Tag: Traffic Accidents and Safety

Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters.

SAN DIEGO — The first thing you notice in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is not the brick sidewalks, the rows of bars and the roving gaggles of bachelorette parties and conferencegoers, or even the actual gas lamps. It’s the electric rental scooters. Hundreds are scattered around the sidewalks, clustered in newly painted corrals on […]

Read More

One More Way to Die: Delivering Food in Cape Town’s Gig Economy

CAPE TOWN — He had delivered his last food order for the evening and was driving home from Pinelands, a suburb in Cape Town, when an oncoming car swung in front of him, knocking him off his motorbike. Friends and family arrived within 20 minutes, but the motorcyclist, Christian Hakomeyimana, was already dead. A 20-year-old […]

Read More

Inside India’s Messy Electric Vehicle Revolution

A million electric rickshaws sprang up out of nowhere and are now being used by 60 million people a day. The government and vehicle makers are struggling to catch up. Credit Photographs and Video by Saumya Khandelwal By Vindu Goel and Karan Deep Singh Aug. 22, 2019 NEW DELHI — It’s the morning rush hour […]

Read More

Why It’s Unusual for Drivers to Be Charged in Cyclist Deaths

Weather: Brace for what should be the hottest day of the week. It’ll be mostly sunny and in the 90s, with a chance of thunderstorms into the evening. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Labor Day (Sept. 2). ImageA memorial for the cyclist José Alzorriz in Midwood, Brooklyn.CreditScott Heins for The New York Times More New […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Cedric Benson, 36, Former Running Back, Dies

Cedric Benson, a running back who was a dominant force for the University of Texas before an eight-year career in the National Football League, died on Saturday. He was 36. His friends and family told The Austin American-Statesman that he had been in a motorcycle crash. The police responded to a crash in Austin, Tex., […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

She Wanted a Man With a Good Job Who Is Nice to Animals

“Stay here and guard the castle,” I would say to my dog, Dusty, every time I left our condo. Over the years, his eyes — one blue, one brown — had become washed with gray, his sight was failing, and his hips were becoming tight. He was hardly a guard dog. When I came home, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

When de Blasio’s Daughter Moved, His Security Detail Carried the Futon

It was not so long ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke eloquently about New York being a “tale of two cities,” a place where the privileged had all the advantages, and the working class and poor had none. Mr. de Blasio aimed to change that, using his office to create and expand universal prekindergarten […]

Read More

The Stolen Car Was Going 154 M.P.H. Five People Ended Up Dead.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — On a short stretch of Route 25, which bisects most of Long Island, the stores and gas stations stop, and all that surrounds the road are trees from the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. The McCoy family had hit that serene patch in Suffolk County, heading east in their Mazda […]

Read More

Driverless Cars Arrive in New York City

Driverless cars have rolled into New York City, finally. But don’t expect to see them traveling down Fifth Avenue anytime soon. The cars have been corralled behind the gates of the sprawling Brooklyn Navy Yard — away from city streets teeming with cars, bikes and pedestrians. The cars will begin shuttling people on Wednesday around […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Top Court Intervenes in Rape Case That Has Stunned India

MYSURU, India — The Supreme Court of India has intervened in the case of a regional lawmaker suspected of trying to kill a woman who accused him of rape, ordering police protection for the woman and moving the rape trial out of the state where he wields political power. The lawmaker, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, has […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

My Frantic Life as a Cab-Dodging, Tip-Chasing Food App Deliveryman

I had just started my lunch shift when the phone pinged: Uber Eats, pickup at Cocina del Sur on West 38th Street in Manhattan, five blocks away. Great! I pedaled down West 40th into congealing crosstown traffic. Seconds later my phone ponged — different sound. Postmates, another delivery app: Pick up two orders at Shake […]

Read More