Today’s Headlines

  • What Bike Haters Need Fancy Lawyers and PR Flacks When They Have The Brooklyn Paper?
  • UWS Cyclist Arrested After Plainclothes Cop Nearly Doors Her, Chases Her With Car (Gothamist)
  • Long Island City Salon Hit by Two Drivers in Nine Days (WSJ); Grynbaum Suspects Bike Path
  • Cuomo Pledges to End Placard Abuse (WNYC); Ruben Diaz Sr. Plots End-Run (TransNat)
  • Group Finds MTA Subways Most Efficient System in U.S., But Buses Don’t Fare as Well (Crain’s)
  • Big Wheel-Pedaling Bus Racer Mark Malkoff Makes No Claim to Transit Advocacy (WSJ)
  • Beaten Traffic Agent Hopes Muni-Meter Grace Period Will Make Drivers Less Violent (News)
  • City Council Approves Columbia Inwood Waterfront Plan Over Neighborhood Objections (DNAinfo)
  • View From Restored High Bridge Will Be Obscured by Eight-Foot Prison Fence (News)
  • Residents Say Coney Island Boardwalk Rehab Designed for City Vehicles (News)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Bolwerk

    Bah, do any police abuses like in “UWS Cyclist Arrested After Plainclothes Cop Nearly Doors Her, Chases Her With Car” ever actually result in police who are even so much as reprimanded, much less disciplined? What a pig.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Looks like the Citizen’s Budget Commission got ahold of the FTA data. Good for them, because I’m tired of repeating myself and can’t unzip the new data on my I-mac anyway.

    The cost of living is higher here, so transit workers need to be paid more than in some other areas. Adjusted for that, the NYC subway looks even better.

    But the problem with the data is that it doesn’t adjust for the extent to which different transit systems are underfunding their pensions.

  • Bolwerk

    Ruben Diaz needs special parking privileges to facilitate his homophobia.

  • M to the I

    An 8 foot prison fence on the High Bridge? Only 8 feet? I think it probably needs to be at least 20 feet to deter the thugs intent on throwing things over the side. While they are at it, we need to add a 20 foot prison fence along side the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path to deter thugs from throwing things on the roadway and at cars below. We also need to require netting around the roofs of all buildings so noone will be tempted to throw anything over the side. Hmmmm, where else. Oh Rockefeller Center. We need a prison fence so noone will throw bricks at ice skaters below. There are so many places where we need these fences. Get on it New York!

  • HamTech87

    Grynbaum is unbelievably biased. Why not focus on the fact that a person with SIX SUSPENDED LICENSE violations for SPEEDING was not jailed after the third violation?! Why should anyone be permitted to drive at high speeds on local streets??? The excuse given by the city councilman that drivers just “need to get used to it” is scary.

  • fdr

    My reading of Grynbaum is that he’s blaming the concrete barriers, which happen to be there for a project that includes a bike path among other things. “The barriers forced cars from both off-ramps to navigate a sharper angle while merging onto Queens Plaza South.”

  • HamTech87

    Speeding on local streets, both in NYC and outside, is an epidemic. Why isn’t Grynbaum focusing on that? Because he and others in the media are speeding to the next big story in their cars, and see pedestrians as just objects preventing them from filing on deadline.

    Would love to put a speed tracker on our media reporters to see how fast they drive to their stories.

  • kevd

    Other than the poor representation of a single statistic in the BK paper piece, it is far from negative. If that were the extent of negative, agenda-driven journalism we had to deal with, we’d be in really good shape.

  • Bolwerk

    How about we just deliver severe beatings to people who make the urban landscape look like the backyard of an Alabama trailer?

  • Eric McClure

    From today’s Crain’s Insider:

    Bike-Lane Poll Deflates Lawmaker

    Assemblyman Jim Brennan’s poll on local voters’ opinion of the controversial Prospect Park West bike lane apparently didn’t turn out as he’d hoped. Brennan, who wants the lane moved or removed, found that only 28% favored removing it. Just 32% said it made things worse. The poll might have been even more favorable to the lane had 83% of respondents not been called on landlines. Bike-lane supporters say they are less likely than opponents to have landlines. Former city Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall is suing to remove the lane.

  • Tsuyoshi

    Everyone getting around by car has trouble finding parking, because parking is underpriced. One might think that, seeing this problem, a legislator could devise a way to more rationally allocate parking spaces. The simplest way to do this is within our existing system of market pricing, where we assign a monentary price to scarce resources such as parking, raising the price when there is more demand and lowering the price when there is less demand.

    But I suppose that, to Diaz, a more rational system involves the creation of a class system where people like him are in the upper class that are able to park wherever they want. The funny thing is, he presumably already gets a “police business” placard for being a legislator, so he must be doing this for his clergyman friends who are, unfortunately, not legislators.

  • J:Lai

    Most on-street parking is allocated based on a combination of a rationing system for the connected (placards) and a lottery system that favors those with free time (driving around during the day to find a spot.) A price-based system, while it could be revenue positive for the city, would re-distribute parking away from those who are connected to those who can pay. I don’t think you have to look very hard to see why that isn’t happening.

  • J:Lai

    I hope the woman who was assaulted by the cop while she was riding sues the NYPD. I think costing the department money is the only thing that has any influence over their behavior.

  • nattyb

    http://www.cato-unbound.org/2011/04/04/donald-shoup/free-parking-or-free-markets/

    I linked to this yesterday.

    It’s so doable. The political will is just lacking. I hate politicians.

  • moocow

    I don’t understand why the media calls crashes with high rates of speed (involving drivers well known for being caught speeding) “accidents”. Thousands of cars pass through there everyday, but the two speed caused accidents make the “skeptical” media wonder about the design?
    Slow the F@$& down!!!

  • Re Salon.

    The owner should sue the city because their negligent design has cost them a lot of money and lost business.

  • Lt. Dan Albano of NYPD Legal explains the law regarding cyclists riding outside of the bike lane to avoid doors or whatever.

  • Driver

    What an asshole.

  • Driver

    Sorry, I should have been more specific, I was referring to the Lieutenant in the video, but the same applies to the plainclothes cop.

  • Ian Dutton

    And the speeding drivers should sue the city because they could only go fast enough to maim themselves and kill innocent bystanders, which wasn’t exciting enough to make as many headlines as the bus massacre on the Cross Bronx last month.

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