A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.
Connecticut State Representative Roland Lemar — Representative Lemar is taking New Haven police to task for not charging drivers who struck pedestrians under the vulnerable user law, and pledged to strengthen the law so it is better enforced in the future.
New York City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and the New York City Police Department — Councilmember Van Bramer and the NYPD backed legislation to strengthen penalties against repeat hit-and-run drivers who injure or kill people.
Q44 riders — The 14-mile Select Bus Service route launched last Sunday, providing up to 23 percent quicker travel times for 42,000 daily riders between Queens and the Bronx.
Staten Island bicyclists and pedestrians — The 3.3-mile New Springville Greenway officially opened last week.
Northeastern U.S. transit riders — An amendment which would have cut $1.6 billion worth of transit funding from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia was removed from the federal transportation bill.
New York City Councilmember Joe Borelli — Councilmember Borelli proposed “meat and potato” traffic fixes for the 10312 zip code on Staten Island, including permitting rights-on-red and eliminating a .3-mile bus lane.
Coalition Against Rogue Riding’s Jack Brown — At a New York City Council meeting, Brown compared people who ride bikes to terrorists.
Nassau County bus riders — Nassau County’s Bus Transit Committee approved yet another fare hike as well as service cuts to routes used by highly transit-dependent riders.
New Jersey children — In the past week, five young children were struck by drivers on New Jersey streets–all while in crosswalks. Two weeks ago, a four-year-old boy was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver.