Friday, January 23, 2015

Vision Zero: One year later

NYC's Vision Zero - Mayor deBlasio's action plan to end traffic fatalities - has had some success in its first year, including reducing pedestrian fatalities from 180 in 2013 to 132 in 2014.  Along with lowering the city speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, Vision Zero also added 120 speed cameras, widened pedestrian sidewalks, protected bike lanes, and neighborhood slow zones. The city tackled  a total of 50 dangerous intersections last year, and plans to improve another 50 this year, including Queens Boulevard, a notoriously dangerous street for pedestrians.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NYPD slowdown ends; cost NYC $5 million in parking ticket revenue

ny city parking ticket slowdown

According to Slate, the alleged NYC ticket writing slowdown has come to an end and the city lost approximately $5 million in parking tickets alone.   This figure is only the estimate for parking tickets - it does not include the other areas where revenue was lost due to unwritten tickets, such as moving violations and petty crimes.  The City Comptroller's Office has not yet issued a statement on how much the city lost to the slowdown.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

NYC tickets down 92% in last week in apparent NYPD slowdown

According to the Daily News, tickets were down a whopping 92% last week in what appears to be an NYPD slowdown in protest of Mayor deBlasio.  While Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is reluctant to use the term 'slowdown,' he is meeting with others in the Department to "put together a comprehensive review of what has been happening over the last month."   

While the dramatic decrease in tickets and arrests occurred citywide, the biggest drop was in Brooklyn's 84th Precinct, which was the home precinct for murdered officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjlan Liu.  Just two tickets were written for moving violations last week.  No parking tickets or Criminal Court summonses were issued.

Bratton believes the numbers are part of the overall decrease in crime in NYC, rather than a rift between the NYPD and the mayor, but did vow to take action if there is evidence of an actual slowdown.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Monday, December 1, 2014

Staten Island residents oppose illegally parked speed camera truck

Photo courtesy of
Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Residents of Staten Island are opposing a new mobile speed camera truck located behind the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership on Goethals Road North, Graniteville because the vehicle is issuing tickets despite being parked in a No Standing Zone.  Although some of the tickets are being dismissed as a result, there is no agreement between city agencies on whether the camera's location is valid or not.  

According to, the zone actually became a 20mph zone in 2009.  The section of road is located right off the highway, so drivers must slow down from 50mph to the off-ramp to the school zone within 350 yards.  The DOT states that the school zone is a dangerous area with a long history of traffic related injuries.  Residents claim the new speed camera is nothing but a speed trap, claiming it's impossible to slow down in time when coming off the highway.  

Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Mid Island) is calling for all tickets from the mobile speed camera to be dismissed because the truck is often parked illegally.  "It does not help the confidence of my constituents when it looks like the city can play by one set of rules and them another," said Matteo in a statement.

The DOT, however, defends the truck's location. Under New York City Traffic Rules, section 4-02(d)(1)(ii), "traffic/parking control vehicles" are allowed to operate outside of traffic regulations.  "This camera is properly located," said a DOT spokesman in a statement.

Monday, November 3, 2014

NYC speed limits to be lowered to 25 mph this week

As part of Vision Zero, all New York City streets will have a 25 mph speed limit starting November 7, except where otherwise posted, in an effort to reduce roadway fatalities.  “Families and children will be safer because of what we’re doing here today. Lowering the speed limit will save lives. This is a major step toward achieving Vision Zero, and it depends on every New Yorker taking personal responsibility and putting the lives of their neighbors first,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Up to 3,000 new speed limit signs will be installed over the next year at a cost of $500,000. The City will prioritize signage at all entry points to the city, at major bridge and tunnel crossings, at airports, and at exits from limited access highways.

The City will continue retooling traffic signal timing and adjusting street designs to improve safety and reduce speeding through its Safe Routes to School, Arterial Slow Zone, and Neighborhood Slow Zone programs.
The NYPD and Department of Transportation are undertaking comprehensive education efforts to ready new Yorkers for the change. The 25 Days to 25 Mph campaign has been canvassing neighborhoods with NYPD and DOT personnel educating motorists and pedestrians.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This week's milling and paving alerts

Courtesy of Brooklyn Heights Blog

This week's NYC milling and paving schedule can be found here.
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