AUTO-FREE NEW YORK!
Livable City Plan
Serving NYC since 1989!
WHAT IS AUTO-FREE NY?
A movement aimed at exploring and achieving the upper limit of "devehicularization" of our nation's largest city: Get cars out of our parks. Curb the reckless motorists who dominate our streets. Cut noise, smog and traffic costs. Increase pedestrian space and safety. Shift city and state funds from highway expansion to investments in new transit options and extensions -- not just baby steps. Last but not least, make bicycling better. A livable city is possible!
NEXT MEETING: AUGUST 21
Auto-Free NY has been holding FREE monthly meetings, featuring a wide variety of guest speakers, since its founding in February, 1989. Usually held in Manhattan, on the third Tuesday of each month, they are open to the public, and no reservations are needed.
The Livable City Transport Plan
is an affordable, comprehensive vision of our city, designed to be achievable in just one four-year mayoral term. Using innovations now common in more sophisticated and democratically run cities here and abroad, this plan would raise New Yorkers' quality of life through better functioning public transit, a noticeable reduction in car use and much more auto-free space in the core of NYC, the most densely populated city in the nation. As always, we look forward to your thoughtful review and comments.
CURRENT EVENTS: The City's plaNYC 2030
Light Rail in NYC
Regional Rail Working Group
How the NY Times Covers NYC
Previous "Letters from George"
How to Join/Donate
Visit These Links
Remembering Steve Dobrow
42nd St. Trolleys - 1990's Planning History
What's so Great about Streetcars?
Light Rail in the Lincoln Tunnel!
New York Streetcar News Index
East River Bridges
Rockaway Beach Line (Qns)
Life's a Beach for Paris Mayor
Berlin: Transport Politics
The Five-Minute Activist
Auto-Free NY operates under the aegis of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc. (IRUM), a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status.
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If Car Names Were Honest:
Ford Poluta XS
Be a patriot - use mass transit!
AFNY SUMMER WALKING TOUR, NEWARK, NJ, 2018: Light Rail works! We wish more anti-trolley advocates would visit just across the river (the "Hudson Ocean") to see how well light rail works. Above, participants in our July 2018 Walking Tour gather in art-deco Penn Station, Newark. George Haikalis is at front center, with teal blue shirt. Photo: Ed Walters Letter from George
August 1, 2018
Our August Walking Tour
Visits the Air-Train Route, Flushing-Meadows Park, Queens
Dear Friends of Sustainable Transport:
Governor Cuomo’s proposed LaGuardia "Air-Train" shuttle link, to and from the Mets-Willets Point Subway and LIRR stations in Queens, has drawn considerable attention and debate.
Plan to join us for our 2018 August Walking Tour of these two stations and the adjacent Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, beginning at 6pm. We will meet in front of the subway token booth, just outside the 24-hour paid area of the subway station. The tour will be led by Michael Anderson, a nearby resident, who is a Corona Park/World’s Fair aficionado and marathon runner.
For those non-marathon runners, not to worry! The roughly two-mile tour will take place at a comfortable walking pace!
IRUM, established in 1989, has long supported proposals for auto-free zones in NYC. Two outstanding examples were located in Flushing Meadow Park, when the World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964-65 were designed around ceremonial pedestrian paths, with automobiles consigned to the periphery. The exceptions were those cars exhibited in auto-manufacturers’ buildings. Both fairs included extensive rail facilities which encouraged car-free access to the exhibitions. Unfortunately, car hugging (and streetcar-line-killing) master builder Robert Moses, who promoted these fairs, used them as an excuse to launch extensive networks of express highways in Queens. While not all of the proposed highways were built, much damage was done and communities were split apart. The Park itself, however, remains as one of his legacies and the walking tour will cover a few highlights.
After the tour, those interested can join us for a bite to eat at a nearby pub.The tour will be on, rain or shine. For latecomers, Ed’s cell phone is (646) 667-9880. An RSVP is not required but strongly recommended, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, last but not least, contributions to IRUM are welcome and can be mailed to the address shown below or on-line:
George Haikalis, Chair
P.S. Get your FREE 2018 NYC Bike Map, available now at most bicycle shops! This map, published by the City DoT, as part of its WalkNYC program, and updated annually, is one of the best deals around. Pedestrians and transit users will find it useful too since it indicates many local streets, all subway station locations, and all bridge access paths.
NYC SMOG ALERT UPDATES: Despite ongoing propaganda about how clean cars are these days, NYC's air quality continues to be the worst on the East Coast -- practically every day here is an Air Quality Alert Day, meaning you shouldn't breathe when outdoors, or live within a few blocks of a city highway or through street. For updates, call the state Dept of Environmental Conservation at 1-800 535-1345.
WISHING TRAFFIC AWAY IS NOT EFFECTIVE
NY Times: Filler vs. Reporting on 'Vision Zero'
"I Refuse to Give Up My Freedoms!" Recognize these gray boxes? EZ-Pass and Big Brother have joined op to invade our privacy, using taxpayer money. Location: Atlantic Avenue at Boerum Street, Brooklyn. Read more
SCAPEGOATING BICYCLISTS FOR
NYC'S RECKLESS MOTOR VEHICLE CLIMATE
Auto-Free NY Meetings, 2018:
Tuesday, August 21, 6-8pm
SUMMER WALKING TOUR: Queens' LaGuardia AirTrain route
Michael Anderson, Flushing Meadows Park aficionado
Queens: Mets/Willets Point subway station, outside the main token booth, 6pm sharp
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6-8pm
* DIRECTIONS: Except for our summer walking tours, meetings are held at Transportation Alternatives' HQ, at 111 John Street, 2nd Fl. (just off Water Street, below the Seaport. Bike-friendly building!) Meetings start promptly at 6pm and end at 8pm. Our meetings are always FREE and open to the public.
Above: This car-hugger illustration appeared in the New York Times, which has a longstanding grudge against doing serious transit journalism.
Auto-Free New York George Haikalis, Chairman | One Washington Sq. Village, #5D, NYC 10012 | Phone: (212) 475-3394 | email@example.com
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