May/June 1997, p.22-23
I think the benefits of such a project for cyclists and pedestrians are obvious. Charlie Komanoff's calculations on the havoc trucks wreak on our streets are eloquent. As most cyclists still ride in the streets, inches away from trucks, any measure that significantly reduces trucks' presence in Manhattan and the other boroughs should have the wholehearted support of a bicycle advocacy association. (There would be acoustic benefits as well.)
In short, I think this project has the possibility for bringing about major changes in the day-to-day, down-in-the- street, transportation panorama for Manhattan.
I know T.A. has always
"called them as it saw them" when judging mayoral administrations. I
hope T.A. comes down on the side of rail freight, and stresses the salutary
effects such a project could have for cyclists and pedestrians, our two main
"Last month, over 300
cyclists took to the streets of Tel Aviv, in the city's first ever "bike
ride demonstration." The cyclists put foot to pedal to demand
that Tel Aviv's mayor, Mr. Roni Milo, approve a plan for creating a network of
bicycle lanes throughout Tel Aviv. Their efforts were well rewarded: the initial
stages of the program were approved by the city council the following
I take your concerns seriously. My office has a very aggressive policy regarding crimes committed while operating motor vehicles. This policy includes not only vehicular homicide and assault cases, but also unlicensed operation of motor vehicles and related Vehicle and Traffic Law violations.
My office seeks significant incarceration in all homicide and assault cases. We also seek prison time in felony unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
I proposed and strongly
supported the new V.T.L. legislation that became effective on April 1, 1992. I
am now proposing new legislation to increase penalties and close loopholes in
existing laws. With support of organizations such as Transportation
Alternatives, I believe we can bring about change to improve safety for
pedestrians and cyclists in New York State.
Please be assured that my office appropriately prosecutes those who intentionally or recklessly endanger others, and I am very grateful to people like you who support me in those efforts.
Thank you very much for having
a strong and active interest in this important issue. Robert T. Johnson
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