Friday, February 17, 2017

Congestion pricing "not part of my vision," says DeBlasio






According to Newsday, Mayor Bill de Blasio does not support congestion pricing for Manhattan, and said it's "not part of my vision."  While other major cities, such as London, Singapore, and Stockholm, have had success using such pricing programs, Albany has yet to support such a plan.


Friday, January 27, 2017





According to CBS News, Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to crackdown on offenses such as speeding, failure to yield to pedestrians, texting while driving, and drunk driving, to further his Vision Zero efforts to eliminate pedestrian deaths.  Additionally, the mayor has added 120 new radar guns for police precincts to his proposed budget, The NYPD says it issued a record 137,000 speeding tickets in 2016.

There have been 15 traffic related fatalities in 2017, according to the Mayor.  In the three years since beginning the Vision Zero initiatives, the city has seen traffic deaths decrease by more than 20 percent.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

NYC traffic deaths down, pedestrian deaths up in 2016




According to ABC News and The New York Times, Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero program has resulted in New York City traffic deaths declining for a third straight year.  However, the number of pedestrian deaths increased slightly from the previous year.  Vision Zero's goal is to completely eliminate traffic deaths by 2024.  

Despite criticism from around the community that changes are not happening fast enough to protect pedestrians, Mr. de Blasio continues defending Vision Zero.  "We are very committed," he said on channel NY1. "I believe in Vision Zero 110 percent, and now we have three years running where it's produced better results each year."

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.
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