Today’s Headlines

  • The Observer Takes a Walk Down Newly Completed 6½ Avenue With JSK
  • More 6½ Avenue: Ped-Centric Coverage on NY1, Motorist Kvetching in the Post
  • Vacca: Use Traffic Enforcement Agents to Ticket Commercial Cyclists (TransNat)
  • 14 Injured After School Bus Driver Rams MTA Bus Head-On (NY1)
  • Trial Ped Plaza Coming Soon to Myrtle Ave in Ridgewood (QChron)
  • This Is Why Maintenance Partners Matter for New Public Spaces (QChron)
  • Seems Like Only a Matter of Time Until Cab-Hailing Apps Are Legal in NYC (NYT)
  • Say What You Will About Sean Sweeney, He’s a Master at Getting Quoted in the Press (DNA)
  • Unicycling: More Prevalent Than Segways? (Bklyn Paper)
  • Mental Speedbumps, NYC-Style (Gothamist)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • krstrois

    How about using “traffic enforcement agents” to ticket CARS? Does anyone else think the NYPD shouldn’t even be involved in traffic enforcement at all? They are absolutely abysmal at it and clearly don’t care. 

    I just moved to leafy and schooly Bed-Stuy from a super industrial part of E Williamsburg. There is one woman on Franklin Avenue I have spoken to a bunch as I walk my son to school. There is an un-lighted crosswalk on Franklin right before it hits Fulton and cars just fly through despite her efforts to stop them. She is frustrated beyond belief and knows this is dangerous. She also knows there is nothing she can do because she warned me “don’t walk until you see no cars because the cars will not stop.” I have seen other women in this neighborhood appropriate cones to slow cars down. I think this woman should have a speed gun and the ability to ticket on the spot. As it stands, we cross gingerly at a block with a light.  

    If city gov were really interested in solving actual deadly problems, they could give these crossing guards the ability to do something about traffic.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “How about using ‘traffic enforcement agents’ to ticket CARS? Does anyone else think the NYPD shouldn’t even be involved in traffic enforcement at all? They are absolutely abysmal at it and clearly don’t care.”

    I agree, but it may be that a change in state law is required for the brownies to issue tickets for moving violations, which are considered more serious offenses than parking violations. 

    TEAs could be freed up by having automated enforcement of alternate side with cameras on the sweepers, as discussed earlier.  Civil enforcement is a waste of time for the NYPD. Maybe you want the police to deal with motor vehicles at night, as the drivers are more likely to be a phyical threat, but the brownies can do the job during the day.

    Cops shouldn’t be directing traffic, either.  We’ve got 2 1/2 times the number of police relative to population as the national average.  But since we used to have three times the national average, they are telling us they can’t keep us safe anymore.

  • Anonymous

    Bloomberg spent his political capital on the teachers. 

    It would be great if police precincts and individual officers were held to the same standards as public schools and individual teachers.  Standardized metrics collected by an objective assessment (not manipulated and self-reported crime statitistics) should be used to evaluate performance, and there should be real consequences in terms of precinct funding and officer career development.

  • Gapingpit

    Sweeney doesn’t have a job – all he does is sit in his SoHo loft and scheme up ways to get himself a spotlight in Murdoch’s media. At least in this case he’s on the right side of an issue, if only because it’s in his front yard!

  • Ian Turner

    @cc36704b289cbef0ac72a06121c6c6d8:disqus : In New Jersey, actually, the woman really could sit there with a radar gun and ticket motorists. It’s called a “Citizen Summons”; basically any citizen can accuse someone of a crime, then the defendant will be notified in the mail. The accuser must follow up with testimony if the person disputes the summons. This can be done for anything from parking violations up to murder; in my opinion, it’s a nice safety valve for a corrupt or lazy police force, though of course with its own potential for abuse or retaliation.

    I’ve often thought that if such a thing existed in New York it would be possible to assemble a volunteer corps which would issue citations (with documentary evidence) for reckless driving, placard abuse, noise violations, and any other issues which people care about but which the NYPD can’t be bothered to address.

  • Joe R.

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus “We’ve got 2 1/2 times the number of police relative to population as the national average.”

    So my estimate in another thread that we should cut the police force by about 2/3rds is close to spot on? When you have too many police, you have to find something for them to do. That something usually turns out to be giving citizens tickets for nonsense like being in a park after dark.

  • krstrois

    @7c177865bd107a919938355fe93de93a:disqus That’s so interesting — thank you for letting me know. Do you know roughly how often it gets used? I think in this country we are inclined to think of anyone acting in this capacity as a kind of turncoat Ned Flanders infringing upon the red-blooded American’s desire to drive his car at maximum speed in any setting. It’s strange to see people cleave to that attitude in a city like New York, given how it’s organized, but cleave they do.

    I do hope attitudes are slowly changing.

  • fj

    Climate Change is a winning political issue