Today brought terrible news of another pedestrian's death. This time it was at W. 95th Street on West End Avenue. And while details are still emerging, I just have a lump in my throat and think enough is enough. I can't remember a time in the last 20 years when there was such a series of accidents. All heart-wrenching.
So, if you are a driver: cede the right of way to pedestrians. Don't cut them off in the crosswalk, particularly since you are probably just going to end up feet away, idling at a red light. Check your blind spots when turning.
If you are a pedestrian: cross with care, put your smartphone down, take your earbuds out and be alert. You might have the right of way, but every so often drivers make fatal errors.
If you are a jaywalker: you are jeopardizing innocent drivers and possibly other pedestrians who are trying to navigate complicated city traffic lawfully.
If you are a commercial vehicle: get off West End Avenue. You are not permitted to drive there.
If you are a cyclist: observe traffic laws.
Come on. We have to do better than this. It's too much to bear.
By Caitlin Hawke