A Tale of Two De Blasios Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Call it a Pyrrhic victory lap.

Data: Howsmydrivingny via City Archives
Data: Howsmydrivingny via City Archives

Today we will have two competing visions of the de Blasio administration as it enters its decline after nearly eight years. At 9:30 a.m., activists will gather on the west side of City Hall to set up 10 white “ghost strollers,” modeled after ghost bikes, to protest the city’s inaction that contributed to the death of Apolline Mong- Guillemin, 3 months old, who was killed by a reckless driver with a record of offenses longer than most of our stories (pictured right).

Then, at 2:30 p.m., the mayor will join street safety advocates in cutting the ribbon for a truly epic project: the new protected bike lane on the Brooklyn Bridge — a rare example of the mayor aggressively reclaiming the riders’ space to support enduring cyclists. Hats off to Kevin Duggan at amNY for the news.

ThenAt 5:30 p.m., activists will gather in Union Square North for what Transportation Alternatives calls a “protest – led by parents with strollers – to demand immediate action from Mayor de Blasio.”

“It’s #deBlasiosStreets,” the group said in a press release (which might be a little too optimistic about a viral hashtag). “He’s responsible for. And New Yorkers are experiencing the deadliest year of road rage since he took office.

Meanwhile, it was a busy day for the media as everyone sought an angle on the past few days of motorist-caused chaos:

  • daily news squarely blamed the mayor for blocking the implementation of the Dangerous Vehicle Reduction Act, which the city council passed in 2020 but whose funding was cut at the start of the Covid pandemic.
  • Eric Adams’ Lover New York Post focused on… Eric Adams’ plan to keep reckless drivers off the road, which involves permanently suspending their driver’s license. But driver Tyrik Mott has had his license suspended several times before – he just kept driving.
  • Post office too made a separate a little dissenting Mayor de Blasio for blaming Albany, but amNY makes Hizzoner look like a hero.
  • Not a word from the Times.
  • gothamist played honestly, like it was just another vigil.

In other news:

  • The other big story yesterday was a report released by the Workers Justice Project detailing the poor working conditions and low wages of the city’s 65,000 delivery workers. The city and Streetsblog covered it on Monday, but Bloomberg apparently received the report earlier, and New York Magazine Curbed Imprint and The edge blew everyone out of the water with a deep cover story about this sad industry.
  • Our cities need to be better designed for walking. (Voice)
  • Our old editor wasn’t the only one who noticed that school opening day was a carmageddon. A lot people responded for his tweet of cars turning our streets into dangerous, intimidating and overwhelming parking lots.
  • Hats off to Streetsblog friend Philip Miatkowski for remembering the first pedestrian death 122 years ago yesterday. Henry Blisswe hardly knew you.
    (by Twitter)
  • Oh, and keep scrolling through Tyrik Mott’s driving record.

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