Today’s Headlines

  • School Bus Driver Strikes, Kills Woman Crossing 2nd Avenue at 93rd Street (NYT, News, Post, NY1)
  • Malliotakis Says 20 MPH Limit for Manhattan, Not SI: “Speeders Are Going to Speed” (Advance)
  • Women Use Brooklyn Citi Bike Stations Most, While Men Dominate Midtown (WNYC)
  • Decision Time: TLC Commissioner Could Double Boro Taxi Licenses Next Month (CapNY)
  • SI Electeds Push MTA to Restore Low-Ridership Express Bus (Advance, DNA)
  • Second Ave. Sagas Wonders Why SI Electeds Oppose Actual Bus Improvements That Benefit Thousands
  • Rangel Aide Files Suit Against 125th Street SBS, Claiming It Discriminates Against Disabled (DNA)
  • De Blasio Budget Includes $35 Million for East River Esplanade Repairs (News)
  • NYT Profiles Nyack Neighbors Fearful That TZB Bike-Ped Path Will Cut Into Their Property Values
  • City Council’s Land Use Director, Navigating ULURP Since 1990, Stepping Down (CapNY)
  • Census: NYC Fourth in US for Walking to Work, Continues to Lag for Bike-to-Work Rates (WNYC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Basically Malliotakis is for things that benefit only her and against seemingly every other transit upgrade. Got it.

  • carma

    i dont think a blanket 20mph would work either. each street has different designs that make a generic 20mph literally painful for streets such as some stretches flatbush ave near the belt parkway stupid or francis lewis blvd near cunningham park.

    certain areas where there are generally high pedestrian traffic makes absolute sense.

    a better way to achieve less pedestrian deaths is to actually enforce the rules rather than lower the speed limit which is true that nobody obeys currently. what would lowering the speed limit to 20mph do when after you lower, STILL nobody would obey.

    in recent years, the lack of attention of both drivers and pedestrians looking at their phones is a major problem.

    the other large problem is a failure to yield and simply learning WHO has right of way.

    ive been driving for 20 years of my life. and the last 3-4 years have been horrible due to exorbitant amount of bad drivers i see on the road.

  • Reader

    What other kind of lawbreaking does Malliotakis excuse just because people are going to do it anyway?

  • R

    Streetsblog covered the benefits of a 20 mph speed limit even if it’s first implemented with just signs. There’s no evidence that it doesn’t work and some evidence that it does.

    http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/01/29/gridlock-sams-street-safety-fumble-in-the-daily-news/

    “Research on signs-only slow zones may be scant, but the evidence so far suggests there are real safety benefits, and no studies have shown the type of downside that Sam predicts. Danny Dorling, a professor of geography at Oxford, cites research from Scotland finding that ”20 mph (32 kph) limits without traffic calming measures at 78 sites found reductions in speed and casualties, concluding that such limits offer a low cost option for promoting road safety.”

  • WalkingNPR

    So I suppose stuff like this:

    http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-08/news/49720072_1_swim-team-university-city-wesleyan-university

    is okay with Malliotakis, too? You know, ’cause speeders gonna speed…*shrug*

  • carma

    again, that article points out that a blanket 20mph limit “may” work. thats almost as good as saying that there is a chance of rain in a month from today.

    my point is some areas will benefit greatly with a slower pace of traffic, and some areas truly doesnt warrant a 20mph zone. example. a wide open road with no pedestrian crossings and 3 lanes of unobstructed view does not merit a 20mph limit. and yes, there are still plenty of roads like that in nyc.

    a bigger problem is enforcement. enforcing TRULY dangerous actions instead of putting a bandaid across all of nyc streets but the problem is a cancer that cannot be addressed by a bandaid.

  • Brad Aaron

    The current bill allows the City Council to set speeds above 20 MPH as it sees fit.

  • Geck

    The proposal is for DEFAULT 20 MPH speed limit where no other speed limit is posted. The City would be free to post higher limits on arterials and other larger streets. It would effectively create slow zones in residential neighborhoods without the need for special treatments-not a blanket 20 MPH on all streets.

  • HamTech87

    Another Times TZ Bridge story from Joe Berger, with some real whitewashing gems that we will look back on and sadly laugh at 20 years from now:

    “The replacement bridge is not expected to create such significant transformations.” What??? When you build a span with double the width of the original one, you won’t see “significant transformations”? Even with the promised low tolls?

    “some business groups believe that will lead to an increase in the number of truck-dependent businesses, like warehouses.” The Rockland Business Council is actively pursuing companies to locate their warehouses there. It is a huge part of the Council’s justification for the new bridge.

  • Ian Turner

    Literally painful? In what way?

  • Bolwerk

    That’s actually even kind of contradictory. If you congest it with cheap tolls, you raise the costs of freight.

    IMHO there is some merit to encouraging it as a freight route, actually, but that was never the goal here. Given how the Cross-Harbor Tunnel is decades away from whenever

  • Didn’t de Blasio say a lot of things during the campaign about how he wasn’t really down with Boro Taxis? Huh.

    (Note: I was disappointed with the campaign remarks, encouraged with this turn of events)

  • carma

    why would you restrict the speed of an open road with no pedestrian crossings if it has unobstructed views and multiple lanes if it can be driven safely?

    we know that 20mph is much safer to travel at then lets say at 65mph.
    why dont we put a blanket 20mph speed on interstates then.

  • Bolwerk

    Slower is not safer on interstates. IIRC, raising the speed limit apparently reduced accidents because it reduced variance in speed on interstates.

  • HamTech87

    It would be nice, as a journalist, if he would avoid making broad generalizations unattributed to anyone. It is an article, not an editorial.

  • Kevin Love

    “Speeders are going to speed”

    I guess rapists are going to rape also. Should we ignore them?

  • Bolwerk

    I agree completely, but The New York Times has degraded into more of a broadsheet news magazine than a traditional paper anyway. The level of gratuity it publishes nowadays seems off the charts to me. I guess I just accept that it over-editorializes now.

    The sad thing is it’s still does less of that than most sources.

  • Cold Shoaler

    Also, I’m fairly confident that the current 30mph speed limit is only enforced (on rare occasion) with about 10mph of headroom. Even if incidents of speeding remain as prolific, with a 20mph limit, someone driving 32mph could get a ticket. Today they would not. So, while lowering the default speed and maintaining the enforcement status quo would not reduce (and could even increase) the NUMBER of speeders, it WOULD reduce the overall speed of traffic.

  • lop

    Reducing speed differentials increases safety. Raising the speed limit on the interstate increases the speed of law abiding drivers, but does nothing to the speed of those who drive however fast they feel comfortable driving. Much to the dismay of those coming from the suburbs, urban areas have pedestrians and cyclists that cannot hit the gas a little harder to match the speed of anyone in an oversized SUV with a lead foot. Francis Lewis by Cunningham in the summer has cars parked on both sides of the road, with no sidewalks, and people dart across when there is a break in traffic, because there is no safe place to cross, almost always heading to the east side of the park with the fields. A 20 mph speed limit and additional marked crossings would increase safety there as well. Flatbush by the belt should not have a speed limit above 20 mph without taking a lane for bikes heading north from the Rockaways. The speeding cars there are a grave danger to cyclists. Lower speed limits in both places are far from stupid.

  • Ian Turner

    I don’t see any literal pain in there. Perhaps you were not aware that words have meanings?

  • Carrr Maaa

    No, I actually feel physical pain whenever I’m in a car travelling under 20MPH. It’s not that rare of a condition. Look at the way people drive. Look at the expressions on their faces when they are stuck in slow-moving or stopped traffic = pain. LITERAL pain.

  • Joe R.

    Francis Lewis Boulevard near Cunningham can be crossed via the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway. The city probably should install another bridge (or tunnel) somewhere for the people closer to the LIE to cross. The west side of Francis Lewis Boulevard does in fact have sidewalks all along its entire length . They should be installed on the east side from 73rd Avenue to Union Turnpike.

    I’m generally not a fan of curbside parking, but traffic on Francis Lewis does seem to slow down a bit when the curb is full of parked (and sometimes double-parked) cars.

  • Joe R.

    Agreed about the horrible driving habits in the last few years. On the 20 mph limits, even from a cyclist’s standpoint I think a blanket 20 mph limit is silly. Just enforce the rules protecting pedestrians. More importantly, put a new rule in place where you automatically lose your driver’s license for good if you seriously injure or kill a vulnerable user through negligence, recklessness, or incompetence. That will do more good than changing the number nobody obeys on a sign to a lower number which still won’t be obeyed.

  • Kevin Love

    I sincerely pray that you never experience real pain in your life and realize how foolish these words are.