New York Metropolis turned countless numbers of motor bikes, four-wheelers and unlawful mopeds into confetti Tuesday with a stirring picture-op of a bulldozer crushing the outlawed vehicles.
These vehicles are a pain in the ass, it’s true they’re noisy and usually taken by their operators wherever motorize autos should not be, like sidewalks, bike lanes and parks. Mayor Eric Adams told assembled associates of the press on Tuesday he will not relaxation right until this scourge is rectified. From the press conference:
“he NYPD listened to the phone, and they did a Herculean job to get rid of these loud, overwhelming and risky and unlawful dirt bikes and ATVs that are on our streets. For a long time, we have witnessed what happens when they go below regulate or we do not implement. They continue on to increase in excess of and about and in excess of again.
And I’m not likely to give up on my guarantee and commitments to rid our streets of these bikes and make all of our boroughs a put exactly where men and women can shift about. As you can see from the variety of bikes listed here these days, we are producing fantastic on our assure.
But New York’s StreetsBlog was (rightfully) unimpressed. They pointed out that automobiles eliminate and maim considerably far more folks and ruin a entire great deal extra private and public property, but motorists usually get absent with a simple dashing ticket or equivalent slap on the wrist. For illustration, a cabby who experienced been cited numerous time for reckless driving jumped a curb on Monday, injuring 6, three critically in the Flatiron district of Manhattan:
Now, search, of course, we concur that recklessly operated unlawful mopeds and 4-wheelers are troublesome and perilous, but figures continually exhibit that recklessly operated cars and trucks are a a lot better hazard to town residents. Yet hundreds of motorists have been slapped with dozens of camera-issued speeding tickets this yr — yet they preserve driving as lengthy as they keep having to pay the $50 tickets.
And which is why Cuba was on hand at the mayor’s crush social gathering — to ask Hizzoner about what he’s accomplishing about reckless drivers, one day right after a reckless taxi driver struck a bike owner and then mowed down a number of individuals on a Broadway sidewalk.
Like us, several shops followed up on Monday’s crash, nevertheless most outlets’ protection have been deeply unsatisfying. We targeted on how the mayor refused to flip tragedy into an opportunity and fully pedestrianize Broadway (even though he informed Cuba he’ll take into consideration it). The Day-to-day Information concentrated on before comments from DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez about how drivers really should gradual down, yet did not update its tale with the mayor’s comments (neither did amNY, nevertheless Kevin Duggan’s 2nd-day story was substantially deeper than other papers’).
The Post (for some rationale) highlighted what we realized two days ago (that the cab in the crash experienced various camera-issued tickets for reckless driving).
Not a bad issue. Even though these now-flattened motor vehicles are not excellent for metropolis streets, targeted traffic fatalities in New York (just like the relaxation of the U.S.) were up a startling 44 % in 2021 in excess of 2020, and that increase was not triggered by four-wheelers. At least 59 individuals were being killed in car or truck crashes in the very first three months of 2022, in accordance to Axios. Which is up from 41 fatalities in the identical time interval final yr. Pedestrians are dying more quickly than at any time in New York. Hit-and-operates have doubled considering that 2018, and pedestrian fatalities involving an SUV shot up 42 %, according to NBC New York.
NYPD estimates they’ve seized 900 illegal ATVs, mopeds and comparable cars in the past yr. Mayor Adams cars will all be crushed and turned into scrap so they “…can under no circumstances terrorize our town all over again.”