A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Students in Mercer and Ocean Counties— The Greater Mercer County Transportation Management Association launched an app to connect nearby families interested in organizing groups of students to walk or bike to school.
New Haven Urban Design League President Anstress Farwell — Farwell was critical of New Haven’s tendency “to gear development to the needs of car drivers” in a radio discussion with Economic Development Administrator Matthew Nemerson.
Los Angeles, CA — LA City Council approved a bike-sharing program pilot to launch in 2016 that will fully integrate with the city’s existing public transit system. The bike-share announcement follows the approval of the city’s Vision Zero initiative and Mobility Plan 2035, which calls for hundreds of miles of bike lanes, bus-only lanes and pedestrian safety features.
Queens subway riders — Half of New York City’s worst subway stations are in Queens, according to a Citizens Budget Commission report, which also noted that subway repairs are on-pace to be completed in 2067.
Manhattan Community Board 12 Land Use Committee — Members of CB12’s Land Use Committee unanimously opposed plans for a new residential building, located atop a subway station, because of insufficient parking space–despite the fact that only 25 percent of area households own cars.