Today’s Headlines

  • Ravitch Proposes Revised MTA Rescue Plan, Including Some Toll Exemptions (News, NY1, Post)
  • Fare Hike Four Obstinate as Ever (NYT)
  • Which Senate Republicans Might Flip? (Politicker)
  • A Two-Way Protected Bike Path for Prospect Park West? DOT Presents to CB6 Tonight (Bklyn Paper)
  • Drunk Driver Victim Dies After Ambulance Collides With Car En Route to Hospital (Post)
  • MTR on Astrid Glynn‘s Unfinished Reforms at State DOT
  • NYT Style Section Says Dutch Bikes Are Where It’s At
  • Open Shuttered Subway Entrances on Flatbush Ave, Brooklynites Tell MTA (Bklyn Paper)
  • DC-Area Planners Propose Regional BRT Network (GGW)
  • What’s an ‘Idaho Stop’ for Cyclists, Legally Speaking? (Cyclelicous via Streetsblog.net)
  • Lee Watkins

    The NYT has spoken. Dutch bikes are bikes for regular adults. Fixies, road bikes, and others are toys for 8 year olds. I’m not sure at what point the media started grading cyclists by their choice of bike – but we’re certainly there now. – Lee

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Dutch bikes are bikes for regular adults.”

    I’m not sure the fashion issues the Times talks about are a concern for most regular adults either.

    “The Great Downturn may have its first real status symbol.”

    Oh brother. How about a $300 equivalent?

  • “I’m not sure the fashion issues the Times talks about are a concern for most regular adults either.”

    Totally. The “Auto” and “Real Estate” sections are the same way.

  • “Yet even with bicycle commuting up in New York by 35 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to the New York City Department of Transportation, there are still impediments to its being widely embraced by the city. These range from the obvious — like, how do you lock your bike so it won’t be stolen 30 seconds later? — to more slippery issues of style.”

    No, the primary impediment is the mortal fear instilled by a gypsy cab right-hooking around you at 50 mph when you’re travelling in one of these oddly lauded “bike lanes.” Coming up 8th Ave. yesterday in the 50s, an NYPD van (oh, irony) was parked in the bike lane forcing me out into traffic, where a cab doing at least 50 would have clipped me if I hadn’t stopped because I never merge into traffic without caution (which seems to put me in the minority, having observed others weave in and out of the bike lanes without a cursory glance.) The only real bike lanes are fully protected; the others are a danger, and we need real ones on all midtown avenues NOW.

  • I would love to have a Dutch City Bicycle but until (1) the price goes down, (2) secure bicycle parking options are easily and widely available, (3) mass transit becomes more bicycle-friendly (e.g., bike racks on buses), a folding bike or inexpensive vintage/”beater” bike is the more practical option in New York City.

  • uSkyscraper

    Now that tolls are back on the table, can someone please bring up discounts for border regions far from the CBD? MTA has similar discounts for residents living near certain bridges, and such a plan would go a long way to diffusing local pols.

    Of course, this would probably only apply to Inwood/Marble Hill/University Heights since LIC and Downtown Brooklyn are not 7 miles away from the central business districts, but it makes sense and would knock out at least some of the Bronx opposition.

  • Larry Littlefield

    How about no tolls for people who matter, and double tolls for the majority who don’t? This is New York State after all, land of the placard.

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/15/the-plums-and-paybacks-of-parking-permits/?ref=nyregion

  • Can you imagine carrying a Dutch step-through up and down the subway stairs? Chic or not, I think I’ll stick with my aluminum diamond frame, thank you very much.

  • “In short, you quickly understand why the Dutch don’t wear helmets….”

    The Dutch not wearing helmets has a lot more to do with so many of their cities being oriented to bicycles rather than cars, and to the much lower incidence of homicidal drivers in those cities.

    A Dutchman or woman in NYC will quickly adopt a helmet, given a taste of local road conditions.

  • It’s about time we got more than potatoes from Idaho — let’s import the “Idaho Stop.”

  • “A Dutchman or woman in NYC will quickly adopt a helmet, given a taste of local road conditions.”

    @Eric: I know I and a few other Dutch expats didn’t when I lived in NYC in 1992/1993, hardly ‘the good ol’ days’ 🙂

  • J. Mork

    How about a $600 toll for everyone from Pennsylvania? They’re jerks anyway!

  • I’ve been going “Dutch” (and by Brompton) for years. Don’t knock it till you try it. It ends up being much quicker for me to get to work than racing there on my exotic Italian road bike since I don’t sweat and therefore don’t need to change. Plus the ride quality is TOTALLY different (civilized really).

    If you don’t think you can afford one, just remember the bike is so well built that it will outlive you. Also don’t forget there’s always Worksman Cycles of Ozone Park (www.worksmancycles.com). You can buy a NEW YORK made upright cruiser bike starting at $299

  • I got mine today. A little strenuous going up hills, but I need the exercise. Thanks for the rec, Andy!

  • I used a Dutch Velorbis for a month. It was amazing. When I had to go back to my old bike it was torture, those things ride like butter.