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A Round and a Roundy: Sleepy de Blasio and the Case of the Car-Filled School Zone

12:01 AM EST on February 3, 2020

Cartoon: Bill Roundy

Editorial cartoonist Bill Roundy
Editorial cartoonist Bill Roundy

We have been asking top city officials — first the schools chancellor and then the mayor himself — if they'd consider banning cars from streets in front of elementary schools, which would be the surest way to prevent injuries and deaths of young kids.

Both have said no.

Chancellor Richard Carranza admitted he hadn't thought about it. But the mayor's answer last week was pure Sleepy de Blasio: It would simply be too much work to create a school transportation system that worked well enough that parents wouldn't "need" (his word) to drive their kid to school and endanger everyone else.

Naturally, this inspired our editorial cartoonist, Bill Roundy, who returned to his favorite depiction of the occasionally lazy mayor to highlight how this guy can't even pick the lowest-hanging fruit on the safety tree: get cars away from kids.

The mayor needs to watch this non-car Super Bowl ad:

All of Bill Roundy's Streetsblog cartoons are archived here.

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