Today’s Headlines

  • With No Payback Plan in Sight, Thruway Authority to Borrow $500M for Tappan Zee (MTR)
  • Twice as Many NYC Homes and Buildings Encompassed by Revised Flood Zones (NYT)
  • Bloomberg Admin Drops Plans to Outsource Parking Meter Operations (WSJ)
  • Obstruction Sensors Seen as Alternative to Subway Platform Doors (CapNY, NYT, SAS)
  • MTA Says G Train Improvements Are Under Consideration (Bklyn Paper)
  • SoHo Community Board Asks City to Revive Street Vendor Review Panel (DNA)
  • The Times Profiles Extreme Bike Commuters; Everyday Riders GudkovGoodyear and Gordon Respond
  • DOT to Take Down All “No Honking” Signs, and AAA New York Approves (NYT)
  • School Bus Driver Hits Pole in Williamsburg (DNA); Five Hurt in UES Express Bus Crash (Post)
  • “Outer Borough” Candidate Bill de Blasio Praises Ray Kelly, Disses Times Square (FoxCapNY, WNYC)
  • Imagine Commissioner Kelly Presiding Over a 10-Day Break From Vehicular Violence (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Jonathan Rabinowitz

    I’m waiting for the Westchester bike article to be skewered by Streetsblog Network member Copenhagenize. My spouse was reading the article over breakfast this morning and the detailed descriptions of the technical clothes (gloves rubbed with beeswax!) seemed to me to belong in the style section.

    Apparently the thousands of riders who brave New York City’s sub-zero temperatures in regular clothes on commodity mountain bikes will continue to be out of view of the Gray Lady’s readers.

  • Bolwerk

    Has there been a 10-day break from police brutality too?

  • Ryan Ng

    NO. OBSTRUCTION. SENSORS!!!!! 

    They do nothing to help people who fall onto subway tracks.

    Better to install suicide pits that have enough clearance between the train for people to hide under.

  • Ryan Ng

    @Bolwerk No.

  • srockwell

    The Hill says LaHood is stepping down.

  • KeNYC2030

    Since the 30 mph speed limit is regularly flouted (39 percent of the time, according to Transportation Alternatives), maybe DOT should take down those signs as well.  Given an NYPD apparently incapable of meaningful traffic enforcement, signs like these are at least reminders and help with self-enforcement.  They are about all we have at this point.  

  • Joe R.

    Admittedly it’s pretty hard core commuting 40 miles each way twice a week, especially this time of year. I logged 4300 miles last year (nearly 100% recreational riding) yet I haven’t even rode 100 miles so far this year. I was sick earlier in the month when the weather was more conducive to riding, and then we had that cold snap. I can ride in 15 or 20 degrees, but not for long, so I didn’t bother. Anyway, I would draw on that article more as inspiration than anything else. Maybe someone who thinks they can’t commute 10 miles each way will at least be inspired to give it a try. BTW, his 17 mph pace is pretty impressive. I was averaging about 1 mph less on a few 40 mile recreational rides in the middle of last fall but I also picked my routes and rode late at night. I actually did some utility cycling in the middle of last December. Rode to a friend’s place near Coney Island, 17.5 miles each way. Unfortunately, the wind changed direction while I was there so I hit headwinds both ways. I ended up averaging 13 mph for the entire round trip which I suppose is OK given the headwinds, but I had expected to do better given that 16 or so is normal for me. I may one day attempt a ride out to my sister’s place on Long Island (55 miles each way), but I’ll be spending the night as I won’t have the stamina to do the return journey on the same day.

  • Jonathan Rabinowitz

    There’s also a response to the hard-core commuter article by Streetsblog alumna Sarah Goodyear here. She makes my point much better than I do.

  • Blase about de Blasio

    I can’t vote for anyone who tells Rosanna Scotto he rarely disagrees with her.

  • Anonymous

    The subject of that Times profile responds in the comments to the Goodyear post:
    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/01/you-dont-have-be-superhuman-commute-bicycle/4508/#comment-781405942
    And makes the very Streetsbloggy point:

    I think it’s unfortunate the article focused so much on the clothes,
    because I spent much more time talking to the writer about the fact that
    the 2009 Bikes in Buildings law, my locked indoor bike parking, and the
    traffic-free SCT, NCT, and West Side path are what make this commute at
    all practical.

     

  • Joe R.

    @dporpentine:disqus That’s a good point. A 40 mile commute on regular, traffic-choked streets would be hell, even if you start at 5 AM. He does most of the 40 miles on what are essentially “bike highways”. Same thing with my December trip out to Coney Island. Had not half of it been on the Belt Parkway Greenway, I doubt I would have bothered given how clogged the regular streets heading that way usually are.

  • Ctolag

    Funny it seems it is not enough that the Times publishes a story on cycling commuters then  it is attacked for this or that. Why worry and just bike. Who cares who sees, writes or cares. It is you not them.

    Ugh.

  • Ctolag

    Funny it seems it is not enough that the Times publishes a story on cycling commuters then  it is attacked for this or that. Why worry and just bike. Who cares who sees, writes or cares. It is you not them.

    Ugh.

  • Blase about de Blasio

    Though I give him props for going on with Rosanna and Greg Kelly, which makes him seem appealing by comparison.

  • Steely

    Thanks, Brad, for pulling the relevant de Blasio quote from the end of the Lehrer piece:

    Lehrer asks how BDB would get NYers to “go and
    play” in Times Square. Here’s the quote:

     

    “All of us, including those of us who drive cars, such
    as myself, we don’t necessarily seek out Times Square. I’m glad our tourist
    friends do, which has been very good for the city. But that’s a tall order.
    Maybe the greatest asset of Times Square being the Theatre District around it,
    maybe that’s the ticket. But I’ll have to give that one some thought.”

     

  • Anonymous

    @2555783a6f62598b6aadd2d882a4830f:disqus Without decent biking infrastructure in NYC, I wouldn’t have started commuting to work that way. It would’ve just been too intimidating.

    At this point, I’ll probably still keep doing it, even after Co-Mayors Quinn and de Blasio prove their Post-style populism by ripping it all out, but I think having it in place makes commuting a lot more inviting to ordinary riders.

  • A Padre

    i witnessed the aftermath of a bike/car accident the other day near 8th and 37th street. cyclist on the ground struggling to get up, two cars stopped, not sure who was at fault. the drivers finally exit their cars and help the cyclist stand. one driver looks and points out the large grease spot to the other driver as if thay explains/excuses everything

  • JamesR

    re: the honk story – as I was sitting here reading the NYT piece, a long honk from some impatient, motorized mouthbreather filled the air, one of probably several hundred honks that I and every one of us are exposed to daily. I love how the AAA shill portrays those of us who want to curb this hideous noise pollution as not ‘Real New Yorkers’ – that it is simply the ubiquitous sound of the city, and that we should simply deal with it. Unacceptable.

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