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    Ian Turner

    Interesting, any word on whether Ciorra’s departure was voluntary? According to LinkedIn he is now “Anti-Terrorism Branch Chief” at the NY national guard.



    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Matthew. I do not know anything about him, but my instinct is he may very well have been trying to do something generous at the time of the collision. I have often seen things in the middle of the road that could cause damage to a vehicle or a person that I will try to stop and pick up or move.
    And thanks to Braden for the image. It seems that an image like this, if created for investigation purposes by the C.I.S. could be vitally important for understanding what happened in situations like these, and preventing them in the future.


    Ian Turner

    It’s OK, we shake our heads in disbelief at your cycling helmet policies. ;-)



    More bad news in this article; bike and pedestrian path is being shelved.



    any way to stop this? or is it done?



    Please do not be offended by a foreigner commenting on your domestic affairs, but as an Australian cycling advocate, I shake my head in disbelief at how far behind you are with speed cameras.
    Here we have hundreds of speed cameras that operate 24/7 in all areas, not just school zones. Some are combined speed and red light cameras at intersections.
    In a school zone, you get a ticket if you are even 1 kilometer per hour over the 40 kph (that’s 25 miles per hour in American) speed limit.
    In other zones there’s a 10% leeway.
    Our national road toll is just over 1,000 deaths per year, which is still way to high, but still less than half of the USA’s after taking the population differences into account.


    Joe R.

    Same here. And quite a few people, me included, often tend to reiterate whatever talking points they consider important in their posts.

    Car-free island of Manhattan? Couldn’t happen soon enough if you ask me. The more people like Kevin keep mentioning it, the more likely it will at least remain in people’s thoughts as something to strive for in the future.



    Does he really repeat himself more than anyone else? You have to go back seven days to see where he last mentioned the Dutch.



    And Cuomo, supposedly a Democrat, blocked inclusion of a rail transit line on the new bridge (which actually could have mitigated the environmental effects of larger traffic volume on a widened bridge) because it was “too expensive”. Cuomo is a charlatan, a liar, a careerist-political hack, and only slightly better than Chris Christie.



    I like Kevin Love’s comments. I think participation is good, even a lot from one person.


    Cold Shoaler

    I proffer no bona fides. My point is made by the text I post in this forum. If that doesn’t merit a response in your view, don’t respond. If the moderator finds it inappropriate, it can be redacted.

    My point, that the stretch of Bergen between 6th and Flatbush is not a laudable example of how bike lanes should work, stands. That’s not to diminish the work put into it by individuals who care, but to argue that it is neither scalable nor a paradigm.

    If anyone can counter that with something other than, “oh, the 78th are great”, which they probably are *by comparison*, please do.



    Earlier this week, a bunch of us in my building started worrying that the terrible smell coming from one of the apartments was a sign that our neighbor had died. We were right, of course, and it was the NYPD that broke open that neighbor’s door and discovered the body.

    Not five minutes later every cop there was outside the apartment building laughing. Many of them were engaged in quite literal backslapping.

    That’s the image I’m gong to carry in my mind forever of the NYPD: every single one of them having their jollies while a few feet away one of my neighbors sobs.

    And it’s what I imagine went on, more or less, when they discovered Matthew Brenner. Another day, another dead cyclist. Gotta be his fault. Those cyclists–unlike us cops–they’re so fucking stupid.



    This is re-INVENTION, remember? We have to re-invent things, not just import the best things already working somewhere else in the world at low cost. Where’s the fun in that?



    Goldfeder: Anti-transit and pro-censorship. How could New Yorkers elect this guy?


    Kevin Love

    “But it’s clear that a handful of cameras are already doing a lot more enforcement than NYPD.”

    Cameras don’t care about your racial or ethnic background.

    Cameras don’t ignore the wrongdoing of other cameras.

    Cameras don’t do FIDO.

    I like cameras. They do a much better job of this one specific law enforcement task than the NYPD.


    Ben Fried

    Can you please refrain from responding to nearly every comment, no matter how reasonable, with the same basic talking point over and over again. It’s overbearing, doesn’t add to the discussion, and is a detriment to the comments section.


    Kevin Love

    Or perhaps the infrastructure could change to protected Dutch standards with a car-free Island of Manhattan.

    This just in… A document slipped through a gap in the space-time continuum from 1962…

    “Our culture needs to change so that the use of asbestos is no longer the default material for so many industrial, commercial and residential applications.”



    Maybe the other half can come from a clean air fund.


    Aunt Bike

    Nevermind New Jersey politicians who think camera enforcement is a scam, we’ve got some New York politicians who think so too….

    “Traffic enforcement is first and foremost about the safety of those
    using our roads,” says NYC Council member Steve Matteo. “It is not and should not be a cash cow for the city.” Hence a bill to put up warning signs so drivers will not get summonses for speeding in school zones. Eric A. Ulrich, Inez E. Dickens, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Corey D. Johnson, Andy L. King, Peter A. Koo, Ruben Wills, Helen K. Rosenthal have put their names on this bill as co sponsors.

    NY City Council Member Vincent Ignizio – “If the goal here is enhanced safety and compliance, we should inform and not entrap the motorist so he or she can take the proper precautions.” Ignizio introduced a bill requiring the city to post signs at red light cameras at Wednesday’s meeting of the City Council.

    The two above players have also signed onto a bill that would waste pedestrian crossing timers by placing them at camera equipped intersections so, as Mr. Matteo admits, drivers could gauge how much time they have to beat the light. Peter A. Koo, Helen K. Rosenthal, and I. Daneek Miller are also sponsors of this bill.



    Matt Brenner’s death is tragic. I am very sorry and sad.
    While this location is an on-ramp to the BQE, it is also in the heart of a dense urban area with a lot of cyclists and pedestrians around. All drivers should be using caution and driving reasonably slow at all times in that area. That on-ramp is long and a driver can accelerate later once they are further from the intersection.
    Drivers in NYC should be prepared to yield to pedestrians and cyclists at all times no matter who has the official right of way. Our culture needs to change to make yielding to vulnerable road users something that is automatic for drivers.



    I don’t think the make and model of the bicycle is important. Of all the double standards the police apply to drivers and cyclists — and the list is long — this seems almost too trivial to matter and not worth the complaint. The make and model of a car can tell you a lot, since there are significant differences between trucks, SUVs, sedans, sports cars, etc. The differences between a mountain bike and a road bike are minimal, at least in terms of how they respond when hit by a car.

    What’s more disturbing is that the NYPD either does not have or will not release Brenner’s bicycle to his family. Family members deserve better than the treatment they get from our police department. I wish I could apologize to them on behalf of all New Yorkers. Those aren’t our values.



    Did he really just say that they are committed to environmental stewardship AND low tolls in the same sentence? I mean, I get that it’s cute to pretend that automobiles do no damage to the natural or human environment, but you usually at least put a period between two contradictory statements, right?

    “We promise to fight lung cancer and keep cigarette taxes low.” “We promise to fight childhood obesity and install escalators in all public schools.”

    Well, you get the point.



    NYC should opt in for some of those failure to yield, block the box, and stop sign cameras you find in DC.



    I like seeing the make and model as there is such variability in auto weights and sizes. An environment and culture that encourages speeding is bad enough, but add in these ridiculously huge and heavy vehicles people in dense cities insist upon owning…


    Robert Wright

    I saw the original report on Gothamist about this and immediately suggested that the police story sounded strange. I still don’t find it all convincing. On the other hand, I’ve seen another cyclist ride up the BQE on-ramp, presumably mistaking it for a way onto the bike path.

    I am desperately sorry for this young man’s family and his girlfriend. It all seems a terrible waste of life.



    I agree with the assemblyman re: reactivation; but that doesn’t mean a BRT is unworthy for WB. Knowing he is a pretty progressive representative, I am hopeful that this is more of a political resistance with a quiet assent behind closed-doors. Having grown up on WB, I am excited about DOT’s cost estimates.


    Brian Van Nieuwenhoven

    Well, it was just a bicycle, they’re all unwieldy death machines right?

    The lack of professionalism in attending to the injured cyclist at the scene, including the loss of evidence, is infuriating. Think if one of your relatives was terribly injured in an accident or crime and they just swept up their body (and nothing else) as if it were a stray hubcap left in the road


    Kevin Love

    “Brenner, 29, was struck by a 25-year-old woman driving a 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan…”

    I note that the brand name and year of manufacture of Mr. Brenner’s bicycle was not reported. I’ve seen that kind of double standard in reporting a lot. One more example of “windshield bias.”



    Even with camera warnings available on GPS navigation devices and smartphone apps, drivers still speed.



    I agree with you that Soho/Chinatown is very dangerous for riding. We should all contact the district’s city council member to address those issues. The more of us thats speak up, the more they will listen.



    OMG so true! They really need to do this. There are too many confrontations between cyclists and peds on the bridge and its impossible for either group to have an enjoyable experience on that crammed path. I mentioned this on the Vision 0 map (which for some reason there’s no longer a feature to add more comments).



    What do you mean? These are the violations that can be issued by the “metermaid” type authority… so, it’s basically roadway usage violations.



    And other than post and complain in Streetsblog, what have you actually done to improve street safety?



    Does it strike anyone as odd that there are 97 non-moving violations and 2 moving violations in that list?



    By the way, there were 271 passenger vehicles from New Jersey with 3 or more violations. Not an “oops” one off or a camera problem… 3 or more. If the New Jersey drivers would stop running red lights, they wouldn’t have to worry about tickets.



    Ahh… it looks like that field in the dataset is incomplete. Looks like maybe 1/8 of the rows are missing the description.



    I assume this is legal. Here it is in plaintext, sans the fines…

    Failure of an intercity bus to prominently display a copy of an intercity bus permit.

    Failure of an intercity bus to properly display the operator’s name, address and telephone number.

    Intercity bus unauthorized passenger pickup or discharge

    Vehicles parked illegally south of Houston Street in Manhattan in metered spaces reserved for buses from 7am – 7pm daily. Vehicles with bus plate types parked longer than the 3 hour maximum and/or not displaying a DOT-issued bus permit.

    Failure to make a right turn from a bus lane.

    Parking a tractor-trailer on a residential street between 9PM and 5AM.

    Vehicles photographed going through a red light at an intersection

    Vehicle idling in a restricted area.

    Blocking an Intersection: Obstructing traffic at an intersection also known as “Blocking the Box”.

    Stopping, standing or parking where a sign, street marking, or traffic control device does not allow stopping.

    Hotel Loading/Unloading: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    Snow Emergency: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    Taxi Stand: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    General No Standing: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    Truck Loading/Unloading: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    Authorized Vehicles Only: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    Bus Lane: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    Bus Stop: Standing or parking where standing is not allowed by sign, street marking or; traffic control device.

    General No Parking: No parking where parking is not allowed by sign, street marking or traffic control device.

    Street Cleaning: No parking where parking is not allowed by sign, street marking or traffic control device.

    Hotel Loading/Unloading: No parking where parking is not allowed by sign, street marking or traffic control device.

    Taxi Stand: No parking where parking is not allowed by sign, street marking or traffic control device.

    Authorized Vehicles Only: No parking where parking is not allowed by sign, street marking or traffic control device.

    Standing at a commuter van stop, other than temporarily for the purpose of quickly picking up or dropping off passengers.

    Standing at a for-hire vehicle stop, other than temporarily for the purpose of quickly picking up or dropping off passengers.

    No parking in a handicapped zone (off-street only) where parking is not allowed by sign, street marking or traffic control device (Note: Includes a $30 New York State Criminal Justice surcharge.)

    Overtime standing (diplomat)

    Altering an intercity bus permit

    Stopping or standing by an intercity bus in its assigned on-street bus stop location other than when actively engaged in the pick-up or discharge of its passengers

    Standing of a non-commercial vehicle in a commercial metered zone.

    Parking at a broken or missing meter for longer than the maximum time permitted.

    “Feeding Meter” — parking in a metered space for a consecutive period of time longer than allowed, whether or not an additional coin or coins are deposited or another method of payment is used.

    Expired Meter — parking in a metered space where the meter works and the time has ended. Drivers get a 5-minute grace period past the expired time on Alternate Side Parking signs and any other parking spaces with specific times listed (i.e.. 8:30am – 9:30am). During the 5-minute grace period, parking tickets cannot be issued.

    Parking in a meter space for the purpose of displaying, selling, storing, or offering goods for sale.

    Exceeding the posted speed limit in or near a designated school zone.

    Muni Meter –
    Parking in excess of the allowed time

    Failing to show a receipt or tag in the windshield
    Parking for longer than the maximum time permitted by sign, street marking or traffic control device.

    Stopping, standing or parking closer than 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Between sunrise and sunset, a passenger vehicle may stand alongside a fire hydrant as long as a driver remains behind the wheel and is ready to move the vehicle if required to do so.

    Parking in a Muni Metered space in a commercial metered zone in which that Muni Meter is working and indicates the time has ended.

    Parking in a commercial metered zone in which the meter is working and indicates that the time has ended. (Note: the difference is that 42 is Muni Meter and 43 is Meter)

    Parking in a commercial metered zone for longer than the maximum time allowed.

    Stopping, standing or parking in a traffic lane; or if a vehicle extends more than 8 feet from the nearest curb, blocking traffic.

    Standing or parking on the roadway side of a vehicle stopped, standing or parked at the curb; in other words also known as “double parking”. However, a person may stand a Commercial Vehicle alongside a vehicle parked at the curb at such locations and during such hours that stopping, standing and parking is allowed when quickly making pickups, deliveries or service calls. This is allowed if there is no parking space or marked loading zone on either side of the street within 100 feet. “Double parking” any type of vehicle is not allowed in Midtown Manhattan (the area from 14th Street to 60th Street, between First Avenue and Eighth Avenue inclusive). Midtown double parking is not allowed between 7:00am – 7:00pm daily except Sundays. (See Code 47.)

    Stopping, standing or parking a vehicle in Midtown Manhattan (the area from 14th Street to 60th Street, between First Avenue and Eighth Avenue) other than parallel or close to the curb.

    Stopping, standing or parking within a marked bicycle lane.

    Stopping, standing or parking alongside or opposite any street construction or obstruction and thereby blocking traffic.

    Stopping, standing or parking in a crosswalk. Note: Crosswalks are not always identified by painted street markings.

    Stopping, standing or parking on a sidewalk.

    Stopping, standing or parking within an intersection.

    Standing or parking in a safety zone, between a safety zone and the nearest curb, or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone.

    Stopping, standing or parking within a highway tunnel or on a raised or controlled access roadway.

    Stopping, standing or parking alongside a barrier or divided highway unless permitted by sign.

    Parking a vehicle within the area designated as The Blue Zone, Monday through Friday 7:00am -7:00pm. The Blue Zone is bounded by the northern property line of Frankfort Street, the northern property line of Dover Street, the eastern property line of South Street, the western property line of State Street, the center line of Broadway and the center line of Park Row.

    Parking a vehicle on a marginal street or waterfront i.e. any street, road, place, area or way that connects or runs along waterfront property. Parking on a marginal street or waterfront is permitted if authorized by posted sign.

    Standing or parking at an angle to the curb, except where allowed by rule or sign. Where angle parking is not authorized by a sign, a Commercial Vehicle may stand or park at an angle only for loading or unloading and if it leaves enough space for traffic flow.

    Standing or parking at an angle to the curb, except where authorized by rule or sign.

    Except where angle parking is allowed, stopping, standing or parking other than parallel to curb or edge of roadway. Or, parking opposite the direction of traffic.

    Standing or parking a vehicle beyond markings on the curb or the pavement of a street which marks a parking space, except when a vehicle is too large to fit in that “marked” parking space. Where a vehicle is too large, it shall be parked with its front bumper at the front of the space and the rear bumper extending as little as possible into the next space.

    Standing or parking a vehicle in any park between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, except at places allowed for the parking of vehicles.

    No standing except consul / diplomat plates with Dept. of State decals only.

    Overtime standing consul / diplomat vehicles 30-minute limit D decals only.

    Parking a trailer or semi-trailer which is not attached to a motor vehicle used for towing it, unless loading or unloading at an off-street platform.

    Parking in front of a pedestrian ramp

    Not parking as marked on a posted sign

    Failing to show a muni-meter receipt, commercial meter zone.

    Standing or parking a vehicle without showing a current registration sticker.

    Standing or parking a vehicle without showing a current inspection sticker.

    Standing or parking a vehicle with NY Plates and showing a damaged or fake inspection certificate.

    Standing or parking a vehicle showing an expired, damaged, void, fake, or incorrect registration sticker.

    Standing or parking a vehicle without properly showing its current plates on the outside of the vehicle attached tightly not more than 48, or less than 12, inches from the ground, clean, not covered by glass or plastic, with nothing preventing it from being read clearly.

    Standing or parking a vehicle in which the License Plate number and/or the actual description of the vehicle does not match the information on the registration sticker.

    Parking a bus, unless allowed by signs. A charter bus may park where parking is permitted at its point of origin or destination. A school bus may park in front of and within the building lines of a school.

    Parking a Commercial Vehicle on a residential street between 9PM and 5AM unless doing business within 3 blocks. Parking is allowed during this time if the vehicle is owned or operated by a gas or oil supplier or maintenance company or by any public utility.

    For a bus without passengers, waiting at a curb or other street location i.e., a layover; with passengers, waiting at a curb or other street location for more than five minutes, except in locations allowed by sign or by the Commissioner in writing.

    Standing or parking a vehicle without head lamps, rear lamps, reflectors or other required equipment.

    No standing except diplomat

    Standing or parking a Commercial Vehicle unless all seats, except the front seats, and rear seat equipment removed. The name and address of the owner must be on the registration certificate plainly marked on both sides of the vehicle in letters and numerals not less than 3 inches in height. (Vehicles with Commercial Plates are considered to be Commercial Vehicles and must be altered accordingly.

    Standing or parking a vehicle which is not properly registered.

    Parking a Commercial Vehicle on any city street with its platform lift in the lowered position while no one is with the vehicle.

    Parking a Commercial Vehicle more than 3 hours, where parking is allowed.

    Standing or parking a vehicle to make pickups, deliveries or service calls for more than 3 hours, unless allowed by posted signs, between 7AM and 7PM, except Sundays, in Manhattan from 14th to 60th Streets and First to Eighth Avenues.

    Standing or parking a vehicle in the Garment District (in Manhattan, from 35th Street to 41st Street, between the Avenues of America and Eighth Avenue) between the hours of 7:00am – 7:00pm. However, a Commercial Vehicle which is a truck or a van can park temporarily (up to a maximum of 3 hours) while making a pickup, delivery or service call.

    Parking in order to sell a vehicle by a person who regularly sells vehicles.

    Parking in order to wash, grease, or repair a vehicle by a person who regularly repairs vehicles.

    Stopping, standing or parking on paved roadway to change a flat tire, unless permitted by posted sign.

    Vehicle Release Agreement code associated with NYPD’s Violation Tow Program.

    Standing or parking within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing.

    Parking in a vacant lot. A vehicle may be parked on a vacant lot having a municipally authorized driveway upon written permission of the owner.

    Standing or parking in front of a public or private driveway. The owner or renter of a lot accessed by a private driveway may park a passenger vehicle registered to him / her at that address in front of the driveway provided the lot does not contain more than 2 dwelling units and that parking does not violate any other rule or restriction.

    All other parking, standing or stopping violations.



    According to that Dataset (3/28/2013 to 5/11/2014 — 13 months or so), there were 405,731 red light camera violations issued. Quick data analysis…

    8,304 unique vehicles received 3 or more violations each.

    231 received 6 or more — including 8 vehicles with 10 or more!! Yes, or more… The winner is a douchebag cruising around on Rockaway Blvd/Conduit Ave/Beach Channel Drive with Texas plates. 14 red light camera violations! The runners up are 3 NY plates and another Texas plate with 12 violations each. What’s special about this second Texas drive is that he racked up these 12 violations in only 3-1/2 months!!

    As a side note, you gotta wonder about these Texas plates spending so much time here, right? Insured? Legally registered? (Nope!)

    Focusing on the 7,449 New York vehicles with 3 or more violations, by registration type…

    Passenger: 4,464
    Medallion Taxi, Livery Buses: 2,178
    Commercial (Incl non-livery buses): 575
    Other: 74
    State Magistrate, Court Official, Police Assoc, Fire Fighter, etc.: 73
    Tow Truck: 47
    School (!!) Car or Bus: 26
    Semi-Trailer: 12

    Keep in mind these are only folks with 3 or more violations.



    This committee process seems stacked against reinvention. Few seem to even understand the distinction between rapid transit and surface transit. Why approach Woodhaven BRT as mutually exclusive to Rockaway reactivation? Both have positives, neither precludes the other, and each can makes the other more useful.

    BRT probably makes total sense on Woodhaven, but the costs? $200M is insane for a bus on an existing route. It should be enough to reactivate the Rockaway Line with plenty left over for BRT on Woodhaven and some more to feed all the hungry kids in NYC.

    And some meaningful representation from outside the English-speaking world, where the best transit is, would have been nice. The best they could come up with was a guy who once compared subways to highways? At least challenge the NYC/MTA buses-only attitude a little!



    NYC already operates the cameras.



    I saw that column. On my screen, it’s blank. Help?



    If you scroll over, there’s a “Violation Description” column. 7 is the “Failure to Stop at Red Light”



    07Vehicles photographed going through a red light at an intersection



    Glad to know, but how did you come to know that? Is there a coding sheet that explicates each violation code number?


    Rock Boogie

    So right JK


    Rock Boogie

    Hes a dick!!!



    Violation Code 7 within that data set is for red light cam violations.



    Seems like NY State could suspend extending the privilege of driving to residents of states that don’t share DMV information, no? I’m sorry, ma’am, I’ll have to ask you to turn around. Your car is not registered to operate on NY roadways and you are not licensed to drive here.



    The more I read these articles about fatal collisions, the more astounded I become. Someone who strikes and kills a pedestrian and LEAVES THE SCENE is not going to be charged with anything? Where is the leadership from the mayor’s office on this? Every time a statement is made by a member of the NYPD suggesting someone is not going to be charged for an egregious crime, a call should come in from on high telling him to reverse that statement and investigate and file charges!



    Re: Malliotakis Wants Red Light Cam Data

    That link goes to parking violations, not traffic light violations.