Today’s Headlines

  • Bloomberg Mulling Bike-Share For NYC, Reports CBS2‘s Tony Aiello
  • Despite Government Protestations, Oil Damage in Gulf Not Disappearing (NYT
  • $148M Kew Gardens Interchange Project Buys More Lanes for Van Wyck (News)
  • Chicago Bike-Sharing Pilot Deemed Success After Two and a Half Weeks (Sun-Times
  • Post‘s Andrea Peyser Piles On the Bike Bedlam Fear-Mongering
  • City Bus Hits, Kills 47-Year-Old in Locust Manor, Queens (Post)
  • DOT Ped Safety Plan Spurs Calls For San Francisco to Write Its Own (Streetsblog SF)
  • What’s The Connection Between Cuomo Donors and the Thruway Authority? (Transpo Nation
  • As Private Buses Replace MTA Service, Legal and Safety Questions Linger (WNYC
  • Scarce Street Space Drives Food Vendor Conflict (WSJ)
  • Bike Snob Makes the Case for Graveled Bike Lanes

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • BicyclesOnly

    I saw nothing in the Aiello report to suggest that the status of the city’s bike-share plans have changed from what it has been for the last year or two–studying for an indefinite period and unwilling to move forward until the streets are materially safer for newbie cyclists expected to use the facility. Hope I’m wrong.

    Initially read the headline on “Chicago Bike Share Pilot” as “Chicago Bike Share Plot”–Maes is getting to me!

  • Larry Littlefield

    It’s behind the pay wall (see the headline via the link below), but the Financial Times reports that sophisticated analysis shows that traffic congestion is caused by too many vehicles moving too fast, and IT will solve the whole problem at low cost with no changes in lifestyle!

    http://www.ft.com/home/us

  • Woody

    Good news. A protected bike lane is under construction on Columbus Avenue south of 96th St. to 77th. The green paint is already down from 96th. Some work still underway to put in loading zones for a supermarket, etc. But the blocks on the upper end are otherwise almost complete.

    Columbus still has three lanes for vehicles, but they have been narrowed considerably, and already traffic has been calmed.

    It does look like the narrower avenue makes jay-walking more tempting. Not sure if this will affect the body count of pedestrians killed by drivers.

    We’ve had an unprotected bike lane heading uptown on Central Park West for over a decade. Columbus Avenue is the first bike lane heading downtown on the Upper West Side, not counting Riverside Park, and it’s a beauty.

  • Re: Bike Bedlam… I like the fact that one of the wrong-way helmetless cyclists Aiello points to turns out to be employed by a Hassidic owned fish market, who denies any knowledge of commercial cycling requirements. It adds a whole new dimension to the drama between the Hassidic community and cyclists in Williamsburg.

  • It makes my fingers hurt just to type “Andrea Peyser.”

  • Woody, Central Park West also has an unprotected bike lane heading downtown.

  • The Post article is pretty funny.

    Replace the word “bike” with “Sasquatch” and you have yourself an even better story

  • Michael Steiner

    @Urbanis,

    Are you talking about Central Park West in NYC ;-? Unless they have painted one this afternoon, there is no southbound there (even though many salmons think the northbound is two-way).
    Or are you referring to the bike lane in Western Central Park? While nice for through-traffic who doesn’t mind hills, certainly much fewer access points and more distance/hills (i.e., same argument as why PP loop is not a replacement for two-way PPW bikelane)

  • re: “Bloomberg Mulling Bike-Share For NYC, Reports CBS2’s Tony Aiello”

    Nice!

  • re: “Bloomberg Mulling Bike-Share For NYC, Reports CBS2’s Tony Aiello”

    Could be a real sea-change, get federal funding, fully exploit Gotham’s iconicity and do an amazingly good thing.

    There is a huge amount of emissions to be saved going this route at the lowest possible cost at the same time making for great transportation leveraging the power and very positive disruptive efficiencies of multiple benefit.

  • “Ironically, American oil companies would likely benefit dramatically from President Obama’s clean energy agenda. They have the capital, the manufacturing capacity, and the engineering wherewithal to dominate the clean energy economy, especially in areas like deep geothermal power, offshore wind and tidal power, and carbon sequestration. They have the bridge fuel of comparatively low-carbon natural gas to bridge the transition from traditional coal-fired electricity to fully renewable energy. But mastering the green economy of the future would require new business models for a stagnant industry frightened of change. Instead the American Petroleum Institute continues to demonize the path to green economic recovery as job-killing taxes, as the United States falls into disrepair and the world burns.”

    — Brad Johnson

    http://climateprogress.org/2010/08/18/api-chief-economist-admits-taxes-on-oil-industry-can-create-millions-of-jobs/

  • So far, American oil companies have ignored alternative energy. European ones haven’t; Shell and BP are top manufacturers of solar cells. Shell and BP’s core business is still oil, which is why they lobby against climate legislation, but they’re prepared to survive if their lobbying efforts fail. In contrast, ExxonMobil and Chevron-Texaco maintain their all-in position in oil.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/opinion/23homer-dixon.html

    “Disaster at the Top of the World,” Thomas Homer-Dixon, NY Times Aug 22, 2010

    “Plan Z would address many critical questions: How fast could carbon emissions from automobiles and energy production be ramped down . . . ?”

  • Near the North Pole, Looking at a Disaster – http://nyti.ms/dpClEE

  • re: #13 gecko

    This answer is very fast for automobiles to less than 1%.