Today’s Headlines

  • Cuomo Fires State Emergency Management Chief for Directing Crews to Clear His Driveway (NYT)
  • JSK Called for HOV-3; Lhota: Bus Bridge Worked Much Better on Friday Than Thursday (Observer)
  • Subway, LIRR, NJ Transit and Amtrak Tunnels Continue to Slowly Dry Out (TransNatWSJ)
  • MTA Holds First Fare Hike Hearing; Attendance Low After Sandy (NY1, News, Post)
  • 11 Firefighters Injured After Blowing Through Stop Signs, Crashing Into Canarsie Home (Post)
  • Democrats Poised to Take Control of State Senate, If They Shore Up Their Coalition (NYT)
  • This May Be Vito Lopez’s Last Assembly Term, But Some Speculate of Council Run (Post)
  • They’re Baaa-aack: PPW Bike Lane Lawsuit, Dismissed Last Year, Now in Appeals Court (Bklyn Spoke)
  • London Bike-Share Annual Fee to Double, Surpassing NYC’s Planned CitiBike Cost (BBC)
  • Using Bikes to Get Relief Supplies to the Battered Rockaways (Atlantic Cities)
  • Bike Rental Company Gives Away Wheels to Sandy Victims (Crain’s)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Albert

    The link to Crain’s is actually a link to the NY1 story about MTA fare hike hearing.

  • Larry Littlefield

    PPW bike lane:  this isn’t over by a long shot.  The goal is to delay until January 1, 2014.  Perhaps by overturning the Article whatever and having a court case start on the merits…18 months later.  And then claime they need a year to prepare.

    And by the way, the fact that the lane has provided substantial benefits and no problems for anyone — except for some people’s belief that only they matter — is unlikely to be discussed in court.

  • Larry Littlefield

    In fact, avoiding a court case on the merits back then might even have been a strategy.  They’ll lose any reasonable decision.  Their goal is a back door deal, sealed off, that can be blamed on the courts.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know if the Hudson River Greenway is bikable?  Or covered in snow and ice?

  • Sandy

    Does anyone know if the members of Seniors for Safety have been checking in on the seniors at the Gowanus and Red Hook Houses who have been without power and heat since Sandy? Or are Iris Weinshall, Lois Carswell, and Louise Hainline just driving down to their appeal today?

  • Anonymous

    Albert: The link has been corrected. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Albert: The link has been corrected. Thank you.

  • bikepeacenyc

    JarekAF, according to my twitter feed, West Side Greenway is ‘perfectly bikeable today

  •  The MTA owns and runs the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.  Hurricane Sandy is the third time in a decade that Staten Islanders have been trapped off or on the Island and could not walk or ride a bike home over the VNB.  After the storm, ferry service and bus service was knocked out for days.  The VNB is the only connection between SI and the rest of the city.  But the bridge was only open to private cars, one cannot walk or bicycle between the boroughs.  

    There was no Emergency Evacuation Plan for 9-11, no plan two years later for the 2003 Blackout, and again no evacuation plan that included non-notorized traffic for Hurricane Sandy.  The city rightly calls for emergency evacuation, but leaves foot and bike access for one critical bridge out of the program.

    The MTA Bridges and Tunnels (TBTA) should have provided a way to walk and bike the VNB.  They could easily close the SI bound lower level roadway to provide direct safe bike/ped route across the bridge. There is easy bicycle and pedestrian access to the lower level roadway through the back fence of playground on Ft Hamilton Parkway – this would not block cars from entering at 92nd Street.  On Staten Island, foot and bike traffic could use the Marathon/Runners Gate into Ft Wadsworth from the toll plaza area.

    All the East River bridges have fully functional bike/ped paths, and they were heavily used in the week after the Hurricane.  Mass transit out of service, gasoline short or nonexistent, cars damaged by water, city streets congested; walking and bicycling were lifesaving modes of transportation.

    While the MTA is looking to raise fares and tolls, they should also be looking at their Emergency Response Plans to include walking and biking the VNB during emergencies.  Further, the MTA should include installing the permanent bicycle / pedestrian paths the VNB was designed for.  The upper deck roadways will be replaced in 2014 under a +$400 million capital project.  For about $20 million more, the permanent  bicycle / pedestrian paths can be installed along with the upper deck construction.  All the tools and equipment will be in place, and there will be easy access to slip in prefab path sections along with the roadway sections.  This permanent path will solve the problem of how to walk home to Staten Island after the storm.

  • Bolwerkmeh

    No Gang of Four this time? No matter.  It looks like the “independent” caucus is sufficiently right-wing to paralyze a Democratic majority. 

  • Daphna

    This is regarding the Manhattan Community Board 5 meeting that is tonight that has the change in the Broadway bike lane from protected to unprotected on its agenda (see details in yesterday’s article on Streetsblog).  There needs to be a better way for the DOT to get input on their proposed changes from the public who use the lane.  Going to the local transportation committee of the community board and then the local community board does not begin to connect with the people who use that bike lane.  Going only to community boards is a broken system.  This lane is part of a network.  Those who live all over Manhattan and NYC use it.  I try to stay informed but I did not know the Transportation Committee of Manhattan CB5 voted on this on October 22nd until yesterday.  I had no chance to give them input.  There needs to be a new system of the DOT presenting their changes and getting feedback from a wider selection of people who use the infrastructure that they want to alter.

  • For anyone curious about the specifics of London bike share pricing:
    “24 hour access will increase from £1 to £2, weekly access will rise from £5 to £10 and yearly membership will move from £45 to £90.”

    Back in New York, our planned yearly rates are still a great deal and will be lower than London’s increased yearly rate. Our planned daily rates are still insanely high, 3 times London’s increased rates, and must certainly impede casual, trial use of the system by potential converts. Yay, I guess?

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