Today’s Headlines

  • Two Taxi Drivers Kill Woman, 25, Riding Bike in East Harlem, “No Criminality” (News, Post)
  • Jury Orders MTA to Pay $1 Million After Driver Runs Over Woman, Is Cleared by NYPD (Post)
  • State’s Top Court Upholds Boro Taxi Plan (NYT, WSJ); WNYC Offers a Refresher on the Proposal
  • NYPD Detective Charged With Drunk Driving in Highbridge (News)
  • Gothamist Has a Good Take on Felix Salmon’s Concerns About Citi Bike’s Software
  • Yesterday’s Numbers: 16,720 Trips, 33,616 Members, 123,217 Trips Since Launch (Citi Bike)
  • Gridlock Sam: “By Next Year We Won’t Remember Life Without Citi Bike” (Downtown Express)
  • How Will Bike-Share Impact Bike Shops? Most Say Things Will Probably Turn Out OK (Village Voice)
  • Jamaica Bay Greenway May Get More Connecting Bike Routes, If People Speak Up (News)
  • DOT Replacing “LOOK” Crosswalk Markings With More Durable Stencils (Bowery Boogie)
  • Bottom Line: Don’t Lock Your Bike to a Tree (DNA)
  • Anti-Plaza, Anti-Bus Lane, Anti-Bike Steve Cuozzo Attempts Transportation Humor (Post)

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  • Ian Turner

    AMNY also had both an article and an editorial about the green taxi plan.

  • Ian Turner

    Also, I thought the Cuozzo article was funny, FWIW.

  • Eric McClure

    The News and Post accounts appear to conflict as to the direction the woman who was killed in East Harlem was riding. One says she was westbound on 125th (and mentions a left turn), the other says she was southbound on Park.

  • That inconsistency must really be difficult for the police in their effort to figure out just how the cyclist was at fault

  • NYPD Accident Investigation

    Please note that there is a law against cyclists simultaneously riding in two directions at the same time time. Cyclist at fault. No criminality suspected.

  • Jeff

    To me, it read as an allegory illustrating the ridiculousness of introducing cars into cities.

  • Daphna

    Regarding the DNA info article about bikes locked to trees: 15 bikes
    (each there for several years and apparently abandoned) in Greenpoint
    were locked to trees illegally and were damaging the trees. An
    environmental group tagged the bikes with a warning that they would be
    removed. The environmental group chickened out about removing the
    derelict bikes over a feeling that they might be stealing. Someone else
    removed one of the 15 bikes. It might have been the owner, or might
    have been someone else. The NYPD will investigate this “theft”?!? A
    bike chained to a tree for several years was finally moved. Whoever it
    was did NYC a favor. This is a complete waste of police resources to
    investigate this as a theft.

    The Department of Sanitation is
    supposed to remove the bikes but doesn’t. I think an activist group
    should do the neighborhood and the trees a favor and remove bikes that
    have been there for several years without ever being moved. Just do it
    quickly and quietly.

  • One of the comments below the News article explicity compares the victim to women who go to India and “are surprised they get raped”. The article is a pretty horrendous example of the usual victim-blaming.

  • Daphna

    The “LOOK” crosswalk markings were vinyl and now money will be spent to replace them with thermoplast. I think this money would be better spent in another way to make intersections safer. Pedestrians know to look – they have to out of self preservation. It is not pedestrians’ failure to look that is causing them to be injured and killed. Motorist behavior is causing the carnage.

  • Eric McClure

    You’re a stronger man than I, Robert, if you can bring yourself to read comments appended to Daily News or Post articles (or even Times or WNYC pieces if they involve bikes). I quickly begin to lose hope for humanity if I let my eye stray to their comment sections.

  • Joe R.

    Also, it should be relatively easy to distinguish between an abandoned bike, versus one which the owner uses regularly and just happened to be keeping locked up in the same place for years. The easiest way is to look at the chain. A bike which is used regularly won’t have rust on the parts of the chain which engage the sprockets. If the entire chain is full of rust then the bike likely hasn’t been used for months. I’m actually amazed 15 bikes could be chained outside for that long and not be picked clean.

  • Ian Turner

    Unsurprisingly, NYC DOS has a policy on this.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/downloads/pdf/rules/noa/NOA_derbikes.pdf

  • Bronxite

    I caught the same inconsistency.

    According to the Post, the bicyclist was traveling Southbound along Park Ave, when she was struck by a Westbound cab, followed by an eastbound cab at E 125th. Creating an image that she must have been in the intersection (close to the double yellow), running the red or caught in the middle as it changed.

    The Daily News states the bicyclist was traveling Westbound on E 125th St when she was clipped by a trailing cab while making a “sudden” turn. The collision knocked her into the Eastbound lane where she was struck by a second cab. (Judging by the pics, it wasn’t a left turn, if it were a right turn how would she get hit by a cab going the opposite direction?)

    According to the pictures provided, the bicycle appears to be sitting on the outside Eastbound lane of E 125th St, pointing South.

    The back tire appears to be warped, and the lower right (looking at) grill on the closest cab is damaged (though we are not sure if that was caused by this accident, but the rest of the cab looks in satisfactory condition).

    Now I was not there but from the limited evidence presented it appears she was most likely inside the intersection when the collisions occurred. Either she took the red light, got caught as it changed (possibility since both cabs hit her within a few seconds) or she was making a left (unlikely because of where the bicycle ended up unless she was coming from the West), got clipped and was ran over by the opposite cab.

    Take into account low light, low visibility at that intersection due to the El, and precipitation.

    Hard to figure out without actually being at the scene. You would have to look for skid marks, damage on both cabs, canvass for cameras, witnesses.

    One thing is for sure, Park Ave is dangerous. Be careful, walking, riding or driving across or down that street. Didn’t some kid get killed by a car a few days ago just a few blocks south on Park? DOT needs to conduct a survey ASAP.

  • Jason

    Its hard as the cyclist’s(Laura) brother and family to get no information from the police to this day yet the news seems to have a fairly good idea what happenned. If anyone has any questions maybe you can contact the NYPD, because they don’t seem to be giving us any answers.

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