19 February 2014

Vision Zero -- Eliminate Traffic Deaths

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his police commissioner William Bratton held a news conference yesterday to announce a program of changes designed to eliminate traffic deaths in the city.

The plan has 62 different elements, including reducing the city's speed limit, better enforcing existing traffic laws including the requirement that -- did you even know? -- cars are supposed to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.  De Blasio also wants to install more speed bumps, remodel intersections, and increase bike lanes and illumination.

Some of this can be done at the city level, some requires cooperation from the state legislature.  Please contact Governor Andrew Cuomo and let him know you support Vision Zero.  You can send email using this form, or call his office or send a good old-fashioned letter:
(518) 474-8390
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Don't live in New York?  That's okay, tell him you commute to or visit the city.  Tell him the city's residents have the right to live without the fear of being mowed down by an irresponsible driver.

Thank you.