Truck Driver Backs Over, Kills Pedestrian on UES; NYPD: “No Criminality”

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Photo: DNAinfo/Jennifer Glickel

A dump truck driver hit and killed a 21-year-old man on the Upper East Side this morning at 6:06 a.m. The driver was traveling north on Madison Avenue when he realized he had passed his destination near 81st Street, according to the NYPD. He then put the truck in reverse, said police, and began to back up. The truck then hit the victim, who was crossing Madison, and killed him.

According to a report on DNAinfo, the pedestrian was in the crosswalk when the truck driver backed into him and dragged him for thirty feet before stopping. All this took place across the street from an elementary school.

DNAinfo reports that a summons may be issued, but the police apparently do not intend to file charges. The NYPD told Streetsblog that “no criminality is suspected at this time.”

The recently enacted Elle’s Law was passed in order to keep drivers who recklessly endanger and injure pedestrians from getting back behind the wheel. Three-year-old Elle Vandenberghe was left severely brain-damaged last year when an Upper East Side driver spotted a parking space and backed up through the crosswalk where the toddler was walking. In addition to using Elle’s Law or filing a steeper charge like criminal negligence, another option for police and prosecutors would be to charge the driver with careless driving under Hayley and Diego’s Law, which also passed this year in an attempt to hold drivers accountable for injuring pedestrians or cyclists. We have a call in with Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s office to see if he’ll use the legal tools at his disposal.

  • If backing down Madison Avenue and killing a pedestrian doesn’t qualify for prosecution under Elle’s Law or Hayley and Diego’s Law, or both, then we might as well stop bothering to try to protect anyone on New York City’s streets. This is tragic on so many levels.

  • Just a few blocks from where I dropped off my daughter at school this morning, on foot, at 7:30 a.m. Thanks NYPD, for keeping my streets safe. And teaching truck drivers not to drive backwards through crosswalks.

  • Chris

    At what point do we get jaded? I used to get really angry at how little the police seems care about pedestrians and cyclists safety. Seems that everyday there is another story about no criminality and no charges filed (here in NYC and across the country) and prosecutors making deals with drivers to avoid felony convictions. I guess even children getting killed (for which those laws were named after) is not enough.

    Eric, those laws were lip service only, a feel-good moment for politicians.

  • chuck

    Good thing they’re cracking down on scofflaw cyclists this month!

    Like Eric said, if they can’t prosecute this driver under either of the two responsible driving laws, then there’s no point in having them.

    You don’t back a dump truck UP Madison. You go around the block.

    Sigh.

  • Eric

    I am getting so sick of these stories.

  • kidsroutes

    The biggest irony here is that this is exactly HOW the little girl Elle was catostrophically injured – when a driver backed up down the street to get a parking space and struck her in the crosswalk. I hope this young man’s parents demand that this law to be applied in their son’s tragic and unneccesary death.

  • Peter F

    Pardon my french, but HOW THE HELL can there be “no criminality” when you kill someone while breaking at least two traffic laws?

    Now what can we do to get our bozo politicians and police force to start enforcing the damn laws? Anyone?

    As people have said, we see these stories every day. I’m tired of griping on line about it and mad enough to storm the barricades. Who’s coming over the wall with me?

  • NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law has this:

    Section 1211. Limitations on backing. (a) The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.

    I thought there was an additional provision prohibiting backing into and/or through an intersection. However, I can’t find any such statement, despite combing my 1996/1997 hard copy edition.

    Still, 1211(a) clearly applies to this case.

  • Albert

    Most likely, when the driver shifted the truck into reverse, the backup beeper automatically engaged, relieving the driver of legal liability if the truck hit anyone.

    Every day I see trucks pull up, shift-into-reverse-and-beep, and immediately back up with the driver at most giving a quick, useless, token glance in the mirror. Anyone who happens to make the mistake of crossing behind the truck will pay for the mistake with their life — yet the driver is “not at fault” because a warning beeper went off, as apparently required by law. What about someone who can’t move out of the way quickly enough? What about a child? A deaf person? Someone tying their shoe? A non-world-class sprinter?

    If this death proves to be a direct result of reliance on a backup beeper, it won’t be the last. Backup beepers should be banned, and quicker than car alarms were. Not only are they similarly useless and destroy any possibility of a night’s sleep, they’re inherently dangerous.

    It should be the responsibility of a driver to make sure his multi-ton vehicle doesn’t kill anyone; it shouldn’t be the victim’s responsibility not to be killed.

  • Oliver

    Apart from the outrage (and this is outrageous!), is there anything that can be done legally? Can you appeal the decision by the police? Can one force the police to actually enforce the law?

    I’m curious.

  • OK, so… what exactly are my tax dollars paying the police to *do*?

  • Peter F

    Where’s DA Vance during all this? He talked the talk about enforcing the laws for pedestrian safety last year but apart from a few cases we haven’t seen much action.

  • Sean

    This is so unbelievably terrible on so many levels. I think it’s well past time for a Simpsons-style lynch mob… Is there anyone in this city that thinks this is OK other than a slimy lawyer and the truck drivers’ boss? Lets get some pitchforks, start hollering, and show our electeds that no one on earth thinks this stuff is OK.

  • This incident does nothing but feed my cynicism and despair about our government. How did we end up with an indifferent local police force and a corrupt state legislature? Can anything be done?

  • Joe R.

    How about requiring rear cameras to be installed on all commercial vehicles? Better yet, prohibit backing unless you’re going into a loading dock. It’s absolutely incredible how day after day it’s the same story with different faces-driver kills pedestrian or cycling, no charges filed. And to make it worse some people are calling for a crackdown on “scofflaw cyclists” because of the supposed danger they create. Funny but I don’t read about bikes killing people nearly every single day. If the cause of this carnage were anything other than motor vehicles, politicians would be all over it.

  • Albert

    Ban backup beepers!

  • Charles Komanoff, the NYS commercial driver’s license manual strongly advises against backing up at, into, or through intersections. I am saddened by this tragedy and offer my condolences to the victim’s family.

  • alan

    Although the death of any pedestrian is tragic, contrary to the belief of most streetsblog commenters there not enough police to watch every street in NYC. Fortunately, the Police are most concerned with people committing intentionally violent crimes not traffic accidents.
    This was an accident. It doesn’t sound like the driver was “recklessly endangering” pedestrians, especially if his backup alarm was working.
    While the car does the hitting/killing we must all be aware at all times when crossing the street. Something I think most NY’s do not practice.

  • Albert

    “This was an accident. It doesn’t sound like the driver was “recklessly endangering” pedestrians, especially if his backup alarm was working.”

    Reliance on backup alarms are a direct cause of driver inattention, carelessness and recklessness.

    See my comment #9, above.

  • fdr

    There is such a thing as negligent homicide, the action doesn’t have to be intentional to result in someone’s death. But the NYPD follows Alan’s logic. If it wasn’t intentional, there is no “criminality.”

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr

    What’s even worse? The story on ABC today reports that police found a crushed ipod on the scene that may have belonged to the victim indicating that he may not have heard the truck backing up.

    So I guess it’s all the victim’s fault? Just ridiculous.

  • Amy

    Alan, no one is suggesting that police watch every street, but it is their job to investigate traffic incidents after they happen and the suggestion that they found no criminality here is, as others have commented, outrageous. Despite what you might believe, backing up on a busy avenue for any reason other than trying to parallel park is reckless and endangers pedestrians, other motorists, and anyone else who might be in the street – primarily because there is no legitimate reason to do so and therefore a reasonable person would not anticipate it. The reasonable and responsible thing to do is to drive around the block as an earlier post mentions, backing up is simply lazy and reckless, and in this case, because the driver did not take adequate precautions to avoid causing injury or damage it is also negligent. You are quite simply wrong to suggest that the pedestrian is at fault for being in the way. Pedestrians have the right of way and it is incredibly depressing to think about how many people seem to be ignorant of this fact, and worse yet, how so many people seem to think that cars and trucks have the right of way and are entitled to intimidate and bully others out of our right to use the public streets.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Sickening.

    I don’t need this reckless, careless killer-driver to go to the electric chair. I don’t even need him to go to jail. But I absolutely 100% need to know that this driver is no longer permitted to operate a vehicle on NYC streets.

    Why can’t Cy Vance or the NYPD or Mayor Bloomberg, at the very least, do that?

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr

    To add: the other day I was walking in my nabe – Jackson Heights – and I saw one of those Access a Ride vans back down 83rd Street ridiculously fast – about 15/20 mph – for 1/3 the length of the block! Why? After making a drop off, the driver apparently didn’t want to legally go around the block or whatever. There’s a school on this street!! I was so incensed I started running to get the license plate, but my sore Achilies stopped me from getting close enough.

    Too many crashes, too many careless drivers out there.

  • alan

    Yes there is such a thing as negligent homocide:
    “Negligent homicide is a criminal charge brought against people who, through criminal negligence, allow others to die.”
    “Criminal negligence is one of the three general classes of mens rea (Latin for “guilty mind”) element required to constitute a conventional as opposed to strict liability offense. It is defined as:
    careless, inattentive, neglectful, willfully blind, or in the case of gross negligence what would have been reckless in any other defendant.

    Can anyone say the truck driver was careless, inattentive or willfully blind?
    You cannot say that he was simply because a pedestrian was hit. Only a passenger in the truck could determine that.
    His reaction to the accident was probably enough of an indicator that he did nothing on purpose.
    I am not trying to argue or bait but I think a lot of reckless law and order talk is thrown around this site without any expertise.

  • Joe R.

    Motorists backing up on a street for any reason ( except parallel parking ) are dangerous for the same reason wrong-way cyclists are-pedestrians just aren’t accustomed to looking opposite the traffic flow. In this case there was no valid reason for the truck driver to back up. At the very least he should lose his license for good but we all know that won’t happen.

  • JamesR

    Access-A-Ride vans are death on wheels. It’s like 90% of the hazard of a bus with half of the driver skill and awareness. When I see them while riding I get the hell out of their way.

    As far as this latest tragedy and the inevitable feelings of powerlessness and cynicism it generates, this would confirm the opinion of a lot of non-NYC people that the city is a dangerous hellhole. I’m not saying I agree, but it sure confirms the stereotype. It only takes a brief trip out of the region to say, Montreal or even Boston to realize that it doesn’t have to be this way, and if enough people wanted it to change, it would.

  • Joe R.

    @ alan ( post #24 ),

    The driver was careless because he could have gone around the block instead of backing up. Short of parallel parking, there is no valid reason to drive in reverse on city streets. In fact, large trucks shouldn’t even be allowed to parallel park unless they can pull into a spot. Backing a truck on city streets is dangerous, period. The driver can’t see. And certain classes of pedestrians ( deaf, young children ), either won’t hear the backup alarm, or won’t perceive the danger and stay out of the way.

  • Backing up more than the length of a single parking space ought to be illegal, as should u-turns. Go around the block.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr

    @ Joe R. (and others): From the way the van turned on to 35th Ave, it is apparent the Access A Ride guy didn’t want to take the time to legally make 3 right turns, so he just hit the gas, and launched himself back in to the intersection and took off.

    It just burns me that had this guy hit one of the schoolchildren on the block, the NYPD would have likely just shrugged their shoulders, but the guy made a choice – one that put people in danger. Like Barfowitz says, maybe not enough to give someone the electric chair, but they should lose their license for life.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Anyway… In light of the weekly drumbeat of motor vehicle carnage on NYC streets and the total lack of justice for its victims, I sure am glad that City Council Transpo Chair Jimmy Vacca is focusing the city’s attention on the threat and dangers of bicycling.

  • MRN

    I side with drivers way more often than the typical Streetsblog commenter or author, but backing over a pedestrian seems to be the height of criminal recklessness. Even thought the driver was unlikely to be aware (or even able to see) the pedestrian, backing up in a travel lane is so dumb and thoughtless that it can’t be ignored.

  • alan

    It seems that most people commenting feel there is no situation at which a driver should not be punished for hitting a pedestrian. That there is no circumstance where it is not their fault. I feel this is not fair. While the majority probably are, they can’t all be the driver’s fault.
    Putting your car/truck into reverse is not careless or illegal. As long as you aren’t going through intersections or crosswalks. Something the truck driver did not do according to the article.
    This particular accident occurred at 6am, a time when there aren’t many pedestrians walking around. The bottom line is that no one commenting was there and we don’t know the circumstances of the accident. To make blanket statements about the driver’s culpability or the lack of NYPD enforcement is irresponsible and ridiculous.

  • Amazing

    It is not tasteful to put up pics of people dead on the street. Imagine his mother looking at that? 🙁

  • Yes, Alan, we have very few of the relevant details about the crash (although the DNA info article states that the victim was in the crosswalk when struck by the backwards-driving truck). All we have from the NYPD is that they don’t suspect criminality. Why do they just release that little snippet of info, and nothing else? Based on the facts as reported, there could very well be “criminality” here, yet NYPD “suspects” none.

    NYPD’s standard policy of prematurely exonerating non-drunk, non-fleeing drivers who kill people while violating multiple traffic laws prejudices the supposed “investigation” they claim they are still conducting and disserves the public interest in knowing what happened.

    If you have a gun permit, it’s not illegal to discharge your weapon under circumstances you believe will not result in harm to anyone. But if you end up killing someone anyway, you can be damn well sure NYPD will not rush out a statement that they “suspect no criminality” pending their investigation of your conduct. Why the double standard?

  • Chris

    @Alan,

    Did you read the actual DNAInfo article?

    “Jason King of Manhattan was in the crosswalk walking west on Madison Avenue at 81st Street when he was struck at 6:06 a.m, police said.”

    Seems pretty clear to me that he was in the crosswalk when he was struck. I don’t believe people here are saying that there isn’t a situation when a driver shouldn’t be punished. We are saying they should be punished for clearly reckless behavior – backing up into the crosswalk would seem to qualify? Why couldn’t the driver have just taken the few minutes to go around the block and back?

    Accidents happen, but clearly preventable accidents could be minimized by driver attentiveness and not being lazy. Because the accident occurred at 6am means a driver should be any less attentive on the road? That is irresponsible and ridiculous.

    If the driver had a sudden heart attack and ran over a pedestrian we wouldn’t be here discussing this at all. We’re talking about because it’s a tragic death which could have been prevented if the driver had made the choice to go around the block instead of trying to save a few minutes of time.

  • Marcia Kramer’s Eyebrow

    Wondering if Marcia is going to do a story on this.

  • Joe R.

    “It seems that most people commenting feel there is no situation at which a driver should not be punished for hitting a pedestrian.”

    The only situation I can think of right off where a driver is clearly not responsible is if a pedestrian darts out in front of them, leaving them no time to stop.

  • Apart from the outrage (and this is outrageous!), is there anything that can be done legally? Can you appeal the decision by the police? Can one force the police to actually enforce the law?

    In theory, there is a chain of command right up to the Police Commissioner, and he reports to the Mayor.

    Where’s DA Vance during all this? He talked the talk about enforcing the laws for pedestrian safety last year but apart from a few cases we haven’t seen much action.

    Noah says in the post that he’s waiting to hear from Vance’s office, but those of you who live in Manhattan don’t have to wait for them to call Noah back.

    Anyway… In light of the weekly drumbeat of motor vehicle carnage on NYC streets and the total lack of justice for its victims, I sure am glad that City Council Transpo Chair Jimmy Vacca is focusing the city’s attention on the threat and dangers of bicycling.

    I think someone should mention this at the hearing Thursday morning.

    What Vance and Vacca care about is whether they’re going to look good when they go up for re-election, and what Bloomberg cares about is whether he’s going to look good when he runs for his next office. If they don’t think this will hurt them, they may not do much.

  • I say no more! We can take back our streets without the NYPD or not. Critical Mass is one tool. See how participants got the NYPD detail to actually enforce laws against motorists.

    http://bit.ly/htU4Pw

    How else can we take diret action? How long can we be silent about the police brutality, via negligence, that is costing pedestrians and cyclists lives.

    When is enough? Kelly must be ousted. Shame on Bloomberg and his useless statistics. Shame on politicians who pay lip service to safety.

    CARS KILL

  • Peter Yu

    Sad story. But the sad part is the people complaining about police not doing enough are probably complaining the police write too many summonses.Or the police are too aggressive. Make up your minds.

  • Realist in NYC

    1st-Any death is a tragedy
    2nd – trying to exploit this death for your agenda is awful

    Everyone can’t ride a bike or take mass transit. Some people need to drive. His Majesty Bloomberg & his clueless transportation comish are trying to turn NYC in to something it is not. The bike lanes are a joke. Probably greater than 50% of cyclists don’t use them, and disregard many traffic laws – also endangering pedestrians. Creating these bike lanes and the subsequent turning lanes eliminated hundreds of parking spots. Not to mention the new “commercial only” parking spots. Parking is at a premium, so if someone sees a spot open up, they have to decide – back up or lose the spoty and wait 1/2 hour hoping another becomes available. Plus, it can take a good 15 minutes to drive around a block in NYC. Reality is that people will continue to drive, and hopefully get rid of Mike “term limits are for other people” Bloomberg.

  • Realist in NYC

    By the way – Mellow Yellow don’t sound so yellow!! You wouldn’t happen to be an anarchist would you??

  • Realist, how is calling for justice based on an existing law exploiting to serve an agenda? I guarantee you his family and friends are calling for the same thing, regardless of how they feel about mobility options.

    Bike lanes or parking have nothing to do with this accident, either.

  • Joe R.

    “Everyone can’t ride a bike or take mass transit. Some people need to drive.”

    And a lot of people drive who don’t need to. It’s one thing driving if you need to carry heavy loads and make many excursions to places with little mass transit. A lot of Manhattan drivers are suburban commuters who can save time and money by taking the train. For whatever illogical reason they insist on using their cars even though it takes longer and costs more. I knew someone who used to drive in from Long Island. He could have drove 10 minutes to the train station, and then it was another 40 or 50 minutes to get in. Instead, he drove. 2 hours each way on a good day, 3 hours on a bad one, compared to an hour and change with the train. When I pressed him on why, he really had no good answer other than he hated the train.

    Demand for driving isn’t fixed. It’s been shown time and again the harder you make parking, the fewer people will drive. It’s not the bike lanes causing the congestion problems you mention. Rather, it’s too many people like the person I knew choosing to drive to a place like Manhattan when they have other viable options.

    As for the many cyclists not using the new bike lanes, from what I’ve heard they’re often full of parked delivery trucks or regularly intruded upon by pedestrians. Add in the wave of novice 8 mph cyclists you might get stuck behind with no room to pass. No experienced cyclist is going to want to travel in an obstacle course like that. You can probably walk faster. Or so I’ve heard. I’ve never rode in them personally. In fact I have no reason or desire to ride in Manhattan at all.

    I’ll grant your point that the bike lanes are a joke but not because they exist. Rather, it’s because of the piecemeal manner in which they’ve been built. The city should be thinking much bigger than it is, and building a comprehensive grade-separated cycling network citiwide ( yes, the outer boroughs are part of the city too although this fact seems lost on Bloomberg and JSK ) where cyclists can do their thing free of pedestrians, motorists, and especially traffic lights for 95% of their trip. Human powered transport can be viable over much larger distances than thought, but only if we have the right machines ( i.e. aerodynamic velomobiles ) and infrastructure. Right now all people see bikes as good for is puttering on bike lanes for a few miles around Manhattan. Think out of the box. We can do so much better than that.

  • J

    Alan,

    It looks to me that backing up through a crosswalk and killing a pedestrian is careless, inattentive, AND neglectful. Therefore, it is most certainly deserving of the term negligent. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Cap’n Transit @39: It can’t hurt for people to contact the DA’s office directly. In addition, folks represented by Dan Garodnick, Jonathan Bing, and Liz Kruger (whose districts include 81st and Madison) should consider writing to them, and asking that they inquire of the NYPD why it has prejudiced its investigation of this incident by announcing that “no criminality is suspected” before the investigation is concluded, and that the investigation be conducted with rigor and transparency.

    Mellow Yellow @40: Thanks for pointing out the NYPD’s enforcement double standard. I think it’s funny that someone has mischaracterized you as an anarchist because you’re calling on NYPD, an arm of government, to enforce the laws equally. Not exactly how I would define anarchism…

    Peter @41: It’s hardly unfair to ask that NYPD be aggressive in investigating and enforcing the law against traffic violations that have resulted, or are likely to result, in serious injury or death, while spending relatively less time on violations that don’t pose that risk. Your criticism of this approach as somehow inconsistent or prima-donna-ish leaves me scratching my head.

    Realist @42: You gave me a nice chuckle, criticizing this blog for exploiting this death for an “agenda,” and then launching into a diatribe that has nothing to do with the incident that clearly is aimed at furthering your personal agenda as a curbside welfare cheat. What’s remarkable to me is that, on top of feeling entitled to free parking on public land, you think you’re entitled to break the law and endanger others in your mad scramble to claim it. Get off the dole, dude, and buy a parking space.

    Joe R. @45: I understand why you’ve heard that bike lanes are dangerous and slow–a persuasive but misguided video short with that thesis has been widely publicized–but it’s simply not true. I have done plenty to document that these lanes support safe, efficient bike travel at ~15 MPH. At this point, I’d merely extend an open invitation to anyone who wants to join me on a ride on the First/Second Ave bike facility, so that they can demonstrate to me empirically why they believe it is unreasonably slow or dangerous.

  • the powers that be in this country have always ignored or antagonized every minority — non-mainstream group at some point in time. it was only after each of these groups stood up and took direct action that any of their demands were ever met.

    critical mass is great, but only applies to bicyclists. there needs to be something that applies to everyone. even people who drive are pedestrians at some point in their day and are therefore at risk. every bicyclist as well. that means 100% of new yorkers.

    if people sit around and beg the police to do their job, they never will. if folks take action into their own hands, the police will have no other choice.

    they work for us.

  • I spoke to staffers in the offices of State Senator Kruegers, Assemblymembers Bing and Kellner, and Councilmember Garodnick today, to urge them to call on DA Vance to use tools such as Elle’s Law as appropriate in this case (and others). In addition, I traded voicemails with the Manhattan Special ADA for Community Affairs, Lee Llambelis, who told me this afternoon “rest assured, this is being investigated.”

  • Joe R.

    @BicyclesOnly ( post #47 ),

    You do a great job showing the new bike lanes in a good light. I might even agree with you-to a point. Your overall average in those videos was 11 1/3 mph, not bad considering this is Manhattan. Heck, from your video it seems it would have been possible to pick up the pace a few mph, maybe avoid a couple of lights you got caught at, perhaps get the average up to 13 or even 14 mph. For Manhattan I would consider that acceptable even if still a little less than what I’m used to. Most of my rides here in Queens average between mid 15s and mid 16s overall. I’ll typically average 17-18 mph for the parts of my ride along major arterials.

    Anyway, my primary complaint about the city is doing is that it’s sticking bike lanes piecemeal in places, seemingly without any thought at all to any overall system. Moreover, the outer boroughs are pretty much ignored except for some yuppie areas in Brooklyn and Long Island City. Let’s say a good portion of a trip in Manhattan is outside where the 2nd Avenue bike lane goes. Sure, pushing it I might average 13 or 14 mph for that portion of the ride on the bike lane, but what about the rest? Between traffic conditions and lights likely not timed at all to bicycle speeds, I may well average walking speed for the remainder of the trip. Remember the bike lane only lasts for what, 30 blocks? After that I’m at the mercy of Manhattan congestion. Overall, it might well be faster to take the subway. In extreme cases, cycling might not beat walking. This is why you need a system approach-to ensure that bicycle travel is efficient for most or all of the journey, not just a few blocks.

    The city really should have thought all this out coherently with a complete system approach in mind. A bunch of disjointed bike lanes scattered throughout the city only serves a niche crowd, yet seems to draw a disproportionate amount of ire. Since opposition to bike lanes seems to be a given, unfortunately, then to me it makes more sense to just build really big. I figure they’ll hate us anyway, but at least with a system approach we get something useful both for travel within Manhattan, and also the outer boroughs. And I hold to my opinion that grade-separated infrastructure is really the best way to move forward. For starters, it would likely draw less opposition since you’re far less street space. Second, it can easily bring overall travel speeds of competent cyclists to 20 mph or better, way higher than that if we have widespread adoption of velomobiles, since it completely removes auto congestion and stop lights from the equation. Speeds like this compare more than favorable to the subway once waiting time is factored in. It could be revolutionary if only those in charge could see the potential.

    Right now we’re at a crucial point. Mass transit funding will likely barely be enough to keep the present system functioning, never mind much needed expansions in the outer boroughs. So how will people get around? We’ve already seen the pitfalls of auto dependency. What we need is a relatively inexpensive way to supplement what mass transit does. I think my ideas fit the bill far better than what the city is doing. I’d love to write a coherent letter to Bloomberg and JSK with my proposals, but I have a feeling with their egos it would end up in the “floor file”.

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