Zero Vision Edition – Streetsblog New York City
Why did Vision Zero fail in America? Why are deaths rising again in cities like New York and Los Angeles – both of which were, at one time, models of how transportation officials could reduce crashes and deaths through a combination of road redesign, law enforcement, education and car reduction strategies?
The reason, argues David Zipper in this compelling article from Bloombergis the same reason we’ve failed on climate change, or failed on affordable housing, or failed on any number of pressing issues that we all know need to be addressed and don’t.
We just don’t seem able to do what needs to be done. In the case of road rage, the answer is clear: we must design every street – not just a few Vision Zero corridors – to prevent drivers from running at excessive speeds or killing pedestrians when they make the inevitable mistake that humans inevitably do. We need to reduce the size and the total number of cars. We must take away the privilege of driving from those who abuse it.
It’s not rocket science. But that’s not human nature either. After all, in the face of her own government’s mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Governor Hochul last week scrapped the state’s gasoline tax, which reduces driving. and transit of funds.
We don’t do what we have to do. So of course people are dying and the planet is getting warmer.
In other news:
- Speaking of climate, Bronx residents are angry at the state’s slowness to fix it (Bronx Times), but the head of the Building and Construction Trades Council thinks it will be fine. (amNY)
- The temperature did an article on whether remote work will kill the city. The newspaper should have linked to Dave Colon’s interesting story yesterday about how Monday has the lowest weekday Tube ridership as workers take three-day weekends.
- Students gathered at City Hall on Monday to protest the city’s notoriously slow buses, which add to their anxiety and distract them from their studies. (NYDN)
- The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is not a fan of the proposed LaGuardia ferry, which we’ll start calling Hochul’s Folly. (Blog TSTC)
- Speaking of ferries, Colin Jost took his (and Pete Davidson’s) on a ferry to Staten Island (with the help of a tugboat). (New York Post and the temperaturewhich is weird)
When you have to go, you have to… kill two cyclists? (New York Post)
- Here are some solid reports in the Daily News about a correctional officer who drove drunk, was in a car accident and was promoted (right). But is it a Pink Floyd pun in the title that no one will understand? (Hint here.)
- Speaking of lying cops, cops lie a lot — and are rarely punished, according to a new report. (New York Post, NYDN)
- Like Streetsblog, amNY also covered yesterday’s admission by the Investigations Department that the agency does not look into signboard abuse as required by law.
- Juneteenth is now an official holiday. (New York Post)
- Indoor mask mandates have returned to the so-called sixth arrondissement. (New York Post)
From the dispatch office: In honor of National Work Zone Awareness Week (which is apparently a real thing), representatives from the municipal departments of transportation, environmental protection, and design and Construction workers will gather at a DOT maintenance yard in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday to remind motorists “to give full attention to active work zones and emphasize the additional protection of employees in work zones.” In other words, put the brakes on these workers! It’s noon at 303 South St.
- Finally, we just learned that Streetsblog friend Simi Horwitz won an Award of Merit from the Silurian Press Club for her article titled “The Ultimate Obit: The Real, Unabridged, Authorized, Warts-and-All Saga of Brooklyn Trolley King”. Bob Diamond. She will receive the award on June 15 at the National Arts Club. Why not read the story again?