Transportation Alternatives

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    Bill Bratton Says NYPD Needs to Make Tackling Traffic Fatalities a Priority

    If you ask him point-blank, former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton will tell you -- as he's told reporter after reporter in the last few weeks -- that he has not yet been asked back to his old job by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. But he certainly seems to be preparing himself for the ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    NYPD Finally Changes Policy on Traffic Collisions

    Under pressure from City Council and a coalition of bicycle and pedestrian advocates, the NYPD has made changes to how it investigates -- and talks about -- traffic collisions. In a letter to city councilors revealed yesterday, Police Chief Ray Kelly announced a number of changes in how the departm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    City Council Members Slam NYPD's Traffic Accident Policy, Call for Investigative Taskforce

    Some months after the City Council grilled the New York Police Department's policy on of traffic crashes -- and ongoing criticism of its handling of the Mathieu Lefevre case -- several members want to establish a taskforce to investigate the Department's accident policy, which has long come under f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    John Liu: City Hall Skipped Safety Measures With Bike Safety Program

    Shortly before the City's bike share program hits the streets, Comptroller John Liu has slammed City Hall for "pedaling past safety," saying today that Mayor Mike Bloomberg's administration and the Department of Transportation have not taken proper measures to protect cyclists. At a press conferenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    Oral Arguments in Mathieu Lefevre Case This Afternoon

    Six months to the day after Mathieu Lefevre was killed by a truck driver who ran over his bicycle in an East Williamsburg intersection, his family's lawsuit against the NYPD will be argued in New York Supreme Court this afternoon. Judge Peter Moulton has denied a motion to allow Lefevre's mother, E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Bike Law Workshop Explains Rules of The Road

    With stats attributing more deaths to traffic than guns in New York, confusion over cyclists' rights, and continued criticism of the NYPD's handling of bike accidents, many bikers probably want to know: what are the rules of the city's roads? Well, Steve Vaccaro -- a daily cyclist, lawyer who work ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Long Live the G-Train? New Petition Tries to Preserve Park Slope Extension

    Well, here are four words we never thought we would type: Save the G-train? Brooklyn's straphangers, known to love the looping line as much as they hate it, are now rallying in support of the G: District Leader Lincoln Restler has organized a petition to keep the MTA from cutting off full Church Av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Staten Islanders Want Their Bike Lanes Back

    ​Cyclists on Staten Island are getting worked up over a decision by the city Department of Transportation to strip away the bike lanes along Capodanno Boulevard in favor of a bus lane and a parking and turning lane. City officials, including a city councilman, the transportation commissioner, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2009

    Memorial Pays Tribute to Walkers, Bikers Killed by Cars

    The New York City Street Memorial Project today conducted its 4th Annual Memorial Ride and Walk, visiting locations where pedestrian and cyclists have been killed by motor vehicles. The sites of cyclist deaths are marked by ghost bikes -- those blanched-white memorials to cyclists killed in transit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Yassky Defends Bike Lane Letter; TransAlt Says He "Should Know Better"

    David Yassky's office called to explain the Councilman's stand on south Williamsburg bike lanes, one of which Yassky and others recently asked the DOT to remove. Communications Director Jake Maguire reiterated Yassky's commitment to a bike-friendly Billburg, but says the way the DOT installed lane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Bloomberg's Congestion Pricing Plan Has Rivals

    Mayor Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan picked up some Albany competition yesterday, and the quick growth of support for the new proposal could spell disaster for the mayor’s anti-traffic dreams. Standing on the steps of City Hall, Westchester Assembly Democrat Richard Brodsky issued an al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2008

    New Congestion Pricing Options as the Debate Continues

    Congressman Anthony Weiner linked congestion pricing with the Bush administration—surely, one way to turn off many New Yorkers— at forum hosted by New York Civic. New Yorkers support the stated goal of Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s congestion pricing plan—improving mass transit—but just aren’t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2007

    Pedicab Smackdown: City Council Defies Bloomberg, Reins in 'Green Transport'

    Pedicabbers rode over the Brooklyn Bridge Friday, April 20. The Council's new law bans them from bike paths on city bridges. Photos by Sarah Ferguson Monday's vote in the City Council to sharply rein in the burgeoning pedicab industry was both predictable and dispiriting, given Mayor Bloomberg’ ... More >>