How many state lawmakers does it take to change a light bulb – er, a speed limit?
Far too many, according to Transportation Alternatives, which argues in a new report that the number should be zero. The report, “‘Home Rule’ Means Safe Streets: The Deadly Impact of Albany’s Control on New York’s Streets” gathers compelling evidence that New Yorkers are dying in traffic violence due to outdated provisions. that allow Albany to restrict the city’s use of crucial street-safety tools.
This is because (as we have repeatedly pointed out in these pages) the legislature will not let the city set its own speed limits or determine the number, location and hours of operation of speed cameras and light cameras. red. It also limits the number of red light cameras and the use of bus lane cameras. Meanwhile, according to TransAlt:
TransAlt wants immediate domestic government and the Legislature to pass the entire eight-bill Accident Victim Rights and Safety Act, so New Yorkers can act quickly to stave off the epidemic of violence road which has made 2021 the deadliest year since the start of Vision Zero. To which we say “Listen, listen!” The Post also covered.
In other news yesterday:
- How many subway sleepers went to shelters in the first week of Mayor Adams’ crackdown? A total of 22. (NYDN)
- The subway crime crackdown has resulted in 143 arrests so far. (Brooklyn Eagle)
- The head of the MTA, for his part, wants the power to ban repeat offenders. (NYDN, amNY)
- A police chase led to an accident that damaged the facades of two homes on Staten Island. (SILive, plus the Post, following Streetsblog)
- Brooklyn Paper dwells on the history of the Grand Street Bike Path. U.S. too.
- Gothamist has made it into the news of LaGuardia’s transit options.
- Bed-Stuy is appalled by the misogynistic art of this van parked near a school. (Patch)
- City Limits reported that street vendor ticketing rebounded to pre-pandemic highs (even though enforcement was turned over to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection) on the same day our Julianne Cuba saw a cop give a ticket to a vendor on the subway at Jackson Heights. Harassment irritated a lotincluding State Senator Jessica Ramos, who tweeted:
Explain to me how issuing a ticket to this woman is a better option than licensing her business, regulating her, and giving her the ability to continue her honest work without harassment. #PermitsNotTickets @VendorPower https://t.co/P6WPpwFy7y
—Jessica Ramos (@jessicaramos) March 3, 2022
- Finally, RiseNY has dedicated one of its new Times Square exhibits to the 1950s kitchen of Ralph Kramden, the TV sitcom’s most famous city bus driver. (ViaTwitter)
—Roger Clark (@RogerClark41) March 3, 2022