Today’s Headlines

  • Inspector General Finds Rampant Abuse of State Parking Placards, to Call For Reform (News)
  • Police Claim Muni-Meter Grace Period Bill Would Lead to Corruption and Violence (NewsPost)
  • FDNY to Extend Safe Driving Policy for Minor Calls to Brooklyn and Staten Island (News)
  • Big Wheel Trike Outpaces 42nd Street Bus Through Midtown (News)
  • Anthony Weiner Debates Himself Over Whether Bike Lanes Are “Progressive” (Observer)
  • NYPD Blitz Doubled Bike Ticketing Rate in Brooklyn This February (Bklyn Paper)
  • After Two Women Struck by Van, TriBeCa Lobbies for Safer Greenwich Street (DNAinfo)
  • Sore Losers Want to Overturn CB 6 Endorsement of Turtle Bay Pop-Up Café (DNAinfo)
  • Parking, Lot Size Restrictions Block Throggs Neck Medical Office From Opening (Bronx Times)
  • Sheepshead Bay Community Board Nixes Request for Less Parking at New Development (Bklyn Courier)

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  • Mike

    Not exactly the headlines I was hoping to wake up to. Maybe I’ll go back to bed.

  • Mike

    Not exactly the headlines I was hoping to wake up to. Maybe I’ll go back to bed.

  • Mike

    Not exactly the headlines I was hoping to wake up to. Maybe I’ll go back to bed.

  • Rindler

    The tricycle beating the 42nd street bus in a race provides a great opportunity for DOT to explain why NY needs dedicated bus lanes. It was clear from the 34th street debate that many people don’t understand the benefits of dedicated bus lanes. So DOT needs to do more work to communicate these benefits. The tricycle race is a great media hook for Janette to get out and do a bunch of media appearances explaining that NY can do better and deserves better.

    Dedicated bus lanes should be popular and widely accepted. But many people don’t understand the logic behind them. Streetsblog readers may understand, but it will take a determined effort on the part of DOT to get average New Yorker’s to understand. But DOT cannot expect the public to support unsettling street changes without solid communications campaign.

  • Rindler

    The tricycle beating the 42nd street bus in a race provides a great opportunity for DOT to explain why NY needs dedicated bus lanes. It was clear from the 34th street debate that many people don’t understand the benefits of dedicated bus lanes. So DOT needs to do more work to communicate these benefits. The tricycle race is a great media hook for Janette to get out and do a bunch of media appearances explaining that NY can do better and deserves better.

    Dedicated bus lanes should be popular and widely accepted. But many people don’t understand the logic behind them. Streetsblog readers may understand, but it will take a determined effort on the part of DOT to get average New Yorker’s to understand. But DOT cannot expect the public to support unsettling street changes without solid communications campaign.

  • Rindler

    The tricycle beating the 42nd street bus in a race provides a great opportunity for DOT to explain why NY needs dedicated bus lanes. It was clear from the 34th street debate that many people don’t understand the benefits of dedicated bus lanes. So DOT needs to do more work to communicate these benefits. The tricycle race is a great media hook for Janette to get out and do a bunch of media appearances explaining that NY can do better and deserves better.

    Dedicated bus lanes should be popular and widely accepted. But many people don’t understand the logic behind them. Streetsblog readers may understand, but it will take a determined effort on the part of DOT to get average New Yorker’s to understand. But DOT cannot expect the public to support unsettling street changes without solid communications campaign.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    If bike lanes aren’t “progressive,” then what are they? Conservative? Liberal? Communist? Totalitarian? Anarcho-Syndicalist? Zionist?

    What a stupid conversation, Anthony.

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  • Anonymous

    I am introducing legislation that will create a five minute grace period to the five minute grace period. I expect it to get the full support of Jimmy Vacca and Christine Quinn.

  • john

    Can we get the guy who rode a tricycle and beat a bus to run a red light in Central park.

  • Mark Walker

    Anyone see PIX11’s hatchet job on pop-ups last night? Interviews consisted of mics shoved through car windows. There was not a single interview defending the pop-ups. I seem to recall a line about “the people” shooting down the idea in Soho, with “the people” presumably being Sean Sweeney, getting PIX airtime for the second time in a week. It was a breathtaking lapse of journalistic standards with not even a figleaf of proprietary — PIX made no attempt to get either DOT or a livable-streets face on camera. Oh, and it was packaged with other pro-car stories under the heading of “Car Wars” with a Star Wars-like logo. This news broadcast seems to have dedicated itself to sliming the livable-streets movement.

  • J

    I think this is a very valid point. The problem is crazy, and stunts like this make a very good point. How many people simply walk as opposed to taking the bus? How many people drive as opposed to a 30 min commuter train/subway and 25min bus/walk on 34th Street? I bet a good number of them would switch if the bus trip were cut in half.

  • J

    “I know a lot of very progressive people who were very pissed off at the bike lane in their neighborhood” Apparently, people can be progressive on some things and not others. Shocking! Perhaps Mr. Wiener is one such person.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    These local TV news stations, essentially, hate New York City and NYC residents. They are playing to an elderly, automobile-obsessed, suburban population.

  • Here it is: http://www.wpix.com/videobeta/40d686e0-5229-40a6-a2b5-89d2561ee40e/News/War-On-Pop-Up-Cafes

    Though they left out the “CAR WARS” logo and anchor banter leading into the piece.

  • Driver

    What’s shocking to me is that anyone expects journalistic standards from the TV/Radio news or daily tabloids. It’s not news, it’s reality based entertainment.

  • molly

    thanks for this. finally, a paperback edition!

  • Driver

    I would like to know how much of that time was actual driving, and how much was picking up/discharging passengers. An average of 3.9 mph doesn’t mean much when it includes loading times, which are not attributable to traffic.

  • molly

    ha! “risk your life to dine al fresco”? right, like people aren’t doing that everyday just to CROSS THE STREET.

  • Guest

    This will bring placard abuse to a screeching halt —-

    “One change being considered is replacing the “police business” placards with ones that say simply “official business.””

  • Eric McClure

    Didn’t Cuomo just dole out 3500 parking placards?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Hey Weiner, take a bike ride with your wife up 8th Avenue in Park Slope at 8am on a weekday. On the back of her bike, put a child carrier and put a doll in it, and imagine that it is your first child. And then realize two things. That you are not a “progressive,” you are a careerist, and that you are in favor of using the fear of death or injury to prevent people who otherwise might want to from traveling by bicycle. Only the testosterone fueled guys in Spandex are welcome on the streets.

  • Anonymous

    I want to like weiner… He has all of those nice firebrand moments on the house floor… But I think at the core he is simply an opportunistic politician like so many others… He says what he thinks people want to hear and he’s desperate for mor power… My nightmare is him as mayor… He really represents everything that’s wrong with NY dems. He treats politics as theatre, assumes every liberal will vote for him because we have no better choices… He’ll talk a progressive game then run off to make certain nothing changes, and everyone in the system keeps getting their share… The public good be damned.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said this before, but it deserves repeating. NYC reporters, especially the TV crews, are all racing in their cars to the next story. I was acquainted with a formerly calm young woman who after a year working for a tv news outfit drove like a maniac. After catching a ride with her once, I swore never to get back in a car with her behind the wheel.

    Maybe if reporters were forced to work for a year without a car, they would be empathetic.

  • M to the I

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/04/06/2011-04-06_not_again_2nd_car_crash_in_same_spot.html

    Ummm…this is creepy. Two accidents, two arms lost. At least no pedestrians were killed this go around.

  • Daniel

    I love that he hears from lots of people who “bike all the time” and yet “hate fucking bike lanes”… yeah, i’m sure. sounds to me like the “scientists” who “don’t believe all this hype about climate change.” that is, i think these “bikers” are more like “car drivers who maybe own a bike.”

  • Anonymous

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