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The Lhota Platform: No Walking, No Biking, No Details on Street Safety
Posted By Stephen Miller On October 11, 2013 @ 4:46 pm In Election 2013,Elections,Joe Lhota | 50 Comments
It looks like Joe Lhota didn’t listen to Nicole Gelinas  or Transportation Alternatives . Yesterday, Lhota released what his campaign billed  as a “comprehensive policy book” [PDF ], but New Yorkers interested in safer streets or better bicycling and walking are still awaiting much of any policy  from the Republican candidate.
After platitudes about how “an effective transportation system is a key part of New York City’s economy and quality of life,” we get to the meat of Lhota’s plan: A bullet-point list of what he promises to do as mayor.
Of the 15 bullet points, three are just about traffic lights — that’s 20 percent of his platform. In the policy book’s environment section, Lhota repeats his desire to install park-and-ride lots at the end of subway lines and promises Upper East Siders that he will not open 91st Street waste transfer station, which is part of a plan to move some of the city’s trash disposal burden, including truck traffic, from poorer neighborhoods.
He doesn’t have any bullet points for biking, walking, or traffic crashes, which incidentally, are the top injury-related killer of NYC children . The only mention of safety comes as boilerplate: “New York City must have the safest possible systems of transportation,” the platform says. “Policies must be enacted with the understanding that roads are to be shared fairly by cars, trucks, emergency vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.”
Lhota’s official transportation platform is actually a downgrade from his remarks on the John Gambling Show last month , where he said pedestrian safety would be one of his DOT’s top three priorities. (The others were syncing traffic lights and keeping the roads in a state of good repair.)
In a September interview with the New York Daily News , conducted on Citi Bikes, Lhota had this to say about how the streets should be shared: “The roads are for everybody. They’re not just for cars. They’re for buses, and they’re for pedestrians, and they’re for trucks, and they’re for bicyclists. In no particular order, either.”
Update: Lhota held a press conference today with Assembly Member Joe Borelli calling on the Parks Department to allow through traffic on roads within Freshkills Park “to help alleviate traffic congestion” on Staten Island. The press release  for today’s announcement includes quotes from Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis and Council Member James Oddo urging that the park’s roads be used as a traffic shortcut.
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URLs in this post:
 listen to Nicole Gelinas: http://nypost.com/2013/09/07/most-important-issue-for-new-mayor-keeping-our-streets-safe/
 Transportation Alternatives: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130923/BLOGS04/130929976
 campaign billed: http://joelhotaformayor.com/lhota-releases-policy-book-five-boroughs-one-city-moving-forward-puts-forth-vision-for-a-strong-economy-better-schools-and-enhanced-quality-of-life/
 PDF: http://joelhotaformayor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Lhota17-13MR.pdf
 much of any policy: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/09/12/priority-number-one-under-joe-lhotas-dot-sync-the-stop-lights/
 Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Screen-Shot-2013-10-11-at-4.27.22-PM1.png
 top injury-related killer of NYC children: http://www.streetsblog.orgwww.streetsblog.org/2011/09/13/traffic-still-the-top-injury-related-killer-of-nyc-kids/
 New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/news-cycle-citi-bike-ride-mayoral-candidate-joe-lhota-article-1.1468689
 press release: http://joelhotaformayor.com/lhota-calls-on-city-to-open-roads-through-freshkills-park/
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