Today’s Headlines

  • Obama Visits Staten Island, Names Shaun Donovan as Recovery Liaison (CapNY, Advance)
  • News: DC Delegates Irked That Cuomo Didn’t Consult Them Prior to Federal Aid Pitch
  • Restoration of R Train Service Between Manhattan and Brooklyn Weeks Away (SASNews)
  • Suspect Adam Recio Charged Only With Leaving Scene of Fatal Williamsburg Crash (ABCDNANews)
  • Bus Driver Who Fell Asleep at the Wheel Faces Up to 40 Years for Fatal 2011 Crash in Virginia (QChron)
  • CB 1 Member Karen Nieves Says Greenpoint Greenway Cyclists Could Impede Trucks (DNA)
  • More on Upper West Side Bike Rack Action From DNAinfo
  • Richard Brodsky Thinks Next Mayor Should Abolish NYC EDC, Is Called “Progressive” (Crain’s)
  • Whoa: City Council Redistricting Rigged to Favor Incumbents (Gotham Gazette)
  • Cap’n Transit Straightens Out Latest Freakonomics Nonsense

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  • Bolwerk

    The comments on that Crains article are a parade of paranoid, authoritarian delusion summed up by: “I honestly don’t get what the liberals think will happen to the City if we go back in time to the 1980?s and early 1990?s.”  They don’t come right out and say it, but they really seem worried about what the world will look like if blacks can walk around without being frisked.

    Brodsky’s right about EDC. It should be abolished. Most of what it does is terrible, and it is run by the clueless. Its $1B+ budget could do a lot more good going toward transit.

  • > CB 1 Member Karen Nieves Says Greenpoint Greenway Cyclists Could Impede Trucks

    I find it discomforting that a CB member for my neighborhood also the “business service manager with the North Brooklyn group EWVIDCO,” that’s … pretty much having a straight up lobbyist as an official.

  • > “The entire delegation is annoyed,” one congressional source said. “There is a high level of ire.”

    Jesus, what a bunch of craven babies, faux royalty on the Potomac. Don’t make them fight for anything, ohhhh no. Imagine this: try to get recovery money AND pass a budget! Oh, heavens! I thought I couldn’t dislike Schumer and Gillibrand more, but then articles like that show me that we have not yet reached the depths of their characters. Bunch of debutants. Sorry, this is how it works, Gov Big Mouth went to bat, what are you gonna do about it?

  • krstrois

    Karen Nieves willfully ignores that Greenpoint is *already* a huge cycling neighborhood, not only because of growing demographic preference but also because of exceptionally bad transit service to the neighborhood. Her desire to prevent cyclists from carousing in her neighborhood, well, she missed that boat already, about twenty years ago. 

  • Brooklyner

    Don’t trucks usually block bicylists’ right of way, and not the other way around? Sorry, Karen Nieves, but your logic goes nowhere.

  • jrab

    It’s my opinion that a West St lane as described in the DNA article would be a worse option than upgrading the Franklin Ave or Manhattan Ave lanes. As a New Yorker who bicycles for transportation, I do not appreciate being detoured two blocks out of my way in order to ride safely. There are no retail businesses and no houses on West St.

    Let the trucks drive on West St and put a real protected lane on Manhattan Ave, the commercial artery of the neighborhood.

  • Ladyperson

    At least Teresa Toro (former transpo chair for CB1) was on the ball and got the board to approve the greenway. At this point it’s going to happen thanks to her. Wish she was still on the board, she was a great voice for progressive transportation!

  • MFS

    Karen has been a big supporter of bike lanes and bike share as Transportation Chair.  She is right to make sure that the lanes work with the industrial businesses that border the greenway build out- she was instrumental in helping find a solution that worked for all on Kent when they made Kent one-way.  Don’t jump to conclusions so quickly from a single article!

    Luckily, there are almost no driveways or loading docks onto West St and they are almost exclusively on the non-greenway side of the street.

  • MFS

    Karen has been a big supporter of bike lanes and bike share as Transportation Chair.  She is right to make sure that the lanes work with the industrial businesses that border the greenway build out- she was instrumental in helping find a solution that worked for all on Kent when they made Kent one-way.  Don’t jump to conclusions so quickly from a single article!

    Luckily, there are almost no driveways or loading docks onto West St and they are almost exclusively on the non-greenway side of the street.

  • Daphna

    Manhattan bike lanes that were sanded off within the last couple days:
    1) Prince Street lost its curbside green pigmented bike lane west of Mulberry Street.  It is replaced with sharrows.  I hope parking on the north side of Prince Street will not return.  Otherwise that street will be impassible for bikes. 
    2) First Avenue lost its curbside green pigmented bike lane for half of the block between 46th Street and 47th Street and was replaced only by sharrows.

    The NYC City Council has twice passed laws aimed at slowing down bike lane installation through bureaucracy. The second piece of legislation says that for any road change involving bike infrastructure, the DOT must give notification to the community board and the city council member for that area 90 days ahead of implementation.  The first legislation said that any bike infrastructure that impacted a car travel lane or car parking for more than four blocks needed to be presented to the local community board beforehan,d and that the DOT must receive feedback on the proposed change. However, the community boards are still advisory only.  The laws only say that the DOT must notify the community boards, not follow their resolutions.  The second legislation in particular should apply to BOTH the installation and removal of bike infrastructure.  Does anyone know if there was notice to the community board of the removal of the Prince Street bike lane?  Bike lane removal should be treated the same way as installation:  if the DOT voluntarily restricts themselves only to installing bike lanes that community boards approve of, they should also voluntarily restrict themselves to removing only bike lanes that community boards approve the removal of.

    I am upset about these disappearing bike lanes!

  • Good eye, Daphna. My ride on Prince ends at Lafayette and I noticed the change right before the light there, figured it was related to right-turn conflicts. If they do put auto-parking spots where the lane used to be, we lose one bike lane that was barely suitable to casual cycling.

    On a narrow one-lane street with sharrows, like Thompson, I can not ride at a comfortable speed without being jolted by an irate motorist honking behind me. With that configuration on Prince then we’d be left with to zero safe westbound routes in that part of the city. The Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges are the only east river crossings to properly accommodate cyclists, and Prince Street used to be the route to get from there to the west side greenway and points north. Now what are we supposed to do?

    I just hope this isn’t as bad as it looks.

  • fj

    Doubling car fuel efficiency equivalent to Tar Sands oil production for 45 years.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/11/17/1206031/five-reasons-why-obama-should-reject-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/

  • fj

    Guess MTA was almost right saying that subway could recover from a major storm surge in 29 days as reported by Columbia Earth Institute geophysicist Klaus Jacob

  • Re: 1st and 47th.  I noticed on Friday that DOT reconfigured the bike lane further to the right, sooner, to facilitate the popular motor-width left turn lane there.  I didn’t notice the loss of green paint.

    Ah, look, the stunning bike commute photostream of Ignatzybanjo has it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ignatzybanjo/8187335963/in/photostream/

    Yeah, I wouldn’t classify that as a loss.  The sharrows there are encouraging cyclists to merge right around turning cars.

    (Are you sure it was green there before?  You’ll probably find that intersection again if you spend enough time with Ignatzybanjo)

  • And, Prince Street is temporary.

    http://brooklynspoke.com/2012/11/19/whats-up-with-prince-street/

    (Thanks @brooklynspoke!)

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