A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
NYS Administrative Law Judge Sidney Fuchs — The NYS DMV has revoked the license of Ahmad Abu-Zayedeh, the driver who struck and killed 3-year-old Allie Liao in 2013, a decision that “reinforces the importance of DMV safety hearings as a venue to ensure that reckless drivers face consequences for killing other people.”
Brooklyn residents — In addition to plans to redesign the most dangerous road in Queens, major safety improvements have also been announced for Atlantic Avenue and Ocean Parkway, two of Brooklyn’s most dangerous roads.
Staten Island ferry commuters and bicycle riders — The Clove Road bike path will be one of 2015’s first Vision Zero improvement projects, meaning commuters can soon bypass the worsening parking situation at the St. George Ferry Terminal.
New Haven, CT bicyclists — The announcement of a 2.1-mile cycle track to connect suburban neighborhoods to downtown businesses is great news in light of recent data showing that one in four New Haven families do not have access to a car.
Princeton, NJ bicyclists — The Princeton Council voted 5-1 to replace on-street parking with two-way bike lanes along a section of Hamilton Avenue as a “baby step” toward a future comprehensive bike policy.
M60 SBS riders — According to new MTA data, Harlem’s M60 SBS has been wildly successful, reducing travel time to Laguardia Airport by nearly 15 percent and travel time along the Second Avenue dedicated bus lane by more than 30 percent.
Brooklyn Technical High School freshman Alison Collard de Beaufort — After several students’ lives were lost in traffic incidents, Alison founded the Vision Zero Youth Council to provide a venue for other students to become actively involved in street safety.
Manhattan Community Board 10 — Notorious for its aversion to common sense streets safety improvements, CB 10 continues to push back against expanding the M60 SBS to West Harlem, despite the aforementioned proven success of the program.
U.S. Representative Paul Ryan — Just as the proposal to raise the federal gas tax seemed to be gaining real traction in light of plummeting gas prices, Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said “we won’t pass a gas tax increase.“
New Jersey drivers — A new poll shows Garden State motorists are against a raise to the second-lowest gas tax in the nation despite gas prices plummeting and news of yet another deteriorating bridge closing.
Staten Island residents — As part of an ongoing NYPD “re-engineering” process, Staten Island’s disproportionately small two-person Collision Investigation Squad may be relocated to Brooklyn, potentially cutting response time to crashes in a borough that is “more than twice the size of Manhattan, with twice as many road miles.”