Tuesday’s Headlines: Hizzoner Talks Vision Zero Edition

The mayor will be in Bay Ridge at noon today to announce the 2019 Borough Pedestrian Safety Plans.

This is exciting. Check back later today to get the full details. And if you want to brush up on the topic, here are the 2015 versions.

For now, here’s the news:

  • The Riders Alliance will accompany pro-congestion pricing lawmakers to subway stations this week. First up, State Senator Mike “Bezos Buster” Gianaris this morning at 9:30 at Queensboro Plaza. (NYDN)
  • The Times’s Winnie Hu takes the pulse of congestion pricing with an explainer on how we got here and how hard it will be to convince the David Weprins of the world.
  • Cab drivers are upset at Council Speaker Corey Johnson because he dissolved the taxi committee in the City Council because it was being run — and run poorly — by an unrepentant homophobe. (NY Post) Unrepentent? Yes. (NY Times)
  • Car carnage in Queens. (NYDN)
  • Gothamist followed last week’s Streetsblog’s scoop about City Council placard abuse legislation with some more details about the extent of placard corruption.
  • We don’t like cars, so we don’t care too much about auto insurance costs — except that they’re probably too low, given the social costs associated with the automobile. Car drivers may disagree. (amNY)
  • You don’t hear much about the Bronx’s D- and B-pocalypse over the next few weekends. But self-effacing exemplar Vin Barone has the scoop. (amNY)
  • The Daily News editorial board weighed in on the broken Amazon deal…under what may be the longest, least-comprehensible headline in modern tabloid history. So much for “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” Meanwhile, the collapse of the corporate welfare deal for Amazon may end up destroying the state Democratic majority — IDC fashion. (WSJ)
  • And, finally, Streetsblog contributor Laura Shepard posted an epic Twitter thread after being doored in the East Village.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “It all has to do with risk and a really granular area. New York as a whole is highly populated and really congested. … There will be more risk of accidents, more claims, people bumping into each other,” said Alyssa Connolly, the director of market insights for The Zebra.”

    Actually, a lot of it has to do with who gets stuck paying for the damage done by the uninsured, and those who claim their vehicles are in other states. Basically, it’s tolerated fraud. The map shows why it is tolerated.

  • bolwerk

    amNY is blocking my VPN, so I can’t check. What is the scope of what she is talking about? ‘Cause going by casualty statistics, there are FEWER cases of people being injured in NYC. But that doesn’t rule out more car-on-car damages that don’t result in human injury.

  • Elizabeth F

    How did she get across the Whitestone Bridge?

  • AnoNYC

    Probably the bus, I believe the Q50 has a bike rack.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    From personal observation, the fraud state of choice seems to have shifted from New Jersey to Maryland.

  • kevd

    i see quite a bit of PA and NC.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The map shows the highest rates in central and eastern Brooklyn and the southern Bronx, and the lowest in Manhattan and the suburbs.

    The “progressive” argument for tolerating fraud and driving by the uninsured is the same one for allowing fare evasion – these folks are poor and cannot afford NY insurance.

    The “conservative” view is that the people in these areas who are actually paying are serfs, unlike those living in places where people matter. If they weren’t serfs, they’d be registering their cars at their summer houses.

    Brooklyn gets nailed with higher rental car costs too. Nearly $500 for our last trip to Schenectady, on a weekend in February that was not a holiday weekend.

  • Elizabeth F

    > Brooklyn gets nailed with higher rental car costs too.

    Take Metro-North to the suburbs and rent there. For example, in Scarsdale, Yonkers or White Plains.

    Insurance rates are probably so low in central Manhattan because most car owners there don’t need a car, and don’t drive it much, and keep it in a secure garage.

  • walks bikes drives

    It’s not that. For some reason, which is for some other reason legal, if your driver’s license has a Brooklyn address, car rental agencies can charge you a higher rate. It doesnt matter where you rent a car, having a Brooklyn home address results in an extra fee. Bronx too. Not so in Queens, Manhattan, or Staten Island, or anywhere else in the country, as far as I know.

  • Larry Littlefield

    They’ve tried to pull that stuff but hopefully they won’t try it on me.
    As I plan to rent in Jersey City next time.

  • Elizabeth F

    Is this the cost of the rental itself; or the LDW insurance?

  • walks bikes drives

    “…we don’t care too much about auto insurance costs — except that they’re probably too low, given the social costs associated with the automobile. Car drivers may disagree.”

    It’s not about the insurance cost matching the social cost. Insurance companies are a business. Premiums are a calculation by actuaries that combine the per-insured cost of payouts plus any business overhead plus profit. Increasing the costs of insurance due to social costs is increasing corporate profits for no reason. If there were to be a social cost calculation, that would be a government tax/fee. So, while the cost of insurance could definitely be too high, with unacceptable rates of profit, insurance costs would never be too low.

  • walks bikes drives

    I believe the computer automatically adds that. I have rented in NJ, Manhattan, and at the airports, and each had a sign on the register about it. So I asked them about it. I have never been personally charged because I dont live in Brooklyn.

  • kevd

    “what may be the longest, least-comprehensible headline in modern tabloid history”

    And yet, every day you write the longest, least-comprehensible headline summaries on the streetsblog network.

  • NYCyclist

    Re the Bronx’s D- and B-pocalypse, I’ve noticed Fastrack should be called Slowtrack. It was once just a week, now its up to 3 weeks.



  • AMH

    Also a surprising amount of GA and FL.

  • walks bikes drives


  • kevd

    those make me wonder too.

  • AMH

    Work gets done a lot faster without the danger of moving trains. I believe it’s the same idea behind “Fast Forward”.

  • redbike

    There you go again, letting silly “facts” get in the way of the Party Line.

  • fdtutf

    I’m very happy that I initially read this as “…get in the way of the Panty Line.”

  • stairbob

    Someone asked her this in the Twitter thread and her reply was “The Q50 bus has a bike rack!”