You’ve read it here again and again: almost 40,000 Americans died in automobile-related crashes last year. Injuries from crashes are a national health crisis, as well as illnesses related to pollution and obesity. We’re spending more time than ever in our cars because our roads have been designed to prioritize driving above any other mode of transportation. Many are carrying unsustainable debt for their vehicles, not to mention the cost of insurance, fuel, and car storage (aka parking). It doesn’t have to be this way.
THE GREEN NEW DEAL FOR TRANSPORTATION IS HERE.
And polling shows that Americans want it, too
A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR TRANSPORTATION
Polling shows that Americans want more options than just driving. The Green New Deal for Transportation can get us there.
In February 2019, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) and Senator Ed Markey introduced the Green New Deal to Congress, momentous legislation that, if passed, would set goals for future climate lawmaking. But the bill had one glaring omission: it was “devoid of the bold reimagining of federal transportation spending which encourages more roads, more driving, more sprawl, and more emissions,” as T4America director Beth Osborne wrote at the time.
Download the report here:
A GREEN NEW DEAL FOR CITY AND SUBURBAN TRANSPORTATION
A preview of the report:
The overwhelming majority of federal transportation spending is allocated for roads, leaving limited funds available for more sustainable modes like transit, walking, and biking. As a result, fewer than 10% of Americans currently live within walking distance of frequent transit. The collective “sidewalk gap” in U.S. cities easily adds up to tens of billions of dollars, and the Americans with Disabilities Act mandate to make streets accessible remains unfunded, leaving too many people isolated in their homes. Our roadways are designed to move vehicles at the highest speeds possible, with devastating consequences. More than 35,000 Americans die in automobile-related accidents every year, and pedestrian fatalities have increased by 35 percent
in the past decade. Americans are spending longer than ever in their cars – and taking on unsustainable levels of debt to pay for those cars. These realities are treated as a necessary part of the American transportation system, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Mike Manzella, Asbury Park’s Transportation Manager and Deputy City Manager has 10 great tips for cities to move toward less car dependency. Transit Oriented Development is “typically mixed-use and dense, providing residents amenities in close proximity. The goal is to create livable and sustainable places in which people can live, work, and play all in the same community, without requiring the use of a car.” Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition thanks Mike for the shout out in tip number 8. We’re so fortunate to have a solid working relationship with our Transportation Manager, and great communication with our city leaders! Asbury Park is getting it done!
8. Work with advocates.
“The City works closely with local advocates on transportation issues, including the Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition. The Coalition has been instrumental in educating the public about alternate modes of transportation and bike-ped safety. The Coalition participated as a stakeholder committee member in the preparation of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan adopted by the City in April 2019. Among the plan’s recommendations is a proposed bicycle network that Mike says is crucial to getting more people to ride bikes and do so safely. Mike keeps in frequent contact with the group and attends the Coalition’s monthly meetings and bike rides.”
Monthly Slow Roll Bike Ride, Springwood Park, Feb. 16, 2020
Strolling in Asbury Park near the Carousel and Casino, summer 2019
1. Bike-ped investments spur development of vibrant, unique, and unforgettable places.
Asbury Park is making major investments in transportation to catalyze development. Specifically, the City is investing in multi-modal transportation to catalyze compact, mixed-use, walkable, transit-friendly development.
As it becomes less desirable and inconvenient to own a car in US cities, Asbury Park will be on the cutting edge. Asbury Park will have electric car share, plus several other transportation options.
‘Peak Car’ and the End of an Industry
In Germany—the birthplace of the modern automobile—carmakers are anticipating the day when people stop owning cars.
By Stefan Nicola and Elisabeth Behrmann August 17, 2018
“If I’m truly honest with myself, then owning a car is too expensive with all these alternatives around…”
RESIDENTS AND VISITORS HAVE OPTIONS TO GET AROUND IN ASBURY PARK WITHOUT A CAR.
TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS IN ASBURY PARK
Anyone you know coming to Asbury Park for dinner, music, or beach pointing out the lack of parking? We’re so happy that everyone loves visiting AP, but we can’t “create” more parking, or lay asphalt everywhere, so the solution is fewer cars. The city is just over 1 mile sq. Park at the train station area and look at these options. We have jitneys, pedicabs, Free Ride, and of course fun with AP Pedalcycle. AND Bike Share!