Today’s Headlines

  • Why Is There a Gender Gap in City Cycling? (City Room)
  • Day After Fare Hike, Manhattan Institute Comes Out With a Study on MTA Salaries (News, SI Live)
  • And Here’s Another Angry Commuter Story (NY1)
  • DOT Puts Bronx Speedway Allerton Ave on a Road Diet (MTR)
  • Summer Streets 2009: 13 NYC Neighborhoods Get Car-Free Days (NYT)
  • City Council Holds Committee Hearing on Pedicab Regs (City Room, Post)
  • New NYCT Buses: Quieter, More Smiley (News)
  • The Search Is on for a New Transportation Commish in Chicago (Carfree Chicago via
  • Williamsburg Walks: Saturated With Skaters? (Gothamist)
  • Drivers Have It Better Than Straphangers at SE Corner of Union Square (Restless)
  • Long Beach’s One of a Kind Painted Sharrow Lane (Streetsblog LA)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “Day After Fare Hike, Manhattan Institute Comes Out With a Study on MTA Salaries”

    So the Straphangers and straphangers will look at this as a reason that they have been ripped off by New York City Transit, and the suburbs will say agree.

    Meanwhile, the fine print shows that the real ripoff is the LIRR, and the MTA police force, which only patrols the commuter railroads, bridges and tunnels (the NYPD handles the subway, and the former transit police that was merged into it was never that overpaid.”

    So who was bailed out by avoiding armageddon? The places that benefit the most are demanding retailiation against New York City.

  • IF it’s Tuesday, there must be another grouchy, anticycling story presented to us by the New York Times. Do their writers actually ever ride bicycles, or even own them?

  • ddartley

    People at my job (right on “the new Broadway” (in the 50s) are all puzzled, and say they hear passersby who are all puzzled, at what the different non-car parts of the street are supposed to be. They specifically talk about how it’s confusing that from 59 to about 57 the bike lane is green, and then below that, the pedestrian space is green and the bike lane is not.

    I’m very grateful for the experiment, but pedestrians sure are confused so far.

  • I fail to see how that’s an anticycling story.

    The NY1 article about the fare hike is just more of the same. “Riders are now shelling out more for both single-fare rides and unlimited-ride MetroCards, to help fill the MTA’s massive budget gap.” … because the government lacks the willpower to make drivers chip in.

  • TKO

    So out of 8,200 a few hundred of the folks making over 100,00 are rank and file workers. That means it is almost entirely management. Nice little attack on labor. A nice class attack. Also they make less then 150,000 the few that did make some decent pay. Is that a bad thing?

  • Josh, every week there’s an article about why people aren’t cycling. This week: “People don’t cycle because they’re female.” Last week: “People don’t cycle because they’re afraid of injury.” The week before, “People don’t cycle because they don’t have a place to keep their bike.” The week before that, “People don’t cycle because they don’t want to risk bike theft.” And earlier, “People don’t cycle because they don’t know how.”

    Only a masochist would assume that five (or more) weeks in a row of articles about obstacles to biking could be construed as some kind of encouragement to novice city cyclists.

    Here for anyone who wants them are 10 positive story ideas (link here:

    1. “I hear the birds chirping on my bike ride to work.”
    2. “I find it easy to meet women/men at social events that I bike to.”
    3. “Biking relaxes me and makes it easier to cope with city life.”
    4. “I save money cycling to work, so I can splurge on things I want.”
    5. “I started biking to work and within a year I’d lost x pounds.”
    6. “Cycling in the city is a great cheap date.”
    7. “I see the craziest, only-in-NY things while cycling.”
    8. “Doing my marketing on two wheels helps me save $$$ by curbing impulses.”
    9. “If I flat, I fix it myself and keep on going.”
    10. “I love riding in the summer because of all the cool places to stop.”

  • I didn’t think that NY Times story was grouchy or anti-cycling either (although I agree that the Times has run more than a few anti-biking screeds). If there is a gender gap, it needs to be addressed — and installing the necessary infrastructure so that biking need not be a life & death proposition is probably going to help eliminate the gap.

  • Maybe not grouchy but the Times certainly does give the impression that cycling is a gender neutral activity, and the only thing preventing women from becoming A riders the their willingness to sweat.

    It might be interesting to survey members of Transportation Alternatives which puts much less emphasis on speed than NYCC and instead focuses more on commuting, or simply riding your bike.


Today’s Headlines

Bloomberg Says GOP Donation Shouldn’t Affect Pricing (NYT, Daily Politics) Messrs. Bloomberg, Spitzer and Silver: Your Room Is Ready (Sun) City Council Members Want Jersey Drivers to Pay More (Post)   Bronxites Fear Congestion, Especially Around Yankee Stadium (News)  More on Sander’s "State of the MTA" (2nd Ave Sagas, City Room, News, Crain’s) Fare Hike, […]

Cities Learn From Chicago Parking Meter Debacle. Did Goldsmith?

When Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced that he was striking a deal to privatize his city’s 36,000 parking meters, it was a golden opportunity for transportation reform. If all went well, the deal could have cleared a political path for higher peak-hour meter rates, curbing double-parking and congestion-causing cruising. But Chicago managed to completely bungle […]

Today’s Headlines

TLC Approves Taxi-Sharing Pilot Programs (News, Post, NY1, City Room) The News Thinks Splitting Rides Is Worth a Shot; The Post Gets Cranky About It Cab-Sharing a Success in Chicago (News) Revised Kent Ave Plan Wins Some Allies, Attracts Foes of Trucking Route Changes (Bklyn Paper) Cleveland Looks to New BRT Line For a Downtown […]

Chicago Gets NYC’s Congestion Pricing Money

The New York State Assembly is doing a great job… for the people of Chicago. Remember the $354.5 million federal grant that New York City was going to get to implement congestion pricing before the deal collapsed in Albany? US DOT Secretary Mary Peters announced today that Chicago will receive $153 million of New York […]

Today’s Headlines

Senate Squashes Detroit Bailout, For Now (NYT, News) VMT Down Again in October, Even Though Gas Got Cheaper (AP) Ryan Avent: Decline in Driving Signals a Political Shift (Grist) Chicago Sells Rights to Its Parking Meter System: $1.16B for 75-Year Deal (WSJ) The Dangers Seniors Face on City Streets, Explained (NYT) Bx4 Riders Plead for […]

Today’s Headlines

Obama Address Ignores State of the Union’s Cities; Major HSR Reveal Expected Today (DMI, NRDC) More Coverage of Inter-Agency Street Safety Pledge: News, City Room, Advance Improvements for Cyclists and Peds on Prospect Park West? DOT Isn’t Talking (News) New TLC Ban on Distracted Driving Takes Effect Tomorrow (Post) Changing Course, Bloomberg Says Terror Trial […]