Where the movement to remove police from traffic enforcement stands today and what’s next…

White NYPD police sedan sits at the curb

When a police officer killed Daunte Wright in 2021, the encounter began with a traffic stop. The same was true of Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Allan Feliz, and too many others. In fact, more than one in nine people killed by police officers in 2020 began with a traffic stop.

These horrifying outcomes — coupled with ample evidence that the way officers police streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, and crosswalks is marred by racism and largely ineffective — led Transportation Alternatives to call for major…


Metal barricade on the 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights

Dear Mayor de Blasio,

We are members of the citywide Open Streets Coalition, including leaders and supporters who have helped maintain and support the Open Streets program in New York City for the past ten months.

We last wrote to you on March 19, 2021 with suggestions for strengthening the program, including, but not limited to, funding for organizers, permanent barriers, and a shift to 24/7 operation. …


New poll shows support for expanding existing speed safety camera program both in and out of school zones — a more fair & effective means of traffic enforcement rather than relying on individual police officers.

In 2013, New York City launched its speed safety camera program in reaction to record-setting traffic violence on city streets and the increasing role of speeding in these preventable deaths. The program has since expanded from 20 to 750 school zones, and has been considered an unmitigated success in accomplishing its goal: saving the lives of children. It has reduced fatality and injury rates by…


The Vanderbilt Avenue Open Street in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Dear Mayor de Blasio,

We’re members of the Open Streets Coalition, including leaders and supporters who for the past ten months have helped maintain and support Open Streets in New York City. We thank you for listening to the millions of New Yorkers yearning to breathe freely in our streets by making the Open Streets program permanent. Today, we’re asking you to ensure that the Open Streets we enjoy and manage be improved and expanded equitably throughout all five boroughs.

As New York City became the epicenter of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, the need for physical distance, fresh…


Why options like bike share, e-bikes, and e-mopeds must be part of our post-Covid transportation landscape

A Partner Post from our friends at Revel

In the last year, Covid has dramatically changed urban life. Along with the tragic health and economic impacts of the pandemic, Covid has also upended our daily rituals, including the way we move around our cities.

For millions of New Yorkers, the pandemic has halted one of our most formative and unifying experiences: riding the subway. …


How restorative justice can amplify the voices of those affected by traffic violence and help break the cycle of dangerous behaviors in our communities.

“I was on my bicycle stopped at a traffic light in Bay Ridge, waiting for the light to turn green, when a black SUV rounded the corner on the wrong side of the street. It hit me and broke my leg into five pieces,” Jeffrey Heller recounted.

While he has thankfully overcome the worst of his physical injuries, Heller has found true healing more elusive.

“As a victim, you want the perpetrator to realize what they…


Results are a wake-up call to 2021 candidates: Reimagining streets isn’t just good policy, it’s good politics too.

Taken together, streets are the largest public space in New York City, adding up to an acreage nearly twice the size of the Bronx. More than three-quarters of that streetscape is dedicated to moving and storing vehicles. But for all the space given over to cars, only a minority of New Yorkers own one, and less than one in three trips citywide involve a car. This inequity is stark. The status quo must end.

A new poll, commissioned by Transportation Alternatives and…


30 Percent of New York Voters Have Been Injured in a Traffic Crash; 70 Percent Know Someone Who Has Been Injured Or Killed

In New York City, a person is killed in a traffic crash every 36 hours. These are pedestrians trying to cross unsafe streets, drivers and motorcyclists navigating urban avenues built to encourage speeding, and cyclists relying on bike lanes that are unprotected, disconnected, or entirely missing.

The victims of traffic violence are parents, children, spouses, and elders. They are our neighbors, our friends, our teachers and nurses, and the workers who deliver our food. …


Micromobility For Tomorrow and Today

Why Shared Bikes, Scooters, and E-Bikes Are the Future of Cities

A Partner Post from our friends at Spin

The case for micromobility is made every day in cities across America by countless people choosing to ride scooters, bikes, and e-bikes. It is high-time for city streets to evolve to support the demand for more diverse mobility options.

At the turn of the 20th Century, as cars became a more intrinsic part of convenience and capitalism, streets were taken over by larger and larger vehicles — not the communal spaces for people they once were.


2020 was hard. But we learned a few things.

We are at the end of an unprecedented and impossibly trying year. As we cope with all those we have lost and prepare for an unstable future in New York City, at Transportation Alternatives, we wanted to try and add some optimism to this year’s end. Even in the darkness, we see a few reasons for hope on our streets.

Chief among our reasons for hope is what the coronavirus pandemic has revealed — both in the fragility of our transportation network and in the creativity we can muster to support our neighbors and our recovery.

It is not all…

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