Today’s Headlines

  • Killer Cabbie Cops to Criminally Negligent Homicide, Still Gets Out of Jail Free (NYT, Post, News)
  • Family of Vionique Valnord Sues NYPD, Alleging Cover-Up in DWI Death (Post, NY1)
  • City Limits Ponders the Fallout From MTA Cuts
  • NYPD Responds to Moscow Subway Attacks By Showing Off Big Guns Underground (Post)
  • DOT Hopes to Have Full Brooklyn Greenway Footprint in Place Within 3 Years (News)
  • In First for Any U.S. City, San Francisco Counts Its Parking Spaces (Streetsblog SF)
  • What Makes Bell Blvd Dangerous? Parking Enforcement, Of Course (News)
  • Would a Station Agent Have Deterred Deadly Violence at Christopher St Station? (News)
  • Pittsburgh Requires Bike Parking in New Developments (TNAC via Planetizen)
  • Ryan Avent: Pols Need to Get Over Aversion to Road Pricing
  • Bike Snob Steps Out of the Shadows; You Saw Him Here First, Folks (WSJ, City Room)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    In other news in an echo of congestion pricing, the New York State Legislature refused to make education reforms needed to qualify for a $700 million federal grant, such as requiring more accountability in education and giving parents and children more choices.

    http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=916548&BCCode=BNNEWYORKSTATE

    Of course like congestion pricing, these reforms were really a conspiracy by right wing Republican President Barack Obama.

  • “Many drivers said they grow so exasperated circling the same strip for a space that they give up and head to Long Island.”
    Seriously? I think this entire series of articles is just utter nonsense. I don’t know too much about the other nabes covered so far but I know mine.
    I live about 3 miles away from the section of Bell they are talking about (near the Bayside LIRR station) and I do agree parking is vigorously enforced. However, there are plenty of unmetered parking spots a few blocks away and the the furthest I’ve ever had to park is four blocks (unmetered).
    Sure nobody wants to get a parking ticket but the city (and merchants) have an interest in getting turnover in the convenient spots so there is more commerce. Quite frankly, if they didn’t enforce the parking rules there, Bell Blvd would become a place for people to come and park when they took the LIRR to Manhattan in the morning. That would ensure people did not shop here and ensure people circled the “strip” endlessly. Not enforcing the parking rules would literally kill commerce here.

  • Joby – I don’t know that area but I’ve seen situations around the city like that. Without parking turnover, drivers can simply not be a major segment of customers at a retail establishment. Therefore, in places with low turnover most customers by definition used transit or walked (maybe cabbed it) and the main constituency against turnover are the business owners themselves who commute early and find parking before their customers start shopping.

  • Ooh, I think BikeSnob and I have the same Topeak rack.