Charles Komanoff


Cars I - Who owns the streets?

Since mid-2006 I've been blogging on cars, bicycles and livable streets for the NYC-based Streetsblog. Click here for a compilation of my 100 pieces on that site. -- C.K., Feb. 2015.

New from the archives: "Death in the Streets" -- my 1993 media analysis and cri de coeur from "Lies Of Our Times." This piece anticipated many of the arguments being made today by safer-streets advocates.

Traffic Justice: A Prospectus -- manifesto to liberate the streets (Dec. 2004). This 26-page proposal laid out lines of judicial, regulatory and cultural organizing for safer-streets advocates in New York City and across the U.S.

Killed By Automobile (PDF) -- Right Of Way's seminal analysis of traffic violence in NYC (1999). To our knowledge, the first systematic analysis of who is killing pedestrians in a major U.S. city (NYC), and how -- and with what (little) consequence. A powerful synthesis of statistics, compassion and outrage.

The Only Good Cyclist (PDF) -- RoW's 2000 sequel to "Killed By Automobile," focusing on cycling fatalities.

My 2nd Declaration on Critical Mass (PDF) -- detailed analysis juxtaposing NYC's suppression of cycling vs. drivers' free pass (Dec. 2004).

My 1st Declaration (PDF) -- Oct. 2004 precursor to Dec. 2004 declaration, above.

Police Must Release Reports On Major Bike Accidents, op-ed decrying NYPD's refusal to share its crash-investigation data with the public, "The Villager," July, 2011.

Silence = Death on Greenwich Street, op-ed on NYC DOT's inaction on vehicular endangerment of children, seniors and other pedestrians, "Downtown Express," June 2008.

PowerPoint Slides of illustrations and aphorisms on automobility's intrinsic inequity. From a talk given at the New School, Dec. 10, 2007

Spreadsheet deriving mortality data for my May 30, 2007 Streetsblog post, The Burbs: Extremely Safe or Especially Dangerous?

My Dec. 2006 op-ed on the death of NYC bicyclist Eric Ng, killed by automobile on the Hudson River Greenway

My 2001 op-ed, "Yet another helmet law? Let's skip it"

My 2000 essay, "Letters to the Times I didn't send" (PDF)

My 2000 op-ed, "Too Many Cyclists Are Dying"

My speech at Jan. 2000 Rider Remembrance Rally

My 1998 op-ed, "Pedestrians in Peril"

My 1997 op-ed, "Bikes Are Safe, It's Cars That Kill"

My 1997 op-ed, "Commemorating Gavin Cato"

My 1997 essay (with Michael Smith), "Some deaths are more equal than others"

My 1997 essay, "Criminal Negligence"

My 1997 essay, "For Rachel Fruchter"

My 1993 review of Wolfgang Sachs' book, "For Love of the Automobile"

My 2002 letter to Lester Brown (Earth Policy Institute) on whether automotive pollution outranks road-traffic crashes as a global killer