LI Streets wins Park Tools 2019 Community Tools Grant

LI Streets wins Park Tools 2019 Community Tools Grant

“This will enable us to provide hands-on bicycle classes and demonstrations that will empower people with skills they need to maintain safe bicycles- from fixing flats to adjusting brakes- knowing basic bike mechanics are an invaluable tool for a better biking experience. When you have to rely on someone else for basic fixes, or if you struggle with broken parts due to lack of maintenance…well that’s one less positive experience, not to mention dangerous. We aim to fix that - and can now with this Community Tools Grant.”

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Recap: NYSenate Public Hearing

Recap: NYSenate Public Hearing

Long Island Streets E.D. gave testimony at the NY Senate Standing Committee on Transportation Public Hearing on the MTA/LIRR re: less focus on expanding public space for the storage of idle metal boxes and more focus on better buses and complete bicycle infrastructure at all LIRR stations (versus token bike racks in a corner). In addition, support for Congestion Pricing to help battle a public health and climate crisis, unfair MTA/LIRR fares boosting Nassau Inter-County Express / NICE Bus fares, removing the useless $5 LIRR bike pass, and concerns that the proposed consolidation of the 6 existing MTA entities could mask accountability and potentially make NYC transit and the LIRR less autonomous from the whims of upstate legislators.

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Report: Optimizing Large Vehicles...

Report: Optimizing Large Vehicles...

Accommodating the largest vehicles on the street- often emergency response vehicles or municipal refuse vehicles—prevents our city and county from redesigning streets for safer speeds and reduced crossing distances. We’ve seen this played out throughout Nassau County - emergency responders being less part of the solution to safe streets and more of a roadblock due to sheer size of vehicle, unnecessarily so.

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Article: We need to Talk About Truck Design


We Need to Talk About Truck Design Right Now Before It's Too Late - hipster auto-blogger Jason Torchinsky in Jalopnik

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Let me bluntly get all up your grille when I say- how the literal fuck are we suppose to “share the road” with the face of rage and intimidation? And all you need is a crackerjack box license to commandeer one of these death machines? Insanity. We simply cannot nor should we have to jockey for space on streets with these monster trucks.

"It could just be me, but these massive, over-complicated grilles feel desperate and attention-hungry, like showing up at a barbecue slathered in blood and with your sleeve on fire so there will be no doubt as to what a badass you are."

Size matters.

2020 death machine

2020 death machine

We are well aware that pedestrians are two-to-three times more likely to die if they’re struck by a SUV or high horse powered weapon of mass destruction, thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report earlier this year- we did a blog recap Vehicle Size Matters. Data and honest safety experts have verified that long-standing common factors in pedestrian deaths, such as alcohol and jaywalking at night, did not account for the recent growth in ped fatalities. The myth of distracted pedestrians is lazy; he reality of distracted journalists ignoring this is dangerous.

So we’re taken by surprise that this article begging the conversation of truck design was penned by Jason Torchinsky, Senior Editor of Jalopnik. He must have kids or a conscience or something.

“Most of these trucks are six feet tall or more, which means that the hood height is around four to five feet off the ground, which means that if one of these is behind you, you’re greeted with the sight of just grille, massive and hungry, filling your view. Walking by trucks like these feels more like walking past a building sometimes, confronted with vast curtain walls of vents and meshes and perforated, vertical walls. They’re starting to feel less and less like vehicles.”

Kudos.

So we now know what the big mean vehicle machine industry bigwigs have long known about this but nothing has changed except size- and not for the better. SUVs and trucks are killing us yet the grille obsession is growing - and we’re not talking work vehicles here. Anecdotal fact is most people you see driving big pickup machines are not carrying or hauling anything special and more often than not, they are the only person in the vehicle. 

“Generously-sized grilles have always been part of truck design—well, at least front-engined, water-cooled truck design—but what we’re currently experiencing goes way beyond just having a big grille. The goal of modern truck grilles—especially the larger, Heavy Duty spec trucks—seems to be less about getting the required cooling air and more about creating a massive, brutal face of rage and intimidation.“

Grant Opportunities: #FundMyStreets #SafeRoutesToParks

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Zendrive together with Lyft, Uber, Lime, Bird, Juno, HopSkipDrive, and nonprofits StopDistractions.org, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Together for Safer Roads, created a partnership — #FundMyStreets — that will award $50,000 to fund improve traffic safety around schools.

Time sensitive! Apply here.


With generous funding from The JPB Foundation, the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program is currently accepting applications for awards for eleven grantee communities in 2019. The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance for eleven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans. Application deadline: Dec 10, 2018. Click here for more info.