Working Wonders in NYC
That “traffic” continued to grow unabated in New York. But in 1973 a group of advocates got together and formed Transportation Alternatives. Their mission was clear:
Reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.
Now, 40 years later @TransAlt is a hard-working advocacy organization with over 100,000 active supporters. Last Thursday night was their birthday. We pedaled our CitiBike to the party, ate cake and drank beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
There was a silent auction with all sorts of terrific contributions from area restaurants and merchants. These folks understand the value of common spaces where neighbors come together to shop, eat, walk their dogs and ride their bikes.
Of course the auction had cool bikes and equipment like hand-painted headgear from Belle Helmets. There was an Cleverhood Electric Houndstooth rain cape too. We're "big" supporters of Trans Alt and similar efforts gaining steam in cities all over the world. DJ Martin was the winner. He seemed genuinely happy with his prize.
DJ didn't realize the Electric Houndstooth had special reflective properties. I think we blew his mind.