Today’s Headlines

  • Police Pull Over Bronx Driver for Failure to Yield; He Flees and Crashes; OxyContin Found in Car (Post)
  • Residents Give 78th Precinct’s Failure-to-Yield Sting Good Reviews (PostNews)
  • UWS Precinct Puts Up Posters (Twitter), Blames Pedestrians for “Running Out and Being Struck” (DNA)
  • NYPD’s Jaywalking Obsession Gets Attention of the AP: “What New Yorker Hasn’t Jaywalked?”
  • NYU Students Install Addition to Crossing Signal That Scolds Against Jaywalking (Gothamist)
  • Ydanis Rodriguez Lays Out Priorities; Committee Set to Override Hit-and-Run Veto Today (Observer)
  • Citi Bike Has Averaged 9,600 Trips Each Day So Far This January, Despite Cold and Snow (NYT)
  • Westchester Lawmaker Fails to Grasp the Irony in Naming TZB After Pete Seeger (NY1, WFUV)
  • Greg David: What de Blasio’s Really Fighting for Is Home Rule, for Speed Cams and More (Crain’s)
  • Why Did a Flushing McDonald’s Become a Flashpoint? Kimmelman: It’s About Social Public Space (NYT)
  • BP Oddo: SI Drivers Should Be Able to Use Snow as an Excuse to Drive in Bus Lanes (Advance)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Eric McClure

    The “Broken Crosswalks” Theory of Policing. Keep it up, NYPD.

  • Jesse

    Reading this from the stack today, I felt like I was being trolled:

    “We need to be sensitive to the fact that we do have a way of life, and many of us who’ve been here know that,” de Blasio said. “But we have to educate people to the dangers. There’s a lot more vehicles in this town than there used to be.”

    How perfect an illustration of the car-ped double standard is this? We can educate people to control jaywalking, but the number of cars in NYC, and how their drivers behave, is just a force of nature.

  • Reader

    It’s the “and many of us who’ve been here know that” that illustrates something deeper to me. That “real” New Yorkers know that cars are just a fact of life and that all you new kids with your walking and biking should know that can’t change too much.

  • Keegan Stephan

    Catching unlicensed and routinely reckless drivers by applying broken windows policing to wide-spread failure to yield was exactly what George Kelling spoke about at the 11/19 NYU panel. His comments made me slightly okay with the appointment of Bratton.

    Unfortunately, cracking down on jaywalking is exactly what Bratton spoke about: http://rightofway.org/jaywalkingcrackdown/

    A reporter asked me, “Everyone jaywalks in New York. They always have, and no one ever gets ticketed. Where is this coming from?”

    LA.
    (The last place New Yorkers want to live)

  • Paul White

    cracking down on unyielding drivers is the best way to keep criminals– of all kinds– off the street. no unjust profiling necessary.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    And yes, there are more cars here now than in 1860, but aren’t there less drivers on the roads now than in recent history? I recall seeing that somewhere making his comment that there are more vehicles now a bit vacuous.

  • Pursuant

    Not to schadenfreude much but Atlanta and a lot of other cities could really use more rail transit about now.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    Yes, the “broken crosswalks”, I would be interested to see how many of the drivers ticketed for failing to yield also have other violations:

    an invalid license
    lack insurance
    auto is not registered where they live

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    Maybe all the suburbanites will learn to live walking distance from MARTA.

    (Sadly they will all just complain about it and buy billions in snow plows for the roads. Then because the plows just sit there for a few years without being used their maintenance budget gets cut so no one drives them regularly and so when they get their next snow storm none of the plows work. (If you couldn’t tell, I lived in DC area))

  • Wilfried84

    Idle musing: Will they try the same for bicycles come spring time, when the cops are wont to mount ticketing blitzes against cyclists? They could easily do the same to bikes running red lights. While I would hardly welcome such a thing, in some sense, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • JoshNY

    I read this as saying jaywalking was “a way of life”. Am I mistaken?

  • murphstahoe
  • Mark Walker

    Atlanta is getting a foretaste of the future, when oil prices rise and driving falls. As Kunstler points out, the city wouldn’t exist had it not been for transit: It was built at the intersection of two major railroads. The suburban flab came later. When oil is $200 a barrel and most of the cars stop running, it will resettle itself around MARTA. The folks who prevented MARTA from coming to their neighborhoods for segregationist motives will rue the day when they discover that transit-oriented development is the key to the future.

  • Mark Walker

    Some view driving as a social promotion. They feel that having to use transit would be like getting kicked down a rung on the social ladder. Given the fact that the percentage of car-free households is at 56 percent and rising, this perception and the people who hold it will eventually die off.

  • BornAgainBicyclist

    There are some economic realities, too. Even if the price of oil doesn’t go up much, given the failure of the business world’s powers that be to give their employees wage increases that keep pace with the cost of living, and increasing income inequality more generally, it’s also going to be harder and harder for most people to justify the cost of owning and operating a private car.

  • Guest

    Of course. It’s already been happening. More bikes on the street = more tickets.

    Be careful what you wish for, unintended consequences abound.

    The zealots have yet to realize this, just having fallen off the turnip truck,

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