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: JULY 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
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!
LAST YEAR: ECO-FEST UNION SQUARE APRIL 2016 NYC: Cars cars cars! Toyota took center stage at the "EcoFest" in Union Square April 17 with a huge car promotion (above, looking towards Broadway in the background). Notice ugly "racing" car with tinted windows, illegal in NYC. Other booths encouraging people to avoid public transportation were Lyft, Zipcar, Enterprise Rental, etc. There was one openly auto-free booth, sponsored by City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. Photo: Wayne Fields Letter from George
July 1, 2017
Our Summer Walking Tour, July 2017:
vision42: 42nd Street from Grand Central to the East River
Dear Friends of Sustainable Transport:
Welcome to our popular Summer Walking Tours for 2017! Our July Auto-Free NY/vision42/regional rail working group meeting will be on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 6-8pm. It will be a walking tour of the eastern half of the vision42 proposal for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street. The tour will begin promptly at 6pm by assembling in the public seating area in the atrium of 120 Park Avenue (formerly the Phillips Morris Building) at the SW corner of Park Avenue at 42nd Street. Highlights will be the notable collection of landmarked buildings in the corridor, the bumper blocks in the Lower Level of Grand Central Terminal where rail advocates would like to see the Penn Station-GCT connection link to existing tracks and platforms at GCT, and a quick review of the streetcar and elevated railway lines that once ran along and intersected 42nd Street. A brief discussion will cover the concerns about the massive East Midtown rezoning proposal soon to be acted upon by the NY City Council. Toward the East the tour will continue past the well-to-do enclave of Tudor City and envision a suitably ceremonial approach to the UN, concluding (time permitting) at the East River Ferry Terminal at 35th Street and the FDR Drive. An rsvp is not required but is highly recommended, at : firstname.lastname@example.org. Our August tour will take place Tuesday, August 15, 2017; details will be announced. Also note: Hearings on the Hudson Tunnel project will be held, beginning on August 1, 2017. For more details please see: https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/ P0937 Building just the 2.7 mile two-track tunnel segment of this project is now projected to cost a staggering $11.2 billion. Another $1.7 billion would be needed for repairing the existing tunnels. This is fifty percent more than previously estimated! Other, less costly options were rejected by USDOT and NJTransit. See you on Tuesday, July 18, 2017!
George Haikalis, Chair
P.S. 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, 2017:
Tuesday, July 18, 6-8pm
SUMMER WALKING TOUR #1:
Walking tour of vision42 - from GCT to the East River
Atrium of 120 Park Ave., 6pm sharp (SW corner, Park Ave at 42nd St.) Tuesday, August 15, 6-8pm
SUMMER WALKING TOUR #2
Location to be announced
* 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 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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