Today’s Headlines

  • Goldsmith Looking to Privatize Municipal Garages (Post)
  • MTA Can’t Plead Poverty to Escape Arbitrator-Ordered TWU Raises, Says Judge (News)
  • Community Board Nixes DOT Safety Fixes for Queens Center Mall (News)
  • Census Reveals Gentrification of Urban Core, Diversification of Suburbs (NYT)
  • Barry and Jen Benepe: City Council Hearing Made a Mockery of Cyclists (Benepe’s Bike Blog)
  • Boroughs Again Have Nation’s Longest Commutes (Post)
  • David Greenfield Wants to Cut Hydrant Space to Add Parking. Will Hikind Cry Foul? (Bklyn Paper)
  • The Journal Offers Some Decent Cycling Advice, Hidden Behind Waves of Stereotypes
  • Tish James Pushes MTA to Unlock Doors Between Subway Cars, In Case of Emergency (DNAinfo)
  • Union Square Station Design Traps Riders Between Train and Platform (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Thanks for including Ralph Gardner’s initial foray as an urban cyclist in today’s headlines. In another WSJ piece six months ago, “2 problems for 2-wheelers” (sorry, no link handy), Gardner wrote that he was “majorly terrified” to get on a bike in NYC. Now he’s done it and written a positive story. We’re really changing the culture, one journalist at a time!

  • Larry Littlefield

    Thirty rides and he won’t want to do anything else.

    As for getting sweaty, I carry my business casual wear in a bag. If one’s appearance is important enough to one’s employer to require a suit, the employer should provide a closet to keep the suits at work.

    Someone should try to talk Council Speaker Quinn into riding to work a few times.

  • For anyone who understands the climate change crisis, cycling technology provides a major critical path for salvation.

    The global potential for netzero transportation is huge.

  • Peter Engel

    Good story. Gardner couldn’t have chosen a better instructor than Emilia Crotty. She’s the best.

    I didn’t think Gardner’s stereotypes of messengers, delivery people, etc. were all that off the mark….unfortunately.

    My only qualm about Quinn taking up bike riding is that it might give her mug more time in front of the cameras.

  • “Union Square Station Design Traps Riders Between Train and Platform (News)”

    Solution: Invent time machine. Go back to 1904 and tell IRT builders to go easy on the curves. I realize this is callous, but what exactly does the News want the MTA to do? They warn people with annoyingly constant announcements to stay away from the gap fillers, and if drunk people are going to fall into the tracks, outside of glass doors, there’s not much else to do.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Outside of glass doors, there’s not much else to do.”

    And they can’t install glass doors because different car classes has doors in different places.

    If they were willing to look 30 years ahead, it might become possible to install platform doors in a few key stations like Union Square, by keeping the car doors in the same place. But I suspsect that the car doors are moved around to make it more difficult to replace conductors.

    Question — have the door locations been standardized beginning with the R142 and R160 series? (Or better yet the R62s on the IRT — the R68s are 75 footers) If not, why not?

  • Danny G

    Ben,

    The obvious solution is to build curved train cars, and install gap fillers in all the straight stations.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Recent Census Bureau data is once again reported to have shown that residents of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island have the longest commutes in the nation. That is usually blamed on the use of mass transit.

    I have always argued that compiling the data by place of work would show a truer pattern — the longest commutes in the country are TO Manhattan, the county with the highest average pay level in the country.

    You can live and work in the outer boroughs and have a shorter commute, but earn less. You can live and work in Manhattan and earn more with a shorter commute, but pay more rent.

    That’s the deal.

  • Larry Littlefield
  • A 35-ton subway car weighs 70,000 pounds and is designed to move about 200 people.

    Two hundred people weighing 175 pounds weigh a total of 35,000 pounds so that this 35-ton subway car is moving 35,000 pounds of extra dead weight or an extra half-ton person.

    This is not a particularly good design and one might even describe as being extremely wasteful.

  • “Parking is valuable in this city and I think that a combination of both these laws would improve the quality of life for New Yorkers,” said Greenfield.

    Greenfiled’s picking up Marty Markowitz’s “quality of life” meme. And admitting that curbside parking is a valuable thing.

  • Greenfield’s proposal is completely dumb. Sure, paint some red on the curb so people know exactly where not to park. But how is providing fire and emergency vehicles with LESS open space on a street a good idea?

    The same people who claim that bike lanes and pedestrian refuges make it harder for emergency vehicles to get around have zero problem reducing the space one tight, one-lane roads if it meant squeezing in one more parking spot.

    The same people who grilled JSK on whether or not she consults with FDNY and NYPD on street redesigns — she does — have no problem proposing parking fantasies such as this without consulting anyone.

    Tells you everything you need to know about their priorities.

  • “on tight, one-lane roads.”

    cold fingers. sorry.

  • I can’t believe nobody has come out and said it: Marty Markowitz NEEDS a bicycle for health reasons alone. Same for Norman Steisel. It is like these guys are in denial that they are soon going to be cardiac cases, and are playing out that denial by complaining about bicyclists.

  • J.J. Hunsecker

    Why do we want creeps like Marty and Normin’ to get in better shape? It’ll just give them more energy to run their mouths with hypocritical mush.

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