Today’s Headlines

  • Kavanagh on East Side Bus Routes: Is Painting a Lane the Best We Can Do? (AMNY)
  • More About Jay Walder’s Plan to ‘Make Every Dollar Count’ at the MTA (NY1, News, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • MTA Set to Sign Off on Two Years of TWU Raises, But Not Three (News)
  • Will Nets Arena Desecrate the Sidewalk Just Like LIRR Terminal? ESDC Won’t Say (Bklyn Paper)
  • Queens CB 2 Approves of Curbing the Construction of Curb Cuts (Queens Chron)
  • Newsflash: Flushing Motorists Obsessed With Parking (News)
  • State Agencies Still Sending Traffic Alerts via Text (News)
  • NYT‘s Excellent ‘Driven to Distraction’ Series Files Obligatory Entry on Texting Pedestrians
  • NYPD Traffic Planning, Circa 1924: Pave the East River! (Gothamist)
  • Joe Scarborough to Harold Ford: Real NYers Ride the Subway (MSNBC via TPM)

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  • Kavanagh is right on the mark:

    “They haven’t gotten to the heart of the matter, which is how this will increase the speed of bus service,” Kavanagh said.

    Also see the line on the Turkish restaurant on Second Avenue. If you’re relying on people driving to your restaurant, I suggest that you move it to Queens or Weschester.

    Reporter need to press harder on that point or go inside and have a show of hands of how many actually drove there. How many of your customers really drive there? Or is it that almost only you the owner drive there? Hmmm

  • According to the News article, CUNY Adjunct Professor Phil Lewis lives in a Flushing apartment building and teaches at Queens College, two miles away; he, his spouse, and his infant child have two cars among them. Huh?

  • Larry Littlefield

    I thought “real New Yorkers” had parking placards.

    Anyway, per the WSJ, electric bicycles causing havoc in China.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703657604575005140241751852.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_RIGHTTopCarousel

    “Those electric bikes just don’t listen! The problem is they go too fast. They can’t stop like bikes. I saw an accident just over there the other day where someone on an e-bike rushed through the intersection and plowed over someone on a regular bike.”

    It does seem to be that the problem is weight and speed. They tried to regulate the E-bikes to keep them under 15, but people modify them to let them rip.

    “A nearby saleswoman offered another solution: After getting a new bike registered with police, a simple adjustment to the motor pushes the maximum speed back up to 20 mph. ‘Any slower and you might as well ride a bicycle,’ she said.”

  • Good question, Jonathan! Phil Lewis lives a block away from a local bus that runs every ten minutes and a limited-stop line that runs every six minutes, directly to Queens College.

    Lewis apparently an expert in Advanced Social Problems. Maybe he can put some of that know-how to work and explain why he and his wife spend so much time and energy on maintaining two cars, when he can get to work by bus within twenty minutes door-to-door.

  • Also, this is what I was talking about the other day, Glenn. Even a pro-transit reporter like Heather Haddon will regularly find people like Özdemir, who thinks that no parking would “kill” him, even though he probably fills one of his twenty tables at most once a night with customers who come by car.

    The article put transit in a good light. Even though Haddon could have done more to debunk Özdemir’s ludicrous claim, it was more than balanced by pro-BRT quotes from a bus rider and Assemblymember Kavanaugh.

  • Boris

    It seems like front-yard parking mostly applies to 1-2 family homes (the ones with front yards). Front-yard parking, the way I understand it- driveways from the street terminating at the house or garage door- is pretty much mandatory for all new construction. So when a parking option is taken away from owners of older houses, will it still be the requirement for new ones?

    Or are they only talking about curb cuts that don’t lead to a garage? In that case, all the law will do is generate ill will between owners of old homes and new homes- or a garage-building frenzy.

  • re: Özdemir. I was thinking this apropos the Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, discussion this summer, but it applies here as well: restaurant owners want people to come to their restaurant, no matter the modality. Therefore they will argue vociferously against removing nearby parking, because they don’t want to put barriers in the way of notional patronage by automobilists.

    Given the right circumstances, you could turn the argument around, however. I walked on Broadway from Bond St to Spring St yesterday afternoon and the sidewalks were thronged, so much so that I doglegged over to Lafayette. Wider sidewalks would induce more pedestrian traffic and probably more business. How come we never hear businesses making that argument?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Front-yard parking, the way I understand it- driveways from the street terminating at the house or garage door- is pretty much mandatory for all new construction.”

    Additional front yard parking has been illegal in NYC since the late 1980s, when the Quality Housing (for mid-density districts) and Lower Density Contextual zoning amendments passed.

    Required or permitted parking must be located in the side lot ribbon (in a driveway adjacent to the side lot line), within the building, or in the rear yard. In addition, there are restrictions on the minimum distance between curb cuts, with 17 or 34 feet generally required to preserve on-street parking.

    Of course, no one pays attention to zoning anyway.

  • BTW, speaking of parking, curb cuts, etc. It’s high time we did an experiment somewhere in New York City of a residential parking permit program. Just do something like $100 a year for overnight parking (between 2-4am for instance) and my bet is that you will either see the parking crunch melt away or a significant spike in car registrations that were previously out of state.

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