Cars in New York City Will Only Be Allowed to Drive as Fast as Humans Can Run

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On Monday night, in the last hour he could possibly do so, State Senator Jeff Klein introduced a bill that would lower New York City's default speed limits to 25 miles per hour. The city's current standard speed limit, except in areas where it is otherwise noted, is 30 MPH. Lowering speed limits in the city has been a major goal for pedestrian safety advocates, and a top Vision Zero priority for Mayor Bill de Blasio (whose team met with Klein last week).

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Wall Street Journal Reporter Hit By a School Bus Two Blocks from Yesterday's Pedestrian Safety Press Conference

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The bus that reportedly hit Michael Howard Saul.
Less than 24 hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted a press conference on the Upper West Side touting his plans to end traffic injuries and fatalities in New York City, a Wall Street Journal reporter was hit by a school bus a matter of blocks from the site where the event was held. Michael Howard Saul, who covers City Hall for the Journal says he was in the crosswalk with the walk signal when the bus driver, who was making a left turn on to Amsterdam Avenue, barreled into him.

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Reducing Taxi Fares When Drivers Speed, and 62 Other Proposals in the Vision Zero Report

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Within a three block radius of P.S. 75, the school where Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday delivered details for his plan to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in New York City, three pedestrians have been struck and killed by cars this year. No charges have been filed against the drivers (one was issued a ticket for "Failure to Yield"), but the NYPD has deployed officers to ticket jaywalkers in the area... and, in the process, bloodied an 84-year-old man confused about why he was being stopped.

...Which is all to say the mayor had a lot of work to do to show the city he is serious about addressing its rising pedestrian casualty rate. On Tuesday, de Blasio rolled out 63 policy goals designed to prove precisely that.

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De Blasio Announces Ambitious Vision Zero Plan. Is It Enough?

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Flanked by the parents of children killed by cars on the streets of New York, Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday an ambitious plan to eradicate traffic fatalities and injuries in New York City within ten years.

There were 333 murders in New York last year, and an estimated 286 traffic deaths; de Blasio cited the figures on Wednesday, calling them "One of the most sobering statistics you're ever gonna hear." More sobering still is the fact that in the last three years, the number of traffic fatalities has continued its steady creep, even as the murder rate has plummeted.

"There has been an epidemic of traffic fatalities, and it can't go on, and the time to start change is now," de Blasio said.

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