Today’s Headlines

  • Sadik-Khan Talks Bike-Share, Parking Privatization, Bike Racks at City Council (Transpo Nation)
  • City Council Wants to Create Enforcement Team Dedicated Only to Bikes on Sidewalks (News)
  • TSTC/AARP: Upstate Transit Cuts Hurt Seniors and Low-Income Residents (MTR)
  • De Blasio Joins Suit Against Outer Borough Taxi Plan (News, CapNY)
  • Judge Clears Driver of Remaining Charge in Jasmine Herron Dooring Death on Technicality (News)
  • West Village Neighbors Urge Drivers to Slow Down After Death of Lori Stevens (DNA)
  • Celeb Jeweler Assaults Man in Fight For West Village Parking Space (News)
  • Delancey Street Safety Improvements to Begin Next Week (DNAinfo)
  • Total Cost of Bus Fare-Beaters: $14M (Post)
  • City Parking Regulations Now Available as Online Map (Transpo Nation)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    Is it really just $14 million per year?  The expected bus farebox revenue for next year is $885 million.  That means you have a shrinkage/theft rate of 1.6%.  Which is about what I would have expected.  But based on the article, I would have assumed it was worse.

    The question is, is it getting worse.  If not, it isn’t terrible.

  • Eric McClure

    Re: the Transportation Nation piece — wasn’t it just December, 2010 that Peter Koo was complaining that DOT was striping bike lanes in Flushing that were, he alleged, devoid of cyclists? And now fast forward 18 months and there are bikes “chained everywhere in the neighborhood?” Do they get dropped off in vans?

  • Eric McClure

    I have no problem at all with additional enforcement against sidewalk cycling, but if we’re going to create a special task force, shouldn’t we maybe deploy those resources against cars that kill rather than bikes that annoy?

  • moocow

    Yes, a task force to stop all vehicles that illegally travel and perhaps kill, on the sidewalk?

  • Jesse Greene

    How about a special task force for cars on the sidewalk?

  • NM

    Question for those of you who understand this city better than I do re: the Jasmine Herron story:  what is the best way to channel our anger here?  Letters to politicians?  Which ones?  Attending precinct meetings?  Anything else?  How would you rank the most effective things we can do?

  • Guest

    @NM – the “best” way is to thank God we have a legal system that requires that all elements of a crime are proven. On the grand scale of things, the protections offered by a functioning legal system are way more important than holding a careless vehicle operator responsible for the consequences of her actions. 

  • NM

    Thank you, Guest.  While I’m aware that the narrow opinion recently issued relates to whether the driver was sent a letter letting her know what the date printed on her driver’s license is, I’m actually not angry about that particular charge but the larger situation.  I would hope that the protections of a functioning legal system would apply equally to those who were not ‘careless vehicle operators’ and if crimes are appropriately defined then certainly all elements should be proven.  I don’t believe we are in disagreement on that.

  • da

    How about a special task force for cars parked in the bike lanes?

  • Anonymous

    The sad part about the Jasmine Herron case is that the best that the prosecutors could do under the current system was to charge the perpetrator with driving without a license. Forget about licenses for a moment; isn’t it wrong that killing someone by hitting her with a car door isn’t considered a crime? If she had killed her by hitting her with a rock, it would have been seen as a crime, but for some reason killers that use cars as weapons are given immunity.

  • Anonymous

    @14593a887013f312e02fcba142ec257e:disqus … I wonder who would be on the task force for police cars parked on the bike lane. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    @EricMcClure:disqus  I know, right?  I saw James Vacca on NY1 news this morning talking about how these bikes are on the sidewalk getting in the way of pedestrians, and SOMEONE COULD GET KILLED!  No mention of any initiatives to do anything about the mode of transportation that actually DOES kill pedestrians on a regular basis.

  • Guest

     you’ll have a much easier time with a finding of mens rea in a rock throwing case than in a dooring case. If the driver didn’t see Herron – either through negligence by not looking, or because she couldn’t see for some other reason – it’s unlikely she did so planning injury or with the knowledge that her action was LIKELY (not possible) to cause injury. So you’ve got a bad comparison there.

    Think of it another way – if you open a door in your home, and someone is on the other side of it, and you COULDN’T see (it’s a solid door), should you be criminally liable if someone gets hurt? If you bump someone on the street accidentally and nothing happens, are you any more or less a criminal if they then trip over an umbrella left on the sidewalk, fall in to traffic and die? In order to be at peace with the system, you’ve got to separate acts from results.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know the legal meaning of “likely”, but every driver should know that opening a door without looking can lead to someone crashing into your door. If you do it often enough, I would say it is indeed likely to cause somebody crashing into your door. Is it likely to kill someone? Maybe not, but unfortunately it happens.

    But OK, I see your point about the difficulty of proving that she had a “guilty mind”. It is unfortunate, though. The difference I see between dooring someone with your car and “dooring” someone in your house (regardless of the point about house doors usually being opaque) is that cars are generally known to be dangerous and operate in dangerous environments. That’s why I think that opening a car door without looking is (or at least, should be considered) negligent, while opening a door in your house isn’t. (I’d be more lenient towards unlicensed passengers, especially children.)

    But OK, let’s forget about the homicide charge for now. The other thing that is infuriating about this case is that the laws we have against leaving the scene of an accident only apply if your vehicle was moving (according to the Daily News). That doesn’t make any sense. If you were involved in a fatal accident (especially if you *caused* it), you should be required to stay at the scene regardless of whether you were moving or not, or in a vehicle or not.

  • Joe R.

    Regarding Jasmine Heron and other dooring victims, why haven’t we mandated years ago that all vehicles have either scissors doors or sliding doors? Both would be far safer than the antiquated hinged doors currently used on most vehicles. You would also avoid “door dings” in parking lots. I don’t get it. The solution has been staring us in the face for decades.

  • HamTech87

    re: Lori Stevens.  Sometimes these DNAInfo writers drive me crazy.  A “story” is staring them in the face, and they don’t follow it up.  

    The cause of the crash, a cab driver allegedly going too fast, is just mentioned and not follow-up.  The “no charges” line from the police just mentioned.  

    Don’t these people go to school for journalism?  

  • fj

    An enforcement team making city streets safer makes a lot more sense.

    re:  City Council Wants to Create Enforcement Team Dedication Only to Bikes on Sidewalks (News)