Word on the Street

1. Gridlock Sam Tells the Story of NYC’s First Bike Lanes (14 comments)
Last summer my family and I rode the Montreal buffered bike lanes. My wife and 2 teenaged daughters declared the buffered lanes to be very comfortable, safe, and a real pleasure to ride in. They never bike here in NYC however because they find the traffic too terrifying.
Comment by da – November 13, 2006 @ 11:54 pm

2. Mayor Livingstone: $50 to Drive an SUV into Central London (18 comments)
I saw a wide-ranging presentation by Prof. Peter Newman last week. He is a scholar of sustainability and transportation and has been involved for years in municipal politics in Australia — I believe most recently as sustainability commissioner for Sydney. It was painfully striking how far behind the rest of the developed world we are in the discourse and practice regarding liveable, environmentally sustainable cities.
Comment by Orcutt – November 15, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

3. T is for Transit-Oriented Development? (59 comments)
It often seems that many architects don’t understand that the fundamental unit of urban landscapes is the human body. Streetsblog is predicated on this understanding, after all. We experience space in relation to our persons. And if it seems like non-architects are unwilling to experiment with urban forms, I’d agree that is true, but with good reason – the human form is more or less static….
Comment by Greg – November 15, 2006 @ 10:35 am

4. Ad Nauseam: Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 (14 comments)
In America big brother or the social police do not tell us what to drive or what to buy. No one tells us to waste gas or to conserve it, to waste money or save it, to watch tv or read a book. We choose on our own. You are free to drive what you want as I am. You can drive a Prius or a Mercedes or a Pinto, or a bicycle, it is your choice. Where do you get off implying you are right and someone else is wrong?
Comment by Rick – November 17, 2006 @ 1:31 am

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Overheard in the comments section. If anyone has photos of the new stencils or has seen police enforcing bike lanes in a similar way, snap a photo and send it to Streetsblog: I can verify Hannah’s observation. On Sunday morning, my girlfriend and I noticed the marking on W. 77th (we recall 78th but it could have […]

CB 2 Committee Endorses Parking-Protected Hudson St. Bike Lane

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The transportation committee of Manhattan Community Board 2 voted unanimously on Tuesday to endorse a community-generated plan to upgrade the Hudson Street bike lane to a parking-protected lane. Right now, Hudson Street has a buffered bike lane. It’s one of the oldest in the city according to Ian Dutton, a former vice chair of the […]

DOT’s Grand Army Plaza Plan: Bold, Exciting, Crowd-Pleasing

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At last night’s presentation to a joint meeting of three Brooklyn community boards, DOT assistant commissioner Ryan Russo unveiled what he called "a pretty dramatic and bold, exciting plan" for Grand Army Plaza. The proposal lived up to the billing. Lots of asphalt will be reclaimed for walking and biking. Getting to the central plaza […]