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    I always yield to buses pulling out and properly signalling. If drivers were less selfish and would simply yield, a bus driver would not have to beg and inch along trying to leave a stop. They have a lot to look out for and need the public’s cooperation. Perhaps conditions outside of his control distracted his attention from seeing this young woman. Also, this is a big reason some buses don’t pull up to the curb, it takes too long to get back into the flow of traffic.


    Kevin Love

    So where is the investigation into the leaker that violated this confidentiality?

    Oh, that’s right. The same place we find the assault charges against the NYPD officers that beat bloody an 84-year-old man. Its “no criminality suspected” whenever there is police wrongdoing.


    Kevin Love

    Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…

    Actually, we don’t have to go far. Just across the NY/Ontario border. Where there is a different set of laws and attitudes concerning criminal negligence.

    Kitty MacLeod was killed by a car driver while she was crossing an intersection in Hamilton, Ontario. Criminality was immediately suspected, and charges laid. The car driver was prosecuted by Crown attorney Lidia Narozniak. A quotation from the car driver’s trial:

    “Crown attorney Lidia Narozniak argued the intersection of Governor’s and Overfield is a busy pedestrian area …

    “It’s an area where pedestrians can be expected,” Narozniak said. “The claim, ‘I didn’t see her’ is proof of a lack of due care and attention and reason for conviction.”

    Kevin’s question:
    When are prosecutors going to be saying that last sentence in New York?


    Joe R.

    He’s talking about instances where the car or bike has the right-of-way, not the pedestrian. Pedestrians hesitate to step out in front of a moving car when they have the don’t walk signal but many will just walk right in front of a moving bike under the same circumstances as if it’s not there.


    Michael Brandow

    I agree but that’s just not how people get around in New York. I do think it’s dangerous to try starting a real bike culture in any city without a broad public education campaign to get people thinking about bike traffic. All the curbed bike lanes and laws in the world won’t help if people aren’t more aware. That’s the fault of leaders and why so many of them want to pin the blame on cyclists every time something like this happens. I have to say I’m more concerned about innocent people on bikes getting hurt than idiot pedestrians on their phones. We’re the ones who go flying.



    I called 311 about this last night. An officer just called me about it now, told me I could go to a Community board meeting on October eighth. He said they didn’t ticket them because it was a holiday. I asked him if they ever ticket because it’s a reoccurring, dangerous problem and the lane is blocked like that often. He said that I was the first person to ever complain to 311 about it.


    Michael Brandow

    I think there’s a basic problem with being on a bike whether people cross legally, look before they leap off the curb, or hear you. I myself have been guilty of this while walking: A pedestrian can look straight at you and not see you. I think it has something to do with sensing the mass of a car and not sensing a bike. We know that it’s possible to look at something without registering it consciously.This happens every day on my bike, and as I say, I’ve done it myself.



    I think you’re absolutely correct. If a pedestrian steps back to allow a motorist to violate his legal right of way, that certainly shouldn’t be treated as a success, any more than we would claim that the victim of a mugging wasn’t mugged if he had the sense to hand over his wallet to avoid being shot.

    But aside from that, at a purely quantitative level, cars are allowed in the park a small fraction of the time that bikes are, so the comparison is apples-to-oranges.



    If they had any plans to enforce the law against drivers, the first hint would be getting their own personal cars off of the sidewalk and out of the bike lanes, and making sure the tint on the front windows is of a legal shade.



    Great report, Brad. I had not noticed the outrageously invasive reporting of the victim’s tattoos and other information from the autopsy report. Autopsy reports are supposedly so confidential that when lawyers representing the NYPD in a case where NYPD killed someone want a copy, they have to get a signed authorization from the next-of-kin authorizing disclosure. But here, “anonymous NYPD sources” just leaked the autopsy report and other details to Daily News, which dutifully reported them. Unbelievable. Next thing, they’ll start leaking these kinds of details with rape victims too. Why not? Makes good stories!

    Keep it classy, NYPD.



    And in other news water is still wet and the sky is still blue.

    Drivers are immune to consequences as long as they aren’t trashed and stay at the scene.



    I feel that I encounter even more jaywalkers while cyclist than I do while driving, because I don’t have the noise of an engine to warn them. It’s shocking when I see people cross the street without ever looking down the road, when they must have assumed that no noise means no traffic. I kindly ding my bell at them to alert them to the fact that the road isn’t empty, and they freak out and scramble, as if this was all a surprise.


    Joe R.

    The issue isn’t jaywalking but jaywalking without looking. I fully support ticket blitzes on people who cross streets with their heads buried in their phones, but not people who cross midblock, or against the light, who look carefully before crossing. Assuming the cyclist had the green there would have been no collision had all those people crossing on red looked first. It’s not hard to look before crossing. Indeed, you should do so even if you have the walk signal because red lights aren’t a force field for motor traffic. For some reason through that’s gone out of style.


    Michael Brandow

    Small detail being overlooked by all the emboldened smart-asses around town: Someone was killed in Central Park because pedestrians were in the bike lane. This is why the cyclist swerved. This is why they let him go.
    The next ticketing spree: Fine all jaywalkers. (Good luck with that.)


    Joe R.

    I know this is counter to what many here think cyclists should do around pedestrians but I find I get a lot more respect when I’m going at a good clip. Bikes also give much more audible warning when they’re being ridden fast. I even notice myself behaving differently depending upon how fast a bike is going. 7 mph-why not step in front when they’re only 15 feet away? After all, that’s the same speed as a jogger and it wouldn’t present a problem doing the same thing in that case. 20 mph? Totally different scenario-I treat the bike pretty much the way I might treat an oncoming motor vehicle.

    It’s very true people on foot have difficulty judging the speed of an oncoming bike visually so that’s part of the problem. It’s also equally true that bikes give audible cues similar to motor vehicles which indicate they’re moving at a good clip. I notice the noise level my bike makes is dramatically higher at 20 mph than at 10 mph. There’s wind noise, tire noise, even a lot of metallic dings going over street imperfections. People associate noise with speed. I haven’t yet seen a pedestrian who doesn’t realize when I’m going at a good clip.


    Eric McClure

    Yup, that’s the one.



    I think a lot of it is that pedestrians simply respect motorists’ right-of-ways more (and defensively anticipate motorists violating pedestrian right-of-ways). I can’t count how many times I’ve been cycling through Midtown traffic and have pedestrians just step off the curb and start crossing when I have the green light. Motorists are basically holding a gun to pedestrians’ heads, saying “Get out of the way or I will kill you”, and that message resonates. Pedestrians and cyclists are on more of an equal ground, and actual mutual respect is required (not just respect for the fact that you will be killed if you don’t get out of the way).


    Joe R.

    When I saw the NY Times video, the first thing which struck me was how insanely congested the park is. It reminds me of the subway during rush hour. I’m frankly surprised there haven’t been a lot more deaths/injuries. In my opinion what needs to be done is to grade separate busier crossings and have a fence separating bike/pedestrian areas OR monitor the number of users entering/leaving the park, and close off the entryways when more than x people are in the park. The park is a victim of its own success. I remember back when the park drives and much of the park was deserted, even on a weekend afternoon. I’m not saying that was a good thing, but neither is the opposite.

    An alternate theory-the fact there were only 2 pedestrians deaths in the park over the last decade, despite the chaos, just shows how inherently safe bicycles are, even when surrounded by large numbers of people on foot.


    Eric McClure

    Sure, not forgetting that at all; both deaths were tragic and avoidable.

    I would venture that there are far fewer pedestrians and cyclists on the drive during car-un-free hours, that cars are noisier and thus provide more of an audible warning, etc., etc.

    My theory is that pedestrians and cyclists could coexist better without cars in the park ever, and I hope I get the chance to see that theory tested sooner rather than later.



    This one?!topic/transaltbrooklyn/SbVmb6Rwy_o

    And total sympathy here on the schlep of continual website maintenance.



    I’d be curious to see similar data for Central Park, too. But let’s not forget that, for whatever reason, people on bikes are “winning” over people on cars when it comes to killing people in Central Park, despite being slower than cars. I have some theories, but I’ll leave that for some other time.

    While it is absurd to claim that bikes are the #1 danger to pedestrians in NYC, like some bikelashers do, it is not that crazy to make a similar claim for Central Park, based on the recent deaths (hard to extrapolate from such a tiny sample, though).



    I don’t disagree that street improvement was one of his (few) bright spots, but regardless of what anyone thinks of him Bloomberg was effectively a used tissue by the time his last term was up. He pretty much implemented all the good and bad he was going to get away with by 2013.

    Hell, IMNSHO his best work pretty much ended when CP was defeated. Keeping him around after 2009 brought very little reward. It was four more years of Ray Kelly, zero construction reform, mall urbanism, and ever increasing inequality.


    Eric McClure

    Different studies. The one you reference was for Prospect Park West. The one I posted about was conducted on the Prospect Park drive, inside the park.


    Eric McClure

    And yeah, our website is badly in need of an update.



    I found this, but the details don’t match, though the trend is in the same direction as what you describe.


    Eric McClure

    I suggested the same via Twitter to David Goodman, the Times reporter who did the story.

    When Park Slope Neighbors timed cars in Prospect Park in February, 2012 (that was prior to the reduction of that loop to a single lane – still one too many – for cars), we found 99% of drivers exceeding the 25 mph speed limit, with an average speed just under 39 mph, 45% of drivers exceeding 40 mph, and one cowboy hitting 53 mph.

    It would be instructive to have the Central Park car data, not to excuse reckless cycling in any way, but as a point of comparison.



    NYPD’s Crash Investigation Squad.



    I agree completely! There shouldn’t be any cars allowed in Central Park. Most New Yorkers seem to have the same complaint! We need more space! The park is no exception. Other then Yellowstone, I can’t name off too many parks that allow cars to drive through it. As an avid cyclist, I’m constantly on defense when I’m riding through Central Park. I broke my collar bone earlier this year when a tourist on a rental bike slammed on his brakes in front of me, I’ve also witnessed 3 accidents this summer from people with little to no experience operating bicycles, 2 of which involved pedestrians walking out in front of the bikes. You never know what to expect when you drop into the park for your ride! I’ve had toddlers run out in front of me, pedestrians walk out on crosswalks texting when I have the green light, tourists on rental bikes riding side by side 4 deep taking up the entire bike lane, pedestrians in the bike lane, speeding taxis in the bike lanes. We need more space!



    What is CIS?



    Is Section 19-190 meant to be a codification of the principle of negligence per se?


    Ferdinand Cesarano

    Yes, but amongst U.S. cities we’re a leader. And that’s thanks to Bloomberg.

    You’re right that we could always be doing more in order to catch up with the world leaders. But it’s a bit much to take Bloomberg to task over this, as Sammy did.

    If Bloomberg were still mayor, we’d be continuing our steady progress to closing the gap with the Dutch cities. We’re lucky we got three terms out of him.


    Kevin Love

    For example, American roads overall are nearly three times as dangerous as those in the Netherlands, and American cyclists experience 17x as much danger as their Dutch counterparts.



    Ian Turner

    As noted in the article, you have to park someplace with at least 24 hours of legal parking remaining.



    How was the NYPD able to immediately confirm that the driver had a green light, but was still unable to determine if the pedestrian had the right of way?
    Is there any scenario where they aren’t both incompetent and dishonest with these conflicting statements?



    Transport for London had an absolute disaster with two huge P3 consortiums going bankrupt from cost overruns on the Piccadilly and Northern Lines. As London learned, the tax-payer is always 100% at risk when a critical subway line, or other public infrastructure, must be completed. The only time a P3 assumes 100% of risk from the govt is when it is building a project that can be allowed to fail. There are much lower risk, more transparent ways to manage risk, like the incentive contracts NYC used on the East River Bridges.



    I’ll go too! Maybe we should take her on Hylan and Victory Boulevards.


    sammy davis jr jr

    We lead by example. We’re behind the rest of the developed world on this issue.


    Ferdinand Cesarano

    Bloomberg, by giving us many pedestrian plazas and hundreds of miles of bike lanes, has already done more for improving street safety in New York than anyone else who has ever lived. We all owe him our eternal gratitude.

    So it’s OK with me if he turns his attention to other cities.



    What if the care is left at a spot at night, but the next day alternate side of the street parking is in effect, who is responsible to move
    the car? Parking spots are very difficult to get, especially in the evening in all Brooklyn neighborhoods.


    Ian Turner

    Not really. Ecuador, for example, has a traffic death rate over ten times higher than NYC.



    The Daily News seems to think that installing countdown clocks just involves hanging a bunch of screens. In fact, getting real-time arrival data requires a great deal of infrastructure in the right-of-way. An advertising company is not going to upgrade a railroad signal system.



    I don’t think that video is that bad. On the contrary, it shows that New Yorkers aren’t the rabid, mouth-breathing, anti-bike idiots that the Post and Andrea Peyser make them out to be. Most of the people featured seem to accept that the park is crowded, but that it can and should be a place for all kinds of uses, within some reasonable compromises.

    But, yeah, would be nice if the Times could return to the park when it’s open to cars or take their radar gun to West End Avenue for a similar report. I won’t hold my breath.


    sammy davis jr jr

    Hey, Bloomberg! The “developing world” is New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London when it comes to traffic deaths.



    Per the NY Times video, the average speed of Central Park cyclists was about 15-16 mph, which, as they say in the video, is “well below the speed limit of 25 mph.” They also have a graphic using Strava data that shows the “top” speeds in the low 30 mph range.


    Andres Dee

    I think Joe is being facetious. :)


    Andres Dee

    And what was the driver wearing? Was the radio on? Was there coffee in the cupholder?



    All things being equal, P3s increase costs because private financing is simply riskier (? more expensive) than government financing. Not saying they should never be used, but if they are going to be used there better be a damn good reason.

    Seems to me the way to bring costs down is to simplify projects, diversify the bidding pool, and actually fine the (ahem, private) contractors who deliver late. But that stuff is NIH.



    We shouldn’t reflexively refuse the role of cars in transportation, though it doesn’t mean it should be responsible for 80% of all passenger-mile trips in Bay Area…



    I and 2 other unrelated cyclist stopped at a red light by the boathouse where we witnessed another cyclist getting a ticket. Since we had time we asked him what happened. He said he had come to the red light, dismounted, walked across the road and was given a summons on the other side. We looked at the cops (dreaded park rangers really) in disbelief and they said “You have to stop at red lights” Someone asked how many tickets they had given to pedestrians for doing the same thing. There was no reply.,



    A lower speed limit for bicyclist? Bicycles have better maneuverability than larger motorized traffic and can stop sooner. Bicyclist have a larger field of view and more at risk during collisions in terms of their own safety. The unfortunate death which occurred between the bicyclist and the pedestrian in Central Park had more to do with aggression and inattentiveness than speed. I doubt a couple MPH difference would have made a difference in that case. 15 or 25 MPH, that collision would have knocked her over. Falling on her head killed her, not the trauma caused by the collision between the bicycle.

    I also disagree that bicyclist are closer to pedestrians than cars. Driveways, parked cars, no standing zones, crosswalks, bus lanes, I could go on.