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On Saturday, a tractor trailer crashed into a Brooklyn wall, half a block away from where traffic safety activists were putting up a gigantic mural dedicated to 264 people who were killed in traffic accidents last year. None of the dozen or so Right of Way activists were injured, but the irony of the incident […]

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In the past two months, two pedestrians in Central Park have been hit and killed by cyclists. The deaths of 75-year-old Irving Schachter and more recently, 58-year-old Jill Tarlov, are tragic accidents, but they’re also very rare occurrences. Yet a wave of overreaction by the NYPD and journalists is dominating the current narrative. Samuel D. […]

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Over the weekend, members of street safety group Right of Way commemorated pedestrians and bicyclists who had died from traffic collisions by putting up spray-painted stencils all around the city. The stencils were created by Robyn Hasty — a pair of wings surrounded by roses. Below the design, the group and families of victims added the name of the […]

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New York City may be able to decide its own speed limits, thanks to a new bill sponsored by State Senator Malave Dilan of Bushwick. A previous bill, which sought to reduce the speed limit to 20MPH on residential streets throughout the city, was withdrawn from City Council when it became clear that regulations in Albany […]

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For their latest action, the safe streets advocacy group Right of Way created stenciled tributes to seven senior citizens who were killed by drivers in the last half year. The group spray painted chalk outlines on the streets where the deaths occurred, as well as text that echoes the NYPD’s mantra for incidents in which […]

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Bill de Blasio has an audacious goal for traffic safety in New York City. In ten years, according to a statement on the incoming mayor’s official campaign site, New York could and should be free of any fatalities or serious injuries caused by automobile crashes. His campaign calls it “Vision Zero”: The City must take […]

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Last month, 12-year-old Sammy Cohen-Eckstein, a Park Slope resident, was killed when a van hit him near the intersection of 3rd Street and Prospect Park West. Had the driver of that van been going a little slower, argue activists with the organization Right of Way, Cohen-Eckstein’s life may have been saved. To drive that point […]

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