Today’s Headlines

  • Post Looks at Transit-Accessible School Parking
  • Drivers Complain About Broadway Boulevard (Post)
  • Rethinking Grand Army Plaza (City Room, NYT
  • Neal Peirce: More Cities See Benefits of Car-Free Spaces
  • Business Is Up for City Bike Couriers (NYT)
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bike Commuting, From Grist
  • Ikea Responds to Bus Idling Problem (Bklyn Paper)
  • No Charges in Queens Pedestrian Hit-and-Run Fatality (NY1, WABC)
  • ‘Spooked’ Carriage Horses Careen Down Brooklyn’s 12th Ave (News)  
  • Brooklyn Serial Meter Thief at Large (News)
  • Anon X

    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-72526

    Went on a bike ride and got arrested at RNC. The conventions seem to bring out the deepest, most oppressive instincts of the cops. Here is another “liberal” US city. Their mayor should be embarrassed that this is the face of their city: armor, gas masks, grenade launcher.

  • Was out campaigning with Paul Newell this morning. They are rolling right now – NY Times and NY Post endorsements and some big contributions. Now they just need more volunteers at their HQ and especially on election day.

    http://www.newellnyc.org/

    Specifically, he’s for Congestion pricing and major reform in how Albany works. This is a watershed campaign and would get Congestion Pricing back on the front burner. If there is an election to work on this week, this is it.

  • I’m not surprised that the NY Post piece is pure windshield perspective (with a few figleaf balance quotes at the end). But I am surprised that the reporter totally missed the point that pedestrians need to cross the street and the islands offer us safety. Even people who drive, once they’re out of their cars, need to cross the street safely.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Here’s the pure windsheild perspective — garage as ultimate luxury.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/realestate/31cov.html

    As to the horse carriage crash, many here wonder how people put up with the danger of the automobile. I think part of it is the danger of what it replaced — the horse. Perhaps I’m just ignorant, but that seems a little risky to me. So perhaps there is a level of traveling danger people have always accepted, which is why the 40,000 deaths get so little comment.

  • Jay D

    “I think it is completely useless . . . It doesn’t do anything for Midtown,” said New Jersey commuter Jason Silitsky, 24.

    We rest our case.

  • Boris

    The Post article has a pro-auto attention-grabbing headline and first sentence, and after that it is completely anti-auto. Not a single driver was interviewed, and all of the quotations can be taken as in support of the changes. So I think the Post supports the projects, it just tries to sell papers to its driver-friendly readership.

  • On Thursday I took my son to Midtown for a little shopping and sightseeing (everyone should go up to the top of the Empire State Building at least once). I figured it was a good chance to try out Broadway Boulevard, so we got some takeout and headed over.

    Just about every bench and group of tables was taken, but a couple of painters were happy to share their table with us. In general I tend to be more aware of car dangers, but in this case I didn’t feel particularly unsafe, even though we were just a few yards south of 37th Street. The cars were going pretty slow.

    I had a chance to observe the use of the bike lane, and it was pretty interesting. There were definitely more people going northbound than southbound, and a bunch of people pushing carts in various directions. It didn’t look like it would be that useful if I wanted to get downtown in a hurry. Why can’t it just be marked as “shared non-motorized space”?

  • Boris, I disagree – it seems like the Post is opposed to the projects, but had a hard time finding anyone other than drivers who was opposed.

  • What a load of tripe. Just take a look at the photo that The Post used. Count the cars, count the pedestrians, now consider the space allocated to each.

  • I finally tried biking down B-Way Blvd and here’s my two cents:
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for any space reclaimed from automobiles, but aesthetically it looks too much like what it is; a section of road resurfaced with some benches and potted shrubs thrown in. It reminds me of an outdoor dining section at McDonalds. The layouts are a bit complicated as well. I know this is en experiment, and I welcome it, but why not just do it the old fashioned way and extend the sidewalk then line it with real trees and public furniture?
    As for the bike lane- it’s not working at all. I could only stand it for two blocks because the pedestrians have overrun it. Not that they are to blame- they are simply fed up with walking on a narrow sidewalk. But I’ll take my chances in the street traffic. I am glad the business community is responding positively.

  • Omri

    In Holland, pedestrians know to step off the bike lanes. Until we get something closer to a critical mass of bike lanes separated from the car lanes, there will be this conflict.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “As for the bike lane- it’s not working at all. I could only stand it for two blocks because the pedestrians have overrun it.”

    I’m beginning to think the “bicycle boulevard” idea is the one that would work in NYC. Slow the cars down to 18 mph with signal timing, and break the ROW every few blocks for motor vehicles (but not bikes) to eliminate through-traffic.

    The motor vehicles would keep the ROW free of pedestrians.

    Perhaps Broadway (and 7th north of Times Square) could be a two-way boulevard of this type.

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    Whatsamata with Tripe Andy?

  • Good question! I’m sure it’s lovely, if you like that kind of thing 🙂

  • Looks like (anecdotally, anyway) local vendors are seeing the light:

    But Haim Dadi, 48, owner of Mr. Broadway Kosher at 38th and Broadway, said he has profited from an increase in the number of pedestrians.

    “Traffic-wise, it’s not good, but who cares about traffic? I care about the store, and for my store, it’s good for my business. They can take my food outside,” he said.

  • But does he sell tripe???

  • Gothamist: “Post Manufactures ‘Road Rage’ at Broadway Boulevard”

    http://gothamist.com/2008/09/02/post_manufactures_road_rage_at_broa.php

  • Gothamist: “Post Manufactures ‘Road Rage’ at Broadway Boulevard”

    – That’s hilarious, and it made me realize- motorists are always pissed off. What’s the difference between this and any other busy street in the tri-state?

  • Doug S

    Did you miss this piece in the Washington Post?

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