Honk If You Love Traffic
January 26th, 2007
Gasping for air? Getting headaches from honking horns? Tired of dodging cars when you cross the street – while the walk sign is with you?
It’s all a figment of your imagination. Or so says transportation commissioner Iris Weinshall. She told City Council yesterday, “You have SUVs, you got these minivans. I think the cars are getting bigger and there is a perception there is more traffic. We think it is still manageable.”
Critics say Weinshall may not know how bad the traffic is because her department does not do a very good job of tracking how many people move around the city and how they travel. But even if there is more traffic, those gridlocked exhaust-spewing vehicles may be a good thing. Traffic, Weinshall said, “is an indication of the vitality and growth of the city of New York…. We would not characterize it as a crisis. We would characterize it as a challenge.”
Such comments prompted an anonymous commentator on Streetsblog to wonder, “How can the city’s talk about sustainability be taken even slightly seriously when it keeps putting Iris out there with these know-nothing/do-nothing messages?”
Weinshall, Gothamist notes, was testifying about a bill that would set standards for her department, “such as cutting commute times and easing traffic congestion.” Not surprisingly, she is opposed.By Gail Robinson on January 26, 2007, 1:48 pm
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