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Jul 21
NYC: Watch the NYC Bike Network Grow and Evolve Over 120 Years : Prepare to be mesmerized. Betsy Emmons has mapped the history of New York City’s bike network using the platform MapStory, where she’s currently a summer fellow....
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Jul 21
NYC: Crashes Highlight the Hell’s Kitchen Bus Crunch : Last Monday, a left-turning coach bus driver struck two Spanish tourists in the crosswalk at 47th Street and 10th Avenue in Manhattan, sending them to the hospital with critical injuries....
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Jul 21
NYC: Today’s Headlines : NYC DOT Prepares to Implement 25 MPH Speed Limit Citywide (AMNY) Cabbie Critically Injures 13-Year-Old Cyclist on UWS; Cops Blame Victim (Post, News) City Pleading With State For Permission to Save on...
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Jul 18
NYC: July 25: Meet NYC’s New Ultimate Utility Bike + Benefit Streetsblog : Come out to DUMBO next Friday for a bike design party where all proceeds from beer sales will benefit Streetsblog and Streetfilms. The new bike at the center of the party is the NYC entrant in Oregon...
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Jul 18
NYC: The Weekly Carnage : The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs....
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Jul 18
NYC: At Jean Chambers Vigil, Urgent Pleas for Action Before Another Life Is Lost : John Chambers speaks at the vigil for his wife Jean, who was killed last week by a turning driver at West End Avenue and 95th Street....
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Jul 18
NYC: New DOT Billboards Tell Drivers: “Your Choices Matter” : The large billboards are at nine locations across the city. Image: DOT Late last year, DOT launched an education campaign to combat reckless driving....
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Jul 18
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Crisis Averted: Cuomo Wrestles LIRR and Union to Ground With His Bare Hands (NYT, News, CapNY) At Last, the Tappan Zee Bridge Financing Plan Has Been Revealed!...
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Jul 17
NYC: Bronx Advocates Press State DOT to Take Action on Sheridan Plan : After years of wrangling, advocates, businesses, and elected officials have gotten behind a city plan to convert the Sheridan Expressway into a boulevard and take trucks off local streets by building...
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Jul 17
NYC: 4 Reforms Michael Ameri Must Make to NYPD Crash Investigations : The Daily News reported Wednesday that Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri, who made street safety a priority as commanding officer of Brooklyn’s 78th Precinct, was promoted to head up the NYPD Highway Pat...
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Jul 17
NYC: Center-City Bike Counts Rose 8% in 2013. Now, What About the Rest of NYC? : Bicycling in the New York City core continues to rise, according to the latest counts from the city....
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Jul 17
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Michael Ameri Moving From 78th Precinct to Head NYPD Highway Patrol, Including CIS (News) 89-Year-Old Man Struck by Driver in Midwood on Monday Dies From Injuries (JP Updates) Donohue: With Strike Loo...
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Jul 16
NYC: State Panel OKs $255 Million Clean Water Raid for Tappan Zee Bridge : This afternoon, the Public Authorities Control Board signed off on a loan from the state’s clean water fund to help finance the new Tappan Zee Bridge....
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Jul 16
NYC: Matthew Brenner, 29, Killed Earlier This Month on Sands Street : Matthew Brenner, who was struck by a motorist on Sands Street at an on-ramp to the BQE near the Manhattan Bridge bike path on July 6, died of his injuries soon after, his family and friends report. Ma...
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Jul 16
NYC: 20 Speed Cams Issued Almost as Many Tickets in June as NYPD Has All Year : Traffic enforcement cameras are far outpacing NYPD in ticketing drivers who speed, run red lights, and encroach on bus lanes — pointing to the need for more automated enforcement to make streets safer...
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Jul 16
NYC: Hints About Woodhaven BRT at MTA Reinvention Commission Panel : No room for BRT here, Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder said yesterday to the commission charged with thinking big about the future of transit....
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Jul 16
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Today: State Control Board Votes on Cuomo’s Clean Water Raid for Tappan Zee Bridge (CapNY) Tri-State Summarizes Mounting Opposition to TZB Loan (MTR) — The Latest in the Post A Few Speed Cams Are Outp...
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Jul 15
NYC: New 78th Precinct Council Leader Has a Passion for Safe Streets : Last month, Wayne Bailey was elected to head the community council for NYPD’s 78th Precinct, which covers Park Slope, Prospect Park, and parts of adjacent neighborhoods....
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Jul 15
NYC: Bronx Advocates Push for New Pedestrian Plaza in Soundview : Harrod Place separates an underutilized green triangle (left) from a park. A local group hopes to convert it to a plaza....
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Jul 15
NYC: This Week: MTA Reinvention Commission Hearings : The big happening this week is a series of public hearings held by MTA Reinvention Commission, which will inform the agency’s next five-year capital plan and address other long-term issues facing the...
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Jul 15
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Westchester Officials Line Up Against Tappan Zee Bridge Loan (LoHud, TU) Sokhna Niang, 49, Killed by Driver on Flatbush Avenue by Prospect Park (News, WCBS, News 12) Co-Chairs LaHood, Garvey Talk MTA...
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Jul 14
NYC: WNBC Shames City for Letting Employees Hog Parking With Bogus Placards : The next time you’re in a part of town where a lot of city employees work, take a look at the dashboards of cars occupying curbside parking spots....
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Jul 14
NYC: Here They Are: Meet Some of NYC’s Worst Sidewalk Hogs : Manetta’s Restaurant in Long Island City. Care for a nice pinot noir and some tailpipe exhaust with your entrée?...
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Jul 14
NYC: A Woman Dies, So East Harlem’s Top Cop Taunts Street Safety Advocates : Thomas Harnisch, commanding officer of the 25th Precinct, reacted to a woman’s death on the subway tracks at Union Square by antagonizing Transportation Alternatives and advocate Keegan Stephan of Rig...
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Jul 14
NYC: Today’s Headlines : With Offer on the Table (News), MTA Releases LIRR Strike Contingency Plan (Gothamist, WNYC) Judge Blocks NYC Lyft Launch, Pending Decision on Suit Filed by City (Post) Witnesses Say Driver Who Hit 8-Y...
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Jul 11
NYC: Stringer: Complete Streets Save NYC Taxpayers Money : Each year, the city comptroller issues a report on claims settled for and against the city, showing how much New York spends on personal injury and property-damage judgments....
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Jul 11
NYC: The Weekly Carnage : The Weekly Carnage is a Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs....
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Jul 11
NYC: Friday Job Market : Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy?...
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Jul 11
NYC: Another UWS Pedestrian Killed as Safety Recommendations Sit on the Shelf : Existing conditions at W. 95th Street and West End Avenue, where a driver fatally struck Jean Chambers Thursday. Chambers was hit in the north crosswalk as the driver turned left from W....
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Jul 11
NYC: Two Men Can Stop Cuomo From Building a Highway With Clean Water Funds : Two men — Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Senator John DeFrancisco – stand between Governor Andrew Cuomo and his plan to use the state’s clean water fund to finance construction of the Tappa...
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Jul 11
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Turning Driver Kills Jean Chambers, 61, on UWS; Charges Not Expected (News, DNA, Fox 5) Charity Hicks Dies After Hit-and-Run, Curb-Jumping Midtown Driver Struck Her in May (Gothamist) NYPD Chases Susp...
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Jul 10
NYC: The Case for Center-Running Bus Lanes on Woodhaven Boulevard : We can rebuild Woodhaven Boulevard as a great transit street....
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Jul 10
NYC: Parking: Searching for the Good Life in the City : Streetfilms is proud to partner with ITDP to bring you this fun animation that’s sort of a cross between those catchy Schoolhouse Rock shorts and the credit sequence for a 1960s-style Saul Bass film....
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Jul 10
NYC: NYPD Lied About 2009 Chase That Killed Brooklyn Pedestrian Violetta Krzyzak : Aftermath of the police chase that killed Violetta Krzyzak, which NYPD said didn’t happen. Photo: Graham T....
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Jul 10
NYC: MTA Announces Public Hearings for Reinvention Commission Next Week : As promised, the MTA has put out a schedule for the public to weigh in on the transportation “reinvention commission” convened by Governor Cuomo as the authority formulates its next five-year capital...
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Jul 10
NYC: Today’s Headlines : LIRR Strike: Congress Is Out (NYT, WSJ); Cuomo Is In (CapNY); Like Mario Cuomo in 1994 (WPIX) Queens CB 9 Transpo Committee Chair Calls Bus Lanes on Woodhaven “Obscene” (Forum) Port OKs Air Rights Sal...
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Jul 9
NYC: What We Know So Far About Cuomo’s MTA Reinvention Commission : In early May, Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the MTA to create a “transportation reinvention” panel as the authority prepared its next five-year capital plan....
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Jul 9
NYC: How to Stop NYPD From Blocking Bike Lanes : Ninth Avenue, Midtown South Precinct. Photo: Stephen Miller We’re seeing a lot of photos this week of police parked in bike lanes....
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Jul 9
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Warning of Tolls, Astorino Slams Cuomo’s TZB Clean Water Raid (LoHud); Cuomo Leads 59-24 (WSJ) Crain’s Wants Cuomo to Put $3 Billion From French Bank Settlement to Tappan Zee, MTA Projects Cuomo Doesn...
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Jul 8
NYC: Chin Asks de Blasio to Choose Affordable Housing Over Cheap Parking : Council Member Margaret Chin has set up a simple choice for Mayor Bill de Blasio: Which is the higher priority, affordable housing or cheap parking? DOT owns 39 parking lots and garages in all five bo...
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Jul 8
NYC: Eyes on the Street: Keeping Trash Off the Sidewalks in Buenos Aires : Trash on the street in Buenos Aires … Clarence Eckerson has been following our #sidewalkhogs competition while in South America....
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Jul 8
NYC: Today’s Headlines : Which Is More Important to Bill de Blasio: Affordable Housing or a City-Owned Parking Garage?...
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Jul 7
NYC: Eyes on the Street: New Bike Channel on Inwood Hill Park Rail Bridge : Photo: @SheRidesABike Reader Kimberly Kinchen tweeted this photo of a new bike channel on the stairs of the bridge over train tracks that separate Dyckman Fields, on the Hudson River, from the rest of...
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Jul 7
NYC: Who Are NYC’s Worst Sidewalk Hogs? Keep Those Tweets Coming : Car rental outlets on W. 83rd Street in Manhattan don’t own the sidewalk. They just hog it like they do....
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Jul 7
NYC: One of the Most Dangerous Streets in the Bronx Is Getting a Road Diet : White Plains Road, running 2.8 miles between East Tremont and Birchall Avenues, is one of the Bronx’s most dangerous streets, with more traffic deaths and severe injuries than 90 percent of the other...
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Jul 7
NYC: Today’s Headlines : WNYC: Citi Bike Deal “Weeks or Months Away” The Post Pledges to Protect Taxpayers From Citi Bike Unlicensed Drunk Driver Kills Pedestrian in Jackson Heights (Times Ledger, News, Gothamist) Driver Char...
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Jul 3
NYC: Shared Space: The Street Design NYC’s Financial District Was Made For : Long studied, little implemented: This 1997 Department of City Planning map identified streets ripe for pedestrianization or plazas. Adding shared streets to the mix could open up more possibilities....
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Jul 3
NYC: Eyes on the Street: Tweet Us Your Pics of Sidewalk-Hogging Businesses : Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr. Clarence shot the above photo of a common sight in NYC: car-oriented businesses that illegally commandeer sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk around parked cars or push...
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Jul 3
NYC: Today’s Headlines : News: Citi Bike Deal Calls for Higher Member Fees, Bigger System, REQX Control of Station Sitings Car Thief Hits Mother and Two Kids in Flatlands, Killing 12-Year-Old (NYT, News, WABC, Post) Jacquelin...
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Jul 2
NYC: The Unintended Consequences of Trimming Alt-Side Parking Hours : I remember alternate side of the street parking. It was 1974, and I was underemployed and living on West 22nd Street....
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