Today’s Headlines

  • Hundreds March to Remember Victims and Prevent Traffic Violence in NYC (NYT)
  • Will Central Harlem Electeds Fight Bike-Share Like They Fought Bus Lanes? (DNA)
  • Last-Minute Add-on to House Transpo Bill Robs Northeast Transit to Pay Suburban Portland (MTR)
  • One of Every Six Jaywalking Tickets in First Half of 2015 Came From 46th Precinct in the Bronx (Post)
  • More From Thursday’s Council Hearing on Improving Transit Access (AMNY)
  • Hylan Boulevard Is the New “Boulevard of Death” (Advance)
  • DOT Won’t Make Shore Boulevard By Astoria Park Car-Free (DNA)
  • How Dare a Queens CB 9 Member Suggest Basing a Discussion of Woodhaven BRT on Facts (QChron)
  • 77-Year-Old Driver Kills 23-Year-Old Man in Heartland Village, Staten Island (News)
  • Assault Victim Struck By Hit-and-Run Driver in Jamaica (News, Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Matthias

    From the Times: “On Sunday, Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, thanked those gathered for their work…”

    I cannot figure out what the mayor’s party affiliation has to do with the story. There is no mention of political parties anywhere else in the piece.

  • bolwerk

    Not sure it’s non-standard for them to mention partisan affiliations when mentioning a major elected official, and it seems Bill was the only one there?

    I wish they’d stop referring to “conservatives” and “liberals” so much, since the terms are hazy to begin with and then they abuse them. But at least a party is a distinct affiliation.

  • J_12

    I’m pretty sure that’s NYT times editorial standard – always indicate party affiliation when an elected official is mentioned.

  • com63

    So the 46th precinct wrote 107 tickets in the first half of the year and that is one in six in the whole city. That means the projected total for the year is 1,284 in a city of 8 million. As much as streetblog criticizes jaywalking enforcement versus speeding and failure to yield enforcement, it seems like the bigger problem is general lack of enforcement of any of these issues.

    I’m all for cops ticketing dangerous jaywalking, you know the people with a death wish who walk through five lanes of moving traffic. But they really should be pushed to dramatically increase all enforcement numbers.

    Also, the post should be called out for mentioning people who were killed by a car on the sidewalk in an article about jaywalking.

  • Andrew

    I’m all for cops ticketing dangerous jaywalking, you know the people with a death wish who walk through five lanes of moving traffic.

    Why? Do you expect someone who is not deterred from dangerous jaywalking by fear of death to be deterred by fear of summons?

    The overwhelming majority of jaywalkers aren’t doing anything dangerous at all, because the overwhelming majority of jaywalkers are well aware of the potential consequences of a mistake. And the few who are are only endangering themselves..

    Every minute spent issuing a ticket to a jaywalker is a minute taken away from issuing a ticket to a driver who endangers other people. Every jaywalking ticket is, at best, a waste of limited resources. At worst, the fear of jaywalking tickets will push pedestrians toward intersections, where crossing safely is predicated on drivers yielding.

  • ahwr

    Every minute spent issuing a ticket to a jaywalker is a minute taken away from issuing a ticket to a driver who endangers other people.

    Is it? How many jaywalking tickets are just an excuse to stop someone the cops thought was suspicious? If you tell them not to issue jaywalking tickets will they just find another reason to stop that same guy?

  • Andrew

    Sorry, not going there.

  • bolwerk

    Looks to me like they already have other reasons. They may use jaywalking to stop, ahem, classes of people they like to stop, but it doesn’t seem to be the way they prefer to to do it.

    From today: “Cops wrote 107 jaywalking tickets in The Bronx’s 46th Precinct in the
    first half of the year — enough to account for one out of every six
    tickets in the city, police records show.” So, under 700 jaywalking tickets in NYC so far this year?

    Compare: http://www.nyclu.org/content/stop-and-frisk-data

    In the first two quarters of 2015, New Yorkers were stopped by the police 13,604 times.

    11,124 were totally innocent (81 percent).

    7,158 were black (54 percent).

    3,944 were Latino (29 percent).

    1,541 were white (12 percent)

  • Matthias

    “Every minute spent issuing a ticket to a jaywalker is a minute taken away from issuing a ticket to a driver who endangers other people.”

    That assumes that the police would actually ticket dangerous drivers, which sadly is not usually the case. I’m hoping the so-called “crackdown” will lead to a larger shift in priorities.