Now remind me, didn’t our asshole mayor run on a campaign about a tale of two cities, you know how some communities get everything, while others get shit. Well, deep into this asshole’s term and it has gotten even worse and the tale is even greater than ever.
Case in point, in Tribecca, there will be major changes to streets as a cyclist was killed by a turning truck on June 11th. Dep. Inspector Mark Iocco, commanding officer of the 1st Precinct, said the NYPD is working with the DOT to come up with “engineering recommendations” to make the intersection at West and Chambers safer. Cops are also stepping up enforcement at the intersection, he said.
In Jamaica, an elderly man with a cane had his legs crushed by a dangerous tractor trailer in a busy pedestrian section in downtown Jamaica at 168 St & Jamaica Ave on Friday, July 8th. Jamaica has blatant violations with these large tractor trailer trucks 24/7 riding on residential street and a major fuck-up by DOT who has made several narrow streets in downtown Jamaica truck routes, including 168 Street, where this elderly man was hit and Merrick Blvd, which has the Queens Merrick Library where many children and elderly go.
On Thursday, January 29, 2015, a woman was crushed by a bus on Hillside Avenue as it was turning from 165 St as the woman who had the right of way, crossed the street (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/bus-crushes-woman-death-queens-witnesses-article-1.2097369).
But who gives a fuck, it is only Jamaica, where people lives are devalued and it is all collateral damage.
Jamaica is a congested mess of huge amounts of dangerous tractor trailer trucks blowing thru stop signs, going at high speeds and driving on residential streets 24/7 causing safety and noise issues for this community. Factor in all the cars, buses, taxi’s, dollar vans and livery cabs and mix in a huge amount of foot traffic and you have a dangerous nightmare that city agencies like DOT, the Mayor and his Vision Program and our own useless elected officials have known about for a long time but have refused to do anything about it. Factor in a lack of enforcement and you have a major tale of two cities.
Where Tribecca will be getting major changes after this tragic incident, it took me years of documentation, 311 complaints, video’s, photos, tons of email to various powers that be and city agencies, plus constant phone calls just to get a damn NO TRUCKS sign put up at 170th Street, a narrow residential street which on an average day had over a 100 large trucks using it as a shortcut. And even till this day, some trucks still continue to use it. Where the commanding officer of Tribecca’s precinct is working with DOT, NO ONE is in talks with DOT about the mess in Jamaica, not the 103rd commanding officer, not the elected officials, NO ONE. Because no one gives a shit, despite what some will say.
It is obvious Jamaica DOES NOT MATTER, just as this elderly man’s life did not matter, despite all the powers that be knew damn well, that these trucks pose a major danger and threat to the safety of the people in the community and who shop here as well. This all has been a major fuck-up waiting to happen and I said that many times.
Oh and still nothing on this story on this elderly man having his leg’s crushed by a large tractor trailer from any of the local media or TV stations, plus the whole back story on the truck situation here in Jamaica, from illegal driving on residential streets to illegal parking in LIRR tunnels and the dangers these trucks pose. What, you all might ruffle a few feathers.
From Tribecca Trib Online:
City Studying Changes to West St. Intersection, Site of Cyclist Fatality
Jul. 09, 2016
The death of a cyclist last month, struck by a pickup truck at West and Chambers, is prompting the city to consider changes to what is now a dangerous confluence of bikes, pedestrians and turning cars.
“DOT [Department of Transportation] is studying the area for safety enhancement, including a right turn lane and signal phasing upgrades,” a DOT spokesperson told the Trib in a statement. The spokesperson added that following the completion of the study this summer, the agency will “coordinate closely with local elected officials and the community regarding any possible changes.”
On June 11, around 7:50 p.m., Olga Evgleska Cook, 30, was riding south on the bike path along West Street when she was hit by a truck turning right onto Chambers Street. Both had a green light. The driver, who continued on into Battery Park City before stopping several blocks away, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to a pedestrian, and driving while ability impaired.
Many say the intersection is especially dangerous because a single green light applies to everyone: pedestrians, bike riders and turning cars. In addition, it is the first intersection that cyclists encounter after a long stretch of the bikeway.
“This specific section of bikeway from Chambers Street to the Battery has become the most dangerous section of bikeway in the city,” Battery Park City cyclist Shelly Mossey wrote in a letter to the Trib and other local publications. “It is in complete chaos during rush hour, filled with runners, walkers, skateboarders, and strollers.”
Late last month, Community Board 1 passed a resolution calling on the city to install right-hand turn signals at all southbound intersections along West Street, between North Moore and Liberty.
Dep. Inspector Mark Iocco, commanding officer of the 1st Precinct, said the NYPD is working with the DOT to come up with “engineering recommendations” to make the intersection at West and Chambers safer. Cops are also stepping up enforcement at the intersection, he said.
“We’re aware of the incidents down there and we’ve written a ton of summonses,” Iocco said, “but it’s going to take more than summonses to fix it.”
Following are collision and violation statistics for the intersection of West and Chambers for the first half of this year, provided by Det. Rick Lee, a 1st Precinct community affairs officer.
Automobile collisions: 20
Injuries/Deaths: 2 injuries 1 fatal
Bicycle collisions: 1
Cell phones: 15
Disobey steady red signal: 37
Improper turn: 1
Not giving the right of way to pedestrian: 13
Safety belt: 5