Today’s Headlines

  • NY’s Weak Case Law Means Sober Drivers Face Criminal Charges in Only 5 Percent of Crashes (WSJ)
  • TLC Let 14 of 16 Cabbies Involved in Recent Serious Pedestrian Crashes Remain on Road (Post)
  • Hit-and-Run Truck Driver Kills Pedestrian on Atlantic Avenue in East New York (News, WNBC, WCBS)
  • 19 Injured, Three Seriously, in Borough Park Ambulance-School Bus Crash (News, Post, WCBS, WABC)
  • MTA Tweaks Brooklyn’s Only SBS Route: Adds Stops, Boosts Local Service on Nostrand B44 (Post)
  • BP Adams and CM Gentile Want Cuomo to Extend Toll Cut to Brooklynites (News, Advance, WCBS)
  • Verrazano Toll Cut Just One of Many Ways Cuomo Has Taken Straphangers for a Ride (WNYC)
  • Bratton: NYPD Information Will Be “Public in as Many Different Formats as Possible” (CapNY)
  • De Blasio Taps Vicki Been for HPD After Announcing Weisbrod for City Planning (News, WSJ, CapNY)
  • Brookfield Doubles Proposed Plaza Space in Hudson Yards Project (DNA)
  • WPIX Picks Up Sneckdown Craze, Meets East Elmhurst Neighbors Who Want Plaza on Unused Asphalt
  • It’s Been a Tough Week for New Yorkers, Including the Disabled, Trying to Use Sidewalks (WNYC)

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  • Plow My Sidewalk

    Over half the city’s households don’t own a car. Many that do use them irregularly. Why is our NYC Santation’s #1 priority to clear the roads? Tale of two cities indeed.

  • mrtuffguy

    This is the first year in my memory I’ve seen DSNY workers shoveling pedestrian ramps. But their work was just a drop in the bucket.

  • Alex

    This is the question behind many irrational, car-centric policies in NYC. It really is interesting that so many pols have such a windshield perspective in this city. Somehow, even in a city with very few commuting drivers, the very American notion that everyone productive must own a car and we must do everything possible to make driving convenient prevails among city politicians. It’s infuriating.

  • qrt145

    The roads (at least some of them) are still needed for buses and deliveries.

  • SteveVaccaro

    I was pleasantly surprised to see a DSNY crew outside my office in FiDi yesterday afternoon dedicated to clearing sidewalks. Trying to remember if I’ve seen that before.

  • red_greenlight1

    I get clearing roads for busses and emergency vehicles but they still haven’t cleared many bus stops.

  • Reader

    I think the larger point is not that they should or shouldn’t clear the roads first – I happen to think they should – but that if streets go unplowed for a very short amount of time, it’s front page news in the Post and the mayor is forced to grovel to spoiled car owners and promise to do better next time. Yet there’s little outrage about chronically unshoveled sidewalks and bus stops.

    I’m not sure what the magic amount of time is, but I think we can all agree that waiting more than a week to be able to walk safely to the bus is unacceptable in a so-called walkable city.

  • red_greenlight1

    Some of those school busses drive like maniacs. I’ve seen them run red lights, slam on their brakes in the middle of the street to load or unload kids. Make turns from inside the bike lane and turn through the bike lane without looking back for bikes. I’ve seen them cut off pedestrians in the middle of crosswalks. I also regularly seem buses park and drive on the sidewalks by their depots in Brooklyn. I’ve heard the Hasidic school busses are even worse. Suffice it to say I’m inclined to believe the bus is probably at fault.

  • carma

    that is why sidewalks are for the most part the responsibility of the landlord.

  • carma

    very nice stat that >50% of the city households dont own cars. ill give you another stat. 100% of the city’s residents indirectly use the roads whether it be it from buses, ambulances, police, fire department, and yes Grocery Trucks that depend on surface streets to deliver your food.

    so its NOT a tale of two cities. its a tale of one city that depends on its roads whether you own a car or not.

  • red_greenlight1

    Which is great but some landlords won’t shovel their sidewalks especially if the building, lot or storefront is vacant.

  • Plow My Sidewalk

    I’ll give you that clear arterial and feeder roads are important and should be a priority, but so should ensuring that sidewalks outside transit facilities and crosswalks in heavy pedestrians areas are clear. That I can see bare pavement for a week and still can’t get to and from my office without sliding around or stepping in foot deep puddles is unacceptable.

  • AnoNYC

    World’s first 3D printed bicycle may lead to cheaper lighter bikes:

    http://www.gizmag.com/3d-printed-titanium-bicycle-frame/30760/

    Greater access to alternative transportation for the masses.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    I remember seeing it the past few years at least. Mostly cutting a hole to the sidewalk ramp.

    What we really need is specialized equipment for it as a shovel isn’t exactly the best use of man-hours.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    And they should be fined*, it really isn’t hard if someone would just enforce the law.

    * a trivial amount the first time, then maybe what it costs to hire someone to clear it the second time, then you actually look to penalize them for being dense the 3rd time and beyond.

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