Today’s Headlines

  • Espada Chickens Out of Transit Debate With Two Challengers (Bronx News)
  • … And Plays the Race Card Against Opponent Gustavo Rivera (Riverdale Press)
  • Should Distracted Driving Policy Invoke "Freedom" to Drive Distracted? (Transpo Nation)
  • After Glitch on the L, MTA Has to Fix Bug in Automated Train Software (News)
  • Electeds Silent During Summer of Massive Transit Breakdowns (MTR)
  • Stunning: Positive Press for an MTA Exec — Helena Williams Rides the LIRR (News)
  • Islip Joins Babylon in Passing a Complete Streets Law; Whither Albany? (MTR)
  • Riders on the Defunct Q79 Rally to Bring TLC Van Service to Glen Oaks (Queens Chron)
  • Ridgewood’s New Transit Hub Gets a Moment in the Queens Chron Spotlight
  • Fighting for Scraps: Food Vendor vs. Bike Rack (NY1)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • vnm

    The full width of Central Park’s West Drive is opened to pedestrians, joggers, skaters and bicyclists this morning from 110th Street to 72nd thanks to a film shoot that closed the street to cars. Two comments.

    1) Outside the park it was COMPLETE CHAOS AND CAR-MAGGEDDON. Oh, my God, there were like THREE (3) or FOUR (4) cars lined up to make a right-hand turn from Seventh Av./Powell Blvd. to 110th Street at the same time.

    2) Thanks Premium Rush for giving me a great commute today! I don’t even know if it’s going to be good or not — I’m totally going to go see this movie just for that reason alone.

  • Larry Littlefield

    As for distracted driving, I read an article somewhere that the auto insurance industry, based on its crash data, does not believe this is the biggest problem.

    The biggest problems are excessive speed and running red lights (the same is probably true for bicycles). The industry is in favor of automated enforcement including red light cameras.

  • Andy B from Jersey

    About the street vendor,

    Seems like a case of not visiting the site before designing. Obviously this guy must have a vendor permit for his cart at this location. The redesign of the area should have considered his needs.

    I’m still think those bike racks are near useless BTW. I lock my bike in a way nearly identical to how Kryptonite demonstrates on their packaging (through the rear wheel and the frame using the seat-tube and a cable for the front wheel and seat. I also use an extra lock in NYC). This has the lock going up at around a 45 degree angle to catch the rack. The circular nature of the rack has it falling away at the top making it VERY difficult for me to get the lock through rack while still having enough slack in the cable to catch the seat. It is my opinion that form in this case trumped function. It’s hard to beat the an “inverted U” rack.

  • Andy, a street vending permit allows you to sell food on the street. It does not give you the right to a specific location.

    There is a whole system among the vendors whereby people “earn” certain spots by parking in them for a certain period of time, and it is an unpardonable sin to bump someone out of “their” spot. But this has no basis in actual law, or in what’s best for customers or other street users.

  • m to the i

    bicycle racks are not weapons! it sounds like these building owners have decided who they want and dont want in the public space around their building and are using bike racks and trees to remove the unwanteds.

  • Re: Bike Racks and Venders
    I came across a similar situation outside the Museum of Modern Art where a street vender was flush up against one of the David Byrne bike racks that had been recently installed directly outside the museum. The vender wasn’t budging and anyone who wanted to park their bicycle, or even photograph this unusual bike rack without the vender, was out of luck.

  • Cyclist Struck on East Side of Manhattan

    We can only wonder if this might have been any different if Second Avenue had a fully protected bike lane near the 59th Street Bridge.

  • Climate change will be the major driver of transportation development one way or another.

    http://climateprogress.org/2010/08/27/adaptation-mitigation-climate-chang/

    From Joseph Romm at Climate Progress:

    Real adaptation is as politically tough as real mitigation, but much more expensive and not as vital.

    . . . I draw a distinction between real adaptation, where one seriously proposes trying to prepare for what’s to come . . . and rhetorical adaptation, which is a messaging strategy used by those who really don’t take global warming seriously — those who oppose mitigation and who don’t want to do bloody much of anything, but who don’t want to seem indifferent to the plight of humanity.

    1. Real adaptation is substantially more expensive than mitigation

    2. Real adaptation without very substantial mitigation is just a cruel euphemism

    3. Real adaptation requires much bigger and far more intrusive government than mitigation.

    4. Real adaptation is so expensive (and endless) that is essentially impossible to imagine . . . unless . . . with a high and rising price of CO2.

    5. The only people who will pursue real adaptation are those who understand the latest science and are prepared to take serious political action on that understanding . . .

  • climateprogress TP’s Lee Fang discusses the ‘Kochtopus’ network on Countdown – http://bit.ly/cOh9A0

    http://climateprogress.org/2010/08/27/tp%e2%80%99s-lee-fang-discusses-the-%e2%80%98kochtopus%e2%80%99-network-on-countdown/

    Kind of amazing that streetsblog has not taken the lead provided by the New Yorker and Joe Romm’s Climate Progress as this speaks quite profoundly to how transportation systems have failed to evolve in this country?

  • #9 gecko errata: bit.ly link does not work; probably bug in bit.ly address shortening software.

  • More from Joe Romm’s Climate Progress:

    http://climateprogress.org/2010/08/27/the-earth-is-carbon-starved-crock/

    The “Earth is carbon starved” crock

    “Our favorit climate de-crocker, Peter Sinclair has a video that is particularly terrifying . . . “

  • Lee Fang’s ‘Kochtopus’ much bigger than Bernie Madoff redux!

  • The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party – http://nyti.ms/cXpiuI

    Twitter from Frank Rich, NY Times, Aug 28, 2010

  • And, Aug 26, 2010, National Public Radio, Fresh Air with Terry Gross:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129425186

    “The Brothers Koch: Rich, Political And Playing To Win”

    Interview with Jane Mayer staff writer of Aug 30, 2010, The New Yorker piece “Covert Operations” on the Kock brothers.

  • Woody

    From the specific case of the Chelsea food vendor to a more general point: Is it only me, or do others note the absence of bike racks from almost every piece of street turf recovered from automobile use?

    I frequently ride up 8th Ave and I usually see several bikes parked attached to sign posts or other street furniture. Sometimes I see sadly mangled frames of such bikes, apparently mashed out of shape by vehicles squeezing in or out of spaces in the floating parking lane. I never see a bike rack there. Never.

    Broadway Boulevard from 42nd to 35th has a handful of bike racks (just none near where I usually park). But on Broadway from 59th to 47th, no, nothing. Broadway from 33rd down past Madison Park to Union Square, plenty of open space but not a single bike rack.

    On the newish bike lane on 1st Ave from Houston to 34th, not a single bike rack.

    I’ve never seen a bike rack adjoining the 9th Ave bike lane, despite ample spaces for them. I’ll ride down soon and take a look, but I suspect that food cart vendor Muhamed Hussein, operating in the same location for 22 years, is not paranoid. The bike rack was installed in such a way as to cause him a $700 fine. So yes, the man has real enemies. If anyone wanted to install new racks in the area, there’s bound to be many good places in the open plaza and protected bike lanes nearby.