Today’s Headlines

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • So, according to the top story, NYC is adding 10,000 parking spaces every year, thanks in large part to parking minimums. Meanwhile there are fewer trains and buses running today than in 2009.

  • > Prosecutors: “No Evidence” Driver Who Pinned 90-Year-Old on Sidewalk Was Driving Recklessly

    Eesh. Every day another one or two headlines like this. It’s so depressing, and outrageous! How is crashing into Saks Fifth Ave in the process of killing people on the sidewalk not reckless all on its own?

  • Anonymous

    There’s a substantive typo in the “City Atlas” story: the number of messenger (courier) cyclists in NYC now, by my estimate, is 1,000, rather than the mere 100 stated in the story. I’ve written the author asking for a correction.

  • jrab

    Ben, and yet we suffer the complaints of our motorist neighbors that there isn’t enough (is never enough?) street parking.

  • Anonymous

    Hey @Komanoff:disqus, is that you pictured on page 6 of the print edition of today’s Metro NY?  It’s a short piece on the mayoral contenders’ positions on bike lanes.

  • kevd

    @billygray:disqus I was about to say the same thing.
    Baring a collision caused by another driver or another driver’s reckless actions which forced you to avoid a collision if you drove you car onto the sidewalk, you were driving recklessly.

  • The big thing missing from that City Atlas piece is the economic incentive that drives food delivery cyclists to break the law or ride dangerously.  You can change the infrastructure all you want and require reflective vests, ID badges, and all the rest, but until someone’s livelihood doesn’t depend on banking as many $2 tips as possible, I don’t think you’ll see that much change in behavior.

    Politicians should make the connection between a living wage, paid sick days, unionization, and the behavior of delivery people.  But those things would make the cost of food go up, which might make New Yorkers angrier than wrong-way cycling.

  • Albert

    Regarding “Prosecutors: “No Evidence” Driver Who Pinned 90-Year-Old on Sidewalk Was Driving Recklessly”:

    Clearly a new definition of “reckless” operation of a motor vehicle needs to be agreed on when widely-accepted-as-normal, “non-reckless” operation apparently so easily results in the death and injury of pedestrians & cyclists.

  • Jared T Rodriguez

    “Bike lanes are more popular than the candidates running for mayor, that’s what the polling says,” said Wolfson. “And as far as the public is concerned, the bike wars are over and the bikes have won.”

  • Larry Littlefield

    The thing about the 10,000 parking spaces per year is that we don’t know if that’s a big increase.  Because we don’t know how many parking spaces where are, or now many are removed by development.

    If we ever have another federal “stimulus package” to “put people to work” the city really out to come up with a database of how street space is used, along with a tabulation of off street parking.

  • Larry Littlefield

    The thing about the 10,000 parking spaces per year is that we don’t know if that’s a big increase.  Because we don’t know how many parking spaces where are, or now many are removed by development.

    If we ever have another federal “stimulus package” to “put people to work” the city really out to come up with a database of how street space is used, along with a tabulation of off street parking.

  • It is @Komanoff:disqus  in the Metro.
    Here’s a link to their online viewer: http://issuu.com/metro_us/docs/20130214_us_new-york/8.

  • It is @Komanoff:disqus  in the Metro.
    Here’s a link to their online viewer: http://issuu.com/metro_us/docs/20130214_us_new-york/8.

  • jrab

    @Doug_Gordon:disqus you are correct, but you did not mention the largest “economic” factor. If the delivery workers are treated as payroll employees, then the restaurants need to pay workers compensation insurance for them, which for “bicycle delivery of packs and packages” comes to about $25 per $100 of salary. That is enough of a hit on total staff costs to make it uneconomical to change the current model. If the minimum wage goes up to $9 as the President has discussed this week, that would bring total staff costs for delivery services to more than $12 per hour per person.

    At that rate, restaurant owners are better off hiring someone who has a motor vehicle because the workers comp premiums for motor vehicle operation in connection with fast food restaurants are at the same rate as in-house restaurant employees.

  • jrab

    @Doug_Gordon:disqus you are correct, but you did not mention the largest “economic” factor. If the delivery workers are treated as payroll employees, then the restaurants need to pay workers compensation insurance for them, which for “bicycle delivery of packs and packages” comes to about $25 per $100 of salary. That is enough of a hit on total staff costs to make it uneconomical to change the current model. If the minimum wage goes up to $9 as the President has discussed this week, that would bring total staff costs for delivery services to more than $12 per hour per person.

    At that rate, restaurant owners are better off hiring someone who has a motor vehicle because the workers comp premiums for motor vehicle operation in connection with fast food restaurants are at the same rate as in-house restaurant employees.

  • Guest

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus makes a good point about parking supply.  In many portions of the city, there is a huge shadow supply of parking, where vacant lots or private yards have been converted into parking areas (of varying degrees of legality).

    If you remove a surface parking lot and build a new building with several spaces required by zoning, you have still reduced the total supply of parking.

  • Guest

    @f9b2cb395abd5a101456b3b0a40912e1:disqus makes a good point about parking supply.  In many portions of the city, there is a huge shadow supply of parking, where vacant lots or private yards have been converted into parking areas (of varying degrees of legality).

    If you remove a surface parking lot and build a new building with several spaces required by zoning, you have still reduced the total supply of parking.

  • Larry Littlefield

    An actual tabulation of street space allocation is one piece of information we don’t have.  It’s kind of like another thing spoken about here — the total traffic and energy required for different types of food (and paper goods) stores here vs. non-stores such as Fresh Direct.

    Does the absence of people driving to the store make up for the Fresh Direct truck?  Do the many small deliveries to small food stores make up for the fact that most people walk?  And what about larger supermarkets, with fewer deliveries in larger trucks but more people arriving from longer distances, using cars or car services?

  • Guest

    Further note…  If you are reducing the supply of parking when you add a new building, you are simultaneously increasing the demand for transportation. 

    That translates into pressure for more transit on both the supply and demand sides of the equation.

  • Saks Crash: We need a new provision in the penal code that makes killing someone on a sidewalk in an area with a population density of greater than X with a motor vehicle is a crime, rather than a violation.  Driving at a speed in a pedestrian-rich environment that can take you over a curb with that much force is per se reckless.

  • Joe R.

    @twitter-22824076:disqus You took the words right out of my mouth. I might also suggest in the scenario you mentioned that the guilty party loses his/her license permanently. It continually boggles my mind exactly what a car driver needs to do in order to end up on the sidewalk.

  • Guest

    @twitter-22824076:disqus , why would the population density even matter?

    Wouldn’t we still want drivers to be held accountable if they hopped the curb and ran over a powerwalking soccer mom on a residential street in a lower density suburb?

  • Ian Turner

    Comments seem to have been disabled on the News article on Day and Moussi. Any idea why?

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