According to the World Health Organization 1.24 million people were killed on the world’s roads in 2010. In the United States the number is 32,885. That’s not a typo even though we wish it was. This is a big number, representing a truly staggering and profound loss of life. The number of people injured on the road is exponentially higher. Who amongst us doesn’t know someone who was killed or seriously injured in an automobile crash?
At Citysteets we have always seen our role as not pointing out problems but coming up with solutions.
From Citystreets’ perspective texting while driving is not the root issue at play, rather the mentality, perhaps the over-confident or absent mindedness of even the most skilled drivers that leads to dangerous behavior like texting or emailing behind the wheel. So what’s at the root of that routine carelessness?
The back story (or part of it any way) on November 11, 2010 I made a presentation to a group that wanted to re-introduce congestion pricing to NYC. I thought this presentation contained some of my best work. And I decided to pull one of the ideas out and publish it. As published in the (…)
Is there a connection between dangerous and reckless driving shown in advertising commercials and the 32,855 yearly US road deaths? We think there might and because we do think there is a connection, what we are calling for is both reasonable and radical. And that is for car companies and their advertising agencies to stop using such irresponsible imagery until we can conclusively prove there is, or there is not an effect. But in light of the facts, of 32,855 deaths we think that its time for those responsible for creating imagery that encourages such reckless behavior to if not take a stand then at least take some responsibility.
Alice Wang was killed on February 7th 1997, crossing Canal Street by a hit-and-run driver. Harris Silver, founder of Citystreets didn’t know Alice Wang, but her plight and many others like her is something he never took for granted, knowing it could easily have been him or someone he knows that was struck, crossing Canal Street, or any other dangerous intersection in NYC.
CABsule was the name of our entry in June of 2005 for a project to re-design the New York Taxi sponsored by the Design Trust of Public Space. The final outcome of this project was the New Taxi of Tomorrow which is about to hit the streets of NYC, unfortunately without being wheel chair accessible.
New York, NY–– The US Governments effort, to tie drug use to the war on terrorism through public service commercials released by the Office Of National Drug Control Policy, have been called into to question by a new spot from New York based Think Tank 3 for Citystreets, a Pedestrian Advocacy organization.Although the government commercials attempt to make a connection between drug use and terrorism, It is a known fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia and that Saudi Arabia was one of only two countries to recognize and support the Taliban before they were destroyed by coalition forces. It is also common knowledge that Saudi rulers use oil dollars to fund Wahabism a fundamentalist sect of Islam, which is responsible for radicalizing the Muslim world.