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Speed Limit Bill Passes Both Houses; Awaits Cuomo's Signature

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 07:47 AM

Both houses of the New York State Legislature have voted to give New York City the authority to lower its speed limit to 25 miles per hour.

The late-night passage of the bill, which followed a flurry of activity in Albany from safe street activists (not to mention some eleventh-hour drama), was hailed by city officials and advocates alike who see it as crucial to Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero approach.

“This is a huge step forward as we work to save lives and make our streets safer," said de Blasio. "Reducing speeding is a critical element of our Vision Zero initiative, and we applaud the State Legislature for empowering New York City to lower speed limits and better protect our people."

“The Assembly and the Senate are lifesavers," said Paul Steely White, head of Transportation Alternatives.

"The State heard our commitment to safe streets loud and clear," said City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “ Every life lost to  traffic violence is one too many, and this common sense legislation is long overdue. By allowing New York City to set its own speed limit to 25 mph, this law will slow cars down and save countless lives."

The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo's desk for signature. He is expected to sign it.

(Updated 11:23 a.m.)

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Comments [12]

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Bronx, you really need to open up that bottle that reads chill pills, because you really need them and more than ever especially considering how defensive and hostile you are to this.

Jun. 24 2014 06:59 PM
Bronx from NYC

"STOP !! Governor Cuomo !! DO NOT SIGN THIS CRAZY BILL !! VETO THIS BILL AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE WHO WORK AS DRIVERS FOR A LIVING !! WORKING COMMUTERS and commerce will be GREATLY affected by stupid, reckless crazy bill !!"

He's already told the press he would sign it. Workers and commerce will not be negatively effected in any way. The average speed achieved in Manhattan is less than 10 MPH per trip. The problem is the idiots flying between lights at 40 MPH.

"Register, license AND INSURE the commercial bikes and (maybe?!?) personal Manhattan bike usage sa well (...like de Blasio had WANTED to do as P.A. !!)."

What do commercial bicyclist have to do with the deaths and serious injuries on NYC streets? I know that some can be annoying, but they are not the problem. More commercial bicyclist over automotive deliveries any day.

"This reeks of 'big picture' lefty crapola - PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS !!"

If safer streets are leftist, are dangerous streets part of the conservative ideology?

"People SPEND MONEY when they can SAFELY bring their cars into the City."

Most traffic in Manhattan is cabs or though traffic.

"TWENTY FIVE MPH means that drivers will have to drive at 20 MPH - TWENTY MPH !! - to avoid tickets !! Deliveries and basic commerce will be slowed down by TWENTY PERCENT - PER DAY !! THIS IS WRONG - and I think it's being championed by more than a few professional psychos who are spamming the internet - and Albany !! - with a false narrative !! Stop !! STOP !! STOP !! STOP !! This is ZERO VISION !!! WE have families & children, too !! WE CARE !! TALK THE THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS and expert bike riders.... FIRST !! THANK YOU & See You In September !!"

Again, no one averages 30 MPH in Manhattan. The average speed is less than 10 MPH (slightly higher in the boroughs. It doesn't matter if you do 40 or 15 MPH, it will take you approximately the same amount of time with all the traffic control devices and traffic.

BTW, fines will be issued at 35 MPH. Do a little research.

"As for cameras, I still feel that they are only for revenue purposes and not for safety, because if many will stop speeding to avoid the fines, no revenue can be collected from it."

Why is it so difficult for you to understand that the cameras are being installed with safety in mind? NYC does not care whether or not they make revenue. The point is to slow down traffic.

Jun. 23 2014 11:23 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

First of all, if you don't like what was written to the newspapers, then wright one yourself otherwise quit complaining. It's not someone else's fault that they chose to be hear when some of you decided to remain silent. The way you guys sound are like non-voters in an election, because if you don't vote, you're nothing but a fly on the wall. Nevertheless, those that wrote to the Daily News saw through this idea and knew what it really was about. As for cameras, I still feel that they are only for revenue purposes and not for safety, because if many will stop speeding to avoid the fines, no revenue can be collected from it. Still, the streets can never be safe as long as your groups continue to disobey laws yourselves. The way you all present it as a parent who tells their children that smoking is bad for their health, but then they start smoking themselves and act in a double standard, which is exactly what you're doing now when it comes to following the traffic laws. Start with yourself before going to others. On a side note, cut the ganging up and personal attacks, because I find that very unprofessional and very childish as if you don't want to hear any other voices besides your own.

Jun. 23 2014 03:24 PM
Bronx from NYC

This is good legislation because cameras will now begin ticketing at 35 MPH, traffic lights can be synchronized, and streets redesigned with this speed in mind.

As the camera program roles out, drivers will become much more hesitant about speeding. Other initiatives will modify the culture as well.

Jun. 23 2014 02:53 PM
lop

Tal the first letter in your link said that it doesn't matter because drivers will ignore it and speed even though it is against the law just like they do now. So then we should correct that by adding cameras, once people are getting tickets for speeding they'll learn they aren't allowed to speed anymore so they'll go slower to avoid getting fines in the future. As for the second, sounds like all the cops should forget about speeders since we'll have cameras to take care of them and go after drivers who fail to yield, since that would be harder to automate, and add severe penalties for drivers whose failure to yield leads to injury or death of a pedestrian. Also, even if crashes are not reduced, at lower speeds their severity is reduced. And the letter is right, aggressive and distracted drivers are a big problem and responsible for injuring and killing many others. They should face severe penalties. Just the same all pedestrians whose aggression and distractedness leads to the injury or death of drivers should face penalties. There seem to be zero such cases, but if there ever is one the pedestrian should face penalties. And since there are zero such cases the NYPD can focus on drivers since they are the only ones hurting other people.

Jun. 22 2014 02:16 AM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

I suggest reading this two letters on the Daily News that tell the truth about the roads and why lowering the speed limits will hardly change anything.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/june-21-dr-oz-bill-maher-speed-limits-article-1.1838213

Jun. 21 2014 09:14 PM
A NYC taxi driver !! from New York City

STOP !! Governor Cuomo !! DO NOT SIGN THIS CRAZY BILL !! VETO THIS BILL AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE WHO WORK AS DRIVERS FOR A LIVING !! WORKING COMMUTERS and commerce will be GREATLY affected by stupid, reckless crazy bill !! Register, license AND INSURE the commercial bikes and (maybe?!?) personal Manhattan bike usage sa well (...like de Blasio had WANTED to do as P.A. !!). This reeks of 'big picture' lefty crapola - PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS !! People SPEND MONEY when they can SAFELY bring their cars into the City. TWENTY FIVE MPH means that drivers will have to drive at 20 MPH - TWENTY MPH !! - to avoid tickets !! Deliveries and basic commerce will be slowed down by TWENTY PERCENT - PER DAY !! THIS IS WRONG - and I think it's being championed by more than a few professional psychos who are spamming the internet - and Albany !! - with a false narrative !! Stop !! STOP !! STOP !! STOP !! This is ZERO VISION !!! WE have families & children, too !! WE CARE !! TALK THE THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS and expert bike riders.... FIRST !! THANK YOU & See You In September !!

Jun. 21 2014 08:02 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Lop, I was referring to any group who flouts the law especially your's who is known for doing it the most by ignoring traffic lights and signs with bicycles.

Jun. 20 2014 08:16 PM
lop

No exceptions Tal. Good idea. Every driver who kills a pedestrian should go to jail just like every pedestrian who kills a driver should go to jail.

Jun. 20 2014 07:44 PM
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY

Al, I will support what you said if the same thing goes for cyclists and pedestrians that also break the laws as well, because all law breakers should get what they deserve with no exceptions.

Jun. 20 2014 03:40 PM
AMHess from Harlem

This is a small change, but it's a start. So many cities and towns have 25mph speed limits--it's amazing that we don't.

Jun. 20 2014 02:32 PM
Al Cinamon from y

If drivers don't care about red lights, and 30 mph signs, why should anyone believe they will care about a 25 mph sign? The only way to achieve safe streets is to let drivers know there will be definite and certain consequences for breaking the laws and killing or injuring people. And I don't mean writing tickets...I mean jail time. It should be a crime to kill with a car. That's the legislation we need!

Jun. 20 2014 11:39 AM

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