Car-less Transportation Alternatives Meeting

Car-less Long Island founder Sylvia Silberger commutes to work, yoga classes and the Ethical Society of Long Island often, and occasionally enjoys much longer biking treks.
Car-less Long Island founder Sylvia Silberger commutes to work, yoga classes and the Ethical Society of
Long Island often, and occasionally enjoys much longer biking treks.

Car-less Long Island, a new pedestrian, bicyclist and alternative transportation advocacy group founded in Long Island this summer, typically holds its monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. The next two meetings are on Sept. 16 and Oct. 14. Meetings will be held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, located at 38 Old Country Rd. in Garden City.
Founder Sylvia Silberger said she started the group in response to a 2014 report by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign indicating that half of the top 21 most deadly roadways for pedestrians are on Long Island and the trends she has observed that cut services and raise fares for the public bus system add to the problem.

“The under-represented members of our society who are completely reliant on alternative forms of transportation are finding themselves facing increasingly insurmountable obstacles,” says Dr. Silberger, a math professor at Hofstra University who lives in Hempstead. Car-less Long Island is also concerned with the effects of greenhouse gas emissions that are bringing about catastrophic climate change. “We need to wean ourselves from individual automobiles as our sole means of transportation,” she says.

The group plans to advocate for safer streets for both pedestrians and bicyclists, to advocate for reliable and affordable public transportation options and to encourage Long Islanders to try alternative forms of transportation. Silberger says the group will design campaigns to raise public awareness and sympathies, and lobby local politicians and public officials on these issues.

For more information, email Dr. Silberger at sylvia.silberger@gmail.com, or call her at 914-466-3997.

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