Today’s Headlines

  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Sergio Gutierrez, 45, in Wakefield, Remains at Large (NY1)
  • Citi Bike May Soon Come to the Bronx and Staten Island (DNA, NewsPost)
  • Daily News Calls on Cuomo to Back Toll Reform to Fund Transit
  • No Answers on Deteriorating Subway Service; De Blasio Chimes In (PoliticoAMNY, NewsNYT)
  • More Coverage of Yesterday’s Fair Fares Rally: GothamistVoice, News
  • Queens Boulevard Vision Zero Improvements Are Saving Lives (NY1)
  • Trottenberg Downplays Expectations for City’s Congestion Plan (AMNY)
  • Leave It to the Brooklyn Paper to Sensationalize One of NYC’s Most Important Street Safety Projects
  • Bay Ridge Council Candidate Takes On “Excessive Ticketing” for Blocking Bike Lanes (Eagle)
  • Jumaane Williams Threw a Twitter Tantrum Over “Arbitrary” 25 MPH Speed Limit (1, 2)
  • NYPD Officer Backs Into Pedestrian in Bed-Stuy; Victim Hospitalized (News)
  • When DOT Stripes Crosswalks Around Illegally Parked Cars, Drivers Are the Victims (Bklyn Paper)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Guest

    Quaglione likes bike lanes just fine, as long as they don’t provide even nominal protection to cyclists…

  • Kevin Love

    I am rather disturbed about Polly Trottenberg’s statements, as reported by AMNY But she stressed that the only way to beat congestion is with more mass transit funding.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “I do know there have been issues in the past,” said Beckmann. “The question I have is, legally, where is it summonsable? Where is it illegal — is that distinguished by an end of a corner or the painted line?”

    So it’s only half a placard spot instead of a full placard spot. Is that the problem?

  • Kevin Love

    Our lives are less important than his kid getting an ice cream. Priorities…

  • Williams’ Twitter tantrum was pretty juvenile Essentially, he said, “If 25 mph is so safe, why not make it 10 mph or 5 mph?” Um, because safe streets activists are not as unreasonable as you think they are! The entire speed limit itself is a compromise; advocates wanted it to be 20 mph. 25 was seen as more politically palatable for the motorheads in Albany. Plus, given the conditions placed on when and where speed cameras can be used and how hard people have had to fight to change those conditions and expand the program, it’s hard to say that advocates are the unreasonable ones here.

  • JudenChino

    Quaglione’s proposal would be to have broken white lines on the outside of the bike lane as in the intersections so that people would be able to stand there for a brief amount of time. “Residents can come home from the supermarket, or with heavy items from Home Depot, pull over in front of their homes and unload their groceries before having to go look for a parking spot.,” said Quaglione.

    Huh . . . . So why even have bike lanes? People who stand in bike lanes should be ticketed! Like, I don’t get what’s so difficult or unfair about that?

  • Vooch

    the civilized world had 18MPH

  • Vooch

    free double parking is a right of the tiny minority of NYrs who drive !!!

    because it’s tooooo far to walk 100ft for these crybaby lazy entitled self centered killers of innocent women & children operating hulking death machines on our public spaces

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Than his kid getting an ice cream *by car*. I suspect that like the rest of us in the area, he has ice cream shops within walking distance. There’s also cycling and transit…

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen
  • bolwerk

    And the powers at be have arbitrarily decided we should do nothing about the fact that the subway moves like a snail. That’s not a problem, but a councilman’s car ride being too slow is.

  • Joe R.

    I think problem here isn’t just the lower speed limit. It’s the fact that the primary cause of so many deaths and injuries is the volume of motor vehicles. Their speed is relevant also but that’s more a second order factor. In my opinion lowering the speed limit to 25 mph gave deBlasio brownie points with safe streets activists but in the end it will accomplish very little as far as reducing the number of deaths or injuries. It simply was something which required far less political capital than reducing motor traffic volumes would have, so he said OK.

    Those of us who are looking for real solutions are more interested first and foremost in eliminating nonessential motor vehicles. After that’s done, you assess the situation. How many deaths or injuries remain? What is their primary cause? You use that data to fix the problems on a case-by-case basis, rather than applying a blanket fix like universally lower speed limits. It may be on street A you need a road diet. You might want to close street B to non-through motor traffic by bollarding it at one end. Street C might be made two-way instead of one way in order to reduce motor traffic speeds. In some cases you might indeed have lower speed limits as well.

    The problem here is the same problem we have when putting in bike infrastructure. We get all enamoured about one thing they may do overseas, like protected bike lanes. However, we use just that tool while ignoring a lot of other things which they do overseas to make riding safe, practical, and efficient like eliminating the need to stop frequently, unraveling bike routes from motor routes, and having adequate bike parking. Same thing with this fix. We look at Europe and say they have lower speed limits in many urban areas than us. But we totally ignore that those lower speed limits are done in conjunction with major street design, plus a concerted effort to reduce motor traffic volumes. You can’t implement only one part of a broad solution and expect results. Oh, and while we’re at it we also neatly ignore the fact they generally have higher speed limits on European highways (and also on many major arterials in cities). 120kph to 160kph (75mph to 99 mph) is pretty typical. This helps encourage motor traffic to get off local streets and on to highways whenever possible.

    Bottom line, we need to radically reduce the number of motor vehicles in this city. As for speed limits, a blanket limit of 25 mph on residential side streets seems appropriate to me but this is often too slow on major arterials. Those arterials could still be very safe with 30, 35, or 40 mph speed limits if we segregate bike traffic and greatly reduce traffic volumes. Think of it this way. If you have lots of cars going 25 mph, as opposed to 1/10th as many going 40 mph, which is safer? In general the latter is. You only have 10% of the chance of getting hit by a vehicle if you randomly run into the street. And with the much lower traffic volumes driver behavior tends to be more predictable and more civilized. The sociopathic driving behavior we often see in NYC is a direct result of the very crowded road conditions which exist. When forward progress is often measured in feet, drivers take all sorts of dangerous shortcuts just to gain a few feet here and there. I feel this is one reason why European drivers are generally safer. It’s not just the better driver training. It’s also the fact that an effort is made to reduce traffic volumes so traffic is always free-flowing. An effort is also made to use signals or stop signs only when needed. Less traffic, plus less need to stop frequently, results in more relaxed drivers who are actually courteous around cyclists and pedestrians. You see the end results of this in their lower per capita death rates.

  • Jesse

    Driver who hit 13 people in Times Square had two prior DUI arrests.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/multiple-pedestrians-reportedly-struck-car-times-square/story?id=47489279

    How long until someone blames it on the plaza?

  • Ken Dodd

    How about charging anyone who opens a car door into the path of a cyclist with manslaughter? There should be a basic obligation to respect the lives of others in carrying out any “everyday” act which carries a risk of killing or injuring another person. Opening a car door into the road is an inherently risky act which should come with that legal obligation, but alas the law sees these accidents as just a “freak one in a million thing that could happen to anyone.” It’s never happened to me, because when opening a car door in such circumstances I ALWAYS look over my shoulder to check if anything’s coming. Apart from the risk to cyclists, you could also lose your arm if a truck’s passing too close. Sick of these idiots and the lawmakers who appease them.

  • Ken Dodd

    Wow huge DUI carnage in Times Square today.

  • Jesse

    Or how about just eliminating parking on one side of the street and creating a nice curb-protected bike lane? I saw these all over Buenos Aires and they worked great.

  • Joe R.

    I’ll add throwing anything at a cyclist as something which needs to be taken a lot more seriously. Just throwing something should be considered assault. If it results in death because the cyclist loses control, then it should be charged as manslaughter.

    It’s amazing how casually people treat opening a door in the path of a cyclist. At one time NYC prohibited exiting a car on the street side. It might be time to pass such a law. Other than laziness, there’s no reason you can’t exit on the curb side.

  • bolwerk

    It’s obviously the fault of breasts.

  • Jesse

    I could seriously see some politician saying “this never would have happened if the plazas hadn’t invited so many people to walk around there.” Streetsblog correctly points out that the bollards probably saved some lives. If anything, this horror show illustrates the need for more pedestrianization.

  • Ken Dodd

    They already arrested a cyclist at the scene for biking into the area. So at least they got that covered.

  • Ken Dodd

    Your reasoning is a little off here. First of all, I would guess that pedestrians are more likely to “randomly run into the street” when those streets have less traffic. Many pedestrian fatalities occur when people misjudge the distance and speed of an approaching car and venture out to cross. When it’s wall to wall slow moving traffic, you’re probably more likely to wait for the light. Secondly, in a collision, speed is everything. I can’t remember what the exact figures are but past 30mph, your chance of dying is exponentially higher than when the speed is 20-30mph.

  • AnoNYC

    Sergio Gutierrez was killed at the eastern border of Soundview. Gleason Ave and White Plains Rd is nowhere near Wakefield.

    I should add that that intersection received special treatments to increase the turning radius of vehicles entering southbound White Plains Road from westbound Gleason Ave

  • Vooch

    Agreed, this horrific crash only reinforces the need to expand pedestrian space in Times Square and throughout the city.

  • Vooch

    negligent homicide

    is better charge