyclists Injure 500 People Yearly in New York City; Cars Injure 70,000

    via​According to a new study from two Hunter College professors, approximately 1,000 pedestrians are hit by cyclists and sustain injuries severe enough for hospitalization yearly in New York state. About half of those -- 500 -- are in New York City. In reporting these stats, CBS mentions the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Astorians Mourn Departed Bus and Subway Lines, Want to Bring Back the QM22

    ​Politicians, civic groups, and commuters gathered yesterday by the Astoria-Ditmars subway stop to mark the death-iversary of their dearly departeds: the W train and the QM22 bus line. One year ago, the MTA eliminated the W and V trains and dozens of bus lines, and reduced services throughout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2011

    New York City: Now With 30 Percent Fewer Car Wrecks, But Still Not Very Safe

    ​If you've ever ridden in a New York City taxi, you know that it can be one of the most terrifying experiences of all time. In a new report called "Vision Zero," Transportation Alternatives confirms your worst fears, finding that "on average, 317 New Yorkers are killed in traffic every year," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Can't We Just Put Bike Lanes in the Sky?

    ​That's what Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wondered about the problematic bike lanes, which he opposes, in our fair city. "Elevated bike lanes -- that's the answer," Markowitz told Brooklyn Paper, for some reason. That way, cars could be reckless and cyclists could be where they b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    1 in 4 Parking Permits Are Phony, Says Report

    Transportation AlternativesMore than half of those thousands of precious parking permits in the city are either legal permits used illegally or simply illegitimate permits in the first place. And nearly one in four official parking permits are "illicitly photocopied, fraudulent or otherwise invalid. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    NYC Bike Lanes Get Bloomberg PR Push

    ​New York City and the Bloomberg administration are deploying a secret weapon in the war over bike lanes, the New York Times reports today, in the form of some offense led by Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson. "We allowed the other side to frame this debate," Wolfson told the Times. "That's really t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Kitchen Campaigns: For Mobile Ones, Against Temporary Ones

    [Insert (anti-)foodie cause here.]​Food has always been political, but seems to be so now more than ever, what with issues like school lunches and food labeling taking the spotlight on the national stage. And so, it should come as no surprise that New York's gourmet food trucks have gone from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    New York Bike License Bill is Dead

    ​The New York bike bill backed by Queens Democrat Michael G. DenDekker, which we told you yesterday probably wouldn't pass, has already been withdrawn after DenDekker was "flooded with complaints from people who lived outside the city that they were being taxed and regulated to address concern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    New York Bike-Licensing Bills are Weird and Probably Won't Pass, Experts Say

    ​Monday, Runnin' Scared reported on Assemblyman Michael DenDekker's new bicycle bills. If his proposals pass, riders across the state would have to register and tack license plates on their bikes, and submit them to yearly inspections. First-time registration would cost $25, with a yearly re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    New York Post Columnist Steve Cuozzo Schooled On Internet By Proud Cyclist​In yesterday's New York Post, columnist Steve Cuozzo continued his usual pattern of slamming the Department of Transportation, this time in reference to their plans for 34th Street, which he calls a "grand boulevard," like we live in Paris or something. He starts by describing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Bike Wars: Angry Fascist Motorists Strike Back

    ​Discord is brewing in the streets of New York. Or so the New York Times would have you believe, with its piece today on the latest urban conflict that plagues the people of our fair city: bike lanes. Last week, cyclists on Staten Island were mourning the loss of a local bike lane, which they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Straphangers Award "Pokeys" for Slowest Buses; M42, B63 Big Winners

    The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign and Transportation Alternatives have announced their eighth annual Pokey Awards for the city's slowest buses, and the surprise winner is the M42 that lumbers between the Javits Center and First Avenue on 42nd Street. By the sponsors' calculations, the M42 achieves a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Bloomberg Wants Bikes Off Subways; TransAlt Responds

    Oh, and now the mayor wants bikes off the subway. "They are just too big, particularly at rush hour," he said on his Friday morning WNYC radio show. Well, yeah, since the cars got so freaking crowded. Bloomberg is normally a cycling enthusiast: he turned Manhattan avenues into a bike path last summ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate MTA Plan Gets Cold Reception

    As promised, the state senate Democrats presented their watered-down MTA budget proposal today and, as predicted, no one likes it. Well, senator Pedro Espada likes it -- "Today's a great day for Pedro Espada, the M.T.A. ridership and the State Senate," he told Politicker NY. But Transportation Alter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Study: Seniors Hit By Cars 40 Times More Often Than Kids

    We all pay attention when children get run over, but Transportation Alternatives asks us to also consider the grim chances old people take on the streets: their new report finds that "the fatality rate of senior pedestrians is 40 times greater than that of child pedestrians in Manhattan." They also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Bike Battles Continue: Are Cyclists Scofflaws, or Just Underserved?

    The self-explanatory "Study Finds Cyclists Disobey Traffic Laws" story in yesterday's Times drew a predictably snide reaction from Queens Crap, which has endorsed forced licensing of cyclists: "You're supposed to stop at a red light even if you're in a bike lane, pal." Streetsblog, however, says t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Bill Opening Workplaces to Bikes is a Lock, Says Sponsor

    It may seem like it's all Clinton Global Initiative here at Runnin' Scared, but we're also keenly interested in bicycles. Councilmember David Yassky says this time for sure he's going to get his "Bikes In Buildings" Bill passed in the City Council. The bill would require commercial property owners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Design Competition Seeks to Make Red Hook Bike-Friendly

    The Red Hook Bicycle Master Plan Design Competition from Brian Lehrer Live on Vimeo. It’s widely acknowledged that Red Hook is one of the worst neighborhoods for public transportation. But could it be the best neighborhood for biking? The Forum for Urban Design would like to think so. Inspired ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2008

    Who's Sabotaging Bikers on the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges?

    The Staples Center: Somebody is sabotaging bikers on the Manhattan Bridge by scattering staples and other sharp objects. Lately bikers along the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges have been receiving a shiny welcome: staples. Bike shops neighboring the bridges began to notice a spike in bikers comin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    City Creates Seven-Mile Car-Free Path for 'Summer Streets'

    When New York City does something, it does it big. But does it do it right? A 6.9-mile car-free route from the Brooklyn Bridge to the 72nd street entrance of Central Park will be opened for six hours during three Saturday mornings in August: the 9th, 16th, and 23rd, the Department of Transportatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2007

    Remembering Two Fallen Pedestrians in the Village

    Activists stencil an outline of a fallen body to call attention to the death of Julia Thomson who was killed on the Bowery on Sunday. Activists staged back-to-back street memorials Tuesday night to honor two of the latest victims in New York's traffic wars. On the corner of Sixth Avenue and Housto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2007

    NY [heart] Critical Mass?

    Given all the venom—not to mention all the tax dollars expended by the NYPD to suppress Critical Mass bike rides, it was something of a surprise to open the glossy new Bike Month NYC calendar and find a listing for this month's cycle showdown in Union Square. The calendar was funded by the Depa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2006

    When Good Cops Park Badly

    Chinatown residents and business owners fired off another salvo in downtown Manhattan's street parking wars. They held a press conference Wednesday morning to tout a new report by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives which documents just how bad the abuse of free street parking privileges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2006

    Bike Group Disputes City Stats on Strike Cycling

    The city's Department of Transportation just released data showing far more New Yorkers than usual walked over the four East River bridges during last month's transit strike, yet fewer biked than during the 1980 transit strike. According to figures revealed by Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Bike the Strike: Tips, Pools, Etc.

    Judging from this morning's commute, more New Yorkers are choosing to bike into Manhattan than did before the citywide transit strike, and more took to their cycles on day two of the strike than pedaled in on day one. The cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives counted more than 800 rider ... More >>

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