Today’s Headlines

  • Larry Littlefield

    Perhaps the MTA could be made more efficient by enacting a dedicated transit tax in Rochester and transferring some of the proceeds to New York.

  • A couple of community groups gathered in Manhattan Sunday to try to put the brakes on the city’s new initiative to crack down on drivers who “block the box,” saying the plan endangers the lives of traffic agents.

    Wow something is terribly wrong when traffic is so dangerous that it’s not safe for officers to go out and enforce the law. What could that possibly mean for mere pedestrians?

    Ultimately, this is a kind of band-aid replacement for the kind of real traffic relief congestion pricing might have provided. It’s the notion that if we could just train every single driver to drive in a different way we might be able to fit more cars in to the city.

    Think about all of the man/woman power this taking.

  • Truck traffic on the rise, no real surprise. I am always reminded that truck traffic is not the norm on most of our nation’s cities streets. Everytime I go somewhere else I realize just how much truck traffic is on our streets and really does not need to be.

    Do 18 wheelers really belong on our city streets from 9-5, no. For some reason ealy morning deliveries would solve a lot of the problem, but seems not to be the step the city wants to take.

  • abr

    is isaac abraham ruunig for councilmember?

    the ny post

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/09122008/news/regionalnews/hasid_lust_cause_128750.htm

    Abraham later said another major concern is the safety of children, noting that cyclists “aren’t obeying traffic laws. Green lights and red lights are the same

  • gecko

    While Hillary Clinton’s advocacy for transit funding is laudable and correct, difficult times demand a bit more imagination and adventure.

    An additional one quarter $billion towards reinventing NYC travel as similar to that in Amsterdam and Copenhagen of 40% cycling would immediately set the mark high and transform this American town into a major player creating a sustainable future.

  • Car Free Nation

    Regarding the accidents in Brooklyn, which were close to home for me, (I travel the same streets, and was a good friend of Jon Millstein) let’s work to establish a car-free corridor from Prospect Park to the West Side Highway green way. This would greatly increase safety, and also convince many people that cycling is a good way to commute.

    It’s not that hard to do: a few Jersey Barriers, a net-loss of parking, and we save lives, reduce crowding on the subways and buses, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

  • Car Free nation, it will be interesting to see if the Red Hook Bike master plan can play a vital role in this.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Any of you folks follow the other news? How does Fidler’s plan to spend zillions instead of having congestion pricing look now?

    We’ll be getting part of it. The tax increase part. And, it is likely that as he wished, the entire burden will fall on working people, not those living off retirement income younger generations will never see.

  • I was on my way home to my apartment near the Manhattan Bridge from Borough Hall on Saturday afternoon when I saw a man approach a NYPD officer standing in the shade on the southeast corner at Adams and Tillary Streets and tell him there had been a car accident a block away, at the northwest corner of Tillary and Jay Streets. (Well, he didn’t say “at the northwest corner of…” he just pointed and said “over there” because it was in direct sight about 100 yards away.)

    You could see that a cab had hit another car from behind, because the cab’s front bumper was lying on the ground and the other car had some damage to its rear. Couldn’t exactly tell why it happened from the positions of the cars so I don’t want to speculate.

    So what does the cop do? Nothing. Didn’t even respond to the guy. The dude kinda stood there for a little bit waiting to see whether the cop would do anything, then went back over to Jay St. to see if there was anything he could do to help.

    Our tax dollars at work.

  • Max Rockatansky

    let’s work to establish a car-free corridor from Prospect Park to the West Side Highway green way

    A fantastic idea – DOT needs to establish some high volume bike routes to get through the city. The West Side Highway is the best currently, but it’s multi-use (and really crowded) and only serves the western side of the city. I’ve been seeing so many people bike commuting recently it is amazing, especially since they cover a lot of territory demographically. It would be excellent to increase the safety of biking and make it more enticing for others to join.

    CFN – sorry you lost your friend, sounds like he was an exceptional person.

  • let’s work to establish a car-free corridor from Prospect Park to the West Side Highway green way. This would greatly increase safety, and also convince many people that cycling is a good way to commute.

    Check it out, CFN. We already started a Livable Streets Group for that, sort of…

    http://www.livablestreets.com/projects/union-street-greenway/project-home