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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: SEPT 18
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
Lower Manhattan
Light Rail in NYC
Regional Rail Working Group

Light Rail: perfect for cities (photo courtesy www.lightrailnow.org, based in Austin, Texas)

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42nd St. Trolleys - 1990's Planning History
What's so Great about Streetcars?
Light Rail in the Lincoln Tunnel!
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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:
Audi My-Way
Chevy Fistfight
Chrysler Criminal
Dodge Tumor
Ford Poluta XS
GMC Denial
Honda Discord
Hyundai Enslava
Lamborghini OINK
Lexus Segregator
Lincoln Alienator
Mazda MeFirstLastOnly
Mercury Dioxin
Saab Flatus
Saturn UrFaddas
Subaru Deforester
Toyota Runovia
VW Smoggia

Be a patriot - use mass transit!

Photo: Ed Walters

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
September 1, 2018     

Our Two Main Initiatives:
Light Rail for 42nd Street, and
Remaking Regional Rail:
Metro-North, LIRR and NJ Transit

Dear Friends of Sustainable Transport:

Our next working group meeting for vision42, regional rail and Auto-Free New York will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6-8pm at the Transportation Alternatives office at 111 John Street in Lower Manhattan. Again, we will focus on our two major initiatives:

- vision42 - an auto-free light boulevard for 42nd Street; and

- remaking the regionís three separate commuter rail lines into an integrated regional rail system.

We hope to lay out some specific tasks for the working group to help advance these ambitious projects. We will also highlight some recent ongoing efforts.

Both of our walking tours this summer worked out very well, although Mother Nature didnít fully cooperate. For those who could not make the tours, we will offer a quick summary.

Also, since our last meeting, we made some useful presentations on vision42 to MTA leaderships and to real estate executives.

We remind everyone once more, that contributions to IRUM are needed and welcome, and can be mailed to the address shown at the bottom of this page, or online, thru our secure IRUM page at NYCharities.org:

https://www.nycharities.org/give/donate.aspx?cc=1146

Sincerely,          
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:The Summer of 2018 was almost one long Air Quality Alert Day due to the overuse of motor vehicles. Despite ongoing propaganda about how clean cars are these days, NYC's air quality continues to be the worst on the East Coast. Such alerts indicate you really 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


The car plague is still with us. Illustration dates from the early 1990s.







Peter Moskowitz's book
This new must-read book asks the question, what is the point of a city when only the rich and the super-rich can afford to live there? Read more
NY Times: Filler vs. Reporting on 'Vision Zero'

New tracking technology in our neighborhoods
"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

The Inexorable Logic of Urban Auto Use Reduction

Upcoming
Auto-Free NY Meetings, 2018:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 6-8pm
IRUM's Two main Initiatives: 42nd Street and Regional Rail
Transportation Alternatives' office, 111 John Street, 2nd Fl., NYC

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6-8pm
Topic TBA
Location TBA

* 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.


ROME, October 2004. Photo courtesy Wayne Fields.
ROME, Oct. 2004: A modern trolley waits quietly on the Via Arenula, at the terminus of the popular #8 Argentina line, about 3 blocks south of the Pantheon. Behind the trolley can be seen the state-funded Teatro Argentina. Sophisticated cities the world over are acting now to dramatically expand transit and reduce automobile use, while NYC languishes in a smog of cars, public relations, baby steps on pedestrianization and deep-seated political decadence. AFNY's web manager stands in foreground. Photo: Wayne Fields.

Car Hugger as seen in yet another 'NY Times' car promotion, April 16, 2003.

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  |  geo@irum.org
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