Today’s Headlines

  • Media Paying More Attention to Bronx Highway Tragedy Than Other Traffic Deaths (NYT, NY1, WSJ)
  • Imagine If Every Fatal Crash Prompted This Level of Engineering Analysis From the Daily News
  • AAA Blames Curb of Closed-Off Pedestrian Walkway on the Bronx River Parkway (Post)
  • Cap’n Transit: Put the Highway on a Diet, Save Lives
  • Judge Rejects Suit Seeking to Deny Curbside Access Near Port Authority to Megabus (DNA)
  • 2008 LES Rezoning Impeding Development Near Delancey Street Subway (Crain’s)
  • Staten Island Cops Hand Out More Tickets for Tinted Windows Than for Speeding (Advance)
  • 10,000 Cyclists Turn Out in London to Protest Lack of Safe Streets (Times of London)
  • Police Bias Against Cyclists: A National Perspective (Bicycling)
  • Complete Streets Laws All the Rage in Jersey (MTR)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Sounds like what needs to be fixed in the Bronx is the speeding, as much as the roadway.

  • Ghost of Henry Barnes

    This kind of callous acceptance of traffic fatalities and crippled victims is symptomatic of the moral blindness that afflicts America on wheels.  The motorist is penalized with traffic jams, parking problems, the high cost of his mobility (car investment, insurance rates, taxes, repair bills, parking fees) and so he is forgiven – or, at the very least, understood – when he knocks off a pedestrian or kills two or three people in a collision.  Frustration is his sickness, and he takes it out in speed and on his fellow drivers.

    Unless we do something in terms of realigning our sense of values, so that a murder on the highway is equally as shocking as a murder in a bar and grill or elsewhere, we are never going to reduce the automobile death toll.

    Excerpt from p. 244 of my autobiography.

  • moocow

    The Daily News commenters really take the driver to task for speeding, more than I would have suspected.

  • Morris Zapp

    If the Daily News and AAA were really interested in preventing future tragedies, they would stop making excuses for drivers and start encouraging them to obey traffic laws.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Basically, most of the roadways in the NY area are substandard, because they were shoehorned in to an existing city.  That’s why they have lower speed limits.

    At that speed, virtually anything that happens could end in a disaster.  You are one little mistake from death.

    What kind of fence could stop an big SUV at that speed?  On the Thruway, it would have gone over an embankment and into a tree.

  • Anonymous

    I was just driving on the BQE last night–speed limit 45–thinking about this accident the whole time.  Try going that slow and see what happens.  You’ll have a semi up your ass flashing its high beams and blasting the horn in 30 seconds if you’re lucky.  Agressive driving and speeding are so rampant in NYC and the entire region that veering across 3 lanes with no signal at 25+ over the speed limit is the norm.  Anyone who reads the Weekly Carnage knows how this ends, on a regular and relentless basis.

    Speed limits are so routinely ignored that they might as well not even be posted.  Meanwhile: let’s all have an embolism about a cyclist rolling through a light to avoid cars.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Man it’s nuts up here in Midtown.  Police everywhere, sirens, loudspeakers blaring ordering vehicles to move to the right.

    It seems as if there is some kind of counter-protest against Occupy Wall Street.  Thousands of motor vehicles have swarmed the streets, obstructing traffic and making it dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Anonymous

    Larry: is that a real thing, or sarcasm?

  • carma

    @station44025:disqus 
    try going 45mph on the bqe before 10PM.  you cant.  you are lucky enough to hit 4.5 mph.

    after 10PM, you can hit 70mph easily, if you know where the potholes are and are have no fear of wrecking your wheels.

  • Anonymous

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus  OMG it is so sketchy–orange barrells, random striping, random potholes, spraying water from construction, psychotic drivers, debris, etc. And you’re right that 65-70 is avg. if there isn’t a standstill.

  • carma

    @station44025:disqus 
    the whole bqe is a mess.  its a clusterfuck of traffic.  and if you are able to speed up, you eventually will get debris/pothole retarded driver to clock your car a good one.

    i think the random striping you are mentioning is probably the prospect/gowanus split.  its non stop construction zig/zagged lanes.

  • Anonymous

    I think the AAA guy I saw interviewed on NY1 this morning actually was saying something about better speed enforcement, but it struck me as hypocritical pandering – he’d be saying the exact opposite if we heard about the NYPD issuing more speeding tickets.

  • Andrew

    after 10PM, you can hit 70mph easily, if you know where the potholes are and are have no fear of wrecking your wheels.plagiarism checker to fight plagiarism

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