Today’s Headlines

  • NYPD Acknowledges Motorists as a Threat to Times Square Pedestrians (NYT)
  • Motorcyclist Kills Himself, and Fortunately No One Else, in Central Park Crash (News)
  • Driver Jumps Curb, Severs Woman’s Leg in East New York; “No Criminality Suspected” (Post)
  • Think This David Greenfield Pet Peeve Bill Passes Before NYPD Crash Investigation Reforms? (News)
  • Reader Reaction to Denis Hamill Drivel Mostly Negative (Spoke), But Daily News Calls PPW a Draw
  • Far West Side Could Get a New Bus Line This Year (DNA)
  • Related Proposes BMCC as Anchor Tenant for Moynihan Station (NYT)
  • Jersey Mulls Jughandle Ban (NYT); Stamford to Widen Streets for Pedestrian Safety (Advocate)
  • Zurich, Perth, Nashville? NYC Not on the List of Cities Considering Parking Maximums (Governing)
  • Dana Rubinstein Delves Into the Sordid Past and Present of the Yellow Cab Industry

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    At this point it’s a cycle:  the anti-bike screeds come out in January and February, and then disappear over the summer.

    Perhaps the idea is that the screeds seem less ridiculous when fewer bicycles are on the road.  Or perhaps the editors figure that if anti-bike screeds fire up anger and lead to someone getting killed, better it be someone who rides year round.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Here’s a big one.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/baby-boomers-sicker-than-parents-generation-study-finds.html

    “Baby boomers have more chronic illness and disability than their parents, as their sedentary habits and expanding girth offset the modern medicine that enables them to live longer, a study said.   Baby boomers, the 78 million Americans born from 1946 through 1964, engage in less physical activity, are more overweight and have higher rates of hypertension and high cholesterol, according to a study released yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine.’

    “The study, among the first to compare the generations, shows that baby boomers aren’t as healthy and active as most would believe, said Dana E. King, the lead author. They become sicker earlier in life than the previous generation, are more limited in what they can do at work and are more likely to need the use of a cane or walker, the research found.”

    Moreover, those at the back end of the baby boom were the first generation to be poorer, on average, than those who came before had been at an earlier age, a trend that has only accelerated since.  Life expectancy, or at least active life expectancy, is going to fall.

  • The comment thread on the NYT article about Times Square is infuriating. Quick way to ruin my day. Usually when Tal Barzilai makes an appearance, everyone is quick to call him out on his lame, inconsistent, hypocritical logic… however he seems to have collected a polite and approving audience over there at the Times. No one thinks to call him out on his claim that the loss of Broadway bus routes is a huge loss to the citizens of NYC… forget that there’s two major subway lines crossing directly underneath, running the length of the borough and to three other boroughs… Tal’s rarely if ever taken an MTA bus in his life. Show me any NYCT bus that runs from Pleasantville, NY. Tal has been very clear in the past that he drives an SUV into the city when he visits. 

    Unfortunately a lot of the other commenters in that thread have a very poor understanding of how the public space in Midtown is used and abused. As is typical when it comes to infrastructure and public policy discussions, the conversation is non-functional because its participants are far more opinionated than they are knowledgeable. 

    For the record, I’ve always supported the “temporary” “wait-and-see” approach to the Times Square redesign because I liked the goals and I thought a change would be good, but I wasn’t sure it was going to work out the way they said it would. Well, it did work out the way they said it would. The fact that we can’t get a consensus on that is as maddening as the persistent existence of Birthers or Tea Party gun nuts.

  • vnm

    Re Stamford.  Ugh.  Another second-tier “edge city” wrecking its pedestrian environment and tearing down historic walkable urban fabric to make it a minute or two quicker to blow through town in a car.  At least the Streetsblog headline is suitably wry. Why to Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Stamford, Silver Spring all have wider streets than Manhattan but little to no street life? This is why. 

  • Anonymous

    Great, so now legislators will make the engineering decision of which type of left turn works best, based on personal experience that it sometimes takes time to make a left turn.

  • Joe R.

    @brianvan:disqus I too found the NYT comment thread infuriating but I decided to have a little fun with it, peppering it with my comments in a few places. Assuming they pass moderation, I can’t wait for Tal’s responses.

  • Joe R.

    @qrt145:disqus They’ve already been legislating speed limits for decades, so I guess they now feel qualified to branch off into other aspects of roadway design. Whatever happened to the days of letting qualified professionals do the job they’re paid to do?

  • jrab

    I would be a little more exercised about the jughandle ban if they were used in any other states. As the article amply explains, motor vehicle operators who are not from New Jersey don’t understand how the jughandle works.

  • Anonymous

    @85211970d034887d032f8c319f70adbb:disqus  “As the article amply explains, motor vehicle operators who are not from New Jersey don’t understand how the jughandle works.”

    Motor vehicle operators who are not from New Jersey should still be able to handle a street sign that says “all turns from right lane”.  It’s not rocket surgery.

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