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“Stop the Pollution, Pick a Solution”

Ever heard an anti-idling rap? Or seen the "Funky Pollution Dance?" Tune in to this video to see what Livable Streets Education students are up to at MS 51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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After School with Livable Streets Education

This spring, Livable Streets Education worked with teacher Tim Devaney at De La Salle Academy in Manhattan to bring real world issues into the classroom and the classroom out into the real world.  This afterschool program allowed students to explore, observe and interact with the streets and public space around their school, and provided first hand lessons in science, sustainability, civics and language arts.  Get in touch to bring Livable Streets Education to your school, public event or other great venue for livable streets learning.

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Idle-Free NYC

Did you know that 25% of all New York City School children are affected by asthma?  May 5th was World Asthma Day and Idle-Free NYC Day, and supporters gathered at City Hall to celebrate new legislation, Intro 631-A, that reduces the time a motor vehicle can idle in a school zone from three minutes to one.  The law also says that the Environmental Control Board and the Department of Finance have to file annual reports on the number of idling violations issued and the total value of penalties assessed.  A new bill, proposed by Senator Daniel Squadron, calls for a city-wide one minute idling law.  For resources, tools, and information about how you can take action against idling, visit Asthma Free School Zones and Idle-Free NYC.  Also visit Livable Streets Education for cirriculum integration ideas and information.

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Anti-Idling Laws Pass in NYC

On Wednesday, the New York City Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection approved two measures to curb idling. One bill cuts Idling times near schools to one minute and the other expands the enforcement agencies to include both the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Sanitation. Before the bills were passed on Wednesday, Council Member John Liu held a rally at City Hall. Hear some of the support for the bill in this brief roundup.

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Campaign for New York’s Future: Congestion Pricing

This StreetFilm for The Campaign for New York's Future explains the health and transportation benefits of congestition pricing, one of the 127 proposals included in Mayor Bloomberg's ambitious PlaNYC2030.

The Campaign for New York's Future is a coalition of over 80 civic, business, environmental, labor, religious, public health and community organizations partnering to make every neighborhood in NYC a great place to live and work.

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Upper East Side Street Sweeper Dance

If you own a car and store it on the streets of New York City you probably don't realize how much you directly harm the environment.

Glenn McAnanama of Upper Green Side explains the chain reaction of the consequence of free on-street parking, what it means to the health of New Yorkers and how it all contributes to world greenhouse emissions.

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Manhattan on the Move

In October 2006, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and his staff gathered nearly 500 policy makers, advocates, and business & neighborhood leaders in a landmark conference at Columbia University to discuss Transportation issues in Manhattan and the five boroughs.

Penalosa Solo

Keynote speaker Enrique Penalosa presented his remarkable pedestrian and bike improvements to the city of Bogota in just three years. Breakout sessions followed - of which many well-spoken attendees talked to our cameras about some of the toughest problems Manhattan faces.

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PSA-So Why Are They Driving?

Nearly every person who drives into New York City has an alternate means of transportation.

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Miracle Ticket

In 2005, TOPP Founder and Executive Director Mark Gorton toured 9th Avenue with Hell's Kitchen Neighborhood Association's Christine Berthet to check out pedestrian safety concerns. When they stopped on one corner to examine how gridlock constantly forces pedestrians to dangerously cross around cars and buses stopped in crosswalks, the pleading of Ms. Berthet and the power of the camera became too much for an NYPD officer to ignore. See for yourself.

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Car-free Sunday on the Grand Concourse

In the early 1990s, three and a half miles of The Grand Concourse, a major arterial roadway in the Bronx, was closed to cars every Sunday from July thru November. The closures provided residents with much-needed open space to safely bike, walk, play and develop a sense of community with neighbors. Despite its popularity, New York City Mayor Rudy Guliani, ended the program in 1996.

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Currently, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, and a number of community groups have joined Transportation Alternatives to revive the program on a trial basis. In this short piece, the happiness of the residents is visible, and it is clear that open space enlivens communities.