Vision Long Island's 2017 Complete Street Summit
Car-less Long Island members Sharon Stanley and Sylvia Silberger attended Vision Long Island's 2017 Complete Street Summit. Sylvia spoke about Car-less LI's work. Later, Fios1 interviewed Sylvia about her near-misses for their report on the summit: http://www.fios1news.com/longisland/safer-streets-summit-march-30-2017#.WOAJoI61tR7
Long Island Lobby Day 2017
Car-less Long Island members Sharon Stanley and Sylvia Silberger went to Albany on March 22nd with a number of other Long Island activists to lobby for interests such as more state funding for Nassau and Suffolk County buses, more NYS DOT money for pedestrian safety infrastructure in Long Island and traffic taming on Sunrise Highway. There were several media reports on the trip.
Long Island Business News: http://libn.com/2017/03/21/li-coalition-heads-to-albany/
Long Island Woman on Bike-to-Work Parade
Long Island Woman has a a nice blurb about the First Annual Long Island Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade in their May 2016 issue: http://issuu.com/longislandwoman/docs/may16issuu/1?e=13208415/35091706 (page 6).
CLLI Founder Joins Long Island Lobby Coalition in Albany
Car-less Long Island founder, Sylvia Silberger, joins Long Island Lobby Coalition in Albany on February 24, 2016. The 40 groups joined LI Lobby Coalition to talk to New York law makers about a variety of issues facing Long Island. There were three agenda items that were of particular issues to CLLI: increased state funding of Long Island's public buses, traffic dampening on Sunrise Highway, more transparency on funding of transportation projects and an increase of $20 million per year to the proposed proposed $22.1 billion NYSDOT Capital Plan for each of its five years for pedestrian and cyclist safety infrastructure in Long Island. Read the full article about the lobbying event here.
My Long Island TV Video about Car-less Long Island
During our September 2015 Car-less Long Island meeting, a number of us were interviewed about why we care about these issues. They released this video report in February of 2016. They did an excellent job with it. Unfortunately, it focuses exclusively on cycling issues, whereas we car about pedestrian and public transportation issues as well.
September 1, 2015 Press Release about Car-less Long Island
Car-less Long Island, a new pedestrian, bicyclist, and alternative transportation advocacy group founded in Long Island this summer, will hold its monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30. The next two meetings are on September 16th and October 14th. Meetings will be held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City.
Founder Sylvia Silberger said she started the group in response to a 2014 report by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign indicating that half of the top 21 most deadly roadways for pedestrians are in Long Island and to trends she has observed that cut service and raise fares for the public bus system. “The under-representative members of our society who are completely reliant on alternative forms of transportation are finding themselves facing increasingly insurmountable obstacles,” says Dr. Silberger, a math professor at Hofstra University who lives in Hempstead. Car-less Long Island is also concerned with the effects of greenhouse gas emissions that are bringing about catastrophic climate change. “We need to wean ourselves from individual automobiles as our sole means of transportation,” she says.
The group plans to advocate for safer streets for both pedestrians and bicyclists, to advocate for reliable and affordable public transportation options and to encourage Long Islanders to try alternative forms of transportation. Silberger says the group will design campaigns to raise public awareness and sympathies and lobby local politicians and public officials on these issues.
For more information, email Dr. Silberger at Sylvia.Silberger@gmail.com, or call her at (914) 466-3997.