Author Archives: Michael Barasch

New York Senate Passes Bill to Legalize E-Scooters and Motor-Assisted Bikes

After years of holding out, New York might be ready to legalize the use of electronic scooters and motor-assisted bikes on streets and sidewalks. State legislators have approved a bill that would give New York City and other municipalities authority to determine if and how these vehicles can operate within their borders. Companies such as… Read More »

New York City Bicyclist Deaths Rise Sharply Despite Vision Zero

A rash of deadly accidents involving bicycle riders in 2019 has cast serious doubt on the effectiveness of New York City’s Vision Zero initiative to improve street safety. Through mid-August, cyclist fatalities are nearly double those from all of last year. This sobering fact prompted Mayor de Blasio to announce the “Green Wave” program on… Read More »

Fatal Train Accident Prompts Concerns about Safety System Delays

A deadly crash where a car was struck by two Long Island Railroad trains has created new urgency for installation of the Positive Track Control (PTC) safety system on LIRR and Metro-North trains. The accident occurred near the School Street crossing in Westbury when a car apparently ignored the flashing lights and drove around the… Read More »

New York City Announces Next Wave of Vision Zero to Make Streets Safer

Approximately four years into New York City’s Vision Zero initiative to minimize collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists, Mayor de Blasio announced changes that will revise the program and target areas where accidents are more likely to occur. Based on crash data, new “priority corridors” have been added in all five boroughs. Using detailed accident data… Read More »

School Zone Speed Cameras Debated in New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo is a strong proponent of a bill that would more than double the number of school zones equipped with speeding enforcement cameras. These devices, located within a quarter-mile of school buildings, photograph cars traveling more than 10 mph over the speed limit. Using license plate information, a $50 ticket is mailed to… Read More »

New York City Traffic Deaths Hit New Low in 2018

Aggressive initiatives have helped New York City reduce traffic deaths to their lowest level in more than a century. In 2013, the de Blasio administration established the Vision Zero Initiative, which lowered speed limits and instituted other safety measures designed to reduce vehicle fatalities throughout the five boroughs. In the year before the Vision Zero… Read More »

When Is a Bus Company Liable for Injuries Before or After Your Ride?

If the subway train you were riding stopped short of the platform, the conductor opened the door, and you stepped off into space, the MTA would certainly be liable for your injuries. Likewise, if you were walking toward the train and tripped over the broken surface of the platform, the MTA would be liable for… Read More »

Is a Stretch Limo Safe Enough to Carry Your Loved Ones?

For partiers of all ages, riding in a stretch limousine may seem like the epitome of luxury. Stretch limos are also regarded as a prudent way to party, with much less risk than drinking and driving. But a recent horrific stretch limousine accident that killed 20 people outside of Albany has raised many concerns about… Read More »

Recent Train Derailments Prompt Concern: How Safe Are the MTA’s Elevated Trains?

If you are a regular straphanger on one of the MTA’s elevated lines, and you’ve seen news reports on train derailments in the Tri-State area and throughout the country, you might wonder if you’ve got anything to worry about. A recent article by Ashley Fetters for Curbed New York suggests your fears are not totally… Read More »

After 100 Days, NYC Transit Chief Promises Radical Change for Train System in Crisis

After 100 days on the job, the man tasked with reviving a transit system in crisis hinted at a sweeping plan for the New York City subways. Speaking to a meeting of the Regional Plan Association in April, NYC Transit Authority President Andy Byford promised “radical” changes similar to those recently made to the city’s… Read More »