Today’s Headlines

  • Kimmelman: Bikes, Buses, and Plazas are “No-Brainers” for NYC’s Next Mayor (NYT)
  • NYPD Says It Issued 736 Speeding Tickets Last Weekend in Citywide Operation (WNBC)
  • Daily News Covers Right of Way’s Street Stencils Honoring NYC Kids Killed by Cars This Year
  • Will Next Gen Fare Payment Revolutionize the MTA Like the Unlimited MetroCard? (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Staten Island Council Candidates Talk Sustainability; Transportation Doesn’t Get Coverage (Advance)
  • Council Member Debi Rose and DOT Dedicate New Traffic Light With Neighbors (Advance)
  • Guardian Angels Patrol West Side Parks After Attacks on Greenway Cyclists (WPIX)
  • Citi Bike Gets the “Four Charts That Will Make You Click This Link” Treatment from Business Insider
  • Your Community Board Transportation Committee Members At Work (DNA)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • krstrois

    Call me when the cops do that kind of speeding enforcement every day.

  • Ian Turner

    Here’s the thing about traffic enforcement: If it’s not sustained and pervasive, it’s not effective. Otherwise you could rationally speed every day with the expectation that even if you get caught once in a while, it would still be worth it in terms of time saved.

  • Anonymous

    My guess is that millions of people drove during the weekend and a very significant fraction committed speeding violations, which means that even with this “crackdown”, less than 0.1% got caught. How’s that for deterrence?

    That’s why we need real speed cameras. They could issue 736 speeding tickets in less than one minute. (OK, printing them and mailing them could be a bottleneck.)

  • Anonymous

    Anyone out there know:
    * How many of those 736 speeding tickets last weekend were issued on streets as opposed to highways?
    * How the rate of 736 over 3 days compares w/ the “established” rate?

  • Brad Aaron

    Post coming shortly.

  • Reader

    It’s a good first step by the NYPD and clearly the result of a lot of pressure from advocates and elected officials. But, yes, I could walk outside of my door and count 736 drivers speeding in less than an hour.

  • Thanks. If NYPD really wanted they could probably issue 736 speeding tickets at the corner of Junction & Northern Boulevard where that young 3 year old died a few days ago. Likely in just a few hours. People tear through there trying to beat lights and race down Northern.

  • Robert Wright

    Court St in Brooklyn from Carroll Park to Hamilton Ave would be a very happy hunting ground for any NYPD officer properly determined to stop dangerous speeding.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t agree that on NYC’s non-highway streets it would actually be worth it in terms of time saved, no matter how big a revenue generator the driver may be–but I do acknowledge that many could mistakenly use that rationalization for speeding.

  • Daniel

    On residential streets speeding doesn’t save any time. I bicycle past drivers that earlier passed me at 40 mph on a daily basis. It just gets you to the next red light a couple seconds faster.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, who heard on WNYC this morning (during either Marketplace Morning Report OR “ newsroom”) the British story about roundabouts and the US’s and UK’s different uses of them? I only heard the last moments of it and really want to hear it but I haven’t been able to find it! Thanks

  • Ian Turner

    Well, I think the time savings are stochastic. If you make it to the next light before it changes, then you get a big savings. Otherwise you get nothing.

  • Joe R.

    This is because most drivers can’t be bothered to use their brains. It’s not rocket science to learn the light timing on any route you regularly take. Once you do, you easily know how fast you must go to make the next light before it changes (or if it’s already red, catch it just as it’s going green so you don’t need to stop). A lot of cyclists do these things. The city could help if it provided more info, such as displays which told you the speed you need to drive to avoid hitting red lights.

  • Daniel
  • Anonymous

    thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Somebody called Columbus Circle “the best roundabout in the world”? That’s ridiculous. I wouldn’t even call it a roundabout.