“Automobile crashes killed 273 people in 2021, a whopping 33 percent increase over 2018, the safest year in New York City’s recent traffic history…It’s a mystery as to why so many city residents, as well as city and state politicians, seemingly accept such a heartbreaking level of carnage as just another unfortunate trade-off of city life.”
‘The loss of an innocent baby as well as five other individuals in just one weekend is more heartbreaking evidence that New York City’s lame efforts to protect its people from arrogant, irresponsible, and entitled automobile drivers has been an epic failure.’
‘I’m beyond thrilled some inkling of normalcy may return to this gorgeous mosaic of a city by summer. But city and state officials are going to have to step up their game on how to best address vaccine coronavirus hesitancy or otherwise, we may be setting ourselves up for problems down the road.’
‘Perhaps it’s time to impose a tiered tolling system that takes in account an automobile’s fuel performance. Or maybe it’s just time to just ban SUVs from congested cities like New York altogether.’
‘A city that prioritizes the lives of a majority of its people over the demands and convenience of automobile drivers would not hesitate to saturate every city street, avenue and highway throughout the five boroughs with speed cameras that operate 24 hours a day. ‘
‘In a truly just and fair city, public transit would be an affordable lifeline to economic opportunity. The subway and bus system would support upward mobility and the best way to bring that vision to fruition, would be to do away with subway and bus fares altogether. ‘
The majority of the city’s designated bike lanes are unprotected: basically nothing more than around thee-feet wide stretches of asphalt marked by strips of paint and an occasional bike lane symbol. That has to change.
They don’t sit in traffic. They don’t depend solely on the MTA to get them to work or home. But the people who commute on two wheels have plenty of reason to back a policy of charging cars to use the streets that many drivers think they own.
Every time a new mayor or borough president gets elected, the city pays around $350 to update each of the affected signs. Photo by: Cody Lyon
A city with as much gall as ours doesn’t wimp out, even at road signs. By: Cody Lyon
Drivers, cyclists or pedestrians traveling New York City roads, bridges and tunnels face a bewildering array of signs – 1.3 million of them in fact. There are greeting signs between the boroughs, like the one – along a Brooklyn border – saying goodbye with a dialect: “Leaving Brooklyn ‘Fuhgeddaboutit.’”