Today’s Headlines

  • Tish James to Intro Bill Fixing Loophole That Deprives Pedestrians of Right-of-Way (News)
  • Driver Jumps Curb and Flips Car, Killing Man on Flatbush Ave Sidewalk (ABC7NewsNYT, Bklyn Paper)
  • Passenger in Drug-Laden Vehicle Killed in Two-Car Crash on Hylan Boulevard (Advance)
  • Pickup Driver Kills Man on Scooter Who Tried to Avoid Open Car Door in Queens (Post)
  • DNA Reviews the Rash of Traffic Deaths in NYC This Month
  • On East River Bridge Tolls, Eastern Queens Electeds Pander to a Privileged Few (MTR)
  • Thruway Chief: Toll Plan for Tappan Zee Replacement Coming Next Year (NYT)
  • TLC Has No Minimum Break Time Between Shifts for Cabbies (NewsPost)
  • How Shuttered Subway Entrances Make Crowding Worse (WNYC)
  • Cap’n Transit: Downtown Flushing Needs Bus Lanes and Wider Sidewalks, Not a Bus Terminal
  • The Pros and Cons of a Light Bike When You’re Learning to Ride in NYC (Gothamist)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Zero Vision

    We’ll probably have to wait for another 6 or 7 people to die before de Blasio says anything. And then when he does it will be something about how Vision Zero is coming along nicely or how we all have to do our part.

  • Miles Bader

    … at which point he’ll then act as if his duty has been done, and will just go back to hiding in the closet for another six months.

  • Jeff

    “A driver hit and killed a pedestrian in Flatbush on Monday evening…”

    Did someone from Streetsblog get a job at Brooklyn Paper? I’m so used to reading about unfortunate drivers having to suffer in the driver’s seat as their autonomous car strikes a pedestrian in an unavoidable whoopsy-doodle!

  • Was the deceased in Flatbush doing his part to avoid flying cars? I hope the mayor or Trottenberg can chime in and let us know.

  • rao

    WTF is wrong with the region’s “planners” that they think that moving bus terminals away from subway stations is a good idea? First the proposal to move the PABT to the far west side, now this idiotic idea for a “west side” Flushing terminal. The explanation, of course, is that neither the misnamed Department of City Planning nor the Port Authority is a real planning agency–they are real estate shops.

  • Brian Howald

    I didn’t know the Public Advocate could introduce a bill. Apparently Public Advocate Bill de Blasio didn’t know that either.

  • WalkingNPR

    Comment on the DNA article:

    “You mean slowing the speed limit down to 3 mph didn’t work? Looks like Mayor Wilhelm has no idea what he’s doing. At least the city can steal more $$$ with their speed cameras.”

    Ugh. See..this is why I despise BdB for making Vision Zero a slogan. We’re going to see more and more of this come campaign time. From the driver perspective, enough has been done and it didn’t work so repeal it all! Of course, we know it hasn’t worked because too little has been done by this weak little ninny of a mayor–certainly not real root-cause analyses and infrastructure chances. His half-hearted shallow rhetoric about safe streets is worse than if he’d never promised to do anything at all.

  • bolwerk

    Anybody can introduce a bill. Whether anybody in the council chooses to act on it is another matter.

  • bolwerk

    Well, ticket blitz supposedly coming to Queens. Expect the batons to come out, Herr Wilhelm wants to “educate” you.

    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20151110/flushing/nypd-ticket-jaywalking-queens-pedestrians-for-their-own-safety-pols-say

    These anti-speed camera cretins probably totally agree.

  • Alex

    That’s a *classic* MTA story. I actually took the Broadway line this morning and experienced first hand the reported experience of having to go three blocks out of my way because of a closed staircase. The long tradition of planning for shrinkage remains in the MTA and the agency is in a dire state.
    It’s really an embarrassment to how the system was designed for efficiency. Few people know that many major transfer points had both local and express platforms where local trains would open on both sides for local and express travelers. We also used to have entrance and exit stairs. The renovations of Union Sq, 72nd, and 96th had the opportunity to bring back platform space but instead went to tighten the belt in the face of record growth.
    As Komanoff stated recently, the platform space is increasingly becoming an issue. But when we have an agency that can’t open doors and cuts cars from vital lines, and more importantly can’t muster the institutional energy to change these obvious blunders, we have no chance to see it return to it’s original glory. We’ve been recovering for a quarter century, and we still can’t open doors for people to access our trains? Great, but sad, story.

  • Guest

    How long until the NYPD tells us the driver had a medical condition? Really. “Somebody” saw it, too, before he killed that man. No criminality to see here, folks.

  • stairbob

    I also noticed that the NYT article on the same incident doesn’t contain the word “accident”. Perhaps they’ve quietly instituted a policy shift on the “crash not accident” front?