Tag: Roads and Traffic

The Governor, the Seneca Nation and the Completely Rotten Highway

CATTARAUGUS INDIAN RESERVATION, N.Y. — If ever you wanted a tangible symbol of the execrable relationship between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York’s largest Native American tribe, it is the three miles of cracked, rutted and completely rotten highway running through this lakeside reservation. The highway, Interstate 90, is so deteriorated that federal authorities […]

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Yes, Texting While Walking Is Relatively Safe. (But Still Annoying.)

If you have crossed a street in a major city recently, the odds are good that you have bumped into someone staring at a phone. Perhaps your eyes were also locked on your phone at the time. Maybe they are on the screen as you cross the street right now. (If so, look up! This […]

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Tehran Orders Crackdown as Wealthy Use Ambulances to Beat Traffic

When the phone rang at a private ambulance center in Tehran, a famous Iranian soccer player was on the line. The operator recognized him instantly and expressed sympathy for the presumed medical emergency in his family. The soccer star laughed and said nobody was sick. He was requesting a reservation for an ambulance for a […]

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George Washington Bridge Closes for Investigation of Suspicious Package

Both levels of the George Washington Bridge were temporarily closed to traffic on Thursday night after a suspicious package was discovered on the span connecting New York and New Jersey, the authorities said. The New York Police Department’s bomb squad removed an empty cylinder from the New Jersey side of the upper level, the authorities […]

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Cyclist Deaths in New York City: Accident or Crime?

When Umar Baig barreled through a red light at a terrifying speed and T-boned an S.U.V., sending it flying across the street into José Alzorriz, a cyclist, the moment was caught on dashboard cameras in Brooklyn. Mr. Alzorriz, 52, a bike-safety enthusiast from Spain, had just rolled up to the traffic light on the opposite […]

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Thailand’s Roads Are Deadly. Especially if You’re Poor.

ImageParamedics treat an injured man after a motorcycle accident in Bangkok in April.CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. BANGKOK — The Thai woman was riding […]

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The People of Central Park West Want Their Parking Spaces (Sorry, Cyclists)

The roadwork notices were tied to trees and signposts on a Friday along one of the world’s best-known streets. The following Monday, crews arrived on Central Park West and began setting up a protected bike lane, which eliminated about 200 parking spaces in an almost mile-long stretch. The next day, representatives for a luxury Central […]

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This Land Is a Sanctuary for Aboriginal Women. Bulldozers May Soon Come.

DJAB WURRUNG COUNTRY, Australia — For dozens of generations, this serene stretch in the highlands of southeastern Australia has been a sanctuary for the women of the Djab Wurrung people, where babies were delivered in the hollows of majestic birthing trees and the placentas were planted nearby to imbue saplings with their spirit. “This is […]

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Old Town Road Is Real, and People Keep Stealing the Street Signs

Old Town Road is a real place. You could probably take a horse there, if you wanted to — except that these days, it might be a little harder to find. A quiet residential street in Wellesley, Mass., was called Old Town Road long before the country-trap song by Lil Nas X became a sensation. […]

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Why Plan to Ban Most Cars on 14th Street Has Stalled (Again)

Weather: Expect sunshine with a high in the upper 80s. Tomorrow could bring heavy rain and flash floods. Alternate-side parking: Suspended through tomorrow for Eid al-Adha. ImageCreditHiroko Masuike/The New York Times The ambitious but contentious plan to improve bus traffic by banning nearly all cars on one of Manhattan’s most congested thoroughfares was supposed to […]

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Our Cars Are Trying to Keep Us Safe. Here’s How.

Regrettably, personal jet packs and flux capacitors remain figures of science fiction and have not appeared in our garages. The same goes for fully self-driving automobiles. A few years ago, breathless analysts predicted we’d now be napping behind the wheel while commuting. Nope. Rip Van Winkle may find it popular in 20 years, but full […]

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Radical Traffic Experiment in N.Y.C.: Cars All but Banned on Major Street

New York City officials have carved out plazas for pedestrians in the middle of Broadway, a storied street where cars have ferried V.I.P.s in ticker-tape parades. They have taken away more and more traffic lanes and parking spots to make room for bikes and buses. Now, officials are taking their biggest step yet in making […]

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We’ve Blamed Traffic Deaths on Bicyclists Since 1880. What About Drivers?

On an early October evening in 1880, 17-year old Mary Porter was on horseback, returning home from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, when a nearby coachman lost control of his charge; the horse lunged toward her and she fell to her death. Blame was placed quickly. The coachman maintained that the horse had reacted to a […]

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How Jaywalking Could Jam Up the Era of Self-Driving Cars

Imagine Manhattan without jaywalking. Or Los Angeles freeways without speeding, or Moscow without grinding traffic. If self-driving cars are going to move forward, these are among the many possibilities that the people dreaming up the future of cities will have to consider. In New York, the unwritten rule is plain: Cross the street whenever and […]

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In Brazil, Architects Explore ‘the Logic of the Weave’

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — On a Tuesday afternoon in early July,Alison Grace Martin, the British artist and weaver, joined a steady stream of Paulistanos along the elevated freeway that curves through downtown São Paulo. The two-mile “Minhocão” (named after a mythic “gigantic earthworm”) was closed to cars that day. The only traffic was on foot […]

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Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’

A year ago, Detroit and Silicon Valley had visions of putting thousands of self-driving taxis on the road in 2019, ushering in an age of driverless cars. Most of those cars have yet to arrive — and it is likely to be years before they do. Several carmakers and technology companies have concluded that making […]

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New York Was Supposedly Getting Better for Cyclists. What Happened?

On a particularly humid evening this week, hundreds of cyclists gathered in Washington Square Park for an action reminiscent of the years when AIDS summoned so many to protest bureaucratic indifference to tragedy. After several speeches addressing the need for cyclists to be better protected on the road, those who came to the park staged […]

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The Most Important Road Trip in American History

On the morning of July 7, 1919, Dwight Eisenhower, at the time a 28-year-old lieutenant colonel in the Army, set out on a drive across the country. For the American military, World War I had illustrated the importance of being able to move large amounts of troops and equipment quickly over long distances, and Eisenhower’s […]

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