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  • Which Mayoral Candidate Has the Best Stance on Bike Lanes? (NYT)
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  • More Coverage of SUV Driver Injuring 89 Year-Old Man on 5th Avenue (WSJDNANY1NewsPost)
  • 14 Injured, Including 11 Children, in Bushwick School Bus Crash (DNA)
  • Nassau County Bus Ridership Hits 14-Year Low as Riders Face Fare Hike (MTR 12)
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  • carma

    bike lanes are a good thing.  with that said, some of the bike lanes are horribly implemented.  my opinion is broadway.  the lanes are on the left edge of the road blocked by planters and reclaimed pedestrian space.  90% of the time, a pedestrian walks on the bike lane and broadway itself hardly sees bike usage.

    but take a look at 7th ave with no bike lanes and you see heavy use.

    look at skillman ave in queens and the heavy use on the bike lanes.

    yes, some bike lanes were poorly planned, and definitely some needs reconfiguration, but it would be a poor choice to remove them.

    regarding the candidates themselves. i think all the democratic candidates stink.

  • krstrois

    It’s really startling and disturbing that none of these candidates has a single innovative idea about the very infrastructure of the city and the safety of its inhabitants.  
     

  • J

    I think the Times article is both well written and hopeful, which is not exactly typical for the Times regarding bicycle issues. The article calls out candidates for being wishy washy or negative on an issue with incredibly strong polling numbers. It also points towards an improving stance on the issue by candidates. A few more articles like this, coupled with bikeshare and more protected lanes, and we may end up with a field of candidates with no choice but to support the continued expansion of bicycle facilities.

  • Anonymous

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus  Actually, the DOT is reconfiguring the Broadaway lane between Times and Herald Squares for that very reason.

    Of course, on 8th Avenue in the 50s last night, I watched a guy walk square down the center of the lane for six blocks (along a nearly-empty sidewalk) without flinching as cyclists swerved to avoid him. Part of it is implementation, part of it is sheer bullheadedness by the oblivious. If the NYPD is going to ticket cyclists who ride on the sidewalk, they should… but they should also ticket pedestrians who walk in a bike lane.

  • Speaking of school buses, I didn’t see SB link to this DN article from last week.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/school-bus-strike-saving-city-money-article-1.1256420

    Despite paying parents 55 cents a mile to drive or to take a car service, the city is saving millions by not having to pay the school bus companies. Granted, it’s very hard on many families who rely on the buses, but it does highlight the insane inefficiency of the school bus system.

  • Guest

    @d8d46f16f380afef59ca318522397233:disqus  I don’t think any of the mayoral candidates have a problem with the physical implementation bike lanes.  They just think the “community” doesn’t want them, no matter what they look like.

    We’ll have to fix that misguided and incorrect position if we want to get into the woods on the details of how each bike lane works.

  • I agree with J’s review. I believe that this is all going to be moot very quickly once the bike share happens, and infrastructure will begin to snowball based on that.

  • Anonymous

    @Uptowner13:disqus I appreciate your optimism, and I agree that the NYT article was well-handled, but I’m very pessimistic about bike lanes in the near term. The first thing Bloomberg did, practically, upon taking office this last time was rip out lanes that DOT had once touted as evidence of a wonderfully robust north-south Brooklyn bike route.

    Based on the rhetoric we’re seeing from all the likely winners, I think it’s very likely that the next mayor will rip out a few just to show that he or she is “serious” and not a tool of the Massive Bike Lobby.That may well fade as bike share takes hold . . . but it also might not. We’re ruled by drivers and rulers generally want to keep their privileges.  

  • ADN

    Buck up, Livable Streets advocates. Along with stop-and-frisk and education, Livable Streets is among a very small set of issues that can regularly motivate dozens, scores, even hundreds of vocal activists to show up to a community meeting or demonstration. These Democratic mayoral candidates will be spending a lot of time in the coming months trolling for votes on the Upper West Side and in Brownstone Brooklyn. These neighborhoods have the highest rates of voting in NYC and are also the bastions of Livable Streets advocacy. The opponents of Livable Streets often like to frame the “Bike Lobby” as a scary, all-powerful, special interest group that pushes everyone else around. Well, you know what? Maybe it’s time we started acting like that. Show up to public meetings with these mayoral candidates. Ask them if they are going to continue the work of Janette Sadik-Khan.Let them know that your vote is dependent on that. Make them respond. Make sure they understand that it is not “progressive” to oppose Livable Streets projects that are broadly popular and supported by a diverse and growing majority of New Yorkers. 

  • Anonymous

    @d4cd047d121498fc0cbe36d02d1d4f73:disqus I’ll “buck up” when I see lanes back on Bedford in Williamsburg–or a meaningful movement to put them back there.

    And all the “showing up” that was done in support of the PPW bike still doesn’t stop people from continually claiming that the bike line was put there against the wishes of the community.

    I’ll take realistic concerns over happy thoughts any day.

  • Triple Prime

    So it’s official.  With his call to “expand” bike lanes, Bill de Blasio has declared himself the pro-bike lane candidate.  I hope he wears the label proudly. 

  • ADN

    @dporpentine:disqus 

    Reality. That’s what I’m talking about. Happy thoughts? WTF are you talking about? 

    Here’s what’s “realistic.” Livable Streets advocates regularly move hundreds of people to community meetings, demonstrations and public events. We are one of the most energetic grassroots political groups in NYC. This is a muscular movement and it’s time to start acting like it in the political arena. 

    Morons will always be “continually claiming” this that and the other thing. You can’t stop that. You can, however, make sure these mayoral candidates understand what’s real and what’s bullshit.  Get your ass offline, show up at a public forum with a candidate some time this month and make sure they are aware of your “realistic concerns.” Otherwise, expect more Bedford Avenues starting Jan. 2014. 

  • Anonymous

    @d4cd047d121498fc0cbe36d02d1d4f73:disqus Won’t even bother with primitive/presumptuous “get your ass offline.” But I will note: the antiwar movement was quite robust in the lead-up to the Iraq debacle. Protests, popular support, etc. They failed. They don’t matter to history. There’s nothing inevitable about being right or being popular or being organized. 
    Talking and doing–neither necessarily lead anywhere if the people in power don’t want them there. I mean, did you vote for Janet Sadik-Kahn? Did a protest lead to her appointment? And do you think that we’d have the bike and pedestrian infrastructure we have without her? 

  • jrab

    The advantage that livable-streets advocates have over antiwar advocates is that everyone can enjoy using bike lanes, median refuges, and pedestrian plazas, but only a very small proportion of us will ever have the honor of serving in the US military.

  • Bolwerk

     Defending oil supply lines and occupying land that doesn’t belong to you to sustain the unlivable streets beast is the greatest honor of all.

  • moocow

    I may burn in Internet/Streetsblog comment hell, but I think Critical Mass and Times Up got us JSK and this livable streets push from Bloomie.
    That’s how I see NYC biking history.
    Protest did get us what we want.

  • Joe R.

    @ohhleary:disqus “If the NYPD is going to ticket cyclists who ride on the sidewalk, they should… but they should also ticket pedestrians who walk in a bike lane.”

    They really shouldn’t be doing either because the law should only levy penalties in cases of actual loss of life, limb, or money. It’s a stretch to say sidewalk cycling, or walking in the bike lane, causes such losses 100% of the time, or even most of the time. If the police are going to give tickets, then give the tickets for actions which cause harm a much greater percentage of the time.

  • Anonymous

    @twowheel:disqus I think the protests played a part, though I think the memory of them (and ideas about them) also play a part in the ongoing media backlash.
    I’d say what got us better infrastructure was a mix of quiet, well-connected activism and grassroots (and essentially apolitical) desire for reasonably safe streets, but mostly city envy from a globally conscious near-dictator whose position here happens to be genuinely benevolent. 

    New York was falling behind. Bloomberg didn’t like leading a city that was so clearly in that position. And for some reason Weinshall left, making progress possible.

  • Joe R.

    @dporpentine:disqus I might agree with you here except bike lanes are sprouting up in other major cities lacking the serendipitous turn of events which got us Bloomberg and JSK. We’re seeing something here larger than New York which I think can only be explained one way-backlash against the automobile by the younger generation. Cars once represented freedom to youth. Now those who grew up with cars have the mostly negative associations of traffic jams, air pollution, perhaps even people they know being victims of car crashes. There may also be a backlash against increasingly costly and inefficient public transit systems. Don’t get me wrong-the younger generation seems to mostly like the idea of public transit, but not in its present implementation. The desire for self-propelled transportation is a grass roots movement which any politician running for office would be wise not to ignore. I think we ain’t seem nothing yet. In five years time bike infrastructure will be a political third rail. To paraphrase, “you can take my bike when you pry my cold, dead hands off the handlebars”.

  • Ben Kintisch

    I generally agree with ADN. We amplify our power when we reach out to campaigns and say “I will vote for the Mayoral Candidate who will continue to make our streets safer for all users, including pedestrians and cyclists.” We amplify our voice when write the same in letters to the editor, etc.  

  • Andrew

    There are five articles cited here about the 5th Avenue SUV crash, and all five of them imply that it was an autonomous SUV. Did the SUV, by any chance, have a driver?

  • NYC Streets Renaissance

    I can assure you: Iris Weinshall was not pushed out of her job at DOT by Dan Doctoroff because of Times Up and Critical Mass. 

  • Anonymous

    @b3295a2f4580d7479c489c660cc30964:disqus Vague claims of insider knowledge about proximal causes do not actually replace complex historical realities.

    And I just have to say, if you actually do represent that organization, I think it’s super awesome that you only drop by to comment in order to minimize the reputation of a rival organization.

    Really hoping you’re just a fake, though–or better, a subtle parody.

  • moocow

    Was Iris pushed out of her job? She certainly was great at it, after all her “father was a cabbie.” That’s the first I’ve ever heard of that. You want to assure me what did force her out?
    No one has mentioned TA, who have done an amazing job, but I don’t think they alone couldn’t have made this change happen. I was on a boat in the Carribean Sea when Armed Forces radio reported a 5 thousand rider RNC Critical Mass. That news went worldwide. NYPD arrested more than 600 CM’ers during 2005-2006. (the City paid nearly a million dollars to those who fought those wrongful arrests)
    Dporp’s comment sounds right, it’s probably is city envy etc.

  • moocow

    Was Iris pushed out of her job? She certainly was great at it, after all her “father was a cabbie.” That’s the first I’ve ever heard of that. You want to assure me what did force her out?
    No one has mentioned TA, who have done an amazing job, but I don’t think they alone couldn’t have made this change happen. I was on a boat in the Carribean Sea when Armed Forces radio reported a 5 thousand rider RNC Critical Mass. That news went worldwide. NYPD arrested more than 600 CM’ers during 2005-2006. (the City paid nearly a million dollars to those who fought those wrongful arrests)
    Dporp’s comment sounds right, it’s probably is city envy etc.

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