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 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:
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 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.