Today’s Headlines

  • Livery Driver Kills Boy, 12, in Harlem (NYT, WNBC); News, Post, DNA Say He “Darted” Into Street
  • Teenager Critically Injured by Driver Outside James Madison HS in Bklyn (WNBC, WPIX, News)
  • De Blasio Adds $241 Million to Road Resurfacing Budget, Above City Council Ask (Advance, WCBS)
  • Daily News Blasts de Blasio, Says Cuomo Has Bigger Responsibility to Fund MTA Capital Plan
  • Driver Who Killed 9-Year-Old Lucian Merryweather Avoids Jail in Manslaughter Plea (Post)
  • Officials Worry About Cross-Hudson Capacity Crunch (WSJ)
  • Residents Say Bailey Avenue in Kingsbridge Needs Traffic Calming (Norwood News)
  • Joe Borelli Stumps for Right-on-Red, Fewer Car Inspections, Direct Driver Subsidies (Advance)
  • Find Out Which Streets on Staten Island Have Speed Limits Above 25 MPH (Advance)
  • City Council Members Ask for Ferry Service to Duplicate the Route of the 1 Train (WNBC)
  • It’s Official: Former Daily News Reporter Pete Donohue Now on TWU Payroll (Capital, TWU)

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  • Guest

    From the Post article: “When the boy was crossing the red hand was flashing.” That may be technically illegal, but it is clearly not darting into traffic. If the pedestrian signal was still clearing, an oncoming driver would not yet have a green and should have had ample opportunity to see the child in the crosswalk in front of him. Sounds like an impatient driver gunned it as soon as the light turned green.

  • Geck

    Two kids hit outside of schools. What about school zone speed limits. Were they posted and obeyed? We need better enforcement.

  • Flakker

    Yes, the roads in New York have long been bad. But this winter’s bitching was unreal. Ice was freezing and melting week after week and nothing could have been done to make things better than they are. As usual, any concept more sophisticated than “gas makes car go” is too complicated for the loudest of the driving public.

  • Jesse

    I think it’s illegal to step off the curb when the red hand is flashing but it’s not illegal to be in the crosswalk when it starts.

  • Joe R.

    If the city had the foresight to go with concrete instead of asphalt, the streets might be in much better condition now. Also, we need to come up with some design which puts utilities in accessible trenches or tunnels so that ConEd doesn’t break up the street whenever doing utility upgrades or repairs.

  • Joe R.

    I always thought it’s only illegal to be in the crosswalk after the cross traffic gets the green. So long as you can make it across by then, it doesn’t matter when you enter the crosswalk. Quite a few crossings only have a green phase of 10 seconds or less. According to what you said, that gives a window of only 10 seconds or less out of every 90 or 120 when a person can legally start crossing the street.

  • Flakker

    Would it be better though? I’d be interested in a civil engineer’s take on this. My thought was that asphalt is more plastic and repairable and less disruptive to tear into. And there’s no question that the city crews have done horrible patch jobs in general.

  • Flakker

    Re: the west side ferry: does any other city in America have this problem? I feel like it’s a uniquely New York City thing. Demented council members learn that water is wet and now indignantly demand ferries for the most well-served areas over and over again, while managing to resist learning anything about how public transit actually works during their entire terms in office. No one tell these people about how cute the Tampa trolley is or we’ll get one going over Lexington Avenue soon.

  • Joe R.

    I’m not a civil engineer but I do know properly designed concrete roads with properly prepared subroadbeds last upwards of 50 years without cracking. Or look at the Roman roads, many of which are still serviceable to this day. Given our propensity here in the US for not budgeting for maintenance after we’ve built something, it makes lots of sense to just build in such a way that repairs aren’t needed for a really long time. Anyway, those are my thoughts. Yes, asphalt may indeed be easier to repair, but the fact that it frequently needs repair, while concrete doesn’t, is a major downside.

    There are also other road surfacing materials which may be worth looking at, like some types of plastics or even glass.

  • This is one of my favorite comments.

  • That Borelli/Staten Island article contains just an amazing amount of terrible ideas.

  • Bolwerk

    NIH 🙁

  • BrandonWC

    Technically, it is illegal to enter the crosswalk once don’t walk starts flashing. Obviously the law should be updated since it makes no sense that the young and spry can’t jog across the street when there is 30 seconds on a countdown clock.

    Rules of City of NY Dept of Transportation, 34 RCNY § 4-03(c):
    Pedestrian control signals. Whenever
    pedestrian control signals are in operation, exhibiting the words “WALK”
    and “DON’T WALK” successively, the international green or red hand
    symbols, figures or any other internationally recognized representation
    concerning the movement of pedestrians, such signals shall indicate as
    follows:
    (1) WALK, green hand
    symbol or green walking figure. Pedestrians facing such signal may
    proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal in any
    crosswalk. Vehicular traffic shall yield the right of way to such
    pedestrians.
    (2) Flashing DON’T
    WALK, red hand symbol or red standing figure. Pedestrians facing such
    signal are warned that there is insufficient time to cross the roadway
    and no pedestrian shall enter or cross the roadway. Pedestrians already
    in the roadway shall proceed to the nearest safety island or sidewalk.
    Vehicular traffic shall yield the right of way to such pedestrians.
    (3)
    Steady DON’T WALK red hand symbol or red standing figure. Pedestrians
    facing such signal shall not enter or cross the roadway.http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/trafrule.pdf

  • stairbob

    Part of 6th Ave is (was?) concrete. The seams suck, and they’re right where one ends up biking.

  • Flakker

    That means a lot! Love your blog

  • qrt145

    Yes, especially considering that some lights have a WALK time that literally lasts less than 2 seconds, even if followed by generous time on the clock.

  • Joe R.

    I’ll agree some concrete roads designed for cars aren’t all that great for bikes but that’s not the fault of the material used to build them. Rather, it’s just bad design. I’ll take seams over the potholes, ruts, ridges, and dips I need to deal with every single time I ride.

  • Ian Turner

    No, Jesse has it right. It is not illegal to be in the crosswalk when the light changes, you can take as long as you need to cross (and cross traffic has to wait).

    http://ypdcrime.com/vt/article24.htm#t1112

  • mattkime

    there was a recent article which stated that nyc simply isn’t resurfacing streets at the required level. the recent winter might have been cold by nyc standards but there are other places that face worse and keep their roads in better repair.

  • Flakker

    No, I agree we aren’t, and I don’t mind, actually. The road budget already sucks up too much money and making them better just encourages more driving. But the issue is not the coldness of winter but the fact that there were repeated days of freeze and thaw and lots of moisture that was very damaging, and I’m saying there was no way to mitigate that once it began. Spring had to come before any resurfacing could be done. North Dakota gets much colder and has lots of concrete roads, but resurfacing projects have to be finished there within 4 months of no ice.

  • Not Satisfied

    Can someone explain why 20 days of community service and probation is a good deal for the people of Brooklyn after this guy goes berserk in the street and kills an innocent boy on the sidewalk? You’re telling me this case was not winnable?

  • AnoNYC

    What should we do about our schools? What about mandatory aggressive traffic calming like chicanes, limit parking, speed humps and light and speed cameras.

    We should go all out around our schools.

  • JamesR

    I ride and want better pavement condition, too.. it’s really commercial truck and bus traffic coupled with the freeze-thaw cycle that ends up annhilating the roads every year. Those huge waves in the pavement that feel like they’re going to throw you off the bike near every bus stop? Those aren’t caused by cars. The axle weights aren’t high enough to do that kind of damage.

  • JamesR

    I don’t trust US concrete roads not to kill me on my bike. I rode over a concrete seam once that sent the front wheel out from under me, into the ER, and requiring plastic surgery.

    We half-ass our roads in this country because we have a weak sense of the common good and are therefore cheap when it comes to public infrastructure maintenance.

  • I’m a mechanical engineer not a civil engineer, but my understanding is that concrete roads do not cope with winters as well asphalt. I can not think of a single road in the north east that is concrete, even in critically high traffic areas, other than bridges. If you go to Florida, nearly every major road is concrete.

  • JamesR

    Stretches of I-684 in Westchester County are concrete. And yes, the slabs get torn up badly every year.

  • HamTech87

    I agree, but I don’t understand limiting these elements to just around schools. Kids should be protected along their entire route home, and this seems to get lost.

  • AnoNYC

    Agreed, but schools are a good place to start because people care more about children than other people in general.

  • neroden

    Brick handles winter better than practically any other road surface. :sigh: