Spring 2004, p.26
Cracking Down on Aggressive Driving
This evening, I came within a
hair's width of being struck by an aggressively speeding driver making a right
turn from East 63rd Street onto 3rd Avenue and, after politely asking her to be
careful, the driver verbally assaulted me. I was so mad that I went to the local
police precinct but I was treated rather indifferently. I am so pissed off that
I would like to know what I can do that is tangible. Perhaps lobby for a “Yield
to Pedestrians” sign or something else? Also, is it possible to bring a
civil/criminal action against an aggressive driver? I am a lawyer and a T.A.
member and I would relish the opportunity to fix this hazardous crosswalk. Maybe
I should have a conversation with the local district member/assemblyman?
Editor’s Note: There are a number of things you can do depending on the time and energy you want to invest. Consider going to your Police Precinct’s Community Council meeting, where the precinct commanders always attend and take careful notes, and/or write a letter to your Councilmember, Community Board and the police precinct commander; report the incident to them and ask for increased police traffic enforcement and Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) at this location.
Read the latest news on reclaiming the crosswalks.
Hello and thanks for all your
good works. We’re fighting the good fight here in Inwood to ban car alarms. My
question is, how does a neighborhood go about requesting a “No Honking, $x
amount fine” sign? We are on a three-block long street (Park Terrace East at 215
Street) that ends at Isham Park and there’s non-stop honking. Any ideas on how
to successfully lobby the City to install one of these signs?
Editor’s Note: Call 311 and request such a sign. Also, write your community board and councilmember and report the problem and ask them to help you get more police enforcement and signs.
Working Cyclist Campaign
Read the latest news on the Working Cyclist campaign.
The Rules for Biking With
Editor’s Note: Adults riding with children are not exempt from city laws, which forbid cyclists older than 14 from riding on sidewalks. However, it seems unlikely that any cop would summons you for your safe and courteous behavior.
Dear Commissioner Weinshall,
Currently there are no legal bike routes coming from the bridge for a cyclist wishing to head North or East in Queens or South in Manhattan. Bikers are forced to violate traffic laws to exit the bridge. As a biker, I do not wish to bike criminally. A few easy changes would legalize countless bikers simply trying their best to bike in a difficult city. Many lights are out at both ends of the Queensboro bridge. These must be fixed. Leave a small part of the Queensboro Bridge path unfenced. Being next to six traffic lanes of noise and exhaust is bad enough without a fence blocking the beautiful view. There are signs towards the end of the bike path instructing people to dismount and walk their bikes for a few hundred feet. Why are these signs, always ignored, even there?
I hope you won’t simply file
this away or dismiss this as the voice of just another bike freak. With minimal
effort, there are many things the city and the NYC Department of Transportation
could do to encourage biking in the city. While I would love a grand bike plan
making this a truly bike friendly city, I will settle for a safe and legal bike
ride over the Queensboro bridge.
Leave a small part of the Queensboro Bridge path unfenced. Being next to six traffic lanes of noise and exhaust is bad enough without a fence blocking the beautiful view.
Read the latest news on the Queensboro Bridge.
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