Transportation Alternatives

Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt, formerly T.A.) is a non-profit organization in New York City which works to change New York City's transportation priorities to encourage and increase non-polluting, quiet, city-friendly travel and decrease automobile use.[1] TransAlt seeks a transportation system based on a "Green Transportation Hierarchy" giving preference to modes of travel based on their relative benefits and costs to society.[1] To achieve these goals, T.A. works in five areas: Cycling, Walking and Traffic Calming, Car-Free Parks, Safe Streets and Sensible Transportation.[1] Promotional activities include large group bicycle rides.

Transportation Alternatives
Transportation Alternatives logo


Transportation Alternatives was founded in 1973 during the explosion of environmental consciousness that also produced the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.[2] Since its founding, TransAlt has helped win numerous improvements for cyclists and pedestrians[1] and has become the leading voice for cycling and walking in New York City and a model for livable streets advocacy across the United States. TransAlt's roots are in cycling in New York City, and many of its members are everyday cyclists. A bicycle friendly city means changing the overall transportation system, which, even in New York City where more people use public transit than cars, means shifting a paradigm dominated by the private automobile.[1] The expression/phrase One Less Car was coined and given to TA by Richard Rosenthal around 1981. Since 2014, TransAlt has been at the forefront of monitoring New York City's Vision Zero initiative and advocating for progress in meeting safety goals.

Valet bike parking sign
TransAlt provides many different services to the New York City cycling community

Past successes

Since its creation, Transportation Alternatives has helped achieve goals[1] including:

Volunteer support

Transportation Alternatives magazines
A collection of Transportation Alternatives and City Cyclist magazines which were sent to members, from the late 1990s.

Transportation Alternatives relies on thousands of volunteers activists to achieve its goals. While many support TransAlt's bike tours, many more help as part of the organization's eight active borough activist committees, representing The Bronx, Brooklyn, South Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, Eastern Queens, Manhattan, and Upper Manhattan.[5]

Current initiatives

Transportation Alternatives' current campaigns are numerous. They include:

  • Pedestrian safety: TransAlt is pushing for 20 mph zones in various neighborhoods, as well as enforcement of the law against
  • Expanding the bicycle network: encouraging the city to continue their expansion of bike lanes, particularly on-street protected bike lanes, which have been shown to reduce injuries of all street users, including motorists. T.A. is also advocating for New York City to implement a robust bike share system, akin to Paris' highly successful Vélib' system.
  • Improving bicyclist behavior: TransAlt has distributed tens of thousands of their "Biking Rules" booklets in English, Spanish and Chinese, and has sponsored a Biking Rules PSA Film Festival, among other initiatives.
  • The Vision Zero Street Design Standard is a plan to planning, designing, and building streets that can save lives.


Tour de Brooklyn Bushwick Av Aberdeen St
Tour de Brooklyn

Transportation Alternatives produces a number of bike tours throughout the year, including the NYC Century Bike Tour and the Tour de Staten Island. In addition to fundraising, the purpose of these tours is to introduce New Yorkers to bicycling around the city and to give the confidence and inspiration to take up biking as a regular activity.

TransAlt also puts on a number of other events including the Vision Zero Cities conference,[6] benefits, parties, lectures and other events.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Transportation Alternatives". Transportation Alternatives. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
  2. ^ Furness, Zack (2010). One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. pp. 61–63. ISBN 978-1-59213-613-1.
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  5. ^ "Get Involved | Transportation Alternatives". Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  6. ^ "Vision Zero Cities | Vision Zero Cities". Retrieved 2017-03-28.

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Bağdat Avenue

Bağdat Avenue (Turkish: Bağdat Caddesi, literally Baghdad Avenue) or simply Avenue (Turkish: Cadde) is a notable high street located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, Turkey. The street runs approximately 14 km (8.7 mi) from east to west in the Maltepe and Kadıköy districts, almost parallel to the coastline of the Sea of Marmara. The most important part of the street is the one-way traffic, avenue-like section, which is 6 km (3.7 mi) long from Bostancı to Kızıltoprak, within the district of Kadıköy. It can be seen as the counterpart of Istiklal Avenue on the European side in terms of importance and glamour.

It is a main street in an upper-scale residential area. The one-way avenue with old plane trees is flanked with shopping malls, department stores, fashion garment stores, elegant shops offering world famous brands, restaurants of international and local cuisine, pubs and cafes, luxury car dealers and bank agencies. Bağdat Avenue can also be considered as a large open-air shopping mall. Most of the retail stores are open on all days of the week, including Sunday afternoon.

In summer time and on weekends, the sidewalks of the avenue are crowded with people window-shopping and youngsters lingering around. Traffic congestion is almost a standard situation on the three-lane Bağdat Avenue.

Since the 1960s street racing has been a sub-culture of the avenue, where young wealthy men tag-raced their imported muscle cars. Most of these young men are now middle-agers reliving their years of excitement as famous professional rally or track racers. With the heightened GTI and hot hatch culture starting in the 1990s, street-racing was revived in full. Towards the end of the 1990s, mid-night street racing caused many fatal accidents, which came to a minimum level thanks to intense police patrol.The neighbourhoods on the route westwards are: Cevizli, Maltepe, İdealtepe, Küçükyalı, Altıntepe, Bostancı, Çatalçeşme, Suadiye, Şaşkınbakkal, Erenköy, Caddebostan, Göztepe, Çiftehavuzlar, Selamiçeşme, Feneryolu and Kızıltoprak. The busiest and most crowded districts of Bağdat Avenue are located between Suadiye and Caddebostan (both inclusive), where most shopping malls and fashion stores are located.

The area around Bağdat Avenue has a variety of transportation alternatives in addition to the bus and taxi options. There are seabus (high-speed catamaran ferry) terminals in Kadıköy and Bostancı, and a regional rail running just north of the avenue, which serves the district. Bostancı also has a quay for the traditional commuter ferries, which provide connection with the European part of the city as well as the nearby Princes' Islands.

Boston Transportation Planning Review

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Car-free movement

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Before being elected Speaker, Johnson was frequently named as a potential candidate and perceived as a leading contender. In mid-December 2017, with the public support of Mayor de Blasio, the concession of other front runners, and backing of the Bronx and Queens Democratic Parties, Johnson corralled the requisite number of votes to become the presumptive favorite for the position, with the full Council voting on January 3, 2018.

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The chair of the New York County chapter of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians

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The director of the IFH and RHAP’s Fellowship in Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy

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A consultant for the Center for Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.

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Gorton holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Yale University, a Master's in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard University. He began his career as an electrical engineer for Martin Marietta (now part of Lockheed Martin), and, following his interests in business, entered the world of fixed-income trading at Credit Suisse First Boston prior to going out on his own and launching the Lime Group of companies.

New Hampshire Department of Transportation

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Regional Plan Association

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Sally A. Heyman

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Her first role in public office was as a Council Member for the City of North Miami Beach, where she served for seven years, and worked for the City of Miami and North Miami Beach Police Departments. Sally Heyman is currently a member of South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC); Board Member Florida Association of Counties (FAC); FAC Vice Chair Large Urban Counties (LUC); Board Member National Association of Counties (NACo); NACo Steering Committee for Large Urban Counties Caucus (LUCC); NACo Public Safety and Justice Committee; NACo Vice-Chair - Emergency Management and Domestic Security Committee; member National Homeland Security Consortium. Heyman works on responsible growth management, workforce housing initiatives, transportation alternatives, public safety and animal services. Heyman is a Crime Prevention Specialist for two police departments and an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Florida International University (FIU). Her involvement in the Jewish community is also extensive as she maintains membership in ORT, Hillel of North Dade, MAR-JCC, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Services of South Florida. (Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU,

Heyman is also the owner of her own gourmet coffee food truck, Coffee Brake.

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