Today’s Headlines

  • Bus Driver Kills Citi Bike Rider Dan Hanegby, 36, in Chelsea (NYT, Post, News, DNA)
  • Hit-and-Run Drivers, One With TLC Plates, Kill Gabriel Garcia in Mott Haven (News, NY1)
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  • Gothamist Dings Cuomo for Pandering to Motorists as Subway System Crumbles
  • The de Blasio Administration Expects Many Drivers to Keep Abusing Parking Placards (Post)
  • After Blaming Victim, SI Driver Pleads to Violating Right of Way in Death of Mary Cerqua (Advance)
  • Columbia StudentNYPD Officer Struggle to Survive After Manhattan, Brooklyn Crashes (DNA, AMNY)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Injures Man on Inwood Street Where DOT Skimped on Safety (DNA)
  • The Times Wants to Hear From People Who Will Be Affected by Penn Station Work

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  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    Safer crosstown routes now! Doorzone lanes don’t do anything to fix the Side Street Squeeze. Bike boulevards aren’t coming unless TA asks for them.

  • Maggie

    Maybe the mayor can sit down with Dan Hanegby’s fatherless children to explain why he’s defended motorists’ choice to double park “for just a few minutes” on city streets over and over again.

    Or why EVERY protected bike lane takes YEARS of impassioned advocacy, when the case for them is as simple as the life and death of his constituents.

    Or why the NYPD didn’t even ticket or tow double parked cars in the vicinity of this tragedy after a life was lost, but instead responded by punishing the people who are just trying to get from point A to point B on a bike, all in one piece.

    Or why his own DOT, professionals we are all paying for, had to sit through another non-elected community board bitchfest last night, mere hours after the Hanegby children’s father died at age 36 from not having a protected crosstown bike lane on the route he needed.

    This is not what 21st century civic leadership looks like.

    “The bicyclist, Dan Hanegby of Brooklyn, was riding on 26th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood around 8:15 a.m. when he swerved to go around a parked van, struck a bus next to him that was traveling in the same direction, tumbled off the bicycle and fell under the bus’s rear tires, the police said.”

  • HamTech87

    I can’t believe the NY Times did not write “illegally double-parked van” in their story. Although with Mayor De Blasio saying that double-parking in bike lanes is ok if it is just for a short time, I guess the Times reporters concluded that this was legal behavior.
    F’ing police continue to spread a narrative unsubstantiated by a Collision Investigation Squad deep dive. Are these cops all just narcissists, wanting to see their words in the media?

  • HamTech87

    Not sure a bike boulevard is what is needed on this very wide street, unless of course I’m misunderstanding the term.

  • Hilda

    Veering around a parked van means it was double parked. Why is this not written in the article? Drivers that double park should be held accountable for the damage that their deBlasio excused behavior causes.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    East of 5th Avenue none of the regular width cross streets are wide enough for a protected lane without removing parking. There’s probably potential to do protected lanes on the west side with bike boulevards east of 5th Avenue. These strategies are totally complementary.

    The eastern part of the 20th/21st St pair isn’t even really wide enough for a regular bike lane without removing parking. The current layout is an abomination.

  • qrt145

    That’s what I thought at first, but this street only has one driving lane, which means that if the van was blocking traffic, how is it that the bus moving? Could the van be double-parked and still leave enough room for a bus to try to squeeze through? I don’t know. But the role of the van driver here definitely deserves more scrutiny, and if it was double parked I hope they get sued.

  • Reader

    It seems very unlikely that someone would “veer” around a car that is parked or double parked. A more likely scenario is that Dan Hanegby was passing that parked car and the bus driver passed Dan too closely, causing him to fall. The driver should be charged, but that would have required NYPD to do a proper investigation. Chief Chan does not believe that Dan Hanegby’s life — or yours or mine — is worth very much, so he’ll just keep having his officers blame victims.

  • Pat

    There is only one driving lane, but it is certainly looks wide enough for two vehicles. Perhaps the van wasn’t pulled all the way to the curb?

  • HamTech87

    I can picture Portland-style bike boulevards, but don’t know how they would fix the “Side Street Squeeze”. Is there an article you can point me to? Thanks.

  • Reader

    Or perhaps the NYPD account is baloney? I wouldn’t put too much stock in the van and whether or not it was parked legally. I’d focus on the coach bus driver, who may not have been permitted to operate his vehicle on 26th Street and, either way, passed Dan too closely.

  • Larry Littlefield

    That’s a possibility. I was overtaken by a van trying to squeeze past a truck and had the mirror strike my elbow and knock me over. The question is whom overtook whom?

    I read all four articles and I still don’t know what happened.

  • Pat

    Yeah and I really take issue with any account saying he “swerved”. You swerve to avoid something unexpected. I doubt he didn’t foresee a parked van.

  • Father

    Seems like it would be hard for the mayor to fit in a sit-down with any victim’s family, what with his daily gym habit.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    They fix the problem by removing traffic from the street. Far easier to deal with passing or being passed by the occasional driver looking to access a property on the block or two you are on than the long lines of through-traffic going crosstown that are on side streets today, especially the side streets the bike map tells everyone to ride on!

  • sbauman

    There are limitation to which streets a bus may use. To wit:

    Section 4-10(b) Designated routes. No person shall operate or cause to be operated on any street a bus operating pursuant to a franchise or consent of the Department of Transportation of the City of New York which designates the route to be followed, except on the route so designated. No person shall operate or cause to be operated on any street any other bus, other than a charter bus, except over a route designated by the Commissioner in writing.

    Section 4-10(e) Routes.
    (1) Operators of empty buses and buses with “charter,” “special,” “contract carriage” or similar non-route specific authority given by the City of New York, the Department of Transportation, the Interstate Commerce Commission, or other legally authorized body, must adhere to the truck routes as described in §4-13 of these rules, or other additional bus routes, except that an operator may operate on a street not designated as a truck route or bus route for the purpose of arriving at his/her destination. This shall be accomplished by leaving a designated truck route or bus route at the intersection that is nearest to his/her destination, proceeding by the most direct route, and then returning to the nearest designated truck route or bus route by the most direct route. If the operator has additional destinations in the same general area and there is no designated truck route or bus route that can be taken to the next destination, the operator may proceed to his/her next destination without returning to a designated truck route or bus route. The operator shall have in his/her possession throughout each trip a route slip, or similar document, showing the points of origin and destination of the trip. Upon the request of a law enforcement officer, or other authorized person, the bus operator shall present for inspection the above stated document or documents.

    Section 4-13 lists 26th Street in Manhattan as a designated local truck route but only from 5th Avenue to Broadway.

    The articles are not clear exactly where the van was. Parking regulations for this block permit 3 hour metered parking for commercial vehicles on both sides of the street after 8am. All other parking is prohibited. It might well be that the van was legally parked, owing to the time of the collision. The cyclist might have been traveling in the parking lane and swerved into the travel lane. The bus might have also been partially using the travel lane and swerved into the travel lane. If there were two legally parked vans on either side and the cyclist and bus were using parking lanes on either side, then their swerving actions could place them on a collision course. This would absolve the van owner(s) of responsibility.

    However, nobody has yet questioned why the bus was on a street on which bus travel is prohibited.

  • qrt145

    Me too. I don’t think I’ve ever read a newspaper article where a cyclist “changed lanes”, “passed”, or “turned”. Apparently their style guides only allow the verb “to swerve” when it comes to any and all bicycling maneuvers…

  • Ken Dodd

    Buses should be 100% banned from any single lane cross street. There is no reason whatsoever for these idiots to be squeezing through these roads and risking cyclist’s lives. Just last week I was riding down 44th st and one of these coaches passed me so close that my elbow brushed him, and then as soon as he nosed past me he looked at me in the mirror, shook his head and veered to the left, effectively boxing me in and causing me to swerve. I just know that if I’d stuck around long enough to have words with him, he would have ranted something along the lines of “cyclists don’t belong on the road” etc. I’m sick of these meat headed bus driving imbeciles. They have also killed dozens of people in Hell’s Kitchen over the years by turning without yielding.

    Also note how all of the articles listed above cover for the driver by saying that he “remained on the scene,” except the DNAInfo article which states that “The bus driver initially kept moving until witnesses flagged it down.” There is no way in the world that a bus or truck driver can drive over someone and their bicycle without feeling a thump. Just not possible. Years ago I was riding with a friend in an 18-wheeler near Philly and we felt it go over something so he stopped. He’d ran over a dog. Yes, you feel it. I’m guessing if witnesses hadn’t “flagged him down” he would have kept going. Just another “maybe if I just say I didn’t realize I hit him I’ll get away with it” a-hole. What these bozos should know is that it doesn’t really matter if they stop – the NYPD will immediately write it off as an accident anyway, regardless of how they were driving. Also if you read through the comments on that DNAInfo article there are a few from someone on the bus who says the driver got way too close to the cyclist, that they gave their details as a witness to the NYPD but the NYPD has not contacted them. This is all in keeping with the usual NYPD incompetence and refusal to investigate fully.

  • AMH

    “This mayor wants us to give tickets to cops. But honestly, I’m not going to do it.”

    And there we have it. Fighting corruption this brazen is going to take more than lip service.

  • disqus_vtugpDrQ4A

    I think this an important part of the conversation about 26th Street: http://chelseanow.com/2017/02/turn-restriction-shifts-tour-buses-to-side-streets/

    In short, the buses don’t belong there at all. Since buses are no longer allowed to turn east on 23rd Street from 10th Avenue, they’re using 26th to cut over instead. The stretch of 26th between 10th Ave and 8th Ave is particularly wide – wide enough to accomodate parking on both sides as well as two lanes of traffic (though it’s not striped as such). Drivers jostle for position right next to the school at 9th Ave to try to get to the light at 8th as fast as possible. There was an LPI added to the light at 26th Street and 9th Avenue not too long that is helpful, but drivers still want to turn across pedestrians who are crossing 9th Avenue. In the least, the crossing distances across 26th should be shortened with bulbouts. Longer term redesigns should include better pedestrian and protected bicycle infrastructure.

    The crosstown biking options in this part of town are dismal, made worse by all of the construction, complacency towards parking and placard abuse and traffic heading to and from the tunnel.

  • Driver

    You just pointed out a major problem with the truck route network in Midtown. Many of the major cross town streets that are truck routes have an increasing number of turn restrictions that make it useless bordering on impossible to try to use them to get to local destinations.

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