The Green Eagle Institute’s primary focus is on creating and promoting environmental and cultural and civic initiatives.
A sample of the Institute’s 2014 project initiatives include:
DEDICATE and EXPAND THE GREAT SAUNTER -See Manhattan’s Rim at 3 mph: An annual 32-mile walk around Manhattan Island, through 20 waterfront parks takes place each May. Please join us! www.shorewalkers.org
DEDICATE THE GREAT SAUNTER FOOT PATH: the 32-mile walking trail, free from bikes created by the Shorewalkers, along the route of the Great Saunter.
Create and Designate THE GREEN BIKE RING A 30-mile long car-free bike path around Manhattan, by transforming one of Robert Moses’ car lanes into a dedicated bike lane.
Dedicate and maintain THE BATT-TO-BEAR TRAIL (BTB),
The 56-mile BTB FOOT PATH from the Battery in Manhattan to Bear Mountain. Hope to see NY and NJ Governors meet on the GW Bridge. To learn more about this, see book Walking the Hudson Batt to Bear.
Dedicate and maintain THE ROBERT MOSES FOOT PATH (RMFP)
A two-mile desire path created by walkers and joggers in Riverside Park from ~80th-129th Str. The RMFP runs mainly on top of the concrete-steel platform build by Robert Moses in the 1930’s.
Create the THE HARLEM RIVER VALLEY RECREATION AREA (HRVRA)
by coordinating and connecting the dozen parks and historic sites along the Harlem River to create an integrated park area. The HRVRA will be bigger and more varied than even Central Park.
Create new THREE-R ISLAND 13 miles offshore in the New York Bight.
3-R Island would recycle NYC’s solid waste and convert it to electricity. 3-R Island would handle industries no one wants in their back yard.
Straighten out the M-96 Bus Route by changing the 4 right-angle turns at Broadway & 96th St. into one U-turn on the unused traffic island at the west end of 96th St. Same time, money and reduce pollution.
THE BATT TO BEAR TRAIL is a greenway for human transit and for preservation of open space. We have scouted the route From the Battery to Bear Mountain, and laid out a 56-mile multi-use path along the Hudson through four counties and 13 parks. Please check out our organization shorewalkers.org and the book Walking the Hudson: Batt To Bear. Many thousands of walkers have used the book and taken the trail.
THE HARLEM RIVER VALLEY RECREATION AREA –will be an integrated collection of the great parks and historic sites lining the Harlem River between Manhattan and the Bronx. It will be larger and more varied than Central Park. See 4-colored map created by Cy A and associates.
BATTERY-ELECTRIC CROSS-TOWN, URBAN BUSES. Two-mile wide, crowded Manhattan Island is ideal for quiet, non-polluting electric buses. Battery and electric technology has greatly improved, making electric buses with routes under 4 miles feasible and competitive as well as clean and quiet. So-called hybrid buses now used by the MTA never shut down their diesel engines. NYC needs true battery-powered buses which can be assembled in the city.
THE CENTRAL PARK TOLL TUNNEL (CPTT) is a Vehicular Urban Toll Tunnel or VUTT. This initiative would eliminate cars from Central Park, reduce surface noise and pollution and pay for itself. The CPTT would run from from 125th Street to Midtown.
THE GREEN BIKE RING AROUND MANHATTAN is a proposal to transform one of the six waterfront car lanes into a dedicated, car-free, 32-mile bike lane to facilitate commuting and urban biking. We propose this concept be studied.
GET TO THE MEETING WITHOUT YOUR CAR – is a proposal that all government sponsored invitations include directions to reach the meeting by foot or public transportation. Proposed to several state and city legislators.
DOW NOW – Create a NYC Department of Walking (DOW) and Human-Powered Transportation. Walking is the major form of human locomotion in NYC. Biking is best for 3- to 15-mile distances and for commuting. Walkers and bikers need an independent agency to support their interests.
Walking is the most basic form of transportation. Until recently, walking and bicycling have not been considered as viable transportation solutions. But now, we are realizing that walking is a key ingredient to creating a livable community. Walking provides a means by which to connect the various activities of a neighborhood, without the need for auto trips. Walking is almost always a segment of each public transit trip and often a segment of an auto trip. It is also a simple way to get some exercise, which health officials recognize as essential for maintaining good health. In addition, safe bicycling and pedestrian access can add to the economic potential of commercial areas.