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Where is the Car Crackdown?

January 28, 2011

An 85-year-old woman was hit and injured by a cab at this intersection this morning.  From DNAinfo:

The cabbie of the SUV taxi said he had just turned right on East Broadway from Pike Street when he hit the woman…

I’m assuming the woman was in the crosswalk and had the light when she was hit.  The story is sparse on details, if ever there was a case for traffic calming, this is it.  There’s a median [UPDATE: and bike lane] in the middle of Pike Street, but there are still two wide traffic lanes on either side.  It’s no panacea, but curb extensions or neckdowns and, yes, a separated bike lane on East Broadway would help slow cars down and force drivers to pay more attention so they don’t plow into senior citizens crossing the street.

Never mind the recent spate of traffic deaths and injuries less than four weeks into the New Year.  You won’t see Tony Aiello or Marcia Kramer in Mobile 2 covering this story and you won’t read anything in the Post or the Daily News calling for a ticket blitz on taxis.  They speak for millionaires on Prospect Park West but not for 85-year-old ladies crossing the street in Chinatown.

This is the measurement by which the NYPD can judge the success of its crackdown: pedestrians might get injured or killed on New York City streets, but at least it won’t be because of a bike.

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2 Comments
  1. Jonathan permalink
    January 28, 2011 1:28 pm

    Doug, there’s both a separated bike lane (in the middle of Pike St) and an onstreet bike lane (along E Broadway) at that intersection. Your post otherwise hits the nail on the head. Time to go to the local community board’s Committee for the Aging and get them involved.

  2. January 28, 2011 1:37 pm

    Thanks for the clarification. I’ve actually ridden on Pike Street, so I know that lane well and should have written that part better. The on-street lane on East Broadway, such that it’s just paint on the road, doesn’t do much to slow down cars, of course.

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