Today’s Headlines

  • Unidentified Woman Killed by Driver in Hit-and-Run on Highland Boulevard in Jamaica (News)
  • Trucks and How Leading Pedestrian Intervals Can Stop the “Left Turn of Death” (Cap’n Transit)
  • The Media’s Perspective Needs to Change Before There’s Real Progress on Traffic Fatalities (PPS)
  • Environmental Review: Necessary, But in Need of Major Reform (NYT via 2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • EDC and Local Merchants Partner on Cleaning Up 125th Street Near Metro-North Station (News)
  • ConEd Paid More Than $2.7 Million Over Six Months for Workers to Stand in Parking Spots (DNA)
  • Taxi Passengers Tend to Be Young, Wealthy Men in Manhattan (CapNY)
  • East River Ferry (Post), Second Avenue Subway (Crain’s via 2nd Avenue Sagas) Boost Real Estate
  • Incoming SI Council Member Steven Matteo Cites High Tolls and Poor Transit as Priorities (C&S)
  • In Westchester, Winter-Weather Bike Commuters Call Themselves “Crazy” Lone Rangers (LoHud)
  • Citi Bike in the Snow: 3,000 Rides (Animal); Some Bikes Removed From Street (Bowery Boogie)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Ian Turner

    “Experts predict more pedestrian plaza projects under De Blasio” (Cover Story)

    http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/experts-predict-more-pedestrian-plaza-projects-under-de-blasio-1.6737131

  • New Yorker

    Remember, tabloid writers. Taxis are mostly used by young, wealthy males in Manhattan, but it’s Citi Bike that’s elitist!

  • Komanoff

    Touche! Except that those Taxi Fact Book stats about passenger age and gender that were dutifully reported in Capital New York are almost certainly bogus.

    Think for a sec. Do you really believe that male yellow-cab riders outnumber
    female by 1.4 or 1.5 to 1? The reverse was true in NYMTC’s 2000 Regional
    Travel-Household Interview Survey. It’s highly dubious that the figures
    would have flipped over in just a dozen years. Similarly, the new
    Book’s stat that 70% of yellow-cab passengers are age 35 or younger is
    patently absurd. The likely inference is huge selection bias in the sample whose results were reported in the new Taxi Fact Book; which would make sense —
    young males are probably far more likely to fill out touch-screen
    surveys than older non-males.

  • wkgreen

    Interesting that there were 3,000 Citibike rides on Fri., the day of the snow storm. I took one from Petrosino Sq. to Union Sq. on Sat. evening after the streets were pretty well cleared. The stats for that day don’t seem to be available at the moment. I found that I had to ride more in the middle of the road than usual to avoid the snowy glop on the edge, and docking was somewhat problematic because of snow clogging the port, but otherwise it was pretty smooth and uneventful, even enjoyable. There were fewer cars out anyway even on typically busy streets. A lot of taxis but not much else.

  • anon

    Citibike gripers complain to bloomberg:
    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140106/chelsea/mayor-bloombergs-friends-emailed-for-help-with-their-citi-bike-woes
    Another pal of Bloomberg’s griped in a May 1 email about a Citi Bike station placed directly outside his daughter’s tony Greenwich Village co-op.

    The dad, whose name was redacted in the email, told the mayor that
    his daughter was aghast at the 39-bike station situated directly outside
    her apartment at 175 13th St. He noted he had already spoken to the
    DOT’s policy director, Jon Orcutt, but expressed his disappointment that
    the city didn’t solicit more community input before picking a location
    for the station.

    “She’s not going to be happy as she loved her apt and street and
    might choose to sell it now at a much lower value,” the dad wrote.

  • anon

    Is Steven Mateo related to Fernando Mateo by chance?

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