Intro 199, the Traffic Information and Relief Bill

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On Thursday, City Council Transportation Committee is having a public hearing on Intro 199, the Traffic Information and Relief Bill. It’s a Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to modifying department of transportation performance targets and indicators towards the goal of reducing traffic congestion citywide.

The hearing is on Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 10 a.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers. Anyone is welcome to attend.

There will be a rally at 9:30 on the steps. Please attend if you can.

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Hope to be there!

Thanks Annaline, hopefully I can arrange to arrive late at work Thursday so I can at least attend the rally. I urge everyone who is in the area to do so as well.

This bill could represent a big change in the city's mindset. Measuring the success of traffic engineers based on volume of automobiles moved contributes to congestion, pollution, and stress. If a reduction in traffic volume is measured (and thus implicitly rewarded) instead, it's an essential first step in changing the cars-first mentality of the city.

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Here's a study on missing data

"Commissioned by Transportation Alternatives"

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Carol Wood (not verified)
One-minute activism

"Yes, you can make a difference in 60 seconds. Visit the Coalition for Traffic Relief Web site for e-fax and other information about this bill.

Here's a short fact sheet on the bill, and a longer (7-page) briefing memo."

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Weinshall: NYC Loves Traffic


Council mulls ways to reduce city traffic
Cars choke New York in many ways, transit advocates say

by patrick arden / metro new york

JAN 26, 2007

CITY HALL. Looking to the expected arrival of 1 million more New Yorkers by the year 2030, nearly two dozen City Council members are calling on the Dept. of Transportation to take steps to reduce traffic and encourage the use of public transit, bicycling and walking.

But at a hearing of the Council’s transportation committee yesterday, DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall had another take on traffic congestion: “It is an indication of the vitality and growth of the city of New York,” she said. “We would not characterize it as a crisis. We would characterize it as a challenge.”


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<a href="">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Is there a Yogi in the house?

"Iris Weinshall would benefit from seeking out enlightenment from a Yogi. I recommend she start with this Berra koan: ""Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."" It's worth noting the quoted author is a NYC expat and resides in the greener pastures of Montclair, NJ."

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Yogi (not verified)

My favorite Yogi Berra quote– “I never said all those things I said.”

Iris Weinshall- An example of the Blissfully Unaware.

Gandhi quote.–“Be the change you want to see in the world”

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Luke (not verified)

I guess she Iris wanted to spend more time with Chuck. :P

With Iris Wienshall's resignation, We can all hope that the new DOT commissioner will embrace alternative means of transportation.

Best of luck to the next Commissioner.

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Press conference

"Including poignant speech by Mary Beth Kelly, the widow of Dr. Carl Nacht."

cycling trips