Livable Streets Advocates Are Winners on NYC Primary Day

Bill de Blasio wasn't the only candidate backed by the newly-formed livable streets political action committee StreetsPAC to emerge victorious from Tuesday's primary elections in NYC. 13 of 18 council candidates supported by StreetsPAC won.
September 12, 2013, 5am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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September 9, 2013 may represent the true emergence of Dorothy Rabinowitz's dreaded "bike lobby" in New York City. "[W]ith several City Council candidates endorsed by the newly-formed StreetsPAC winning hotly contested primaries, the results of last night’s election bode well for livable streets in NYC over the next four years," writes Ben Fried. "As StreetsPAC board member Eric McClure put it, 'It’s clear from the results of the primary that support for safe and complete streets has gone mainstream.'”

"All told, as the city prepares for the end of the administration that did more than any other to reform the cars-first status quo on NYC streets, these are some very encouraging results," adds Fried. "They suggest that changes like bus lanes, bike lanes, and pedestrian plazas won’t just be the legacy of the billionaire mayor, but part of a lasting, far-reaching transition to more humane streets. The grassroots political muscle and awareness that StreetsPAC injected into this election cycle helped make that happen."

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Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in Streetsblog
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