Today’s Headlines

  • Albany Hashing Out MTA Rescue Plan Behind Closed Doors — Tolls Off the Table? (News, CBS, NY1)
  • Van Driver Jumps Curb, Kills Pregnant Woman in Midtown (NYT, News)
  • News Begins Series on Albany Dysfunction (Here’s Part 2)
  • Post: Bloomberg, Not State Senators, Likely to Get Hit With Fallout From MTA Crisis
  • Obama Initiates Next Phase of Carmaker Bailout (NYT, WNYC)
  • Are Road Builders Underbidding for Stimulus Projects? (NYT)
  • Some 8th Ave Biz Owners Don’t Want Their Street to Be Safer for Cyclists and Peds (Chelsea Now)
  • The State of Traffic Justice in NYC (Gotham Gazette)
  • China’s Subway Boom Not Keeping Pace With Car Sales and Sprawl (NYT)
  • Bike Corral Spotted in Baltimore (Rebuilding Place via Streetsblog.net)
  • Larry Littlefield

    Is everyone here going to be happy when they “save the fare” but do nothing to ensure ongoing normal replacement in the capital plan, let along the improvments promised for 50 years?

    That’s what Lindsey and Rockefeller, those heroes and geniuses, did in the 1960s. They aren’t thought of as heroes and geniuses at the time. They are now.

    Those who are writing in claiming that the money borrowed to pay for the capital plan could be used to postpone fare increases “until absoluely necessary” will probably get your way. Younger people — don’t let them sell you a house, condo or co-op when they move to Florida. Because disaster is inevitable here.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The advocate said one legislator confided that he and his colleagues aren’t worried about the fallout, since they view themselves as ‘immune’ from rider wrath. Fairly or not, whatever happens in the city is often attributed to whoever is mayor at the time.”

    Not just rider wrath. As long as all the right people are paid off, they can pretty much drain this state until it dies.

    So how much did the tax on retirement income go up as part of the “shared sacrifice” budget? And all those pension enhancements passed in the past decade, did the beneficaries give anything back? And what about the holders of all those debts run up for 15 years; will they accept less in interest.

    Right.

  • That Chelsea Now article on the 8th Ave. bike lane is nothing but a whiny, long-winded load of garbage.

  • > That Chelsea Now article on the 8th Ave. bike lane is nothing but a whiny,
    > long-winded load of garbage.

    And darkly humorous: I love the part about how all the delivery trucks are “forced” to double-park now. ‘Cuz you never saw that before.

  • Wow, that “Chelsea Now” article is a drag. If the business people quoted are to be believed, this bike lane will be the end of the world for the entire neighborhood:

    A mattress store owner says: “Anybody that has a business on the west side of the block, I guarantee they’re going to lose at minimum 30, maybe 50 percent of their business.”

    A gallery owner says: “We’re giving up too much for cyclists.”

    And Dirk McCall, the director of the Greenwich-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce, already knows of another gallery owner whose lives were ruined by the bike lane on 9th Avenue — it was the bike lane that ruined the gallery, mind you! — “These people, they lost their life savings, and it’s because of the bike lane.”

    Apparently none of these savvy business people have heard the word from the pro-business Partnership for New York City that traffic is actually killing commerce: http://www.pfnyc.org/testimonies/2008/tst_013108_traffic_report.html

  • Charlie D.

    Re: the 8th Ave article — I honestly don’t understand why so many business owners think the vast majority of their customers drive, even in a city where fewer people own cars than anywhere else in the nation! The delivery problem is a real one, but that was a problem before the bike lane as well. Better curbside management would take care of that. How do businesses thrive in places like Copenhagen or Amsterdam, where there are separated bicycle lanes all over the place AND where there is very little on-street parking?

  • Michelle Ernst

    Incidentally, the 8th Ave bicycle lane is still under construction. They’re moving incredibly quickly on the project, but they’ve still got lanes closed to traffic along a few blocks. That’s why parking is currently such a mess, and why the bicyclist photographed for the story had to ride outside of the lane.

  • michaeltmartin

    Re: Chelsea article.

    Business owners talk about how the amount of bikers doesn’t necessitate the bike lane. what they fail to realize is that many people do not bike because there is no bike lane. the lack of cause and effect thinking by merchants is unbelievable, yet nothing new.

  • Streetsman

    Re: Chelsea

    A 1,400 word article and not one of them used to present the opposition viewpoint. Patrick Hedlund – just 4 years out of Syracuse and already showing full disregard for balanced journalism? You’re well on your way to being the kind of slime they love at the NY Post.

    No mention of supporters, no comments from cyclists, advocates or CB members who approved the design. No mention of the fact that the 9th Avenue lane has improved safety in every category. No interviewing seniors or disabled folks who now have a 25% shorter crossing distance and a median island. No mention of the trees being added to every block.

    Just local sludge reporting – interview upset people and invent a controversy. No facts, just hearsay. “Anybody that has a business on the west side of the block, I guarantee they’re going to lose at minimum 30, maybe 50 percent of their business.” Case closed. No research. No investigation. No rebuttal.

    I am getting really sick of this anti-bike, anti-DOT biased crap journalism being pumped out by Community Media LLC (Downtown Express, The Villager, Chelsea Now). At least when they gave this treatment to the Grand Street bike lane they had the courtesy to talk to a cyclist, and the CB, and get a quote from Transportation Alternatives (http://thevillager.com/villager_290/thenewgrand.html). Now it’s just unabashed spin journalism. Can’t seem to get past their own disregard for proven bicycle safety facilities.