You can copy this letter and/or use your own words. Then send it to Mayor Bill De Blasio or your other representatives at:
Mayor Bill De Blasio
New York, NY 10007
FAX (212) 788-2460
Dear Mayor de Blasio (or other representatives):
We urge you to reassess the role of the automobile in our pedestrian-and-mass-transit city. New Yorkers and visitors from around the world deserve an alternative to the current overcrowded sidewalks and sooty gridlock caused by cars and buses along 42nd Street. There is another way! Property owners, straphangers, tourists, theater goers, security consultants, disability advocates, and community groups are all getting behind the vision42 proposal to convert 42nd Street into a landscaped, auto-free light rail boulevard.
The vision42 plan can, within tight time and budget constraints, provide a low-floor, pedestrian-friendly light rail line running river-to-river in a dedicated right-of-way, within a vastly improved walking environment. It should very nicely complement the subways, creating first class surface transit that will be a truly effective competitor to private motoring. The landscaped, auto-free street will become a destination in itself, rather than a place to be avoided. And the vision42 project could ultimately set the pace for a future network of such streets throughout the City’s five boroughs.
We hereby request the City of New York to seriously consider the vision42 plan as a dynamic alternative to the continued dysfunctional condition of surface transit and the walking environment on this very central street of our city and region.
If you would like to contribute your ideas, efforts, and possible expertise toward realizing this project, please consider joining the vision42 working group.
The project benefits greatly from the contributed talents and efforts of our volunteers — these have included brainstorming, assisting at presentations, website editing and updating, attending community board meetings, and designing leaflets and images for this website.
We normally meet on the third Tuesday of each month — see NEWS/Meetings & Events, from 6pm to 8pm, at a central midtown office. If you are interested in participating and would like to receive the Agenda, please contact us.
As a unit of the not-for-profit Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc. (IRUM), this initiative has been advanced on a primarily pro bono basis, in the interest of improving the quality of life in New York City. In doing so, it would create an example of urban livability for the rest of the nation. Your contribution to this effort — large or small — would be very much appreciated. IRUM has 501(c)3 tax status; therefore all contributions are tax-deductible. You may send a check made out to:
Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc., (IRUM)
PO Box 409, Village Station
New York, NY 10014