Today’s Headlines

  • Truck Drivers Working for Action Carting Have Killed Five People in NYC Since 2008 (DNA)
  • City Hall’s Bike Strategy Should Be a Lot Bolder Than 10 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes a Year (Gothamist)
  • NYPD Needs to Turn Over a New Leaf and Change Its Approach to Cyclist Safety (CityLimits)
  • Cuomo Might Move His Man Pat Foye From Port Authority to MTA (Politico)
  • NYC Dems Turn to Jelly When Asked to Call Out Cuomo for Transit Crisis, Except Jumaane Williams (Voice)
  • Add to the List of Political Players Uninterested in Helping Riders: Rory Lancman (Crain’s), TWU (NY1)
  • The City Doesn’t Run the MTA, But the Mayor’s Taking a Hit in the Polls Anyway (Crain’s, News)
  • Will Pressure to Fix the Subways Give Congestion Pricing Political Momentum? (C&S)
  • Just What the MTA Needs — an Easy Mark in Charge of Procurement (Post)
  • Car Passenger Dies of Injuries Sustained in Drunk Driving Crash (News)
  • Read Part Two of Danielle Davis’s Account of Losing Her Sister Lauren to Traffic Violence (Medium)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Larry Littlefield

    We’re in a post-Generation Greed era of hell. Look across the country at all the politicians left holding the bag after decades of future selling, and you’ll find not one, of either party, who isn’t despised. This in an economy that is about as good as it is going to get in the new normal, temporarily fueled by yet another increase in consumer debt.

    Whatever DeBlasio’s approval ratings are, they are better than those of politicians where the future has arrived in force. Malloy in Connecticut. Christie in New Jersey. Rauer in Illinois, and Emmanuel in Chicago. Brownback in Kansas. The entire federal government.

    Once the bubble economy stops propping up New York and California, the approval rate of pols there will normalize to what decades of generational grabs from a future that has now arrived would suggest.

    For nearly 40 years politicians have gotten elected by promising something for nothing to those with more clout and no losses for anyone else, and delivering. All losses from now on. We’re in a transitional phase in which politicians still promise something for nothing, fail to deliver, and are hated. The next step is “blood and tears” speeches.

  • Vooch

    Everyone should read the Davis article on the system and her sister’s killing.

  • Joe R.

    The incompetence and institutional inertia in this case is staggering. The more I read about it, the angrier I get. It just reinforces my long-held opinion that NYC (and much of the US) is really a third-world city/country masquerading as a first-world country.

  • Vooch

    I believe the only way to solve this institutional cultural bias is get the beat officers out of their cars. For example, in Manhattan CBD no precient (sp?) is further than 15 blocks. It’s faster for a beat officer to walk than drive, yet they all are asked to drive and then park.

    One could also reduce placard abuse, by applying IRS withholding rules to the benefit. And returning to the system a cop in uniform rides for free on Subway to encourage commuting by rail.

    Bike patrols are a long way off, but we all recognize they would be far more effective than car patrols in covering ground and interacting with New Yorkers.

    There are dozens of little cultural changes that might start changing the cultural bias. The leadership is far too set in their suburban mindset to change, but there might be ways to create a (slight) cultural shift among the new hires.

    It’s going to take a long long time because the cultural divide is simply so great.

  • Joe R.

    Add having a NYC residency requirement to your list. It used to be required for all city employees to live in the 5 boroughs. I think the police would have less of a suburban mindset if that were still the case. If the residency requirement means we have to pay police more, I have no problem with that. Higher costs per cop means we can afford fewer cops. The NYPD is overstaffed by at least a factor of two anyway compared to police department in other big cities.

  • JarekFA

    Bike patrols are a long way off, but we all recognize they would be far more effective than car patrols in covering ground and interacting with New Yorkers.

    It’s simply malpractice for them not to have regular bike patrols in the densely populated areas of this city, especially in Manhattan and in the CBD. There’s so much congestion that you legitimately can move quicker than on car. And yes, of course, you’d see the city from behind the bicycle and just for a moment experience all the bullshit bicyclists have to deal with.

    Like my dream is a bike cop, riding around the city, scanning (like with a supermarket scanner) the VIN of all the cars illegally blocking the bike lane and giving them tix in 5 seconds time.

  • William Lawson

    “Also in 2008, two English tourists Andrew Hardie and Jacklyn Timmons were killed when an Action Carting truck jumped a curb when the driver suffered a seizure” — I remember that well. Hadn’t he failed to take his medication or something? My heart skipped a beat when I read the names of the victims back then because I know an Andrew Hardie in England. Wasn’t him though. I remember reading that the truck decapitated them both. They really are a menace and I’ve always associated their logo with moronic driving. 5 deaths since 2008? How many more maimed?

  • Michel S

    The cover photo alone breaks my heart.