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New Law Encourages DOT to Set Traffic Reduction Targets

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Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg signed into law Intro 199, a bill requiring New York City’s Department of Transportation to collect and monitor data specifically aimed at helping the city "to reduce automobile traffic and encourage more sustainable means of transportation vital to combating congestion, pollution and improving the City’s long term economic health." The new law […]

Coming Soon: A Major Car-Free Event in NYC

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Cyclists enjoy Bogotá’s weekly Ciclovía. Which New York streets will host a similar event this summer? Speaking at Tuesday’s Fit-City Conference, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced that a Ciclovía-style car-free street event is in the works for this summer. New York is not alone. According to a story published earlier this week on RedOrbit, several […]

Open Thread: Spitzer Prostitution Scandal

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As most of you no doubt know by now: Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation. The wiretap recording, made during an investigation of a prostitution ring called Emperors Club […]

The New DOT is Still Using the Old Measuring Stick

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Setting the tone: In its performance report, DOT starts off by measuring how quickly it fixes traffic lights. A preliminary version of the 2008 Mayor’s Management Report was released last week [PDF], and the Department of Transportation section is déja vu all over again. Ten months after the end of the Iris Weinshall regime, DOT […]