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New York State Legislature Passes Bill to Lower Speed Limit in New York City
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. Passage of the bill was hailed by city officials and advocates alike who see it as crucial to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero approach. The bill now goes to Governor Cuomo’s desk for signature. He is expected to sign it.
Source: Transportation Nation
New D.C. Traffic Safety Cameras Begin Ticketing
Drivers in Washington, D.C. will begin receiving tickets from 15 new traffic safety cameras. Of the cameras, 14 issue violations for speeding and one issues tickets to oversized vehicles. The speed safety cameras primarily target areas with posted speed limits of 25 miles per hour and are stationed across the city. The fees for speeding will increase as drivers reach certain speed thresholds above the limit.
Source: NBC Washington
Connecticut City Pilots New Pedestrian Flag Program
The city of Bridgeport, Connecticut is piloting a new program aimed at increasing pedestrian safety through the use of crosswalk flags. The idea is simple: Carry a neon-colored flag while crossing the street, and it’s more likely a car will see you. The city has provided small one-foot by one-foot flags that pedestrians can hold to make drivers more aware that they are going to cross.
Albany Red-Light Cameras Approved by State Legislature
The New York State Legislature passed the bill that would allow the city of Albany to purchase and install up to 20 red-light safety cameras at intersections throughout the city. Violations will come with a $50 fine. The city of Albany will look at accident data to determine where the red-light safety cameras will be installed.
Source: Q103 Albany
New Protected Bike Lane Design Could Save Lives
An urban planner from Portland, Oregon has designed a new protected intersection that would make intersections less stressful and safer for bicyclists. Taking a note from Dutch protected bike lanes, the new design features four components: extended protection into the intersection; a stop area for cyclists just past the crosswalk so they are more visible to motorists; a setback crossing to allow more time for reaction; and bike-specific signals.
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