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. Invest in new transit options and expansion -- not just baby steps -- and make bicycling better. A livable city is possible!
NEXT MEETING: December 16
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, 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
42nd St. Trolleys - Recent 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
How to Join/Donate
Visit These Links
The Five-Minute Activist
Previous "Letters from George"
Remembering Steve Dobrow
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
Scion Boxian Smeli-Pootr
Be a patriot - use mass transit!
The MTA operates a vast machine to transport millions of New Yorkers in relative safety every day. Nevertheless, vast sections of this huge organization are seen by some as totally mismanaged, perhaps best symbolized by this empty building, 370 Jay Street, in downtown Brooklyn, which has been squatting in total squalor for decades over one of the borough's most important subway stations, Jay Street/Borough Hall, where the mighty A and F trains meet. Note "sharp-fanged Pacman" MTA logo. Letter from George
December 1, 2014
Dear Friends of Auto-Free New York:
Stay tuned for our December meeting's topic, as we prepare for MTA planner Paul Gawkowski who will be our guest speaker. In the meantime, we urge you to make the trip to the Conde Nast building lobby, located at Four Times Square (7th Avenue and 43rd Street) in Manhattan, to view the four winners of a global digital design competition for vision42, fostered by the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility (IRUM), the parent agency for Auto-Free New York. This remarkable exhibit will be on display in the lobby through January 5, 2015, and the hours are Monday through Friday, 8AM - 7PM daily. [The opening reception was Tuesday, November 18.]
George Haikalis, Chair
P.S. THE LATE JOHN ROZANKOWSKI: On a sad note: a longtime champion for better public transit, John Rozankowski, who was a guest speaker at one of our Auto-Free NY meetings a few years ago, passed away late in September. Details about John can be found at:
http://www.johnjfox.com/book-of-memories/1955326/Rozankowski-John/service-details.php. We will miss him.
LETTER IN CRAIN'S NEW YORK: On another note, a letter to the editor of mine was published in the Sept. 28 Crains New York, a business newsletter, in which I suggested how LaGuardia Airport could be closed and the land converted to affordable housing. The letter can be found by searching the Crain's New York website or opening this link: Goodbye LGA, Hello Quieter Skies and Affordable Housing.
ROXANNE'S FORTHCOMING BOOK: Also upcoming sometime this fall will be the publication of vision42 principal Roxanne Warren's new book, "Rail and the City: Shrinking Our Carbon Footprint While Reimagining Urban Space" (MIT Press).
GEORGE IN TV DEBATE, NOW ON YOUTUBE: I invite you to watch on youtube a lively TV panel debate I was on, on the Brian Lehrer cable TV show (April 2, 2014). The debate, "Rail or Trail (or both) for the disused Rockaway Beach Line in central Queens" featured myself, as president of IRUM, arguing for restoration of the rail right-of-way, and Travis Terry, of the Friends of Queensway, arguing to convert it into a linear park. The youtube address:
(or use youtube's search function). Note: skip forward around 40 minutes into Lehrer's show, when the debate portion, around 15 minutes long, begins. Enjoy!!
NYC SMOG ALERT UPDATES:Despite 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 breath when outdoors. For updates, call the state Dept of Environmental Conservation at 1-800 535-1345.
Regional Rail Group Update: Our Regional Rail Working Group also meets monthly. This group showcases the efforts of individuals from a variety of transit advocacy groups to awaken our region's sleeping giant, its commuter rail system. Note that because of the damage from Hurricane Sandy done to Hoboken in fall 2012, we cannot hold our regular monthly meetings at the Hoboken City Hall.) Until further notice, we urge those who can make it to attend our regular Auto-Free NY/vision42 working group meetings. Information on a restored meeting time and place will be announced as soon as possible.
WISHING TRAFFIC AWAY IS NOT EFFECTIVE
New York Times: Filler vs. Reporting
on 'Vision Zero'
Peter Freund, 1940-2014
Professor Emeritus, AFNY co-founder
Recognize this Grey Box?
EZ-Pass and Big Brother Join Up
Remarkable (& Free)
Long Island Bike & Hike Map
SCAPEGOATING BICYCLISTS FOR
NYC'S RECKLESS MOTOR VEHICLE CLIMATE
Auto-Free NY Meetings, 2014:
Ongoing, through January 2, 2015:
Exhibit of Winners of vision42 Design Competition
Conde Nast Bldg., Ground Floor Lobby, 4 Times Square (7th Ave. at 43rd Street)
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8AM-7PM, Nov 17 thru Jan 2, 2015.
Tuesday, December 16, 6-8pm
Topic to be announced
Speaker: Paul Gawkowski, transportation planner; former director, NYC Transit Operations Planning, Brooklyn & Queens Surface Transit
TA Office, 127 West 26th Street, 10th Fl. Tuesday, January 20, 6-8pm
topic to be announced
Speaker to be announced
TA Office, 127 West 26th Street, 10th Fl.
Another SUV smashed by its reckless driver (Canal Street, Feb 2011): The bulk of these top-heavy, inadequately braked "bloatmobiles" makes their driver feel invulnerable, and so they drive worse, and crash more. Big business, attuned to wasteful and overdesigned products in principle, embraced SUVs as prime subjects beginning in the mid-90s, for one of the most intensive marketing and indoctrination campaigns in US car company history. But inexorably, American price supports for lower cost gasoline are going to end, while the realities of declining world oil production, and increasing political, military and climate chaos will grow more stark. Once the true costs of our national gasoline orgy start being paid by US motorists themselves rather than everyone else, these gas guzzling giants will quickly end up more worthless junk - and we may just get the quality public transportation -- and the sustainable economy -- we deserve.
Auto-Free New York . . . more than just bollards and paintstripes
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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