Category Archives: Traffic Justice

Another Death in Hell’s Kitchen – Pedestrian Crossings still not safe

Last week another woman was killed in Hell’s Kitchen , in the pedestrian crossing, with the walk sign, by a turning truck. The week before, a person was hit at the corner of 38th and 9th in the same circumstances , in the crossing, with the walk sign, by a turning vehicle. This is tragic. [...]

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Why is Vision Zero progress so slow in NYC?

The third edition of the NYC DOT’s Street Design Manual was recently released and  I could not wait to read it. Why? This book reveals the DNA of the Department of Transportation, the hard-wired code the engineers follow and gives a glimpse into its evolution.
Up to page 31, warm words, good marketing pitch, clear process [...]

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2015 was a good year for Street Safety!

Thanks to the DOT administration and the advocates of various groups ( most notably Transportation Alternatives ) we made great strides in 2015:
Safety: CHEKPEDS’s push on fully protected phases for pedestrian crossings was embraced by the DOT in their Vision Zero report by Borough. And sure enough, the DOT installed a number of them on [...]

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Join Us to remember the victims: 373,377 lives lost to traffic in US in last 10 years

 
November 15, @ 12 Noon, City Hall Park Fountain.
There are no words to describe this epidemic and the condoning silence that surrounds it . The costs to society are staggering, and the cost in pain to families indescribable.  Why is this not registering in the news more than say a Russian plane with 225 person [...]

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NYPD and their Cars

Commissioner Bratton this week repeatedly voiced his support for removing the Times Square Plazas that have become an enormous success with all users including the real estate interests in the area. This is in response to incidents with a few topless women, draped in USA flag paint and the ever-present petty crooks now disguised as [...]

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New Bills introduced to prevent Left Turn collisions

ON August 13, Public Advocate Letitia James introduced two traffic safety bills in the New York City Council aimed at reducing pedestrian deaths across the City. The first bill would require the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish protected left turn signals at 100 additional intersections with four or more traffic lanes. [...]

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NOT ONE MORE : Vigil for 26,500 New Yorkers injured by Drivers in 2015

[ July 14, 2015; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] The number is staggering: 143 per day! In the second year of Vision Zero how could it be that drivers injured so many people in 2015 alone? People talk about crime in New York city in the 70′s . I doubt that criminals injured or killed so many people per day ever in New York [...]

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TWU Local 100 and New York State Senate nearly gutted the Right-of-Way law

It came very close but in the end it failed.
As part of Vision Zero, we gained the “right of way” law which assigns criminal penalties to drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists and injures or kill them, a major progress that makes it possible for NYPD to investigate even if they have not [...]

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The Power of Enforcing the Law

Without the strict application of the Right of Way law, the dialogue about pedestrian safety with the MTA drivers would have never taken place.

 
Jiahuan Xu, 15, was struck at the corner of Grand Street and Union Street in Brooklyn on Friday, February 13, 2015.  She was pinned under the  bus and rushed to Bellevue Hospital. Jihuan [...]

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Join Us: Reckless Drivers Who Kill New Yorkers Must Be Charged

[ January 11, 2015; 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm. ] Families for Safe Streets Calls on NYC’s District Attorneys to
Prosecute in Fatal Crashes
Families for Safe Streets
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2pm
City Hall steps 

New York City’s district attorneys must prosecute drivers when their
reckless behavior causes death or serious injury, say members of
Families for Safe Streets, a group of New Yorkers who have lost loved
ones in traffic [...]

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