Today’s Headlines

  • Turning Driver “Loses Control” and Seriously Injures Two in East NY; “No Criminality” (WCBS)
  • Two Killed, Four Injured in Two-Car Crash Outside Middle School in Bayside (News, WABC)
  • Queens BP, Council Members Use Budget to Fund Bus Countdown Clocks (News, Gothamist, TL)
  • Judge Dismisses Case Against DMV for Extra Fines, Points for Bicycle Tickets (Gothamist)
  • East Side Pols Fear Delays Mean 2nd Ave Subway Won’t Open As Promised by End of 2016 (News)
  • Slate Joins Uber In Its Skepticism of City’s Case for Cap on New FHV Licenses
  • Behavior Like This Is What It Takes for TLC to Revoke a Hack License (News)
  • NYPD Officer Arrested for Third Time in Eight Months After Crashing Motorcycle (Post)
  • East Harlem Residents Turn Out for Citi Bike Station Planning Workshop (DNA)
  • More Coverage of Town Hall on 111th Street Safety Plan from Times Ledger
  • Trottenberg, Reynoso, NYPD Talk Transportation at Myrtle Ave BID Meeting (Times Newsweekly)
  • Witold Rybczynski Sets the New York Times Straight About Cars in Central Park (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Alexander Vucelic

    CB8 trans Committee meeting last night Focus on citibike rollout – usual hatefest masterfully Managed by Co-Chairs results

    Resolution supporting Citibike passed with reccomendation to Eliminate 2 citibike Locations.

  • Maggie

    Everything about the fatal crash that killed a 10-year-old outside a Bayside middle school shows why NYC could use a speed camera at each school in the city, running 24-7. Governor Cuomo should throw his support to getting this done.

  • ToastPatterson

    The Bayside wreck is really sickening. How fast must the SUV driver have been going to do that much damage? On street with 15 MPH signs and speed bumps no less. The worst part is that the drive will likely walk free.

  • ddartley

    I’ve been a driver for over 20 years. I have never “lost” control. I have relinquished it at various careless instants in my driving career, and that has been the cause of each of the few collisions I’ve had, but I have never ever simply “lost” it. And I’ve driven some pretty old, unsophisticated vehicles. Even so, every loss of control I’ve ever experienced as a driver has been my own fault.

  • djx

    Good point.

    I lost control once in a way that wasn’t my fault (unless we consider not driving for exceptional and really unexpected conditions at all times bad driving) – dry day, good visibility, driving at or below the speed limit, coming around a curve and their was a mix of oil and water on the road for a short patch. My car started sliding to the other side of the road. Quite scary. I got it back with no crash.

    I had similar thing happen in snow but really I saw the snow and should have slowed down even more than I already had so that was my fault.

  • djx

    Oh, and this was 15 or 18 years ago and I still remember it clearly.

    Around the same time I was teaching my wife to drive on a completely dry day in winter in a very quiet suburban area, doing maybe 15pmh on small empty roads and we crossed ice (!!!!) that came not from the precipitation but from a broken water pipe in a house. That as a shocker. No collision though.

  • vnm

    Last night on the street behind my building a sanitation truck crew was picking up garbage from the grocery store, blocking a handful of cars. One impatient motorist, approaching the situation, decided just to go up on the sidewalk for half a block and bypass it. It ironically only saved him/her about 15 seconds, since the sanitation crew was just finishing up. Sure, there were no peds on the sidewalk at the time because it was late at night. But still, WTF.

  • ddartley

    Absolutely, it CAN happen. But it doesn’t happen a damn sight as often as news media says it does.

  • djx

    For sure.

  • Some Asshole

    Yeah, but fifteen whole seconds! That’s such a win!

  • SSkate

    Anyone have any idea what happened on Canal by the Manhattan Bridge bike entrance Wednesday night around 10:20 or 10:30? Passed by there then, and there was someone lying on the street with a cop directing traffic around and several cyclists standing alongside. Looked like people were waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

  • Andrew

    What have we here? We appear to be witness to a motorist who takes responsibility for his missteps. A rare specimen indeed!

    (I’m being facetious, of course – there are plenty of other responsible motorists out there. The problem is that there are also plenty of irresponsible motorists, and our modes of law enforcement and crash response do nothing to promote responsible driving.)

  • On the taxi case, my experience suggests that it’s not the severity of the driver’s behavior that lost him his license but the fact that he didn’t attend the hearing.

    I brought a complaint last year against a driver who had grabbed for my camera and my bike after I tried to photograph him blocking a bike lane after I asked him to move. I went along for the hearing and noticed that the TLC’s lawyers were cutting plea bargains with nearly every driver for a fine of around $300 and three points on his license. They elicited these plea bargains by threatening the drivers with very severe charges.

    My guy didn’t have the wit to turn up so ended up being found guilty on all counts and slapped with a $3,100 fine. His license wasn’t suspended. But I was pretty clear that he got the fine only because he wasn’t bright enough to play the game as expected. It’s a little bit absurd his fine was heftier than that for the guy who confronted me, given how much more serious the attack on the pregnant woman was.

    I described my case on my blog: http://invisiblevisibleman.blogspot.com/2014/06/an-idle-hour-worried-taxi-drivers-and.html

    I actually find the TLC’s practice of scaring people into plea bargains then levying fairly nominal fines rather distasteful. It doesn’t seem like the kind of approach that’s going to promote good driving.

  • Andrew

    Sure, there were no peds on the sidewalk at the time because it was late at night.

    That’s convenient, but if there had been a pedestrian, would the motorist have noticed before running into the pedestrian or would he/she have developed an excuse revolving around the lighting conditions and/or the pedestrian’s wardrobe?