Exhaust fumes / Seen midtown west
Dear Governor Cuomo,
I need your help. New York State needs a Complete Streets law, now, and I am requesting your support and advocacy to make sure this bill is passed before the legislature goes home.
New York has some of the most dangerous roads in the nation, and it is time to stop the carnage. In the fall of 2010, my daughter, Brittany Vega, a 14-year-old walking to school on Long Island, was struck and killed by a car while crossing the road. This particular road, Sunrise Highway, is a 6-lane, arterial road that bisects the central business and residential areas of our hometown in Wantagh. With no count-down clock, there was no way Brittany could tell how long she had to get across. With no pedestrian island in the roadway, she had no safe refuge. She made a guess, and it cost her life.
Complete Streets design principles assure that when roads are built or redesigned, they take into account the needs of all users of the roads, not just cars. Simple changes in road design—such as count-down clocks, better crosswalks, protected bike lanes, and traffic calming devices—can dramatically reduce the number of fatalities on our roads. Complete Streets are safe streets: streets that encourage economic development and assure our seniors can stay in their homes and walk to services, and that our children can make it safely to school. Complete Streets are also environmental streets—providing people with transportation choices that can help to cut down on the congestion and smog that are impacting our health and climate.
Following your lead, in March, advocates for the bill met with those who were concerned that it was an “unfunded mandate.” Both sides were able to come to an agreement and shake hands over new language that everyone was comfortable with. That new bill has been introduced in the Senate, with bi-partisan support, and is moving. However, it is my understanding that the Assembly is waiting for comments from your office before moving the bill in the Assembly.
I urge you to support and find a way to help pass the State Complete Streets bill (S5411) so that our future roads take into account the needs of all users—including users like my daughter.
Sincerely, Sandi Vega"
This proposed redesign for Chatham Sq in Chinatown, which was intended to increase traffic clarity, visibility, pedestrian safety and sidewalk space, was officially killed last week.
I did it I did it, I did it!
Teacher would be so proud.
Last night some idiot started harassing me as I was walking on W 36th.
Now, usually I pick between a few modes: “Kristen is annoyed” means I ignore/pretend I don’t notice/turn up my music. “Kristen is not having a good day” means The Evil Eye and a longer-than-necessary,-you-numskull stare. “Kristen is having a full-fledged bad day” has been known to evoke the finger or a nice, clear—although perhaps overly loud—“Fuck you!”
This, class, is what Teacher Tish called veering between passive and aggressive. We don’t like this. What we do like is “assertive.” So today, I turned and looked him dead in the eye and said. “Don’t be a creep. You’re being creepy.”
Okay, so not my most eloquent moment ever. But still—victory! I’ll work on the wording later. Right now: ice cream.
During a beautiful day spent in LIC at arts organizations.