Today’s Headlines

  • Arnold Slater, 75, Killed Crossing Broadway by Hit-and-Run Driver (NY1, News, Spectator, CBS 2, DNA)
  • Ken Baker, 26, Killed by Truck Driver; NYPD: “Just An Unfortunate Accident” (PostTelegram, Globe)
  • Pedestrian Struck Beneath BQE in Greenpoint, Taken to Hospital (DNA)
  • Driver Charged With Vehicular Manslaughter After Killing Girlfriend in Bklyn Crash (Post 1, 2, Gothamist)
  • S.I. Driver Loses License, Charged with Vehicular Assault, DWI, Drugs After Crash (Advance, Post, News)
  • Traffic for Barclays Center’s First Event: Heavy, But Not Gridlocked (AYR 1, 2, 3TransNat)
  • Schumer Pushes Amtrak Gateway Project Before Hudson Yards Builds Over Tunnel Portal (Crain’s, WSJ)
  • Mayors Near Tappan Zee Bridge Raise Concerns Over Construction, Long-Term Impact (LoHud)
  • Stephen Smith Lays Out the Case Against the Tappan Zee Bridge Project (Bloomberg)
  • Gothamist, DNA, Post, Daily News Pick Up Story on Expanded Bike, Pedestrian Space in Central Park
  • Elisabeth Rosenthal: Helmet Mandates Make Biking Seem More Dangerous Than It Is (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Bolwerk

    The most disturbing thing about the Tappan Zee is that it’s going to be car-only, or at best car and commuter bus (“BRT” is the euphemism, I believe). Yet transit advocates aren’t doing much, if anything, to assure that, if there is going to be a new Tappan Zee, that it either has rail or the old one gets refurbished and dedicated to rail.

  • Larry Littlefield

    If the old Tappen Zee were not structurally challenged and expensive to keep viable, there would be no reason to build a new one.

    In any event, we’ll see what happens when there is a weekday Nets game, and arrival at the arena corresponds with late rush hour traffic.  That’s as bad as it is likely to get.  And we’ll see if people get the message and after a few games it ceases to be bad, if it was to begin with.

    Note that there is ALWAYS a severe traffic jam around Citifield, Yankee Stadium, and Metlife Stadium when they sell out.  So no traffic jam is an argument for a central, transit-served location.

  • krstrois

    That Elizabeth Rosenthal piece is great because it’s utterly mainstream, ordinary and not too technical, and because of that I will just forward it to anyone and everyone who tells me I have to wear a helmet. 

  • Guest

    When a driver kills a pedestrian who has the right of way, it is NOT “an unfortunate accident.”  It is failure to exercise due care, and it is illegal.  

    This is not some obscure or outdated law – there was an extensive legislative process that was recently concluded to reinforce the responsibility of drivers to stop killing innocent pedestrians.

    If Ray Kelly continues to willfully allow his department to violate our democratic process and neglect public safety, he should be held personally liable.

  • Anonymous

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus “If the old Tappen Zee were not structurally challenged and expensive to keep viable, there would be no reason to build a new one.”

    That’s the point Smith is trying to make.  Our politicians starting with the governor keep trying to morph the bridge into the “structurally deficient” category when the National Bridge Inventory says its not.  A politician this weekend told me that even though it is not there yet, we have to build the new bridge because it will be once the new bridge is finished.  

    It is like DoubleSpeak from 1984.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s another one for you.  Car mounts sidewalk in Queens, kills pedestrian:  http://www.myfoxny.com/story/19681198/car-drives-onto-sidewalk-killing-pedestrian

    Drive onto a sidewalk, kill a ped.  Guess what!  “No criminality suspected!”

    This brings my incomplete monthly list of cars leaving NYC roadways to 11 for September:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlpHxZF5TQ7CdGV3MHFaY1oxS3lzM05hX0VOOGRaLUE#gid=3

  • Fire Ray Kelly

    Cyclist killed in Bushwick. “No criminality.”

    http://gothamist.com/2012/10/01/cyclist_killed_in_bushwick_pedestri.php

  • Anonymous

    @ddartley:disqus Your spreadsheet of deadly NYC sidewalk traffic crashes is incredible. I have a few suggestions re design and presentation, but more importantly, what are your ideas for using it politically w/r/t NYPD, City Council Transportation Committee, etc.?

  • Guest 2

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pizza-delivery-man-critical-condition-struck-car-central-park-article-1.1171386

    Barely getting any attention, maybe because it was “just” a delivery guy who was hit.  This was a terrible weekend for pedestrians and cyclists in NYC.

  • Anonymous

    @abb249055208c7af4d35568e422dfd63:disqus  Seriously.  From the description in that article, it sure sounds like the driver was turning and hit a guy in the crosswalk.

  • Joe R.

    I agree the Elizabeth Rosenthal article was great. My only complaint is she didn’t adequately address the illogical reasoning sometimes used by those who think everyone should wear helmets. Specifically, many of the comments mentioned that helmets aren’t used much in Europe because they keep bikes separate from cars, whereas in the US this isn’t the case. The problem with this reasoning is that helmets provide little protection in car-bike collisions where the major cause of injury/death is blunt force trauma to major organs, sometimes accompanied by head injury. Or put in layman’s terms, even if helmets prevented 100% of head injuries in a car-bike collision, which they don’t, you would likely still die or sustain life-changing injuries from blunt force trauma to vital organs. Helmets may make a cyclist feel safer or more confident riding in traffic, but they don’t actually make things safer.

    The larger issue is a cultural one. In Europe, and especially in Asian countries like Japan, the emphasis is on accident prevention via rigorous training rather than accident mitigation via equipment. This is a much better approach which produces real results. People who drive are taught to share space with cyclists. And most people ride from a very early age, and continue riding their entire life, so their spatial awareness/bike handling skills are far superior to that of many American cyclists who maybe take out the bike a few times during the summer. In the end there’s no good substitute for experience. Some of the wobbly, novice bike riders I see scare me far more than aggressive motorists. With the latter, at least I know what they’ll do from years of experience in similar situations. Novice riders on the other hand can be totally unpredictable, wobbling right into my path if I don’t give them a wide berth.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, @Komanoff:disqus.  I thought it was going to be very inspiring to keep such a tally, but instead, it’s been more depressing and discouraging than anything else.  I suppose the best point that the tally can make is that motor vehicles are far more dangerous to everyday New Yorkers than ever enters most New Yorkers’ minds.  But all of “us” already knew that.  I feel like if I showed it to police or something, their response would be utter indifference.  I’m still motivated to keep the tally, but I’m all ears for ideas about what to do with it, and, separately, like you mention, its format, especially because I’m no whiz when it comes to spreadsheets or Google docs.  I’d be particularly interested in the ideas of a data cruncher like you.

  • Joe R.

    @ddartley:disqus You need to get that data out to the mainstream media. All I’ve heard coming from them is how dangerous bicycles on the sidewalk are. Your data shows cars are a far bigger hazard to pedestrians on the sidewalk than bikes. When was the last time a sidewalk cyclist killed a pedestrian? 2009 I believe. During that interval dozens of pedestrians have been killed, and hundreds injured, by cars on sidewalks. I honestly feel NYC should install bollards along the curb on all sidewalks given these statistics (or plant lots of trees). If a motorist had a very high probability of dying by hitting a solid object if they left the road, my guess is they would be a lot more careful not to.