Vision zero

A new city rule that went into effect this week requires vehicles and bikers to yield to pedestrians even if there is no stoplight or stop sign.
Rodriguez chaired the City Council's transportation committee.
De Blasio wanted the city to reach zero traffic deaths by 2024. In a city of 8 million residents and millions more visitors, Vision Zero became one of the most notable pillars of de Blasio’s platform alongside his equity and universal pre-K goals.
The Driver Abatement Program, funded in February, had its first class of drivers in November.
The new infrastructure isn't just popular with existing bike commuters; it seems to be inducing more trips over the East River in total.
In what has turned out to be an especially deadly year for bikers and pedestrians, Jose Ramos is at least the 15th cyclist killed this year by drivers.
The city tracked cyclists crossing DOT-owned bridges, the Manhattan, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Queensboro, and Pulaski bridges, as well as Prospect Park West and Kent Avenue bike lanes.
Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to address the mounting traffic deaths on New York City streets, after a new report showed the NYPD has pulled back from enforcement against reckless driving.
"We need a holistic re-thinking of our streetscape to stop this carnage," Eric Adams said at an event on Monday.
The driver in the crash faces manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges.
Under state law, the city's roughly 2,000 cameras can only operate on weekdays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Brian Boyd, a 26-year-old Upper West Side resident, was arrested on Thursday and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash and failure to yield to a pedestrian.
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