Bicycle Rush Hour on Chrystie Street

Chrystie and Grand, 6 p.m. Photo: Ben Fried

A few days ago I was biking home from Manhattan and felt an unusual sensation. I was riding in a river of bike traffic, like you sometimes do on a park loop or the Hudson River Greenway. But I was nowhere near the greenway. I was biking on Chrystie Street.

I don't ride on Chrystie Street during rush hour all that regularly, and people who do are probably used to this feeling. For me, it was new and exhilarating. I'm used to pulling up at a red light with five or six other people on bikes. This was different - a platoon of 20 or so people stacking up at intersections, then rolling down Chrystie Street in a steady stream of bikes extending several hundred feet.

The phrase "safety in numbers" no longer felt like an abstraction. I almost expected a "we are traffic" chant to spontaneously break out.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Karen Koslowitz Is Going to Lead a Rally Against Bike Lanes. Thanks, Jay Parker! (QChron)
  • State’s Top Court Again Rules That Cities Can Be Liable for Dangerous Street Design (Times-Union)
  • Van Bramer Quiet on Sunnyside Bike Infrastructure He Demanded a Year Ago (QChron, TL)
  • Medallions Fetch Fraction of Former Price at Auction, and Gene Freidman Thinks That’s Too High (News)
  • Justin Brannan and Carlo Scissura Want to Bury the Gowanus, But Do They Want to Toll It? (CL)
  • Peter Koo Looking to Boot Venders Off Flushing Sidewalks (TL)
  • The Subways Save the Planet. But Wouldn’t They Save the Planet *More* If They Were Reliable? (Crain’s)
  • Staten Island Tweens Steal Dad’s Acura, Avoid Killing Anyone Thanks to Sheer Luck (Advance)
  • Seven Injured in School Bus Crash at Staten Island Mall (Advance)
  • Remembering Mohammed Akkas Ali, Killed By Reckless Driver 5 Years Ago (Villager)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Cuomo Pursues Legacy of Saddling NYers With Boondoggles While Letting the Subway Rot (Politico)
  • Initial MetroCard Replacement Rollout Won’t Have All-Door Bus Boarding (AMNY); More: Gothamist
  • Judge Calls Out de Blasio’s Big Oil Posturing (Post)
  • Family of Shaena Sinclair to City: “Do Something” (News)
  • Dorothy Bruns’s Attorney Wants Bail Reduced, Blames Her Doctor for Crash (Post, News)
  • Why Does an FDNY Pension Boss Have a City-Funded Car in the First Place? (News)
  • Uber Lands Nearly 20 Minutes of Airtime With Errol Louis (NY1)
  • Seems Like the TLC Isn’t Helpless to Revoke Licenses After All (News)
  • Pedestrians With a Language Barrier Get Bloodied, While Motorists Get NYPD Empathy (Post)
  • … And Straphangers Get Whatever This Was (Gothamist)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Drivers Collide in Canarsie, Killing Mom and Injuring Child on Sidewalk (AMNY, NY1, Post)
  • De Blasio on Fair Fares: You’re Welcome, New York (Post, AMNY, WNYC, Gothamist)
  • More on Yesterday’s Council Parking Hearing: NY1, AMNY
  • Sensing Regulatory Threat, Uber Abandons Bullying for Charm Offensive (Politico)
  • NYPD Faulted Action Carting Driver for Killing Neftaly Ramirez, Then Changed Finding (BK Paper)
  • What It’s Like When a Carting Worker Wrecks a Massive Garbage Truck (Gothamist)
  • NYPD Arrests 18-Year-Old for Prospect Park Hit-and-Run (BK Paper)
  • Unlike Yellow Cabs, the TLC Allows FHVs to Go Without Inspections for Years (NYT)
  • Bronx Free Parking Preservation Community Boards Gripe About Curbside Car-Share (Bx Times)
  • Ben’s Best Owner Sells PIX on “Bike Lane Killed My Business” Narrative
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