Today’s Headlines

  • Windshield Perspective Rules as Council Makes Mockery of Parking Laws (News, NYT, Post, Observer)
  • Silver Yields on Leandra’s Law; Bill Requires Ignition Interlocks for Convicted DWI Offenders (News)
  • Obama Signs Off on Billions in Tax Breaks for Sprawl Builders (NYT)
  • Arrival Displays Coming to 3 Bronx Subway Stations and M50 Bus Route (NYT, News, Post, AMNY)
  • No Charges for Driver Who Critically Injured 17-Yr-Old Student at SI High School (News)
  • Bob Herbert: American Infrastructure "Trundling Along Like a Jalopy" (NYT)
  • Schumer Backs Federal Oversight of Transit Safety If Feds Pay for It (NY1)
  • Pedicab Regs Kick Into Effect This Week (Post)
  • Rational Concerns About Safety Seem to Guide Philly PD’s Stepped Up Cycling Enforcement (Inquirer)
  • Move Aside Union Square Pedestrians, This Squad Car Needs to Park (On Transport)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    It would be nice if the police could have a squad of officers on bicycles, and gaining that perspective, policing key corridors against bad bicycle and motor vehicle behavior. Something to think about when the city’s finances improve, in 2018 or so absent hyperinflation.

  • re: Bob Herbert: American Infrastructure “Trundling Along Like a Jalopy”
    (NYT) http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2009/11/17/opinion/17herbert.html

    Currently projected for commercialization by mid-century, molecular strength materials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene are over 100 times stronger than steel per weight wherein a 1,000 pound-per-foot steel beam would weigh 10 pounds per foot or less.

    This could likely lead to a built environment revolution around these new materials not unlike the electronics, data, and communications revolutions where broad infrastructure design, development, and implementation becomes extremely low-cost, green, easy to build and modify.

    Perhaps the most expedient path would be to do a risk-benefit analysis on whether commercialization of molecular strength material science can be expedited with military speed similar to the Manhattan Project during World War II and the Space Race that lead to landing on the moon.

  • I know it’s sort of big news that three barely-used stations in the Bronx are getting their train arrival boards a year early, but all of the papers buried the major story. As I wrote at SAS, in six weeks, the MTA has had to delay the project by four months, and it’snow $30 million over the previous budget figure. The agency claims they’ll adhere to this new timeline and budget, but I’m not sure I believe that.

  • Pedicab Regs: The crackdown seems to have started last weekend. I saw a cop pull a pedicab over (I’m not sure of the reason), and direct the passengers to leave while he wrote up the operator. I don’t think the operator got paid.

    Policing Bicycles in Parks: Central Park unveils a new and improved “bike barrier” as part of its singleminded campaign against cyclists on park pathways.

  • Bicycles Only, my impression was that the path (pictured) between the West Drive and the Maine monument was 100% walk your bike, but that the crackdown did not extend to other paths in the park (e.g. West 108th St to West Drive). True or false?

  • Josh

    This parking thing is so ridiculous that I have to ignore it in order to not get angry about how… ridiculous, like I said.

  • Benjamin, I hear you … but the barely used stations probably need arrival boards the most because they have the least frequent service with the greatest wait times. I’d love to see boards at my local station, 96 & Bway, but the trains run so frequently there that arrival info wouldn’t benefit me as much as the folks in the Bronx.

  • Jonathan,

    The “crackdown” is worst at the Columbus Circle pathway, where there are usually peace officers stationed to conduct in-person enforcement of the rule against bicycling on the paths. I can’t think of another pathway where I have seen this approach used. However, the installation of these barriers at all of the major path-Loop intersections has made the pedestrians extremely harsh and insistent that cyclists not use the pathways. My son and I have stopped using the paths for a our daily commute for this reason, despite the rampant speeding and design flaws and maintenance issues found there.

    I don’t know about the 108th Street path, but the only pathway excepted from the “no bicycling” campaign is the path connecting the West 106th St. entrance with West Drive, (see page 13 of 17 of pdf), which has specifically been designated a bike route. We need more of those in the Park.

    In fairness, I can’t say I’ve ever seen the Parks peace officers actually issue a summons to a cyclist for riding on the pathway. In contrast, they do issue summonses to cyclists for running red lights and failure to yield to pedestrians. Occasionally, they patrol the 96th Street basketball courts to make sure that only Parks Department placard holders, and not other uncivil servants, get to park there (too bad if you want to play basketball there, the foxes are guarding the henhouse). Maybe they also enforce the rules against barbecuing or ball playing on Sheep Meadow, but I’ve never seen them doing it.

    And I’ve never seen the Parks peace officers enforce moving violations against motor vehicles. It seems that only NYPD does that.

  • BO, what PDF are you talking about page 13 of?

  • Mike,

    here’s the link, pages 13 and 14 of 17.