Managing Editor Brad Aaron began writing for Streetsblog in 2007, after years as a reporter, editor, and publisher in the alternative weekly business. Brad has adopted New York's dysfunctional traffic justice system as his primary beat for Streetsblog. He lives in Manhattan.
NYPD has no plans to reform the way it releases information on traffic crashes, despite the department’s terrible track record of falsely blaming victims for their own deaths. NYPD said Dan Hanegby, Kelly Hurley, and Lauren Davis — to name a few recent victims — were responsible for the collisions that took their lives before evidence revealed motorist behavior as […]
NYPD can provide no evidence that ticketing bike riders when a motorist kills a cyclist reduces the prevalence of fatal or injurious crashes. And yet the practice persists years after Mayor de Blasio supposedly ushered in a more data-driven approach to traffic enforcement under the banner of Vision Zero.
Early Saturday morning a driver believed to be operating a private sanitation truck struck and killed Neftaly Ramirez, 27, as he biked on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. The driver fled the scene and has yet to be apprehended. Nevertheless, NYPD defended the perpetrator in the press and the 94th Precinct was out ticketing people on bikes hours after the collision.
After drivers killed two cyclists in the district last month, Manhattan Community Board 4 is reiterating its request for DOT to install protected bike lanes on crosstown streets in Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen.
The State Senate bill to expand New York City’s speed camera program did not pass in part because of opposition from Brooklyn rep Simcha Felder, according to a Senate source familiar with the negotiations.
In light of the department's track record of putting out misleading crash information, initial police accounts can't be trusted in the absence of video evidence or testimony from witnesses other than the driver.
When you're tweeting from that hot, crowded subway platform -- or a hot, crowded train that isn't moving -- don't forget to channel that frustration toward the man who runs the MTA: Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose Twitter handle is @NYGovCuomo.
With this year's legislative session drawing to a close, Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives will hold a rally on Friday calling on Albany to allow NYC to place more speed enforcement cameras around schools.
Manhattan Community Board 7 wants DOT to make it safer to walk and bike through Columbus Circle. In May, the board's transportation committee passed a resolution calling for protected bike lanes in the large traffic circle at the southwest corner of Central Park. The full board approved the resolution last night.
Given the high-profile location, the number of victims, and recent instances of people using vehicles to kill for ideology, it's understandable that yesterday's crash drew so much attention. But it's important to recognize that as terrible as the Times Square carnage was for a single incident, the same human toll occurs on a daily basis on NYC streets -- it's just dispersed across the city.
Mayor de Blasio doesn't see a problem with issuing tens of thousands of new parking placards to teachers and other school workers. His assertion runs contrary to years of documented evidence and the daily observations that pile up on Twitter -- a city placard is a license to park anywhere without fear of getting a ticket.