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  1.  

    J

    It’s so fascinating. Nassau Street used to be a shared street (since the 1970s, I believe), and was recently reconstructed at great expense to have curbs and raised sidewalks again, despite very high ped volumes and low vehicle volumes. Now we’re thinking of going back in the other direction.

    https://goo.gl/maps/dBvLqXy5Mmu

  2.  

    Vooch

    slower Motorist speeds are a good Thing in CBD. shouldn’t DOT Have some Target such at 5mph by 2025 ?

  3.  

    JulieannGuill140

    my business partner required CBP I-94 last month and was made aware of a company that has a searchable forms database . If people need to fill out CBP I-94 also , here’s a http://goo.gl/mPXxEG

  4.  

    Bahij

    I’m really glad to see this campaign making progress. It has the potential to really improve conditions on the streets, especially at night and early morning.

  5.  

    Kevin Love

    If only the cop gave a rat’s ass about human life.

    There. Fixed it for you.

  6.  

    Kevin Love

    Don’t forget that robots also do not really care all that much about anyone’s racial or ethnic origins.

  7.  

    Komanoff

    Ben’s point about “watchdogging city agencies” merits an exclamation point. Streetsblog is our institutional brain bank that keeps misdeeds and heroics alike from vanishing down the memory hole.

    (Not to mention that Ben & Co. write like a dream.)

  8.  

    HamTech87

    Love watching the cars not signaling lane changing at the 23 second mark. If only the cop turned around.

  9.  

    HamTech87

    We should hire the guy who brought CompStat to NYC. Oh wait…

  10.  

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Oh DAMN I am gonna miss this for The Farm Ride. :(

  11.  

    com63

    Placard use/abuse is the key. They could totally pull this off permanently if they found off street parking for the municipal vehicles. They already take all of the spots down there, so it is not like residents could complain about losing parking. They would need a lot of loading zones though. Lots of commercial traffic down here.

  12.  

    Jonathan Rockway

    This is a good idea. I don’t really mind using Court St., as the lights are timed such that you can easily get to the left side of Court at Atlantic and then be ready for an easy turn on to Dean. Henry -> Amity -> Dean would be even better though, Court St. is one of those “compliance with traffic laws like speed limit optional” streets.

  13.  

    BBnet3000

    Such a great old walkable street grid in this area with much lower traffic than elsewhere in NYC already. The only problems are the very crowded and narrow sidewalks (often made narrower by scaffolding), traffic that’s just a touch too high to enable walking in the roadbed for longer than short bursts, and tons of illegal placard parking.

    I really hope this Summer Streets is a precursor to pedestrianizing this area permanently. I believe some streets within it are in theory already limited access (some of Nassau St?) but totally unenforced plus packed with the aforementioned placards.

  14.  

    com63

    They will have to ban municipal parking on these streets for this to actually work. All of the streets in this neighborhood is municipal agencies with placards and they hog the curb space and make walking in the street difficult

  15.  

    ADN

    NYPD mostly just needs to be removed completely from traffic enforcement duties. Almost all traffic enforcement should be done by robots, lasers, cameras, radars and databases. Human cops — especially NYPD — are simply horrible at traffic enforcement. Human cops should be doing other things. This is a bad use of human policing resources. Added bonus: Robots won’t refuse to give summonses to police officers.

  16.  

    Marty Barfowitz

  17.  

    AnoNYC

    This should be a car free area 24/7. Even if you just left a few arteries open for late night deliveries.

  18.  

    AnoNYC

    The technology for failure to yield camera enforcement exist.

  19.  

    jcwconsult

    Nonsense.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  20.  

    fdtutf

    And that does not necessarily mean that the higher incidence of cyclist deaths and injuries is due to increased rates of cycling. That, again, is the difference between data and research.

    For future reference, what you’re doing is called “jumping to conclusions.”

  21.  

    ahwr

    That the 19th Precinct ticketed just 21 speeding drivers is only a part of the problem.

    In the 19th Precinct, drivers routinely start to drive into crosswalks while they have a red light. Drivers routinely fail to yield when turning through a crosswalk with pedestrians who have a walk signal.

    Neither of those violations is covered by speeding tickets. Compare that 21 speeding tickets to 475 tickets YTD for not giving right of way to pedestrians, 2237 for “improper turn” – how many of those are cutting off pedestrians and cyclists? – 371 for disobey steady red signal, 1270 for disobey traffic control device, 5723 moving violations total. Speed enforcement isn’t what NYPD should be focusing on.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/traffic_data/mv-en-us-019sum.pdf

    The obvious solution is red light cameras EVERYWHERE. They refuse to do this. They have blood on their hands.

    To be clear, “They” isn’t the 19th precinct.

  22.  

    jcwconsult

    When a DOT reports that cyclist commuting is 20% higher than in a previous year – it is quite clear to me that the exposure is higher.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

  23.  

    JamesR

    Nice, I’ll swing by for this. Major props to Ben and staff for your tireless efforts over these many years.

  24.  

    MPSConrad

    Congratulations. Streetsblog has changed my perspective more times than I can count. The quality of the journalism here is absolutely astonishing and I have no idea how you folks do it. Best of luck.

  25.  

    JamesR

    NYC motorists sharing space with non-drivers in a civilized fashion? This is gonna be good. I await to see how many drivers are actually able to turn their sociopath knob from 11 down to 2 or 3, and to see if the NYPD doesn’t try to hamstring this somehow. Are there set criteria to be used as far as how many vehicles will be allowed through the cordon at any one time?

  26.  

    jposner

    That the 19th Precinct ticketed just 21 speeding drivers is only a part of the problem.

    In the 19th Precinct, drivers routinely start to drive into crosswalks while they have a red light. Drivers routinely fail to yield when turning through a crosswalk with pedestrians who have a walk signal. Those two moving violations occur almost every light cycle at almost every intersection.

    Last month, I spoke with someone from the Precinct, who said that they could have all of their officers writing moving violations for red lights & failure to yield 24/7, and it still wouldn’t be enough enforcement to stop the problem, not to mention that their other work would suffer. This means they aren’t looking at the problem the right way.

    The obvious solution is red light cameras EVERYWHERE. They refuse to do this. They have blood on their hands.

  27.  

    JudenChino

    That’s so fucked up. Those cops should be “protecting” those people on bikes. Not trying to ding them. You’ve got an ocean of potential killing vehicles and they act like the bikes are the problem. Such simple-minded authoritarian mentality.

  28.  

    BBnet3000

    Requiring side guards on at least new trucks purchased by haulers operating in NYC could also bring huge safety improvements. #VisionSomethingOrOther

  29.  

    Boeings+Bikes

    Happy birthday Streetsblog, and thanks to everyone who over the years has contributed to this invaluable resource linking great ideas and great people to make substantiative changes to the public spaces of NYC and beyond!

  30.  

    kevd

    well, to be fair some of them often top 5mph – still disturbing no one.

  31.  

    Doug G.

    The best journalism in NYC, hands down. Congrats on ten excellent years.

  32.  

    Vooch

    thank you ever so much

  33.  

    ahwr

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/misc/nycdot-bi-annual-pedestrian-index.xls

    The city conducts biannual short counts at a handful of locations in the city. Combined totals per hour the 7-9am weekday counts were 54% of the 4-7pm weekday counts in May 2015. (251k vs 687k)

    https://data.ny.gov/City-Government/Times-Square-pedestrian-counts/dv6z-emb2

    Adjust for variable length time periods and you’ll find the 8:30-10:15 count is much lower than later in the day.

  34.  

    Eric McClure

    Truth.

  35.  

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    And thank you for periodically helping us get the word out with the films!

  36.  

    Dr. Bones

    Agreed…..At first I was hopeful that they were doing all this rebuilding and would actually include bike infrastructure…..given that there’s a major bike path right there that people are always trying to get to. But no. F**ck Columbia University. They are responsible for the re-everything of this entire area. If they are going to spend their mega-millions on redesigning the streets, shove all the local businesses around, at the very least, include some bike infrastructure. It’s going to be their own students along with everyone else in the hood that bicycles they will be putting at risk.

  37.  

    Lloyd Alter

    Not just New York, just about everywhere.

  38.  

    Eric McClure

    Congratulations on the anniversary, guys. New York City is a vastly better place because of your efforts, and I, for one, am deeply grateful for it. You’re all heroes in my book.

  39.  

    Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    We still look exactly the same. :)

  40.  

    Vooch

    it’s amazing to see delivery trucks in pedestrian zones driving about 1/2 mile an hour hardly disturbing any Human

  41.  

    Joe R.

    This is what happens when you allocate police resources based on anecdotal complaints instead of actual public safety concerns. These precinct commanders should be ashamed of themselves.

  42.  

    ganghiscon

    In my experience, 9/10 if someone is parked in the two-way lane at the Bridge (1st Ave bet 59 & 60), it’s the NYPD.

  43.  

    kevd

    Yup!
    Tons of trucks and vans on pedestrianized streets making deliveries in Europe.
    But – European delivery drivers aren’t sociopathic maniacs like ours, and they aren’t insane there so they don’t make deliveries by 53″ trailer.

  44.  

    stairbob

    Right. I agree 100%.

  45.  

    Vooch

    dude,

    just saying there are like totally simple solutions to the question of deliveries ‘cuz it’s been like worked out before; man

  46.  

    Vooch

    agreed

  47.  

    Vooch

    UES is a hellhole of motor traffic.

  48.  

    fdtutf

    No, it’s not; it’s data. Data requires interpretation. Collecting (from various sources), analyzing, and interpreting data is one way of doing research.

  49.  

    BBnet3000

    Wow, six people a year killed on the streets of a single precinct? Bratton should take a break from bad-mouthing Vision Zero and address the fact that this Precinct is ground zero for sandbagging on street safety.

  50.  

    com63

    Rush hour for pedestrians starts after 10am. It is probably more like 11am – 10pm in most parts of the city.