Bike Advocacy in NYC's Lower East Side

Local spokes video screen grabStreetfilms/Screen capture

Local Spokes is a New York City-based coalition of nine different local organizations that does bike advocacy in the Lower East Side and Chinatown (you can see a list of the nine at the bottom of this page). They do a great job, working particularly hard to reach low income people, immigrants, young people, etc. Our friend Elizabeth Press has a great video providing an overview of the work they do:

To understand the transportation needs of the neighborhoods, Local Spokes conducted an extensive survey in 2010 and 2011 and held a series of workshops in Chinese, English, and Spanish.

Last summer Local Spokes synthesized everything the coalition had gathered from this process into a neighborhood action plan for bicycling [PDF]. The goal of the action plan is to ensure that residents of the Lower East Side and Chinatown will have a role guiding decisions about bike-related policies and initiatives for their streets, and to create a model for community-based bike plans in other neighborhoods. (source)

The action plan has been published here (pdf).

Via Streetfilms

See also: Walk Score Now Ranks the Bikeability of Every Address in 36 Cities

Bike Advocacy in NYC's Lower East Side
To make our cities more sustainable, we need vibrant advocacy groups like Local Spokes that do the hard work of finding solutions to problems and then pushing them through the political process. They deserve our support!

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