Governor Cuomo and NYC Mayor de Blasio announced a proposal to transform the MTA with a joint endorsement of congestion pricing, a plan to reorganize the MTA and fare enforcement.
State senators and community leaders gathered before anticipated recreational pot law goes through in New York to discuss traffic safety. Never mind people speeding, the REAL danger is stoned drivers?Read More
Accommodating the largest vehicles on the street- often emergency response vehicles or municipal refuse vehicles—prevents our city and county from redesigning streets for safer speeds and reduced crossing distances. We’ve seen this played out throughout Nassau County - emergency responders being less part of the solution to safe streets and more of a roadblock due to sheer size of vehicle, unnecessarily so.Read More
Let me bluntly get all up your grille when I say- how the literal fuck are we suppose to “share the road” with the face of rage and intimidation? And all you need is a crackerjack box license to commandeer one of these death machines? Insanity. We simply cannot nor should we have to jockey for space on streets with these monster trucks.
"It could just be me, but these massive, over-complicated grilles feel desperate and attention-hungry, like showing up at a barbecue slathered in blood and with your sleeve on fire so there will be no doubt as to what a badass you are."
We are well aware that pedestrians are two-to-three times more likely to die if they’re struck by a SUV or high horse powered weapon of mass destruction, thanks to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety report earlier this year- we did a blog recap Vehicle Size Matters. Data and honest safety experts have verified that long-standing common factors in pedestrian deaths, such as alcohol and jaywalking at night, did not account for the recent growth in ped fatalities. The myth of distracted pedestrians is lazy; he reality of distracted journalists ignoring this is dangerous.
So we’re taken by surprise that this article begging the conversation of truck design was penned by Jason Torchinsky, Senior Editor of Jalopnik. He must have kids or a conscience or something.
“Most of these trucks are six feet tall or more, which means that the hood height is around four to five feet off the ground, which means that if one of these is behind you, you’re greeted with the sight of just grille, massive and hungry, filling your view. Walking by trucks like these feels more like walking past a building sometimes, confronted with vast curtain walls of vents and meshes and perforated, vertical walls. They’re starting to feel less and less like vehicles.”
So we now know what the big mean vehicle machine industry bigwigs have long known about this but nothing has changed except size- and not for the better. SUVs and trucks are killing us yet the grille obsession is growing - and we’re not talking work vehicles here. Anecdotal fact is most people you see driving big pickup machines are not carrying or hauling anything special and more often than not, they are the only person in the vehicle.
“Generously-sized grilles have always been part of truck design—well, at least front-engined, water-cooled truck design—but what we’re currently experiencing goes way beyond just having a big grille. The goal of modern truck grilles—especially the larger, Heavy Duty spec trucks—seems to be less about getting the required cooling air and more about creating a massive, brutal face of rage and intimidation.“
Zendrive together with Lyft, Uber, Lime, Bird, Juno, HopSkipDrive, and nonprofits StopDistractions.org, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Together for Safer Roads, created a partnership — #FundMyStreets — that will award $50,000 to fund improve traffic safety around schools.
With generous funding from The JPB Foundation, the Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program is currently accepting applications for awards for eleven grantee communities in 2019. The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance for eleven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans. Application deadline: Dec 10, 2018. Click here for more info.
Fall back next weekend for Daylight Saving Time on Sat, Nov 4th, and be aware of the statistical increase in safety incidents. Every year during the end of daylight saving time there is an increase in traffic crashes. With increased darkness around rush hour time, and when traffic is at a peak, drivers, pedestrians and people on bicycles aren’t yet used to the decreased visibility and our internal clocks are thrown off by the change in lighting.
Visibility. Our fabulous fall fashion is darker than our summer brights and we’re wearing hats and scarves - while this should not matter what we wear when crossing with the right of way, it does matter when you throw in a few other factors and when we’re talking about kids on their way home from after school activities. Let’s be honest here - being visible can save your life regardless of where you are walking, who has the right of way or that orange is no longer the new black (but we hear yellow is rather vogue this season). The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee of New York pedestrian safety campaign SEE! BE SEEN! is on point for this time of year.
People on bikes - this is the PERFECT time of year to look at your bike reflectors and lights.New York law states a bike must be equipped with a headlight and taillight, front and rear reflectors, spoke reflectors and pedal reflectors to be used when riding at night. (Section 1236, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law).
Drivers, check your windshield fluid, make sure your windows and mirrors are clean- if that is all it takes to increase your ability to see someone, then its worth the 5 minutes. You know driving around neighborhoods before dinner there’s always tweens on bikes and skateboards - remember they are there, even if you don’t see them. Be ready.
If you call someone on their way home from work or school and they are in the car - get off the phone with them. Not after you ask what they want for dinner, but immediately.
Sleepy, drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. November 4 - 11 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week for a reason. Just like with the Spring forward Daylight Saving time, we are thrown off for a week as our bodies adjust to the change in morning and evening light. Our internal clocks being off by waking and getting home when its dark, leaving us sluggish and sleepy. Be aware of this. Have a coffee in the afternoon.
Being aware of road user dangers during Daylight Saving Time in the Fall will make you and your loved ones safer.
Blog post by Allison Blanchette
Adam Haber wrote about e-scooters on Long Island in an Island Now Editorial, which I responded to in the comment section (and the LI Press deleted - what’s up with that?). One thing missing is a safe space to ride and a massive culture change to allow it.
This week the Baldwin Grand redesign - the one I actively secured $4.3 million in expired federal earmarks as a side project while freelancing at NYBC- has faced massive bikelash by people who prioritize storing idle cars, preserving some false sense of speed entitlement and antiquated road user hierarchy over, like, sharing space with human bodies who lack the privilege, ability, interest and/ or level of laziness in commandeering a 4-ton vessel to get from point A to point B.
Yes, we need a more green transportation future but it first/also requires big picture thinking decision makers like Adam, and elected leaders with the courage to stand up to the status flow of dinosaurs on Long Island streets. Me thinks it's time to bring the outlaws in as inlaws, and pull some advocates on board.
These are two big asks for Nassau - having the stomach for road diets, and to hire advocates in lieu of political appointee's...but hey, if Adam Haber can dream of e-scooters on Long Island then I can dream big, too.
Long Island’s 6th Annual Car Free Day is coming on Friday, September 21, 2018! Join your friends, neighbors and co-workers as Long Island goes car free or car-lite for the day! Visit www.CarFreeDayLI.com for more information.
Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk.
The US National Park Service has released a report that guides parks and their partners on how to identify and pursue opportunities that enhance active transportation to and within national parks- and much of it is relevant to state and local parks.The guidebook includes information about managing vehicle congestion, promoting resource preservation, and accommodating increased visitation by providing alternatives to driving. Chapter 3 is a must-read for anyone interested in skimming through.
Link to the Active Transportation Guide here.
Long Island Streets is a volunteer based, tax-exempt 501(c)3 advocating for safer streets for all people through education, events and reshaping public policy at the local and state level.
Long Island Streets is a volunteer based, tax-exempt 501(c)3
advocating for safer streets for all people through education, events and reshaping public policy
at the local and state level.