Tag: Roads and Traffic

Is N.Y.C. Ready for a Ban on Free Street Parking?

Weather: This crisp fall day will be mostly sunny, with a high around 50. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving). ImageCredit…Mariana Vincenti for The New York Times If you have ever tried to park in New York City, you probably know that finding an empty space can be a tedious task. Don’t park […]

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Could New York City Eliminate Free Street Parking?

For drivers, finding a parking spot in New York City is already hard enough. There are so many regulations. So many hydrants. So many loading zones. And so few empty spaces. Now a local transportation committee in Manhattan has broached the unthinkable: eliminating street parking altogether. Traffic in the committee’s 50-block stretch of the Upper […]

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How Cold Is It? Arctic Blast and Snow Send U.S. Into Deep Freeze

The Arctic blast that descended this week on a swath of the country stretching from the Rocky Mountains to New England continued Tuesday, bringing record-breaking low temperatures, snowfall in some Northeast areas and school closings in the Mid-South. Record cold continued to spread from the Plains toward the East Coast, the National Weather Service Prediction […]

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Arctic Blast to Send Eastern U.S. Into Deep Freeze

An Arctic blast descended Monday on a swath of the country stretching from the Rocky Mountains to New England, bringing snow and ice that left at least four dead, including an 8-year-old girl in Kansas. The air mass, which led to more than a thousand flight cancellations, is expected to break more than 150 daily-temperature […]

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Experts Back Mandatory Bike Helmets but Not All Cyclists Are Sold

It is a message that was drilled into bicyclists when they were children learning to ride for the first time: Wear your helmet so that you do not crack your skull. In some states, that is the law — for minors, anyway. But there are no statewide laws mandating that all cyclists, including grown-ups, wear […]

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Winning the Nightmare-Commute Vote

MANASSAS PARK, Va. — If Democrats take control of the Virginia state legislature on Tuesday, they will hold unified power in this Southern state for the first time in a generation. They will have a chance to enact stricter gun laws, to expand L.G.B.T.Q. rights, to raise the state’s minimum wage. And they will preside […]

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Why 250 Miles of Bike Lanes Are Being Built

Weather: Cloudy with a chance of light rain and a high in the low 60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Friday (All Saints Day). ImageCredit…Shravya Kag for The New York Times New York was never exactly laid out as bike-friendly city. “Our streets have been really poorly planned in a piecemeal fashion,” Corey Johnson, the […]

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1.5 Million Packages a Day: The Internet Brings Chaos to N.Y. Streets

An Amazon order starts with a tap of a finger. Two days later — or even in a matter of hours — the package arrives. It seems simple enough. But to deliver Amazon orders and countless others from businesses that sell over the internet, the very fabric of major urban areas around the world is […]

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About Those Vanishing Trump Signs

Weather: Enjoy the outdoors today. It should be sunny with a high of 65. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday (Diwali). ImageCreditAndrea Mohin/The New York Times For nearly two years after President Trump took office, the big letters greeted a group of Upper West Side condo owners whenever they arrived home: “T-R-U-M-P P-L-A-C-E.” Last fall, […]

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After Cyclist Deaths, City Adjusts Traffic Lights to Slow Cars

The death toll has become a grim reminder of the dangers of biking on New York City’s congested streets. It has continued to rise even as city officials have sought to make streets safer by redesigning intersections and building more protected bike lanes to separate cyclists from vehicles. Twenty-five cyclists have been killed so far […]

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The Greening of Paris Makes Its Mayor More Than a Few Enemies

PARIS — All over Paris, streets have been dug up and cut in two, and old paving stones overturned to build dozens of miles of bike lanes. A major urban highway has been closed to cars and turned over to pedestrians. Paris is readying feverishly for an emergency that, in the minds of the city […]

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A Police Tesla Nearly Ran Out of Power During a Chase. It Wasn’t the Car’s Fault.

A California police officer driving a Tesla Model S during a high-speed chase on a Bay Area freeway radioed to his colleagues that he was running low on battery. He needed someone else to take over. “I am down to six miles of battery on the Tesla, so I may lose it here in a […]

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Cars All but Banned on One of Manhattan’s Busiest Streets

New York City has been steadily taking space away from cars since the first pedestrian plazas were carved out of the asphalt streetscape more than a decade ago. Roads that were once the exclusive domain of cars have been squeezed to make way for bike and bus-only lanes. Precious parking spots have been turned into […]

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Most Cars Are Banned on 14th Street Starting Today

Weather: Showers are likely, with a much cooler high in the upper 50s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Wednesday (Yom Kippur). ImageOn 14th Street yesterday. CreditNatalie Keyssar for The New York Times New York had a plan to speed up buses and ban most cars on 14th Street, one of Manhattan’s busiest east-west arteries. Nearby residents […]

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Here She Is, the Safest Driver in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — If you can navigate the maze of roads and freeways in this city and choose not to break a single traffic law, congratulations. You deserve a prize. That prize could have been $20,000, in fact, if you had enrolled in the first L.A.’s Safest Driver contest this summer. Deborra Sarei, 46, a […]

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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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