Today’s Headlines

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  • Vooch

    “…These types of pedestrian safety measures, even now still sometimes opposed by drivers, must be urgently applied on all streets without interminable community process. Just as we do not debate the merit of using modern infrastructure to separate our sewage and water to prevent cholera, we should not argue over the merit of proven, lifesaving design and enforcement….”

    Paul Steely White in today’s daily news

  • Komanoff
  • Larry Littlefield

    Cuomo and DeBlasio on the MTA.

    “Wabbit season!” “Duck season!” “Wabbit season!” “Wabbit season!” “Duck season!”

    “You’re despicable.”

  • Joe R.

    Bollards would have prevented the Times Square tragedy altogether. It’s high time we install bollards as a matter of course on busy sidewalks everywhere. It’s a relatively low-cost safety measure which will save many lives. It’ll also prevent the NYPD from using sidewalks as parking lots.

  • Michel S

    “RE: Rego Park Woman Faces Fine for Sign”
    We’re seeing more an more of these guerrilla tactics because government bodies are increasingly unresponsive to the needs of average citizens. She has been trying for five years to get stop signs installed on her street, but the DOT decides her concerns about neighborhood safety aren’t significant enough to listen to. Then, when she tries to get her message out directly to the motorists, they slap her with a sign ordinance meant for commercial properties, not community art. It’s such a low blow to make; you have to wonder if the bureaucracy is really considering the long game or if they’re simply trying to bail out a sinking ship and keep it floating as long as they and their lobbyists can.

  • Ken Dodd

    Not a chance. This is the level of stupidity we’re dealing with:

    The same day I read those boneheaded remarks, I walked past the Christmas market at Union Square and observed how easy it would be for a truck driver to mount the sidewalk at the corner of 14th and Union Square East and just barrel through all of those stalls. The people in them would not have stood a chance. And of course yesterday’s events just show how utterly clueless the NYPD have been on this issue.

  • Joe R.

    I agree fining this woman is adding insult to injury. The only area where I differ from her is the idea of adding stop signs. Stop signs are not, and never should have been, used as speed control devices. In fact, they fail miserably in that regard. Drivers often speed between stop signs to make up for the time lost stopping! Also, putting stop signs in appropriate places dilutes adherence to stop signs in general. This could have dire consequences if a driver ignores a stop sign in a place where it’s really used properly (i.e. an intersection with poor lines of sight).

    The bottom line is she wants the speeds on her street reduced. This is a valid request but please let DOT decide upon which tools to use to accomplish that. We have way too many traffic signals and stop signs in this city installed at the behest of politicians or community boards who think they are speed control devices. They’re not and never will be. Maybe this street needs speed humps. Or maybe if it’s a residential side street which only people who live there need access to you can bollard it off at one end to prevent through traffic. Or you might narrow it. But please let’s stop having non-experts suggest solutions, particularly solutions which have already been tried citiwide and failed to produce the desired results.

  • Joe R.

    And next thing you know we’ll have people complaining bollards will cause damage to their vehicle. Sure, that’s the idea. Destroy the vehicle before it has a chance to kill people. But in these people’s minds keeping out of control vehicles from getting damaged matters more than saving lives.

    Has the NYPD ever noticed outside of rush hour conditions it’s easily possible to hit lethal speeds? Also, the vehicle involved was in traffic until the last minute but modern vehicles accelerate so rapidly you hardly need any space to get up to speed. That’s another issue which needs to be addressed but the automakers don’t want to hear it. Seriously, look at this:

    I don’t see why a 2-ton vehicle even needs 100 HP, let alone 600 or 800. Or if you must install this much power, at least have it disabled on urban streets via GPS. Limit acceleration rates on urban streets to a sedate 1 or 2 mph per second. And govern maximum speeds to the speed limit. This will also stop all these asinine maneuvers where motorists accelerate into gaps, or fly out of parking spots.

  • Michel S

    Perhaps. But it’s not like the “experts” are trying to come up with a solution. They’re simply ignoring the problem:

    “[The NYDOT] Transportation Committee voted that ‘the street should remain unchanged at this time.’ The agency also said that last year it conducted a speed hump study… and found it was not feasible because there were too many curb cuts and driveways.”


  • Joe R.

    Yes, DOT should be offering some solution instead of stonewalling this woman. If speed humps aren’t feasible then you could still narrow the street, texture the pavement, install a chicane, install mini-roundabouts at intersections, or perhaps bollard off the street on one end. DOT has a lot of potential solutions available. If it’s only looking at stop signs or speed humps then perhaps they need some new people who might look at other solutions.

  • Greg

    Bollards are such a no-brainer it hurts.

    Those photos of that car lying angled and defanged on those bollards are the strongest argument I’ve ever seen for the very obvious benefit they offer. They should be an absolute, non-controversial standard part of any street planning, as much as curbs and street lamps and crosswalks. I can’t fathom why anyone could find any controversy in this.

    The only respectable argument I’ve ever heard against them is that they’d be too expensive to deploy everywhere. I’m skeptical that’s the case (fine, maybe we don’t need them on remote dead-end streets in industrial Red Hook). But if so, here’s the simple answer: make a bollard budget, whatever that amounts to. Order every intersection and side walk in NYC by level of danger, accidents, pedestrian intensity etc. Start at #1 and install bollards down the list until funding is used up. Repeat and rinse as far as public support will take it.

    I’d be anything, just like Citibike, the more they get implemented and the more they’re shown to have benefit the greater public support would be. And the farther down that list we can go. And the better everyone else off is.

  • AnoNYC