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Just last week I was walking to my office in Downtown Brooklyn when a police officer handed me a brochure titled "Getting to Zero: Tips for Sharing the Street," which outlined the most important elements of Mayor de Blasio's plan for Vision Zero, what he calls his initiative to reduce traffic deaths and injuries to, uh, zero by the year 2024. The pamphlet touches on what it means to be a responsible pedestrian, driver,...
Brooklyn's sewage treatment has a rich and fragrant fascinating history, extending far beyond the Gowanus canal cleanup or Greenpoint's famous "fart factory." In the interest of educating the public, two people who don't mind being described as "sewage enthusiasts," Matt Malina and Adam Schwartz, will lead a 19-mile bike tour of Brooklyn's sewage management systems. The Brooklyn Sewage Bike Tour is organized by NYC H2O, a nonprofit organization focusing on New York City's water and...
In the ongoing turf war between cyclists and the rest of the city, the situation remains grim. On Sunday, a cop patrolling the Brooklyn Bridge footpath was struck by a cyclist and suffered an arm injury, giving new meaning to "Cops in Bike Lanes." Following the unfortunate death last month of a pedestrian in Central Park, the two sides of the debate over cyclists' place on New York City's streets and pathways are becoming more entrenched. The...
Last Thursday, Jill Tarlov was walking in Central Park, when she was struck by cyclist Jason Marshall. Tarlov, a 59-year-old Connecticut mother of two, died today after spending days in a coma. Eyewitness accounts suggest that Marshall struck Tarlov after swerving to avoid a group of pedestrians who were walking in the bike lane. Marshall reportedly yelled a warning at Tarlov, but it was too late and he hit Tarlov, causing the woman to fall,...

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