Today’s Headlines

  • MTA Looks to Cut Capital Plan, Could Postpone 2012 Projects (Crain’s)
  • PlaNYC Update Coverage: Not Much About Transpo (NYT, Post, Gotham Gazette)
  • Livery Cab Driver Smashes Into Bronx Department Store, Kills 61-Year-Old, Injures Six (NewsNYT)
  • In Lead Up to Borough Taxi Plan, TLC Cracks Down On Illegal Street Hails (News)
  • Manhattan Beach Group Threatens Protests for Traffic Calming, Against Bike Lane (Courier-Life)
  • The Center of the Bronx Scandal Venn Diagram: Ticket Fixing for Yankee Stadium Exec (DNAinfo)
  • On Earth Day, Enviros Name Complete Streets Bill a Super Piece of Legislation (MTR)
  • Bike-Share Will Launch in Boston This Summer (Streetsblog DC)
  • DOT Agrees to Work With CB 12 to Improve Bike/Ped Safety at Greenway Entrance (DNAinfo)
  • Driver Slams Into Brooklyn Heights Promenade (Bklyn Paper)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Greg

    Speaking of bike share, wasn’t New York’s program supposed to launch this spring? And will the stations really only be south of 60th Street? Why exclude north Manhattan unless it’s just a racism thing?

  • Don’t know if you guys or a commenter posted this this week (it’s several days old now), but just mentioning it because of the clever way someone else framed it–“collateral damage” in the bike crackdown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxjNVSCs_Lg

  • Agent Zero

    Open letter to dopey journalist writing about Brooklyn Promenade curb jump: a car is a hunk of a metal. It does not have the capacity to act. The driver steered the car over the curb etc. The driver is responsible for this idiocy, not the car. So, was the driver charged with a crime for potentially lethal stupidity? When a biker rides on the sidewalk, nobody confuses the bike and biker. Yet, when a driver, drives on the sidewalk, the story is about the car, not the driver.

    “The car charged down Clark Street at 9:52 pm, but failed to turn at Columbia Heights — opting instead to vault the curb, zip underneath a construction scaffolding, bash through a wooden police barrier and slam into the promenade fence, denting two of its wrought iron bars. The car was smashed and leaking oil, but its driver was no worse for wear: he was found sitting on a promenade bench”

  • moocow

    It was on Gothamist, right around when that scofflaw, terrorist, spandex warrior threat to society that almost killed everyone ever, cyclist, (but wasn’t a red light running, wrong way on the side walk riding food delivery guy, whom the real “bike problem” is about, but cops won’t ticket because of some crazy “understanding.”) -breath- got busted for having her tote bag hanging from her handlebars.
    Tough days for the NYPD.

  • moocow

    It was on Gothamist, right around when that scofflaw, terrorist, spandex warrior threat to society that almost killed everyone ever, cyclist, (but wasn’t a red light running, wrong way on the side walk riding food delivery guy, whom the real “bike problem” is about, but cops won’t ticket because of some crazy “understanding.”) -breath- got busted for having her tote bag hanging from her handlebars.
    Tough days for the NYPD.

  • moocow

    It was on Gothamist, right around when that scofflaw, terrorist, spandex warrior threat to society that almost killed everyone ever, cyclist, (but wasn’t a red light running, wrong way on the side walk riding food delivery guy, whom the real “bike problem” is about, but cops won’t ticket because of some crazy “understanding.”) -breath- got busted for having her tote bag hanging from her handlebars.
    Tough days for the NYPD.

  • moocow

    It was on Gothamist, right around when that scofflaw, terrorist, spandex warrior threat to society that almost killed everyone ever, cyclist, (but wasn’t a red light running, wrong way on the side walk riding food delivery guy, whom the real “bike problem” is about, but cops won’t ticket because of some crazy “understanding.”) -breath- got busted for having her tote bag hanging from her handlebars.
    Tough days for the NYPD.

  • M to the I

    This is something I dont understand. Drivers are allowed to drive their vehicles onto the sidewalk to access garages, parking lots or parking spaces at their residence. Its called a driveway. Why aren’t bicycles allowed to ride up onto the sidewalk at a curb cut to access their homes or buildings?

  • J:Lai

    This bothers me too. The natural way that most people talk about cars ascribes voltion and agency to the machine, and makes the driver a passive entity, thereby not responsible for the “accidents” that the car may be involved in.
    I think this does not happen with bikes for the simple reason that there isn’t a barrier of metal and glass between the biker and the rest of the world.

    I try to pay attention and always refer to the driver’s actions, as opposed to the vehicle’s, and I am often surprised at how easily I will slip into referring to the car as the actor if I don’t focus on it.

  • J:Lai

    This bothers me too. The natural way that most people talk about cars ascribes voltion and agency to the machine, and makes the driver a passive entity, thereby not responsible for the “accidents” that the car may be involved in.
    I think this does not happen with bikes for the simple reason that there isn’t a barrier of metal and glass between the biker and the rest of the world.

    I try to pay attention and always refer to the driver’s actions, as opposed to the vehicle’s, and I am often surprised at how easily I will slip into referring to the car as the actor if I don’t focus on it.

  • vnm

    M to the I that is a great point. This cries out for legislation to fix it.

  • carma

    i agree. bikers SHOULD use the sidewalk in this case. commonsense folks.

  • MR

    Cyclists should dismount as they ride on to the sidewalk. The responsible ones do. It’s not like a driver can get out and push from the curb to the garage.

    It would be great if there was some technology or equine advancement that made it possible for cars to float over sidewalk driveways on unicorn wings, but there ain’t.

    It doesn’t make sense that cyclists should decide to be *more* dangerous to pedestrians because cars use driveways. That’s just illogical. Cyclists use protected bike lanes – should cars be given the privilege to drive in them just for equity’s sake?

    Yeesh.

  • M to the I

    actually, all people do right now is make equity arguments about bikes and cars. so yes this is an equity argument. there is plenty of road infrastructure that bikes are not able to use and bikes have their infrastructure that cars and truck drivers are not supposed to use (even though they do). it has nothing to do with travel lanes.

    im a cyclist who does happen to dismount either before or one i am on the sidewalk. but people getting tickets for riding 10 feet to their door from a curb cut is ridiculous. if i own a home, why should it be legal for me to drive my car into my driveway and not my bike? your safety argument sucks. its not like cyclists pulling up to their door are going 20 mph. show me how it is more dangerous to pedestrians.

    everyone is going a little overboard about the separating bikes and pedestrians, and the dangers of mixing. it works fine on the manhattan bridge bike path. peds dont seem too scared of fast moving bikes and bikers dont seem to be mowing down peds. there has only been 1 recent accident between a cyclist and ped that i know of on the brooklyn bridge which is heavily foot trafficked. it is really not unsafe for cyclists to pull up a curb cut to their door.

  • Driver

    Yes, it’s definitely a racism thing. All that rif-raf on the upper east and upper west side can’t be trusted to roam to other neighborhoods.
    Racism? Seriously?

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