Today’s Headlines

  • More Details and Map of DOT’s New ‘Safe Routes for Seniors’ Plan (News)
  • Gov’s Budget Proposes Higher Fees for Car Insurance; Brodsky Outraged (Post)
  • Jeers for Marty "Parkowitz" (News)
  • Cheers for Spitzer’s Transit Lock Box (City Room)
  • ESTA: Fund the MTA and Build "The System We All Want" (News)
  • New PATH Trains to Feature High-Tech Gadgetry, More Doors (AM)
  • Medical Examiner’s Van Crashes on Ft. Hamilton Parkway, Killing 2 (Gothamist)
  • Construction on Red Hook’s Columbia Street Still Not Finished (Gowanus Lounge)
  • Mexico City Launches Women-Only Bus Service (Reuters)
  • Japan Unveils Nationwide Plan for Bike Lanes (Mainichi Daily News)
  • Israel to Build Network of Charging Stations for Electric Cars (NYT via Gristmill)
  • Jonathan

    Gridlock Sam goes into detail today about double-parking and bike lanes, as well as mentioning the closure of the Carlton Avenue Bridge. Now cyclists have to ride on Vanderbilt in order to cross the railroad tracks? For two years? Boo!

  • Marty Parkowitz: never expected to be lauded in a Daily News editorial as part of a “fine bunch”! It’s a stake in the heart of the law enforcement detractors on the uncivilservants site–and a huge affirmation of TA’s decision to take on this issue full-measure.

  • Larry Littlefield

    (I own/operate a commercial vehicle used to deliver to grocery stores in the Bronx.)

    FYI, nothing generates more truck traffic and deliveries than a grocery store. It is a high-volume operation with perishable products. Large chains may consolodate deliveries in 18 wheelers from a central warehouse, but smaller supermarkets and grocers will get deliveries from many panel trucks.

    This was dicussed in detail when I was the project leader for the never-published Commerical Use and Parking Study at City Planning. As I recall, Adolfo Carrion, then a community board district manager, suggested limiting the curb space in front of the supermarkets to loading zones.

    While I was there, DCP proposed allowing new supermarkets in industrial zones, which tend to be located next to poor neighborhoods that lack decent supermarkets. The City Council, paid off by (drum roll please) Richard Lipsky, refused to go along. He represented the incumbents that attract the trucks double parked on local commericial streets.

  • Hilary

    Larry – Did you look at total traffic (not just delivery, but customers) generated by small groceries vs. supermarkets? Fresh Direct? Farmers markets? How about other retailers? I think we have lots of information about impacts on employment/street life/public health, but very little on transportation. I asked NYMTC once, and they said there had been no studies. What is the optimum way to connect urban consumers with markets? How should NYC shop?

    (An assisted living facility near me provides a weekly bus from lower manhattan to the supermarket across the Hudson. That seems pretty efficient to me.)

  • Larry Littlefield

    (Did you look at total traffic (not just delivery, but customers) generated by small groceries vs. supermarkets? Fresh Direct? Farmers markets?)

    The data on trip generation for trucks is spotty, and even the official data for customers is weak. I had to do some specific surveys myself of motion picture/broadcasting studios, that were an issue.

    My research on environmental and quality of life impact by use was exhaustive. It included thousands of hours of tabulating ECB complaints and California Air Resources data by type of business, and normalizing by the number of businesses and employment.

    All this information was never published, and is perhaps gone. I have a copy but in an obsolete format (Quattro, Wordperfect) on an obsolete medium (zipdisk).

    Sigh.

  • vnm

    Here’s a real winner:

    NYPD Parking Ticket Scofflaw Cost City Millions in Abuse Payouts

    “I’d get five tickets at a time for the same violation,” he said. “I’ve had six or seven cars towed. They’re not supposed to do that.”

    Gawad said he had to park illegally outside his Manhattan workplace because he has a disease. When pressed on the exact nature of his malady, he said it was a mystery.

  • ddartley

    I’m glad to see Janette Sadik-Khan in today’s Times’s letters section setting the record straighter on the history of bike boxes in the US.

    Of I still can’t shake the feeling that the one at 57th and 8th in Manh. was actually there before she took over at DOT. Not sure.

  • Jonathan

    Here is the link to JSK’s letter.

  • Dart, despite the shamelessly promotional nature of her letter, I don’t interpret JSK as saying the first NYC bike boxes were installed under her administration.

  • Political Spin

    The letter promoted BLOOMBERG.. “under his leadership” blah blah blah.

  • mike

    I distinctly recall a bike box existing in the East 150s as part of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway at least as far back as 2005.

  • Jonathan

    Mike, funny, I worked in Harlem in 2005 and Fifth Avenue (and by extension the East Side) ended at 143rd Street.

  • mike

    You’re right — west 150s.

  • ddartley

    BicyclesOnly, I wasn’t suggesting she was trying to steal credit for anything. I’m quite happy she’s the DOT chief. That last thing I added was not supposed to be any significant statement.

  • Jonathan

    Beijing plans to halve traffic for Olympics: see Times article here.

  • Andy B from Jersey

    Looks like the new PATH trains won’t have any racks for bicycles and these cars are expected to run for next 50 years. While PATH trains are open to cyclists it would be nice to see even the most basic amenities on trains as is typically STANDARD PRACTICE in most Western (excluding America) transit agencies.

    These curmudgeons at the Port Authority are still stuck in the 1960’s. The new trains don’t even look modern!