In order to ensure you continue to get life-saving bike lanes, you need to spend 10 minutes today to tell your council member what you think. (Suggestion: you want bike lanes because they decrease injuries and save lives for ALL street users — motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, skaters, dog walkers, dogs, cats, you name it — and you want them fast, before the next 100 people needlessly die on New York City roads.)
Here are some facts so you better understand just how serious this business is:
Browse around here: http://www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA
Here’s an article at RecumbentJournal.com on the subject
See my previous blog entry: Get involved in local politics to improve street safety.
And here are the two stories and what you should do:
New York Cycle Club Alert: Where You Can Help
Issue: Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich has announced a proposal for citywide bike licensing.
Action needed: Email the Councilman (e-mail address: eulrich [at] council [dot] nyc [dot] gov) and tell him why this scapegoating of all cyclists for the bad habits of a few is wrong. Mention you are a member of New York Cycle Club to show that, all together, we have clout.
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Councilmembers James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio (Staten Island, Republican) are demanding new bike lanes be subject to a lengthy and unnecessary review process.
Paul Steely White
Dear T.A. StreetBeat Reader,
As reported by the New York Post, Staten Island Republican Councilmembers James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio are demanding that all new bike lanes be subject to a lengthy — and highly unnecessary — review process. Councilmembers Oddo and Ignizio’s proposal would put a snarl of red tape and potentially years of waiting time between New Yorkers and life-saving improvements to their streets.
Take Action: http://transalt.org/takeaction/actioncenter/5073
Send Councilmembers Oddo and Ignizio a fax and stand up against a long, drawn-out review bogging down life-saving bike lanes. Tell Councilmember Oddo and Ignizio that New Yorkers need bike lanes. We will not stand for their attack on safe streets.
T.A.’s legal committee is fast at work on an official answer to this nonsense. Meanwhile, before other Councilmembers begin blaming every other traffic jam on bicyclists, we need you to tell Councilmember James Oddo that obstructing the installation of bike lanes will only make our streets more dangerous for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike.
On Manhattan’s 9th Avenue, a parking-protected bike lane and its accompanying pedestrian islands reduced injuries for everyone by 56 percent. That’s drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists, all safer because of a bike lane. Because bike lanes make streets safer for pedestrians and drivers too, their timely installation is integral to making our streets safer for everyone.
T.A. needs your help to defeat this attack on bicycling before it gets started. Stand up for your right to bicycle in a safe lane! Send an e-fax to Councilmember Oddo now!
Paul Steely White
To e-mail your councilmember, find their name and e-mail address below. You could also pick up the phone and call their office. I’m not certain how to address them, but try “Your Honor” — can’t be too far off — and let me know how that goes.
MATHIEU EUGENE firstname.lastname@example.org
GALE BREWER email@example.com
FERNANDO CABRERA firstname.lastname@example.org
MARGARET CHIN email@example.com
LEROY COMRIE firstname.lastname@example.org
ELIZABETH CROWLEY email@example.com
ERIC MARTIN DILAN Edilan@council.nyc.gov
JULISSA FERRERAS firstname.lastname@example.org
LEWIS A. FIDLER LFidler@council.nyc.gov
HELEN D. FOSTER email@example.com
Daniel R. Garodnick firstname.lastname@example.org
James F. Gennaro email@example.com
VINCENT J. GENTILE firstname.lastname@example.org
SARA M. GONZALEZ Sgonzalez@council.nyc.gov
DANIEL J. HALLORAN email@example.com
VINCENT IGNIZIO Ignizio@council.nyc.ny.us
ROBERT JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
LETICIA JAMES email@example.com
PETER KOO firstname.lastname@example.org
G. Oliver Koppell email@example.com
Karen Koslowitz Koslowitz@council.nyc.gov
BRAT LANDER firstname.lastname@example.org
JESSICA S. LAPPIN email@example.com
Stephen Levin firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Mark-Viverito email@example.com
Darlene Mealy firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosie Mendez email@example.com
JAMES S. ODDO firstname.lastname@example.org
ANNABEL PALMA email@example.com
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr firstname.lastname@example.org
JOEL RIVERA Joel.Rivera@council.nyc.gov
Ydanis Rodriguez email@example.com
JAMES SANDERS, Jr firstname.lastname@example.org
LARRY B. SEABROOK email@example.com
ERIC ULRICH firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMES VACCA email@example.com
JIMMY VAN BRAMER firstname.lastname@example.org
ALBERT VANN email@example.com
Mark Weprin MWeprin@Council.NYC.gov
RUBEN WILLS Ruben.Wills@council.nyc.gov
Stand up for safe cycling, today.