Today’s Headlines

  • NYC Bike-Share: Read All About It (Post, News, DNA, Crain’s, TransNat, MTR, NBC, Observer, SAS)
  • Sadik-Khan Grabs Some Ink on the Daily News Op-Ed Page
  • Haughney and Grynbaum Invoke Spandex in Graf One, Coast Downhill From There (NYT)
  • Felix Salmon Expertly Picks Apart Sean Sweeney’s Bike-Share NIMBYism
  • Cue Michael Herzenberg: AAA Afraid Its Members Will Be Hitting More Cyclists (NY1)
  • Drunk Off-Duty Cop Kills Pedestrian in the Bronx (News, NY1)
  • Man Fatally Struck on FDR Was Running From Police; Motorist Kills Self on Queens Blvd (News, DNA)
  • Parents Upset That School Bus Snafus Are Forcing Kids to Take Transit (News)
  • TWU Wants Bus Drivers Protected in Wake of Bronx Assaults (NY1)
  • Bensonhurst Cranks Apoplectic Over Parking Construction; Denis Hamill Picks Up a Pitchfork
  • Revitalized Westchester Square to Start With Restored Park, Expanded Public Plaza (News)
  • City Council Experiment Will Leave Slush Spending to Voters (NYT)
  • Marty Markowitz Has Not — Repeat: Has Not — Ruled Out Mayoral Run (NY1)

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  • The Times’ coverage is so bad. So bad. The loaded words and slant Haughney takes is ridiculous. Perhaps she can use a few more exclamation points in her Twitter updates about it. 

  • Glenn

    What’s the tally on police officers on or off duty killing suspects with guns vs. innocents in drunk driving accidents? Simply embarassing!

  • Don’t miss Clyde Haberman’s take on bike sharing:

    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/15/bike-sharing-vs-sidewalk-sharing/#

  • Larry Littlefield

    From Crain’s:  “City Council Transportation Committee Chairman James Vacca, D-Bronx, warned that the Department of Transportation must be “totally committed to working with local neighborhoods and council members … because these stations are going to take up valuable real estate on our public streets and sidewalks.”
    Hmmm.  What else does that?

  • Hmm, based on that vague rambling blog post, Haberman doesn’t seem to have much of a point to make, other than “I love to whine…”

  • summer

    From the Times: “The bicycles were not built for speed: they have only three gears, and
    none of them are fast. Think Ford Crown Victorias on two wheels.”  Great comparison.  It’s not like cab drivers ever go “fast.”

  • Bolwerk

    The AAA is only promoting a line of stupidity that most other stakeholders repeat as Gospel: if a car hits you, it’s never the car’s fault. It’s that mentality that leads to signs like this (at Queens Blvd & 46th Street, near the 7 Train), rather than traffic improvements.

  • Driver

    Bolwerk, the mentality that leads to signs like this is people thinking they can just walk through moving traffic and nothing will happen to them.  I still see people do it all the time on QB, they will even climb over the fences designed to keep pedestrians from jaywalking, sometimes walking along the narrow curb between the left lane and the fence with passing traffic. 

  • Driver

    Bolwerk, the mentality that leads to signs like this is people thinking they can just walk through moving traffic and nothing will happen to them.  I still see people do it all the time on QB, they will even climb over the fences designed to keep pedestrians from jaywalking, sometimes walking along the narrow curb between the left lane and the fence with passing traffic. 

  • Driver

    Bolwerk, the mentality that leads to signs like this is people thinking they can just walk through moving traffic and nothing will happen to them.  I still see people do it all the time on QB, they will even climb over the fences designed to keep pedestrians from jaywalking, sometimes walking along the narrow curb between the left lane and the fence with passing traffic. 

  • Bolwerk

    @Driver: even if that’s true, it’s stupid to leave QB as something akin to a highway knowing that people are under pressure to cross anyway. Never you mind inept drivers who see red lights as only a suggestion, traffic planners are not thinking ahead. 

  • @3a9cb377ae68ba7b489d30e5eb859747:disqus Yup, really the only solution is to forcibly slow drivers down and make them attentive.  One can do this by making the road so narrow/twisty/etc that they feel nervous and start paying attention.

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