Managing Editor Brad Aaron began writing for Streetsblog in 2007, after years as a reporter, editor, and publisher in the alternative weekly business. Brad has adopted New York's dysfunctional traffic justice system as his primary beat for Streetsblog. He lives in Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Paper published a damning story Tuesday on the NYPD practice of withholding information on fatal traffic crashes from victims' families and the public. An NYPD spokesperson told the paper that police just didn't have sufficient grounds to charge the Action Carting driver who killed cyclist Neftaly Ramirez and left the scene -- echoing statements police made before they even located the driver.
StreetsPAC, the political action committee that advocates for livable streets and better transit, has released its third round of endorsements for 2017 City Council races. Endorsees announced Monday include two incumbents, one challenger, and StreetsPAC favorites for open seats in Manhattan and the Bronx.
NYPD can provide no evidence that ticketing bike riders when a motorist kills a cyclist reduces the prevalence of fatal or injurious crashes. And yet the practice persists years after Mayor de Blasio supposedly ushered in a more data-driven approach to traffic enforcement under the banner of Vision Zero.