From the New York Post:
Time for some traffic problems in Manhattan!
City officials have intentionally ground Midtown to a halt with the hidden purpose of making drivers so miserable that they leave their cars at home and turn to mass transit or bicycles, high-level sources told The Post.
Today’s gridlock is the result of an effort by the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations over more than a decade of redesigning streets and ramping up police efforts, the sources said.
“The traffic is being engineered,” a former top NYPD official told The Post, explaining a long-term plan that began under Mayor Mike Bloomberg and hasn’t slowed with Mayor de Blasio.
“The city streets are being engineered to create traffic congestion, to slow traffic down, to favor bikers and pedestrians,” the former official said.
“There’s a reduction in capacity through the introduction of bike lanes and streets and lanes being closed down.”
The concerted effort includes:
- Pedestrian plazas that have cut off entire lanes of traffic and created bottlenecks.
- Protected bike lanes on major avenues that eat up a traffic lane and force trucks to double park.
- Cross streets where turns are forbidden on nearly all avenues.
- Intersections where drivers must wait for green arrows to turn onto avenues.
This is not surprising to me. Liberals usually want to control things and one easy thing to control is traffic.
In big cities, the cities can control the lights so you can sit at a traffic light for 2-5 or more minutes, idling and wasting gas, and contribute to global warming, if you believe in global warming.
But the mayor of NYC, de Blasio, couldn't care less about the traffic flow because he likes to take helicopters around the city.
But you get what you vote for. You elect an alt-left liberal mayor and you get the government to work against you.