Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NYPD issues 50,000+ summonses during new Dusk & Darkness initiative



Mayor de Blasio announced a new online crash tracker, which shows the city's most dangerous intersections.  According to ABC News, the tracker is part of the mayor's recent Dusk and Darkness initiative, which was announced last month.  Dusk and Darkness focuses on decreasing collisions during the early evening hours of fall and winter, when they are 40% more likely than in other seasons.

In addition to the tracker, police will be looking for driver who speed during the evening rush hour, do not yield to pedestrians, text and drive, and block the bike lanes. The NYPD has already issued over 50,000 summonses for moving violations during the initiative.

To view the new Traffic Stat site, click here.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Would you pay $185,000 on a parking space?

Photo credit:  Google Maps

According to the New York Post, Brooklyn's new Parking Club is offering "deeded condominium" parking spots, starting at $185,000.  Included valet services include filling your gas tank, car washes, maintenance and registration inspections.  Just like any other condo, owners will also pay monthly common charges and taxes on their parking spots.  

"As parking continues to disappear, I think it's an opportunity for developers going forward to build parking developments," says Jamie Anthony of Lonicera Partners, which developed The Parking Club. "Demand is going to continue to go up... it's going to become more of a valuable commodity."




Friday, September 30, 2016

Residents petition city for changes at Kew Gardens' "Intersection of Doom"

Photo credit:  DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska


Residents in Kew Gardens are petitioning the city to make some major changes to a corner they've nicknamed the "Intersection of Doom." The intersection, located at Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue, has been the site of nine injuries resulting from crashes from 2012- 2016. Petitioners are asking for a red light camera on Metropolitan Avenue, lane separators on Park Lane South, and extra time for crosswalk signals. 

“On a daily basis, pedestrians are faced with cars speeding well above the 25MPH limit along Metropolitan Ave., dangerous drivers who turn against the left-turn light on Park Lane South with no regard for pedestrians who have already entered the crosswalks, and cars and motorcycles who have taken to racing along Metropolitan Ave. at night as though it was part of the Grand Prix course,” residents wrote in the petition.

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz contacted the Department of Transportation and the agency plans to conduct a study of the intersection.

The DOT is already working on a larger safety project for the Park Lane South corridor which includes the Metropolitan Avenue and Park Lane South intersection.  The proposal will be presented to the community this fall.

Monday, September 19, 2016

75 miles of new bike lanes coming to NYC

Photo Credit:  PeopleForBikes.org

According to Curbed, Mayor de Blasio announced this week that Vision Zero plans to add 75 miles of new bike lanes (including 18 miles of fully protected lanes) by the end of this year.  Although the city will be adding more bike lanes this year than any prior year, critics of the plan say the city is not acting quickly enough or doing to enough to protect cyclists.  

The list of new protected bike lanes is available on the Department of Transportation's website.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Vision Zero is not preventing cyclist deaths

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According to the Daily News, Vision Zero's cyclist fatalities have already exceeded those of 2015. 16 people have died so far this year while biking - the latest incident occurred last week on Northern Boulevard, which has already been identified by Vision Zero as one of the most dangerous streets in the city for pedestrians and bikers.  

The goal of Vision Zero is to end all traffic fatalities, and has so far resulted in a lower speed limit, stricter penalties for drivers who injure pedestrians and cyclists, and redesigning streets and medians to maximize safety.  The city has seen a substantial drop in pedestrian fatalities since 2013.

Transportation Alternatives. an advocacy group for pedestrians and cyclists, will be holding a Ride for Mayoral Action on September 15 to ask the city for more improvements in bike safety.  

Monday, July 25, 2016

How will L train shutdown affect NYC drivers?

Photo Credit: JoesphBarbaro for Wikipedia
According to Gothamist, the L train shutdown is officially happening in 2019.  The MTA plans to shut down service completely to and within Manhattan for 18 months, which raises the question - what will happen to subway commuters and how will motorists be affected? Several alternative modes of transport are expected to be offered, including shuttle bus service, expanded ferry service, and some lawmakers are calling for 14th Street to be completely car free during the shutdown.  

While the 18 month shutdown seems extreme, it was actually the overwhelmingly favored plan, as the MTA had also considered a three year, limited service option.  “We think it is better to have a shorter duration of pain than a longer more unstable process - and risk unplanned closures - by leaving one track open during construction,” Veronique Hakim, president of New York City Transit, said in a statement. "Approximately 80 percent of riders will have the same disruptions with either option. Throughout our extensive outreach process and review, it became clear that the 18-month closure was the best construction option and offered the least amount of pain to customers for the shortest period of time."




Friday, June 3, 2016

Could these bridges solve NJ's transit problems more effectively than the Gateway Project?

Courtesy of NJ.com
Credit:  Tevebaugh Associates Architects

A transportation consultant who worked on the cancelled ARC Tunnel project believes a faster and better alternative to the Gateway Project is actually a pair of suspension bridges that would run from New Jersey to Manhattan to Queens.  

The $20 billion Gateway Project is the plan to construct two new tunnels under the Hudson River to help ease NJ Transit and Amtrak congestion.  However, the tunnels are expected to take at least 15 years before they would be in service.  Consultant Scott R. Spencer believes the solution lies in building twin bridges, the first of which could be in service in just 5 years.  The tri-level bridges would carry two rail lines on the lower levels, while carrying buses on the middle levels, and pedestrian/ bike traffic on the upper levels.  

Spencer proposed the project at a public hearing on the tunnels last month and plans to send concept drawings and documents to the Federal Railroad administration.

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