Today’s Headlines

  • Electeds Want 16-Agency “Working Group” to Prepare for Canarsie Tube Closure (News, @2AvSagas)
  • How Will NYC Manage Streets When There’s No L Service? De Blasio Isn’t Inspiring Confidence (Politico)
  • The Times Ponders How Williamsburg Will Fare Without the L; Post Pleased With Shutdown Plan
  • Keegan Stephan: Get the NYPD Out of Vision Zero (City Limits)
  • Cyclist Seriously Injured in Greenwood Collision; Driver Claims Victim Ran Stop Sign (News, DNA)
  • Unlicensed Hit-and-Run Driver Gets 1 to 3 Years for Crash That Killed Guler Ugur-Yaacobi (Post)
  • There Was a Fatal Motorcycle Crash in the Lincoln Tunnel This Morning (NY1)
  • The Post Reports on NYC’s June Traffic Death Spike
  • With New Limits on Hours, Why Isn’t the TLC Talking About Raising Cab Driver Pay? (Crain’s)
  • Steve Matteo, Staten Island Advance Come to Aid of Drivers Who Speed in School Zones (1, 2)
  • James Oddo Wants the Staten Island Ferry to Have More Manhattan Destinations (Advance)
  • What Happens When Old-Timey Subway Cars Break Down (WNYC, NY1)

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  • Larry Littlefield

    “Electeds Want 16-Agency “Working Group” to Prepare for Canarsie Tube Closure.”

    Oh man. I remember those kinds of meetings, which went on and on without resolution. I tried to be less bored by guessing everybody’s salary and figuring out how much taxpayer money was being wasted by the meeting.

    The MTA and NYC need to meet about buses. NYCT operations planning needs to meet with the Department of Subways about how to move the cars, train operators and conductors around for alternate service. Stations needs to have people out providing information on alternatives — for the first two weeks. No need to coordinate anything.

    Also, I would turn the “Lowline” into a huge bike parking area, with connections to the F, J and M.

  • Maggie

    “The disheartening numbers come five years after Mayor de Blasio launched his “Vision Zero” program with the goal of having no traffic deaths in the entire city by 2024.”

    De Blasio took office on January 1, 2014. The bar is ultra-low for Post reporting but what’s behind their five-year math??

  • notsurprised

    NYPD on Vision Zero this morning (warning: victim blaming): https://twitter.com/NYPD19Pct/status/758279271328645120

  • BBnet3000

    “Will prevent most collisions (note: our own data says otherwise)”

  • van_vlissingen

    Wow if you click the link for the Greenwood crash you can see the dent in the car is shaped like a guy on a road bike.

  • bolwerk

    Next time you see that, take a screenshot and tweet it. Stupid like that deserves to stay on the record forever!

  • Squadron has been a solid leader on a lot of key transportation issues, but the idea that “at a minimum” 16 agencies need to be involved in this planning effort is absurd and counterproductive. Like you said, just get DOT and the MTA to work out the bus bridge, add some ferry service and bike infrastructure, turn 14th St into a Peopleway and ensure added subway service on other lines. That’s the best that can be done.

  • vince

    Hopefully with the L train tunnel shutdown, people will realize that public transit is the best way to move so many people around in a city. So public transit will get the proper funding to build more subway lines in the long run. NYC really needs more subway lines for the outer boroughs..

  • Shemp

    When in government, Hell is Other Government Departments

  • qrt145

    They forgot to include NASA in the Canarsie Tube inter-agency working group!

  • Larry Littlefield

    It does appear that in the Greenwood incident it may have been the cyclist that screwed up. So they put this out.

    Fine, but what is their advice for all the other incidents?

    Here is one from me. Nothing good ever happens after midnight, when motor vehicles are not slowed by traffic, drivers may be drunk, and there are fewer other people around to see.

  • Eric McClure

    I’m no certified crash investigator, but the photo of the car from last night’s Greenwood crash would appear to corroborate the driver’s account. There’s a stop sign coming down 22nd, no traffic control for vehicles on 6th.

  • kevd

    drivers can be drunk at any time.
    & they’re generally far bigger ass-holes during rush hour.

  • Simon Phearson

    In my experience, there seems to be a strange window between early morning hours, when it’s still quiet, and “rush hours,” during which drivers (of every kind) are more hostile. That’s about 7-8 I think.

    Do NYPD officers get off their shifts about then?

  • Simon Phearson

    I agree. It seems like due care at a stop sign (even if you’re not observing it strictly) would have given the cyclist ample opportunity to see and avoid oncoming traffic, particularly given where he seems to have hit the car. The car couldn’t have been that far away when he entered the intersection.

  • SSkate

    NASA has an office in the city. So it’s not even a long-distance call.

  • Mike

    That was my first thought as well. Besides blowing a light or a stop sign (which you correctly point out is impossible heading down 6th at that corner), the only way I can imagine that dent happening with the driver being at fault is a left hook in front of a fast moving cyclist. Since 6th is a two way street, that also seems exceedingly unlikely. That said, I wish the cyclist as speedy and as full a recovery as possible.

  • Vooch

    Kabak – your approach would exclude providing lavish Consulting Gigs to my Mistress and my First wive’s loser nephew. times 16 of course

  • Komanoff

    Am surprised that none of these three thoughtful commenters alluded to the (unknown) driver’s speed upstream of the intersection. While perhaps unlikely, it’s not inconceivable that the cyclist was guided by an implicit expectation that any cross-passing auto would be observing the speed limit, or close to it . . . and was done in by a significant exceedance.

  • qrt145

    I may be cynical and paranoid, but given past history with the local papers reporting of crashes, I’d say there’s only about a 50-50 chance that they correctly reported who was going along which street.

  • Joe R.

    Another thought is the car could have been parked one or two spots from the intersection. The cyclist therefore would have thought it was clear. If the driver then left the parking spot suddenly with the typical “gun it and go” method I often see, and without bothering to look, then the cyclist could have been caught by surprise. I’m often taken aback at how casually some drivers treat leaving a parking spot. I’ve seen cases where the car is flying out of the spot right after the car is started. The drivers have it down pat turning the key, putting it in drive, and flooring it to get out of the spot in one seamless maneuver.

  • Komanoff

    I found Keegan Stephan’s piece, “Get the NYPD Out of Vision Zero” (linked in the fourth headline), to be powerful and insistent.

    It’s a powerful (and thrilling) indictment of the NYPD and, by extension, the de Blasion administration. It’s also an insistent challenge to those of us (including me) who have insisted that police traffic enforcement could and must be a humane and effective element in safer-streets policy and management.

    Keegan’s piece is also a bracing read: a manifesto, a broadside, a cri de coeur, and a trenchant analysis rolled into one. Quotable throughout.

    It’s been bouncing all over Twitter, deservedly. I can only imagine how it’s
    playing at City Hall and Police Plaza.

    I hope every reader of Streetsblog and participant in the livable streets movement will give it a close read.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Gun it and go from a parking spot is the one argument against “jay biking” at a slow speed.

    Then again, that doesn’t look like a crash at a slow speed.

  • AMH

    Will “help” prevent (whatever that means)

  • JudenChino

    TLDR version: The NYPD doesn’t give a fuck and people are dying because of it.

  • JudenChino

    That’s really a shame. I used to commute from midtown and sometimes I’d leave real late. My goodness, if you’re riding from midtown at 2 am it’s amazing how empty the city feels. It’s so relaxing to have the road (and your thoughts) all to yourself. Like, I sit at a desk. And after 14 hours being able to unwind and reflect and all that.

    But yah, totally true. It’s what happened to Matt Van Ohlen.

  • AMH

    It’s amazing actually having some space, being able to build up enough speed to ride the green wave (for 20+ blocks!) without having to slam on your brakes, without getting cut off or crushed by double-parkers (and then having to decide whether to wait out the light or try to get ahead of the madness). It’s like a whole other world.

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