April 2022 Newsletter

April Is Distracted Driving Month.

Traffic fatalities are way up nationally (including pedestrian fatalities, see below) and without serious intervention at the Federal, state, and local levels, this number can, and most likely will, continue to rise. New York’s traffic fatalities have similarly increased and are more heavily reported on, too. If you’re receiving this newsletter, you’re connected to the transportation space, so this statistic is likely not new to you. However, we’ve all got family and friends who drive daily (despite our pleas to bike, walk, and/or take transit) as part of their commute. What can we do to work towards Vision Zero?

We want these numbers to go DOWN. Source.

What Can You Do About It?
Luckily, the National Safety Council has provided a smattering of information, events, and little nudges we can all use to help our loved ones pay more attention to their commutes and to the world around them while they’re behind the wheel of their 4,000-pound metal death machine. To name a few: 
Commit to driving distraction-free by taking the NSC Just Drive Pledge. Raising awareness is good! 
Twitter Chat: Participate in the Distracted Driving Awareness Month Twitter Chat at 11 a.m. CDT on 4/13. Join NSC and others on Twitter to hear from experts, ask questions about distracted driving and engage with other organizations focused on keeping their workers safe behind the wheel. Use the hashtag: #JustDrive22 in all of your posts during the chat.
5-Minute Safety Talk and accompanying presentation:  Keep the focus on the reality of distracted driving by starting a meeting with this safety talk and ready-to-use presentation. Grab a blindfold to really illustrate the point. Download the Safety Talk and the Presentation.
Quiz: After engaging your workers with these resources for the month, put their knowledge to the test with this quiz on distracted driving risks. Download the quiz.

Look, is this goofy? A little. But it’s going to take all of us—not just planners, engineers, and policymakers—to achieve Vision Zero.
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

Now, onto the goods. 

Maximize your perks: Check out all of the exclusive perks for YPT-NYC members on our website!

Know someone who’d be interested? Encourage them to sign up!


Revel EV Charging Hub Tour
Saturday April 16, 12:00pm – 1:30pm  
467 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11206
How? Register here
to receive the meeting link

Want a tour of the EV charging future of NYC? 

YPT-NYC will be offering a free tour courtesy of Revel, a Brooklyn-born micromobility and now, ridehailing company. 

Did you know that:
Revel runs the largest universal fast charging hub in North America!
Revel owns its own fleet of Teslas for its ridehailing service, which are charged using the 25 fast chargers at the Superhub.
In contrast to many other fast charging sites in New York City, there is no entrance fee or cost for parking. All you pay for is the electricity itself which is $0.39 per kilowatt hour plus tax.
Learn more here.
NB! The tour maximum is 40 people: first come, first served! Come learn about Revel’s hub and EV business strategy first-hand! 

YPT-NYC Book Talks: Trains, Buses, People with Christof Spieler
Thursday April 21, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Virtual Event on Zoon
How? Register here

YPT-NYC will be hosting Christof Spieler to discuss his book, Trains, Buses, People!

In the book, Spieler analyses every rail transit and bus rapid transit system in the United States and Canada — and shows how to make transit successful. Now, there’s a new second edition!
Have questions for Prof. Spieler? Want to know more about this awesome atlas? Join us for a Zoomside chat on April 21st! Register on Eventbrite now!

YPT -NYC Happy Hour (Board Games Edition!)
Thursday April 28, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Zombie Hut, 273 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11231
Register here.. or just show up

Welcome the arrival of spring with our April Happy Hour at a tiki bar! This month, we also encourage you to bring your own board games – bonus points if they’re transportation themed. We will be at Zombie Hut in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, on April 28th.

We’ll provide light appetizers and some of our favorite board games, too!

Special Seminar!

Transportation and Equity, including racism in transportation, with Dr. Regan Patterson
When? Thursday, May 5 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Where? Where else but Zoom
How? Register here

YPT-NYC will be hosting Dr. Regan Patterson for a special discussion on Transportation and Equity, including racism in transportation, at lunchtime on May 5th. 

About Dr. Patterson: Dr. Regan F. Patterson is the Transportation Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), where she conducts intersectional transportation policy analysis and research. She is an industry expert on issues relating to environmental justice, transportation equity, and air pollution. 

Please take the New York Bike Census!  
It’s a quick survey designed to collect data about bicycle transport across the state, to inform planners and policymakers. Plus, respondents can enter a drawing for three $150 Planet Bike gift cards.

From YPT Mid-Atlantic: Fireside Chat with Tom Dallessio, Found of
When? Tuesday, April 26, 6:00pm to 7:00 pm
Where? Virtual on Zoom
How? Register here

Please join YPT Mid-Atlantic for a virtual “fireside chat” with Tom Dallessio, former publisher of and adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. 

This informal conversation will discuss the role of journalism and nonprofit advocacy in transportation and urban planning, and how planners and engineers can effect change through these channels. This will be a lively and current discussion!

When? Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where? Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park (5th Ave. & E. 60th St)
How? Register here

There will be an invite-only expo that follows this online session for candidates. Please see more information at that link.



Eric Rago
Director, Location Partnerships & Strategy at Getaround

“I currently work for Getaround, a leading car-sharing company that operates in over 950 cities worldwide. I lead our public partnerships, private partnerships, strategy, and operations teams. These teams are focused on creating partnerships to grow carshare from a single hotel to entire cities. Prior to joining Getaround, I was one of the first employees for ParkWhiz, a platform that makes it easy to find, book, and pay for parking, where I helped scale the company nationally and launched the NYC market.”

What is your favorite YPT-NYC memory?  

I really enjoy all the great panels where we can learn from thought leaders in transportation. I am looking forward to meeting more of the YPT-NYC community in person.  

If you could snap your fingers and make one change to regional transportation, what would it be?

Increase the utilization of curb space by reserving more for Open Streets, restaurants, loading zones, and shared mobility like carshare, bikeshare, and micromobilty.   

What sparked your passion to work in the transportation industry?

At a young age, I struggled to understand why traffic and congestion couldn’t be solved. This led me to join a startup to help reduce congestion by directing cars to off-street parking. From there I was hooked, now I collect subway cards and look at parking garages wherever I travel. 

What are you working on that you’re most excited by? 
Getaround’s vision is to make cities and communities better places to live, which means bringing affordable transportation options to NYC and other cities. Transportation is the second-highest cost for households. Increasing shared mobility in areas that have few accessible transportation options means a more equitable transportation network. I’m proud that Getaround rates are significantly less than other carshare providers and can help extend the reach of fixed-route transit. 

What career advice would you give to other YPTers interested in your career path?

Find an organization that you are passionate about and find a way to get your foot in the door. Do not focus on the initial title or role, instead put yourself in a position to prove your value and the rest will work itself out. If you’re passionate about reducing traffic and bringing mobility options to cities, our team is growing!

What famous celebrity do you think should be given the opportunity to voice a NYCT Subway Announcement?

Mars Blackmon, AKA Spike Lee with a cameo from Michael Jordan. [Ed. This would be sick.]


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Young Professionals in Transportation – New York City (YPT-NYC) is the local chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation International, a nonprofit coalition of organizations, which helps professional development, fellowship, and networking for young professionals in the transportation field. YPT-NYC’s members keep the Greater New York City region moving while providing a space for growing skills, sharing knowledge, and expanding professional networks.

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