TransAlt in the Media, January 2017

January 31, 2017

It's been a busy month for TransAlt in the media, and not for the happiest of reasons. After ending 2016 with some key Vision Zero statistics moving in the wrong direction, 2017 got off to a bad start with a spate of hit-and-runs and other serious crashes. "These tragedies keep happening at the same places, and yet they haven't put up the money to fix these streets," Paul Steely White told reporters, renewing our call on the City to budget more funding to fix Vision Zero priority corridors more quickly -- a call that led the mayor to make a new funding commitment in his spending plan. 

Our Penn Schoen Berland poll releases have been getting attention, and the PeopleWay proposals for 14th Street and Brooklyn's Grand Street continue to make news and generate discussion, as in our op-ed with the American Heart Association urging the City to prioritize bike commuting during the upcoming L Train shutdown -- "a transit, quality-of-life and public health solution all rolled into one."


NYC needs funding for street redesign, an NYPD crackdown on traffic violations to prevent pedestrian deaths (Daily News)

On 14th St., cycling will save us once again (The Villager, op-ed with American Heart Association)


PSB Poll

NYC lawmakers seek tax money to launch Citi Bike in every borough (Daily News)

Citi Bike expansion: Council majority supports public funding option (amNY)

Support Grows for a City-Wide Bike-Share Expansion in New York (CityLab)

Crece el apoyo a una expansión del sistema de bicicletas públicas de Nueva York (Univision)

Poll gives bridge-toll plan a lift (Crain’s)

Queens residents favor placing a toll on Queensboro Bridge to raise revenue, data released by advocacy group reveals (Sunnyside Post)


Vision Zero stats

Safe Streets Advocates 'Horrified' By 10 Traffic Deaths In First 10 Days Of 2017 (Gothamist)

Transportation department boasts record low traffic fatalities amid bump in pedestrian, cyclist deaths for 2016 (Daily News)

NYC traffic deaths hit historic low but advocates say cycling, pedestrian fatalities rose in 2016 (amNY)

Revision Zero: There's been real progress on New York City streets, with the bloody exception of hit-and-runs (Daily News)

City says Traffic Deaths are Down, Advocates Concerned About Increase in Hit-and-Run Incidents (NY1)

Officials: NYC Traffic Deaths Drop To Record Low, Pedestrian Deaths Up (CBS 2)

纽约交通死亡人数降至历史新低 - Traffic deaths in New York fall to historic lows (Voice of America)

En 2016 hubo 229 muertes por tránsito en NY (La Nacion Dominicana)


Despite Vision Zero Progress, City Fails to Make Arrests in Two Thirds of Fatal Hit-and-Run Crashes (WNYC)

Hit-and-run deaths are rising despite traffic safety push (Post)

Midtown Hit-And-Run Renews Calls For 'AMBER Alert' System To Catch Drivers Who Flee (Gothamist)

NYC to introduce bill that would pay people up to $1,000 for help catching hit-and-run drivers (Daily News)

Hit-and-run bill would create rewards for information leading to arrest (amNY)

新年3天3起致命肇事逃逸 市议员:举报悬赏 - After a spate of hit and runs in the new year, city council member announces reward proposal to improve investigations (NTDTV)

Hit-and-run alert system being considered by City Council (amNY)

As hit-and-run deaths mount, a new proposal would reward whistleblowers (PIX11)

Proyecto de ley busca frenar casos de hit and runs en NYC (El Diario NY)

Police not filing charges after crash kills 85-year-old pedestrian (News 12 Brooklyn)

Halt on hit-and-runs/Alto a los atropellos con fuga (Manhattan Times)

Количество смертельных ДТП со сбежавшими водителями выросло - Number of hit-and-run crashes rises (Online Gazeta)


A ‘Parking Lot’ Over the L Train? (Our Town)

PeopleWay? No way! Villagers fear traffic-free 14th St. scheme (The Villager)

2019年、NY地下鉄が一部運航停止、そして始まる「交通ルネサンス」 - Partial shutdown of a subway line coming in 2019 (WIRED Japan)

Plan for Safer Grand Streets is Coming this Spring (DNA Info)

Another Pedestrian Death Renews Cries For Safer Grand Street (DNA Info)

Vision Zero budget

Mayor's Budget Increases Funding for Vision Zero (WNYC)

NY: Vision Zero Gets More Funding, but Reduced MetroCards Left Out of Mayor's Budget (amNY)

De Blasio looks to funnel $317M into Vision Zero (Post)

Vision Zero gets more funding, but reduced MetroCards left out of mayor’s budget (amNY)

Mayor budgets increased funding for his Vision Zero initiative (Times Ledger)

The Next Big Vision Zero Victory is Up to Governor Cuomo (Village Voice)


Other street design stories

Second Avenue protected bike lane getting finishing touches from DOT (amNY)

Grand Concourse overhaul reaches next step (News 12 Bronx)

Blocked bike lanes a big problem in Manhattan and Brooklyn, map shows (amNY)

Car Free NYC expansion in talks for Earth Day 2017 (amNY)

No Parking Anytime: Growth of Citi Bikes, Bike Lanes Cuts Thousands of Street Parking Spaces (NY1) (and please don't miss Bike Snob's eloquent takedown)

Meeker Avenue Still Extremely Terrifying For Pedestrians: Petition (Patch)

Locals Debate Safety Fixes for Queens Blvd in Rego Park and Forest Hills (DNA Info)

Bushwick Tries to Call the Shots in its Rezoning (City Limits)

Bushwick intenta tomar control de su rezonificación (El Diario NY/City Limits)


Public space for free expression letter

So Many Protests, So Little Space (NYT)

Protest crowds concerns public space advocates (Times Ledger)

A Plea for de Blasio to Support Free Expression With Better Public Spaces (Streetsblog)


High Court decision

Court finds bad street design liable in NYC crash (Curbed)

NY court says cities can be liable for dangerous streets (Architects’ Newspaper)



Will Trump make the trains run on time? (Curbed)

NYPD cops to offer senior citizens reflective decals for their walkers, canes in an effort to reduce traffic deaths (Daily News)

Fight to Bring Citi Bike to Bronx and Staten Island Continues (DNA Info)

Nintendo Reveals New Mario Game And His NYC-Based Hometown, New Donk City (Gothamist)

Some Citi Bikes to feature bicycle-shaped lights as part of safety pilot program (amNY)

Brooklyn Paper Radio today: Driverless cars and jokes about Trump! (Brooklyn Paper Radio)