BENEFITING: Transportation Alternatives, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Transportation Alternatives, Inc.
If you’re in New York, you may know Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit dedicated to making New York City’s streets safer, more livable, and more equitable. I’m so excited to run and support and raise awareness with Team TransAlt—I’m lucky enough to have a career that is my passion, and I want to share a little about why I’m asking you to support safer streets.
Why I’m Running for Safe Streets:
It’s quite simple, really—in 2016, more than 40,000 Americans were killed in traffic crashes. This is the highest annual total in a decade. All traffic deaths are preventable. Because the US has spent the last half-century building roads to move more cars faster, we have engineered this problem.
40,000 traffic deaths is unacceptable, and we can change it.
While traffic deaths are increasing nationally, they are actually falling in New York. Since 2013, traffic deaths have fallen 23% (while rising 7% nationally). This is because of changes that Transportation Alternatives advocates for, like street design changes, increased opportunities for people to walk, bike, or take transit, and a transformative vision for what streets in New York can be: public spaces for people, not cars.
It’s not just about New York…
Transportation Alternatives runs campaigns to advocate for safer, better streets in the five boroughs, but that’s hardly where the work stops.
If you don’t live in New York, you might ask, “why would I donate to an NYC organization?” And that’s a fair question. We all have giving priorities, and especially in 2017 every week some new cause needs our support.
But TA's work unlocks opportunities for safer streets across the country.
In my professional day-to-day, I work with cities to design better streets and transportation systems. In the past year, I helped to facilitate workshops in Denver, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, and the Bay Area, all of which have included input from NYC and are changing transport in those cities. Cities learn from each other. The innovation and progress in New York is a national model, and is being adapted and improved upon in cities and towns across the country. And that work would not happen without the tireless advocacy of Transportation Alternatives.
For instance, New York built its first protected bike lanes in 2009, building on the support of TA activists. These lanes give riders a safe place to bike, separated from traffic, and encourage more people to bike. Since those first lanes were built, protected bike lanes have been built in 110 cities and towns across the US. The mileage of protected bike lanes in the US has grown 730%, and in cities with the most bike infrastructure, the safety risk to bicyclists has fallen by half.
Current TA campaigns include an annual Vision Zero conference, where cities across the US come together to share lessons on how they're reducing traffic violence through safer streets. New Yorkers are building new visions for people-centric streets through the Streetopia campaign, and building a transformative vision for the 14th Street Peopleway during the L-train shutdown next year. TA is driving legislative change to make schools zones safer, protect pedestrians through better right-of-way enforcement, and are leading the charger to add mobility options connecting the five boroughs.
"I'm in! How do I support this?"
Do you want to support safe streets in New York and beyond?
I am running the NYC Marathon this November to support Transportation Alternatives. The money I raise goes directly to TransAlt's campaigns, and will make New York a safer, more vibrant, and more equitable place.
I really appreciate any support you can provide, even if it's moral support! I believe with all my heart that safer, better streets are at the crux of building safer, more inclusive, more vibrant cities and towns, and that's a belief I hope you'll share with me.
Transportation Alternatives has been New York City's #1 advocate for biking, walking, and public transit for 44 years. Our goal? To reclaim New York City streets from the car, and make streets safer, more sustainable, and more equitable for all.
Cyclists, runners, and street users from all walks of life make up our team - people just like you who run these city streets each and every day, who want better public space for everyone.
And, if you donate $50 or more, you will get a year long membership to TransAlt in return, not to mention, safer city streets for all.