#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.
Great to see the riders off this am for @TransAlt's #Bridges4People Citywide Ride to demand bike lanes on bridges & connecting street networks.
Unbeknownst to Robert Moses, the bike lanes on the Verrazano have been there all along — they just need to be liberated from the cars! pic.twitter.com/VLRwlA1YW5
Great ride today with @bridges4people and @TransAltBX advocating for more space on MTA owned Bridges, specifically the Verrazano, Triborough and Washington Bridges! From BK, to QNS and the Bronx we all agree we need more space for Cyclist and Pedestrians on Bridges!#bikenycpic.twitter.com/3zDCl7qjqv
Brooklyn Activist Juan Serra made an incredible video of the third leg of the ride:
City Council Candidate Rally and Ride
June 16, 2021
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:
March 9, 2021
#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
February 14, 2021
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:
Our first big win: a car lane on the Brooklyn Bridge will be converted into bike lanes!
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.
December 9, 2020
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.
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.
The Bronx TA activist committee started Hallowheel in 2016, and we need better infrastructure to connect all 5 boroughs now!
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.
Walk/Run the Bridges
September 20, 2020
#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.
Bridges 2 Food Challenge
September 12, 2020
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.
Check out some of our #Bridges2Food adventures on on Twitter!
Campaign Launch Rally!
September 9, 2020
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.