Contested Seats

A correspondent reports:

Last Thursday it was standing-room-only at the City Council screening of Contested Streets: Breaking NYC Gridlock. Over one hundred people packed the 75-seat hearing room at the invitation of Councilmember John Liu and other members of the City Council transportation committee. The new documentary film, co-produced by Transportation Alternatives and Mark Gorton, is proving popular with city leaders interested in how New York can follow the example of London, Paris and other big cities that are successfully taming traffic. The film features footage of London’s congestion charge zone, Paris’s new Bus Rapid Transit system, and Copenhagen’s network of bike and pedestrian streets.

It is somewhat remarkable to see a powerful outer-borough Councilmember like John Liu on-board with the Livable Streets agenda. You’ve got to ask yourself: Who is New York City government is against this stuff anyway? Who is defending and maintaing the status quo of maximum traffic gridlock on New York City’s streets? Perhaps today’s previous post helps answer that question.

  • It was probably quite an eye opening experience to see all the commonsense solutions that other cities have successfully implemented to manage their traffic and transit issues.

    I wonder if it was a similar feeling as East Europeans watching on TV the higher standard of living of the West because of the inept government they had in place.

    I hope this continues to add pressure to the effort to revamp the city’s streets to be more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.

  • From AMNY this morning:

    Sleepy Driver Fatally Hits Teen
    A 15 Year old girl was fatally struck by a driver suffering from sleep apnea who dozed off at the wheel, police said. Blanca Benitez 15, and her sister were walking on a sidewalk in Huntington at about 1pm Sunday when a Hummer driven by Gerald Taddonio, 55, jumped the curb and struck the girls, police said.

    There is so much wrong with that situation, I don’t know where to start. Sidewalk, Hummer, Sleep apnea, 1pm, Sunday….no word on any charges filed against the driver. Personally his drivers licence should be suspended indefinitely.

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