I've been enamored with the idea of a bike libraries, particularly in communities where large, formal bike sharing systems are harder for cities to justify implementation from an infrastructure, geographic, technological and and/or financial standpoint. And yet, these are the neighborhoods often most in need of transit improvements, if not, affordable options alone. A community built and operated bike loan program would allow local participants to run errands, get to work or to just get out and see a friend. It also becomes a community asset and amenity, a local hub, where people can hangout, learn to ride a bike, take a mechanic's class, learn about planning and local street improvement initiatives. I want to see this in action on St. Claude Avenue!
Naomi of Velo City here. A colleague of Samelys'. It's great to have you weigh in on the conversation here on Neighborland -- as your on-the-ground community organizing work in the South Bronx has facilitated the conversation being had to begin with.
The city's recent decision to eliminate the removal of the elevated highway alternative from their tiger grant study was truly a disappointing blow to all of the hard won efforts that have been made towards providing safe, healthy, and green connections between local community members, neighborhoods, and open space. It seems the appropriate thing to do would be take stock of what the community has done, and ramp up education and outreach efforts, over the next two years.
One question: The 2014 year you mentioned as a good time to restart the conversation...is that because that's the next time our transportation bill will be up for a vote again?
With that, hope to keep the chat and ideas rolling!
The city has stripped the expressway removal alternative from its ongoing study. However, there are a number of community development organizations, environmental justice advocates, and local residents working on various action plans to keep pressure on the city to put it back on the table. Lots of discussions, workshops, educational sessions. A group of advocates are working towards organizing a "Open Streets" on the Sheridan. If that works out, it would bring attention to the removal alternative again.
You can follow developments here: www.southbronxvision.org/
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The video of the community plan is accredited to The Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance (SBRWA), which is a collaboration of
community-based organizations, including Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), as well as larger city-wide organizations.