Today’s Headlines

  • Bush Lifts Executive Orders Banning Offshore Oil Drilling (NYT)
  • Ped Counts Show Streets Near Penn Station Need the Boulevard Treatment (MTR)
  • MTA Plans to Introduce New Types of Ads in Subway Stations (NY1)
  • Assemblyman Dov Hikind Wants to Hear About Unsafe Subway Conditions (AMNY)
  • Notices About Service Changes Befuddle Straphangers (City Room, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Low-Cost Competitors Join Fung Wah in Intercity Bus Market (Sun)
  • The Building Blocks of Bike Language (Planetizen)
  • Virtual Speed Bumps Work in Philly, at First (NYT)
  • SF Deploys Network of Sensors to Help Drivers Find Open Parking Spots (NYT)
  • The “Building Blocks of Bike Language” article is weird, it acts like there’s never been anything written about cyclist communication before. Hand signals are standard and well-documented. Bike bells are designed for the purpose he gives to “the yell,” and more effective in my opinion – especially if it’s a serious-sounding bell. “The nod” is just one way of demonstrating cyclist solidarity.

  • As a symbol of our entire civilization’s lack of preparation for peak oil, the NY Times brings us this classic piece on how gas stations are running out of the number 4:

    With regular gas in New York City at a near-record $4.40 a gallon, station managers are rummaging through their storage closets in search of extra 4s to display on their pumps. Many are coming up short. The missing digits are an unanticipated barometer of how frequently prices are changing. The average price of regular gasoline in New York City has risen by 35 percent this year, forcing station managers to change their price displays almost every time they get a delivery, which can be daily at some stations.

    Just in time delivery meets geological constraints. Welcome to the new world everyone.

  • RE; Glenn, above

    I remember not long ago when the story was about all the gas stations running out of the “1” because they were putting up prices of more than a dollar for the first time.

    I imagine that it won’t be too long ’til we’re reading the same story, because who has enough for $11.11/gal.?

  • Re. NY1 Article “MTA Plans to Introduce New Types of Ads in Subway Stations”:

    I’m not a huge fan of advertising pervading our daily lives, but if it’s a choice between that and a fare hike… bring it on, I guess.

    Re. City Room Article “Notices About Service Changes Befuddle Straphangers”:

    Yeah, it’s really not that complicated. You couldn’t look at a map and think, “the train I’m on right now is going East at Hoyt-Schermerhorn, the G train I need to switch to will be going West, so I need to go over to the other platform”? How can you be a regular subway rider and yet be unable to ride the map?

    By the way, if the A is running local during these construction weekends, why does there need to be any “replacement” of the C by the F? The C is entirely redundant with local A service.

  • The MTA forcing video and other intrusive forms of advertising onto riders will not prevent fare hikes. It will just turn the subways into Bladerunner-style nightmares. I can only hope they all get vandalized as much as possible.

  • Wow, that President Bush is really not a very good president, is he?

  • Here’s how the big-screen TV ads look in Tokyo. I’m not saying I’m in favor of them. I’m just saying this is what they look like in Tokyo:

    http://www.engadgethd.com/2008/07/15/65-inch-digital-posters-catch-eyes-in-tokyo-train-station/