So ive been really thinking. I want to work with bicyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders (which i mentioned to Tom Ohare, in an email over the summer) Near my apt, by the GWB i always see all these young skateboarders in this little road reserved for Emergency vehicles. I like it. I like their little culture, though im slightly intimidated by em. they're only 10-18 years old if i had to guess their age.
Bottom line is the most recent observations that ive been noticing were the amount of vandalized bikes on the road. Wheni researched a NFP that Steven recomended, called Transalt.org, they have a huge section just on bike vandalism, how they are never pursued because the cops dont care. the neistat borthers on youtube, show how easy it is to steal bikes in broad daylight. no one stops em. someone even offered to help!!! So thats one issue in transportation that i would like to check out. the other issue is on our pollution, or maybe how unnecesary our lifestyle of cars in a city is ridiculous. Im watchin another clip from the nesistat brothers, on how fats hes gettin through the holland tunnel. and he also has to dodge the cops by going behind a truck. they dont notice him. but then when he gets to the otherside and hes in the clear, he goes to a cop to ask "whens the last PATH train" back into NYC. meaning we have a problem of when PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STOPS SERVICE for the NIGHT. and then after that when he gets into the PATH train, he has to wait during certain hours to be ALLOWED to take a bike over the bridge
the biggest problem hes showing is that bikes arent allowed in the tunnels. GWB closes its path for pedestrians and bicycles at a certain time as well, like 9 or 10 pm.
So to conclude i think the bike community would be a challenging yet exciting group of people to work with.
I already started taking snapshots of bike stands in NYC, i asked a bicyclist where he thinks he can see improvements (lmost like i fed him to tell me something negative, which i know we discussed might be the wrong way to ask questions) and the only think he mentioned was better ways of getting cross town.
I need help with writing to a NFP the first time. i will prepare a small but short e-mail to them to introduce myself but would like to have it looked over first.