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The NYPD will be increasing their traffic violation enforcement to avoid injuries or fatalities as children start heading back to school in New York City.

The New York Police Department announced it will increase enforcement of traffic violations this week, as at least a million young New Yorkers return to school. The crackdown will primarily target drivers who “fail to yield to pedestrian and cyclists,” according to a report by the New York Daily News. Continue reading

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The aftermath of Hurricane Ida’s flooding has lead New York City authorities to the idea of creating more absorbent streets with green infrastructure in order to help protect New Yorkers against severe flooding.

The deadly flooding brought to New York City by the remnants of Hurricane Ida raised urgent questions about what authorities can do to protect New Yorkers from future floods. A StreetsBlog analysis last week proposed that one solution is to make the city’s streets more absorbent by installing green, permeable infrastructure. Continue reading

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As companies begin introducing automated, driverless vehicles which they believe to be safer, residents worry about their safety on New York City streets and fear that these vehicles will not function properly.

Self-driving car manufacturers strenuously protested New York City’s proposed rules for automated vehicles in a recent city hearing, according to a report by StreetsBlog. The biggest point of contention: a proposed mandate that automated vehicles drive “more safely than a human driver.” According to the report, representatives for the vehicles’ manufacturers said the rule would make New York City inhospitable for them. As one advocate said, “New York City has always been a place of creativity and innovation, but these rules would make New York one of the least hospitable cities in the U.S. for AV development.” Continue reading

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Just last week the DOT announced that bike lanes along Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn will be separated from traffic lanes after a cyclist was killed last year.

The New York City Department of Transportation announced last week that it would implement safety measures along a segment of Brooklyn’s Wythe Avenue where a cyclist was struck and killed last year, and where other pedestrians and cyclists have been injured over the years. The DOT said specifically that it would erect physical barriers separating the bike lane from the traffic lane on Wythe Avenue between Williamsburg St. W. and Penn St. Continue reading

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Hurricane Ida rolled through the tri-state area leading to a large number of deaths and severe flooding, with the majority of deaths being in illegal New York City basement apartments.

When the remnants of Hurricane Ida rolled through New York last week, they took a heavy toll: 46 lives, with six people still missing as of September 3rd. Of those deaths, 25 were in New Jersey, 16 in New York, four occurred in Pennsylvania, and Connecticut saw a single fatality, according to the New York Times. The majority of New York City’s 13 deaths occurred in basement apartments, spurring Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce that in advance of future potential flooding events, city workers “would go door-to-door in neighborhoods with high concentrations of such apartments and evacuate residents.” That announcement, of course, came too late for the victims of last week’s tragic flash floods, many of whom found themselves trapped as the waters rose. Continue reading

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New York City’s Department of Transportation has disappointed many as they slowly develop bike lanes on busy city streets that could ultimately lead to increased safety for cyclists.

A new column in StreetsBlog criticizes the slow, inconsistent pace of bicycle lane development in Manhattan’s east side. As safe streets activist Liam Jeffries writes, New York City’s Department of Transportation has begun turning temporary bike lanes established last year on 61st Street and 62nd Street into permanent fixtures. The temporary lanes were installed as an “emergency measure” after the number of cyclists on the city streets increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. The process of establishing permanent lanes began a few months ago, when the DOT removed temporary lane lines before painting permanent ones. According to Jeffries, reckless driving around the Queensboro Bridge exit on 61st Street and Third Avenue increased at the same time the lane markings were removed, then decreased as the permanent lanes were installed. Continue reading

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New governor, Kathy Hochul, could be just what New York City needs to improve their transportation safety.

What will the ascendance of new New York Governor Kathy Hochul mean for transportation safety in the state? According to a recent report by AMNY, transit safety groups are hopeful the answer will be good news for New Yorkers. Continue reading

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Ride-sharing companies work toward increasing reliability for people with disabilities who are in need of accessible rides.

After a 2017 New York City class-action lawsuit alleging that the ride-sharing company Uber was discriminating against people with disabilities, the ride sharing companies Uber, Lyft, and Via arrived at an agreement with the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission in which they agreed to a “wait time requirement” to increase accessibility, as described by an article in City and State. Under this requirement, the companies must fulfill “80% of accessible ride requests within 15 minutes, and 90% of accessible ride requests within 30 minutes.” They can also have these requests filled by third-party vehicle-for-hire companies, provided those companies also meet the wait time requirement. Continue reading

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Concerns emerge for the safety of motorists and pedestrians in New York City as scooter companies begin to launch their new electric scooter sharing program.

The launch of a new electric scooter sharing program in New York City has raised concerns about safety issues for motorists and pedestrians. According to a report by The Verge, scooter companies Bird, Lime, and VeroRide have installed one thousand scooters per company in the East Bronx as part of a pilot program to see how micromobility fares in New York City. As the report notes, however, the city itself may not be prepared. Continue reading

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Officials in New York City push for speed cameras to be on 24 hours a day as reckless driving and traffic fatalities continue to increase.

New York City officials are ramping up their advocacy for increased automated traffic enforcement by the city’s speed cameras, according to a recent report by Gothamist. As reckless driving and traffic fatalities increase throughout the city, officials like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman are arguing that speed cameras be turned on 24 hours a day. Continue reading

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