Today’s Headlines

  • Budget Office Projects $2.50 Base Fare, $104 30-Day Metrocard (News, NYT, Post, NY1)
  • U.S. Transit Ridership Reached Record Level Even as Gas Prices Dropped (WaPo)
  • David Brooks: Give the Suburbs Gathering Places (NYT)
  • Portland Makes Impressive Gains in Bike Mode-Share, Street Safety (BikePortland via Streetsblog.net)
  • NYC’s First Seatless Subways Coming This Spring (CBS)
  • Op-ed: MTA Not Using Its Real Estate Portfolio Wisely (News)
  • Mayors Ask Obama to Channel Infrastructure Cash Straight to Cities (Reuters)
  • Michael Moore: Make Detroit Build Trains and Buses (Common Dreams via Grist)
  • Carbon Tax Boosters Gather on Capitol Hill (Grist)
  • Retail Businessman Embraces Bike Lanes (Villager)
  • Car Free Nation

    Bike paths can be great for business. The Grand Street lane makes a quick pick up of goods very easy. For example, last night, I pulled off the Grand Street bike path to one of the local stores that sells fresh fish. I picked up a couple of striped bass, and had them cleaned. The cost was $10 (which is a great deal for fresh fish) and I never had to leave my bike. There’s no place to get fish in my neighborhood in Brooklyn, so this is very convenient.

    Anyone looking to get business support for the bike lanes should take a look at the shops that are now conveniently available to us on the lanes. Make a point of shopping and letting the vendors know how convenient the experience now is.

  • Geck

    I for one am looking forward to riding my bike over and enjoying a good meal at Restaurant Florent 69 Gansevoort St.

  • Geck

    Or whetever Morellet Florent does next.

  • Obviously bike lanes make the travel/shopping experience more convenient and pleasant for cyclists; I don’t think that was really ever a point of contention, was it?

  • Larry Littlefield

    The perception, and in the past perhaps the reality, is that those driving to a Manhattan destination have somewhat more money, and spend much, much more money, than those arriving by other means.

    Thus to these merchants one driver is worth ten bikers or subway riders, or 100 bus riders.

    My impression is the Audi and Escalade drivers don’t have quite the money they used to, net of debts. I’m reminded of the early 1990s recession, when Donald Trump stepped out of a limousine, was asked for money by a homeless guy, and pointed out that the homeless guy had a higher “net” worth than he did.

    Wait until this time next year. No matter how much our children will be taxed to try to preserve it, the “living large” and “live richly” on borrowed money lifestyle is collapsing at warp speed.

  • Car Free Nation

    The point I was making is that in these type of economic times, a visible purchase by a cyclist might stand out and help provide support to the DOT’s efforts to make our streets friendlier for cyclists. Businesses need to know that bike friendly amenities (racks, valet, etc.) will lead to substantially more business…
    And those of us without cars should theoretically have $6,000/yr of extra spending money for local purchases. Here’s a way that you can support a cause (better bike lanes) and purchase something for yourself (fresh fish).

  • How about that Daily News Op-Ed? That’s what I’ve been saying! Trim the fat MTA! Sell 370, and whatever other vacant, valuable buildings you have and use that revenue for service. Or even better – Maintenance!
    http://mtapleasefixjay.blogspot.com/

  • Niccolo Machiavelli

    If what you have been saying #7 is what Ms.Vitullo-Martin is saying then you are both wrong. The article is riddled with factual errors that really do not merit a response. If you share those beliefs, like selling the “lovely little former substation at 126 W. 53rd St.” you would be selling something that you do not own. Little things like that ripple through this ridiculous piece.

    Worse though is the overall thrust. Of course the MTA owns property, so do I, a nice little brownstone in South Brooklyn. Last year when the price of oil was high I wisely chose not to sell my stoop to pay the bill. That in essence is what this absurd opinion piece advocates. Selling off capital assets to pay operating costs.

    These assets will be needed going forward with the capital plan and if the MTA needs to sell them for that capital plan, fine. But having a bunch of kibitzers, even under the wise leadership of that far-sighted Manhattan Institute, pretend that holding this real estate during a market collapse is why we have fare hikes and service cuts only serves to confuse the already befuddled readers and riders. Apparently you are one of them.

  • the wise leadership of that far-sighted Manhattan Institute

    Bwa ha ha!

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