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Campaign Highlights

#Bridges4People Citywide Summer Ride

#Bridges4People toured the various applications of bike lanes on city bridges and connecting street networks at the first annual Citywide Summer Ride! Participants met activists from all five boroughs and gained a better understanding of bike infrastructure across the city. Council Members Brad Lander and Stephen Levin spoke at the rally before the ride.

The ride consisted of three legs totalling 28.4 miles, and the route created by Bronx Activist Lucia Deng can be found here.

The Citywide Summer Ride was a collaboration with Transportation Alternatives committees from all five boroughs, including activists working on The Harbor Ring and the #WashingtonBridge4People campaign.

Panorama of activists at the ride
Photo by @ChainringQueen

Activists posed for a photo in front of the Brooklyn Bridge
Photo by Rose Uscianowski

Activists carrying bikes up stairs to cross a bridge
Photo by @ChainringQueen
Activists riding down a bike lane
Photo by @ChainringQueen

Activists crossing a street in Park Slope/Gowanus
Photo by Diane Martins

Brooklyn Activist Juan Serra made an incredible video of the third leg of the ride:

City Council Candidate Rally and Ride

City Council candidates from District 1 and 33 joined #Bridges4People for a ride from the west side of Lower Manhattan to and across the Brooklyn Bridge and then back over the Manhattan Bridge. Even though the Hudson River Greenway is the busiest bike path in the United States, it still isn't well connected to the East River bridges.

If you missed the event, you can watch a recording of the rally before the ride:

#Bridges4People Teach-In

#Bridges4People hosted a virtual teach-in with activists and special guest speakers on why New Yorkers need more space on bridges and how to get organized! TA Executive Director Danny Harris, Brooklyn Council Member Stephen Levin, NYC People's Bike Mayor Courtney Williams, and Van Alen's Associate Director of Research Andrew Brown discussed how better transportation infrastructure improves equity, health, prosperity, and safety in our communities.

If you missed the event, you can watch the recording on YouTube:

#Bridges2Love self-paced ride

To show our love for riding over the East River Bridges, on Valentine's Day we created a heart-shaped self-paced ride for our supporters:

Map of the heart-shaped route that crosses both the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges
The 9.9-mile heart-shaped #Bridges2Love route, which you can still follow along!

Our first big win: a car lane on the Brooklyn Bridge will be converted into bike lanes!

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces that a car lane would be converted into bike lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge (and the Queensboro Bridge, too)!

While #Bridges4People is still holding out for two car lanes to be converted on the Brooklyn Bridge and for better bike lanes on the other two bridges that connect Brooklyn and Manhattan, this is a step in the right direction.


Since we're weren't able to connect in person but still are committed to mobilizing New Yorkers behind our movement for safer, more equitable, and more sustainable bridges, we hosted a virtual Friendbank! event.

Friendbank! event flyer

At the event, we talked about the goals of the campaign and shared the #Bridges4People petition with other New Yorkers we're connected to - our family, friends, Facebook friends, and coworkers.

If you weren't able to make the Friendbank! event, you can still sign and share our petition!

Hallowheel: Inter-boo-rough Bridges Ride & Rally

The Bronx TA activist committee started Hallowheel in 2016, and we need better infrastructure to connect all 5 boroughs now!

Hallowheel event flyer

Each borough hosted a distanced costumed ride across some of our city bridges. During the rides, we shared scary stories about the lack of safe biking infrastructure and history around the bridges. The rides converged at Gracie Mansion for a distanced costume contest and rally, complete with candy prizes for the best costumes from every boo-rough and...the mayor and DoT.

Photo of the Bronx Hallowheel ride stopping on High Bridge for a scary story
The Bronx Hallowheel ride stopped at the High Bridge for scary stories. The High Bridge connects Manhattan and the Bronx and is NYC's oldest standing bridge.
Photo of activists in costumes inspired by NYC bridges
Costumes inspired by the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Verrazzano-Narrows, and Queensboro Bridges!

Photo of NYC Council Member Brad Lander at the rally
NYC Council Member Brad Lander came to the rally dressed as a magician to say that change is possible but it won't happen magically.
Photo of TA Executive Director Danny Harris at the rally
TA Executive Director Danny Harris notes that people came to the Hallowheel rally outside the mayor's house because people don't feel safe outside their house on their own streets.

Walk/Run the Bridges

#Bridges4People supporters crossed all three of the bridges that connect Manhattan and Brooklyn on foot to show Mayor de Blasio that our East River bridges should prioritize people over cars.

Walk/Run the Bridges event flyer

Bridges 2 Food Challenge

Based on TA's 5 Boro Pizza Challenge but mindful of social distancing, we headed to five food establishments near the bridges to enjoy great food, explore the neighborhoods, and send a message to de Blasio that we need more space for pedestrians and cyclists on our bridges.

Walk/Run the Bridges event flyer

Check out some of our #Bridges2Food adventures on on Twitter!

Campaign Launch Rally!

Our campaign kicked off with a launch rally at the parklet near the Brooklyn-side bike entrance to the Manhattan Bridge! A variety of speakers discussed why we need #Bridges4People.

Photo of Vanessa Barrios at the rally
Vanessa Barrios, Senior Associate, State Programs & Advocacy at the Regional Plan Association
Photo of NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso at the rally
NYC Council Member Antonio Reynoso

Photo of NYC People's Bike Mayor Courtney Williams at the rally
NYC People's Bike Mayor Courtney Williams
Photo of NYC Council Member Stephen Levin at the rally
NYC Council Member Stephen Levin

Photo of NY Assembly Member Harvey Epstein at the rally
NY Assembly Member Harvey Epstein
Photo of Katherine Willis at the rally
TA Brooklyn Activist Committee Co-chair Katherine Willis

The #Bridges4People Campaign is a project of the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn, North Brooklyn, and Manhattan Activist committees.

The #Bridges4People Campaign is supported by your donations, and your contribution will go directly towards our effort to create bridges for people. Donate now.

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