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The Call Blog: City Takes Steps To Slow Speeding Drivers

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A majority of our callers tonight weren't that concerned with speeding drivers. Several said the potholes keep them in check. But they were ready to see a crackdown on reckless bicyclists and pedestrians. If you watched tonight's program, you would get the sense that New Yorkers feel jaywalkers and couriers need the most policing.

The next phase of the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative is here. Officials from the Department of Transportation and the NYPD launched a "slow zone" to reduce dangerous speeding along nearly eight miles of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The program will soon expand to 25 corridors across the boroughs throughout the year.

Starting today, the speed limit along Atlantic Avenue will be lowered from 30 to 25 miles per hour. In addition, traffic signals will be timed to discourage speeding and there will more enforcement by the NYPD. The goal of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative is to reduce traffic-related fatalities to zero in the next ten years.

Do you welcome these slow zones to New York City? Will timed red lights and more enforcement serve as an effective deterrent? How frequently do you see speeding drivers in New York City? What steps would you take to make the roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists?

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I didn't respond while the show was on tonight, out of anger & frustration. The sidewalks and roads we have in New York City are not properly maintained-nor representative of the growing population. As someone who has had knee surgery, the worn leaning sidewalks shifting either to the right or left, actually create joint & ligament damage for any pedestrian on the street. Too many people, drivers and non drivers are also addicted to their cell phones. This culture of ignorance has allowed technology to flourish, amid the worst offenders.

Michael in Woodside

In manhattan: It's a game of chicken. Peds jump in front of cars when the ped crossing light turns green. Peds jump into bike lanes without looking if anything is coming. Bikes ride recklessly against traffic, crossing res lights, weaving between clueless tourists, etc. car drivers block intersections, bike lanes and cross walk. And somehow, every caller is so self righteous.


I'm seeing more and more garbage cans in deep potholes. I have to always be on the lookout for more potholes. Major damage to a lot if cars

Chris from Brooklyn

I think there should be a "slow zone" on the sidewalks in NYC especially for tourists and people who are not mentally in New York City but in a countryside somewhere. Move it people! I can't guarantee getting annoyed while rushing to wherever I'm always rushing to in the city because someone is taking a sweet stroll.

Lee from queens, NY

Vincent in Grammercy and Fernando in Washington Heights couldn't have said it better. Where I used to live on 1st Avenue cyclists--including those who used the bike lane--ignored the flow of traffic. I've run into them before, on foot. Pedestrians aren't looking for traffic both ways on a one-way street; Cyclists are using a vehicle and should be held to the same standards. Its a danger to the pedestrians, it's a danger to themselves.

--Zo, Lenox Hill

I want to mention that The Red Light Cameras I feel are just another tax on regular people. They lower the speed limit to an illogical level (even the politicians will not follow it I bet) and then make the yellow light too short and time the lights so you stop every 2 blocks frustrating drivers and then place cameras to ticket them. It is a money making tax that will bring millions in to be spent badly and line politician pockets.

thanks for hearing me out


When I was a child, right of way of pedestrians was not an issue. It was drummed through our heads that when you cross the street you look both ways and let the car go first. With the light or against the light is not so much an issue as looking both ways and waiting for the cars to clear. Whenever I am a pedestrian or a bicyclist I basically yield the right of way to the cars and I get around. I average about 2-3 miles a day as a pedestrian and have never had a problem. I see a lot of people that see a car coming and walk right into it with the hopes that they get hit so they can sue. Very rare to do see people actually stop to look both ways and wait for the road to clear. People don’t do that anymore.


I don't know what the hold up (in Albany) is regarding the installation of more traffic cameras throughout the city. I'm practically dying for one to be installed at the exit from the Queensboro Br. at 1st Ave. & 62nd St. I was nearly runover just last weekend as I was crossing at the crosswalk (with a greenlight) by the driver of a Buick Sedan that made a turn onto 1st as if I wasn't even there. If cameras were more widely used to ticket drivers that run red lights, the city would reap a huge windfall, and over time you would reckless driving reduced.


NYC Dep't of Transportation should try fixing the "Grand Canyon-sized" potholes that are scattered throughout NYC before they concern themselves with additional pedestrian safety measures. Everyday I see drivers veering and swerving to avoid potholes the size of moon craters. How dangerous is this for other motorists and pedestrians? Shouldn't drivers be focused on the road in front of them instead of road hazards? Most streets in Queens have no clearly painted lines separating lanes. When NYC improves its' streets above the level of a third world country, less pedestrians will be killed by drivers who are able to focus on the road in front of them.

Josh in Astoria.

The delivery people who ride bikes the wrong direction! And talking on cell phone while doing it! I’ve seen motorcyclist doing it also speeding down Atlantic Ave a block from Criminal Court.

Crystal -Red Hook

Hi John,

I think the slow zones on Atlantic Avenue are a good idea because it's a very busy street, and we need them on more busy streets and intersections where accidents are likely to occur. However, I also think that pedestrians need to be A LOT more responsible, meaning they shouldn't text while crossing the street. They should also be looking both ways and have common sense not to jaywalk, especially on busy streets.

Alison, Midtown East

Just as John Washington heights said.. It's not always the drivers There must a concerned effort to stop jaywalkers... I'm pretty sure if there was a study done you would see that jaywalking is a common cause of people getting hit by cars.... So now with the cars slowing down They think people will not be hit as often .. Wrong .. There should a push by the police to ticket jaywalkers...


I think that continuous enforcements will make New Yorkers be more aware about pedestrians and the people crossing. However, they are not very careful and are wild. I live in Queens and the roads aren't safe. Manhattan is worse and should have more improvement in the streets.


There will always be reckless drivers, lowering the speed limit doesn't do much to address that. The problem is there are more reckless pedestrians than ever in our history because of technology. Everyone is looking down at their phones and often with music blasting in their ears simultaneously. They have no idea of what is going on around them! That is a recipe for disaster on busy city streets.


More attention & responsibility needs to be given to the jaywalkers & rogue bikers. People who stick out like a sore thumb on street corners paying no mind to on coming traffic. I see more irresponsible arrogant & naive pedestrians than drivers.

Williamsburg, Bklyn


Our new Mayor, Blind Vision de Blurio fails once again to make sense. Few drivers if any will pay attention to reduced speed signs. They pay little or no attention now, what makes de Blurio think they will just because he says so? That's Zero Vision for you.

Port Richmond, SI

The problem is not lowering the speed limit. The problem is the Jay-Walkers. Many fatalities on Queens Blvd and especially the Grand Concourse in the Bronx include Jay-Walkers that cross the street without looking and don't even make an effort to get out of the street fast, thus making it hard for drivers to stop or slow resulting an injury and/or fatality. The N.Y.P.D. must ficus on jay-walkers as well. Just like they started in New Jersey in 2011.

John in Washington Heights

its a drag (no pun intended) but with the pathlogical dumbed-down popular culture and the recklessness of New yawkers its necessary. The SUV is even worse; we also need drivers that are capable of conceptualizing the right of way. Its not rocket science or neuro surgery but its absolutely essential.


Hi John,

I’m glad they got started on this new venture being called Vision Zero. As was mentioned on last evenings show by a listener that the Bronx is always ignored and wouldn't you know they are going to start in Brooklyn on Atlantic Ave. For years Queens was always in the forefront about how bad it was on Queens Blvd accident wise whether it be a car or a pedestrian. I can always remember that The Grand Concourse in the Bronx was never mentioned and that was known as death row. So whatever topic comes up the Bronx is never really recognized. In any case I do hope that we will get a better outcome with the trial run of this project but cars still drag on the Avenues as though they were drag racing and when they pass over the speed bumps that are on my block in front of my school then they take off-really gunning it and trying to make the light on the corner with the cell phone in hand.


Thank you John,

Hi John;

Vision Zero does not go far enough. Police Officers should be writing red lights, failure to yield to pedestrian, blocking the box, and cell phone summons" along with using cameras to catch speeders. When a motorist gets a speeding summons from a camera, there are not points. The camera cannot prove who was behind the wheel; therefore, the motorist can pay the fine and go on his merry way.

Pollice Officers in my neighborhood rarely write summones for safety violations. The intersection of East 52nd Street and 1st Avenue is an accident prone location. I stopped counting how many pedestrians have been struck in the exact same crosswalk. 17th precinct officers respond to these incidents (I don't want to call them accidents because "accident" implies that the motorists are not at fault. When you speed up to "make" the light as it turns red and hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk, you are at fault.) There is a disconnect at the precinct level that results in no enforcement at this intersection.

Instead of picking one avenue in NYC t he entire NYPD be put on patrol for :"all-out" days; Unannounced. People comply with laws when they think they know they will get a summons.

midtown east

Hi John

I welcome the slow zones, more law enforcement and timed traffic signals, i just hope the motorists will follow the rules of the road. The price of the summons should be raised to the maxium like $200 that'll teach the motorist not to speed. the NYPD should crack down on the delivery people that ride their bikes on the sidewalk they go so fast, the elderly and handicapped people cant move that fast to get out of the way

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