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Citi Bike: The First Two Years

Cyclists have taken more than 13.6 million trips on Citi Bike since its launch in May 2013. Bike share has become an integral part of New York’s transportation culture; a new report from the NYU Rudin Center, “Citi Bike: The First Two Years,” analyzes Citi Bike’s success and offers policy suggestions for the future.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   /    DOWNLOAD THE REPORT

Image above: NYC DOT Flickr

NYC Gay Pride Parade Routes: A Changing Course

As posted by the NY Observer, we’ve created a map that details the start and rally points as the parade has evolved in its forty-five years:

New York’s annual Heritage of Pride Parade, scheduled for Sunday, June 28, has been a central part of New York’s cultural life for the past 45 years. The parade was launched as a 2,000-person march in 1970 to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, with chants of “Say it loud, gay is proud.” Initially, it flowed north from Christopher Street to Central Park, but has shifted routes over the decades as it grown and responded to new trends and regulations. In 1973, the parade was called a “better-organized event” in The New York Times; it proceeded from Central Park with 20,000 marchers down Seventh Avenue to Washington Square Park ending in a large rally (video).

For the next forty years, the parade has grown and shifted routes through politics and tragedy into the event it is today. Today, with the Supreme Court declaring gay marriage is a right, the one-million strong parade is a symbol of freedom, civil rights and joy for LGBT New Yorkers – and visitors from every part of the world.

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/06/interactive-map-gay-pride-march-has-evolved-over-45-year-history/#ixzz3eCQ9rG00

In conducting research for this map, a major finding was the change in language used by the media to cover the parade over four decades. The New York Times covered the 1971 parade with the headline, “Militant Homosexuals Stage March in Central Park,” the 1982 event, “Pride and Joy at Homosexual Parade,” and 1990: “Throngs Cheer at Gay and Lesbian March.” Over time, the word “homosexual” is replaced by “gay,” and “acceptance” evolves into “rights,” showing clearly the trend towards, well, acceptance. And by 1989, it’s a “Traffic Alert.”

A further exploration into the language changes over time through Ngram and Google Trends and  shows the progress – at least in language – the US has made in understanding LGBT rights.

Ngram: 1970-2008

Google Trends: 2004-2015

The details of the map were pulled primarily from The New York Times archive. Below are major points of coverage and a recommended reading list from The New York Times:

1970
Militant Homosexuals to Stage March to Central Park Today
“Thousands of young men and women homosexuals from all over the Northeast marched from Greenwich Village to the Sheep Meadow in Central Park yesterday, proclaiming “the new strength and pride of the gay people.”

1972
March is Staged by Homosexuals; Gay Groups Press Campaign for Acceptance Here
“Thousands of homosexuals are expected to march from Christopher Street to the Sheep Meadow this afternoon to mark the second anniversary of a movement known to them as the “‘Gay Revolution’”

1976
Thousands Join in March For Homosexuals’ Rights
“Thousands of homosexuals yesterday paraded along the Avenue of the Americas, from Greenwich Village to Central Park, in the seventh annual march for homosexuals’ rights.”

1977
Homosexuals March for Equal Rights
“Waving placards and chanting rallying cries, a vast sea of homosexual men and women marched up Fifth Avenue under bobbing banners of liberation yesterday in what many called the largest homosexual rights demonstration ever held in New York City.”

1978
Thousands March Up Fifth Ave. In Support of Homosexual Cause: An Annual Event in City Parade Stops at Cathedral
“Tens of thousands of homosexual men and women paraded up Fifth Avenue to Central Park’s Sheep Meadow yesterday to demand enactment of a New York City law against discrimination ‘on the basis of sexual orientation’…filled fifteen blocks on their way up from Christopher Street to Washington Square and Fifth Avenue”

1982
Pride and Joy at Homosexual Parade
“As the marchers – estimated at 100,000 by organizers and 40,000 by the police – entered Central Park at 79th Street for a late afternoon rally on the Great Lawn, a woman shouted from a nearby curb, ‘I’m for families, not gays.’
“But most onlookers along the parade route – from Sheridan Square, across Greenwich Village on West Fourth Street and up Fifth Avenue and into the park – savored the parade as a parade. They gawked, clapped and peddled everything from orange juice to toy antennas in a scene reminiscent of Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.”

1983
Homosexuals’ Parade Dedicated to AIDS Victims
“With band music and banners, homosexuals and their supporters marched yesterday from Central Park West to Washington Square in Greenwich Village. The Lesbian and Gay Pride March, the 14th annual such parade, was dedicated to the victims of AIDS.”

1986
Marchers Laud City’s New Law Prohibiting Bias
“Thousands of homosexuals and their supporters marched yesterday afternoon in the 17th annual Gay/Lesbian Pride Day parade, following a lavender stripe from Central Park to Greenwich Village….marchers passed St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, many stopped to cheer, jeer, sing or jab their fists into the air. ”

1992
Thousands Join in Parade To Celebrate Gay Pride
“The cheering, dancing and laughing marchers mocked themselves and stereotypes of their life styles, welcomed Mayor David N. Dinkins and waved and cheered to the tens of thousands who lined the parade route from midtown to Greenwich Village. A Call for Understanding”

1994
Gay Marchers Celebrate History in 2 Parades
“They marched in not one but two parades — an officially sanctioned one on the East Side of Manhattan demanding that the United Nations protect the rights of homosexuals worldwide, and a smaller, unofficial one up Fifth Avenue from Greenwich Village, organized by several dissenting groups that broke ranks with the others to make the point that the most urgent problem facing gay people is AIDS.”

1999
30 Years After Stonewall, Diversity Is Shown in Gay Pride Parade
“Firefighter Tom Ryan walked soberly down Fifth Avenue yesterday, the Fire Commissioner at his side, the Mayor a few feet ahead, and a gyrating, feather-bedecked moving carnival of gay Brazilians behind”

2002
Gay Pride, and More, Clearly on Display
“Fifth Avenue was awash yesterday in balloons, feathers, leather, wigs, thongs, stilettos and lots of bare skin, as tens of thousands marched in and watched the 32nd annual gay pride parade in Manhattan. The parade began as a tiny and timid affair in 1970 to commemorate the anniversary of an uprising at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village, and has evolved into an enormous, electric dance party in the streets, thundering yesterday from 52nd Street to the Village.”

2003
Gays and Lesbians Parade With a New Sense of Pride and Possibility
“The parade lasted more than five hours and flowed from Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street down to the West Village. It drew as many as 250,000 observers and participants, organizers said.”

2014
Parades, Festivals Celebrate Gay Pride
“New York’s Fifth Avenue became one giant rainbow on Sunday as thousands of participants waved multicolored flags while making their way down the street. Politicians including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were among those walking along a lavender line painted on the avenue from midtown Manhattan to the West Village.”

Photo at top: Jennifer / Flickr

Apply now: Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship

The Emerging Leaders in Transportation fellowship program aims to make transportation more efficient, effective and people-oriented through its stellar early-career employees.

In this competitive fellowship program, participants will learn from top transportation and management professionals to enhance leadership skills, communication techniques and policy work to bring innovative ideas into practice. During three half-day sessions, emerging leaders will build long-term leadership goals and will focus on developing innovative projects and ideas within an organization. Two additional sessions will include behind-the-scenes visits to major transportation facilities for hands-on learning about industry goals and challenges.

The program will take place over five half-days: October 21, 23, 28, 30 and November 4, subject to change slightly. 

Session topics will include: leadership, innovation, communications, building support for innovation, practical applications.

Sessions will include talks from and with esteemed professionals and group discussions and exercises. Participants will be expected to complete assignments between sessions, and by the program’s conclusion, should have a plan to introduce an innovative solution or concept within their workplaces.

Application Timeline:
  • June 15, 2015: Application period opens
  • July 31: Applications due
  • September 10: Fellowship class selection announcement
Apply below or by clicking here: http://goo.gl/forms/B57U5zYdeI

Details:

  • The Emerging Fellows program is open to transportation professionals with up to 10 years of experience.
  • There is no cost for participating in the program.
  • Applicants are welcome from any location; however, we are unable to subsidize travel or lodging for participants.
  • No AICP or other continuing education credit is available for this program.

If you have questions about this program, please email rudin.center@nyu.edu.

View last year’s fellowship class here.

This program is supported by a grant from the University Transportation Research Center.

 

The Future of the Streetscape Photos

Last night’s discussion about the future of the streetscape was exciting! We’re looking forward to a collaborative planning process for whatever comes our way. Thanks to our thoughtful and energetic panelists:

  • Sean Basinski, Director of the Street Vendor Project
  • Neil Giacobbi, Executive Director, Public Affairs, AT&T
  • Stacey Hodge, Director of the Office of Freight Mobility, NYCDOT
  • Jeff Risom, Partner and Managing Director, Gehl Studio
  • Dani Simons, Director of Corporate Communications & External affairs, Motivate
  • Rodney Stiles, Director of Research & Evaluation at New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission
  • Anthony Townsend, Senior Researcher at NYU Rudin Center for Transportation
  • Moderator: Sarah Kaufman, Assistant Director for Technology Programming, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

and thank you to the Van Alen Institute for the great photos and gracious hosting.

NYU Rudin Study featured in NY Times

The NYU Rudin Center’s Study, “Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods,” was featured in the New York Times on May 7, 2015 in the article, “Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty,” focusing on access to jobs and opportunities.

May7NYT

80 Bicicletas

We’re proud to announce the publication of Sarah Kaufman’s essay, “Citi Bike Y Pantaloncillos” (Citi Bike and Pantaloons) in the new book La Vuelta al Mundo en 80 Bicicletas (Around the World in 80 Bicycles). The essay describes gender disparities in Citi Bike usage and how they relate to the women’s liberation movement of the 1890s.

The book is available here.

 

What we’re reading this week

Image above: Cardboard apartment, via Andere Achterhuizen on Flickr

This is what we’re reading this week on the web:

  • New Yorkers are ditching buses for subways (link)
  • Middle East politics: now arriving at a station near you? (link)
  • Afghan girls, forbidden from riding bikes, are skateboarding instead. (link)
  • A MetroCard redesign we’re excited about (link)
  • The bright lights of NYC may dim (link)
  • Cortland St. station on 1 line receives a long overdue facelift  (link)

Compiled by Sean Lewin, research assistant.

What we’re reading this week

Image above: Cars being transported across Ireland in 1950, via the National Library of Ireland on Flickr

Aside from subway overcrowding and taxi data hacking, this is what we’re reading this week on the web:

  • The LaGuardia Airport renovation is in jeopardy, again. (link)
  • Indego, Philadelphia’s new bike share, opens today with 600 bicycles; users are encouraged to wear helmets. (link)
  • A new United Nations-adjacent residential tower will feature full-floor “floating gardens.” (link)
  • Cargo bikes are the new minivans. (link)
  • The hipster express: more L trains to start running this fall. (link)

Thanks to Sean Lewin, our new research assistant, for compiling this list.

Taxi Shift-Change Hackathon: Event Recap

The NYU Rudin Center joined forces with NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission to help resolve the taxi shift-change issue- when taxis are unavailable between 4 and 6 p.m. due to driver handoffs of vehicles. The hackathon took place on April 11 at the Rudin Center, under the sponsorship and technical guidance of Google.

Data scientists, civic hackers, graphic designers, analysts, government policymakers, and statistics hobbyists gathered to discover solutions to the taxi gap, which is estimated to miss out on about 11,000 rides daily.

We’ll post some of the solutions soon (the hackers are still hacking!), but in the meantime, here are some pics of the event:

 

NYC TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi kicked off the event, sharing the challenges and concerns of her agency; NYU Rudin Center Director Mitchell L. Moss discussed the importance of taxis to mobility in NYC; NYC TLC Director of Research and Evaluation Rodney Stiles presented the event-related data and the shift-change issue specifics.

The 40 hackers plugged away all day long, sharing results along the way.

 

Participants were treated to a Q&A with current taxi drivers, who added the on-the-ground perspective to this work.

NYC taxi drivers respond to participant questions at the NYC TLC Shift-Change Hackathon on April 11, 2015.
NYC taxi drivers respond to participant questions at the NYC TLC Shift-Change Hackathon on April 11, 2015.

 

The NYU Rudin Center is thrilled to have hosted this first event of its kind. We hope that in the future we can help connect the public sector with smart, thoughtful individuals to work toward  solutions for civic issues.

Thanks to our participants, the NYC TLC and Google.

 

Event: The Future of the Streetscape

Please join the NYU Rudin Center and the Van Alen Institute on June 11 for an evening of discussion:

How will the streetscape look and function in 20, 50, and 100 years?

The urban streetscape is facing increasing demands for space from a variety of users – pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, a spike in deliveries to homes and offices, food trucks, mobile commercial spaces, and more – without recalibrating the permitting or design. Join us for a series of presentations that ask urban planners, designers, architects, and others: What is the street of the future? We’ll review new visions for pleasant, productive streetscapes that balance the needs of transportation infrastructure, commercial activity, and residents young and old.

Sarah Kaufman, Digital Manager, and Anthony Townsend, Senior Research Scientist, will present at the event on behalf of the Rudin Center, along with esteemed professionals from throughout the transportation and tech fields.

Tickets and more information are available here: https://vanalen.org/events/on-the-street/

Students: Please email the Rudin Center for discounted tickets.

Image above via Flickr user Mel Schmidt