Mayor de Blasio's "Vision Zero" initiative is an ambitious undertaking, but one that New York City seems ready for. We have already seen certain VZ provisions enacted, such as the reduction of speed limits throughout the city.
The popular ride-sharing company is under fire after a Connecticut man alleged that he flipped over the Citi Bike he was riding this fall, after his front wheel struck a low barrier that had been installed next to the bicycle docking station near E. 56th Street and Madison Avenue.
New York is in the midst of its Vision Zero campaign. As part of that effort, Mayor de Blasio signed a bill that went into effect late last year to lower the city’s default speed limit to 25 mph. The hope is that lower speeds will reduce the number of car, pedestrian and bicycle accidents and make such accidents less fatal when they do occur.
In recent months, we have written about the growing clash between bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers in New York City. Although bicyclists and pedestrians are now beginning to end their truce, these two groups used to consider themselves “on the same side” in a fight against automobile culture. Everything from infrastructure to traffic laws was designed with cars in mind, and that continues to leave bicyclists and pedestrians in serious danger.
In our last post, we began a discussion about a New York Magazine article about the problem of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents. The article profiled the stories behind eight pavement-stenciled memorials located around New York.
2014 is nearing an end, and many are already trying to gauge the effectiveness of Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative. Because of the campaign and because it has long been a problem, more media attention is now being focused on pedestrian and bicycle accidents across the city.
As we wrote earlier this week, bicycling is a popular alternative to driving these days for a number of reasons. In New York City, the decision to ride a bike is often a practical one, as traffic congestion sometimes results in longer commutes by car.
A pedestrian was recently seriously injured after being struck by a cyclist near New York City's Washington Square Park. The unexpected collision resulted in the pedestrian being sent to the hospital with a serious head injury. The cyclist also sustained a minor injury.
One of our posts last week focused on the dangerous traffic problem in New York City, but not the problem that most residents are familiar with. The New York Times has been covering the increasing tensions between bicyclists and pedestrians in Central Park – specifically the six-mile loop around the park.
To say that New York City is crowded is an understatement. The population density of New York coupled with various modes of transportation has created a kind of turf war on the city’s streets and sidewalks as well as in places like Central Park.