Today’s Headlines

  • Obama Touches Briefly on Infrastructure in Combative Campaign Season Speech (NYT, TPM)
  • 33,000 People Died on American Roads in 2009, and That’s Considered a Success (AP)
  • Ex-Cop Who Drove Drunk, Killed Vionique Valnord Pleads Guilty, Gets 3 Months (CBS2, News, NYT)
  • Why’s the 2nd Ave Subway Over Budget? Utility Work and Contracting Problems (NYT)
  • New York One of the Only States in the Union to Hook Legislators Up With Free Cars (Gannett)
  • MTA’s Service Change Posters Are Getting a Total Makeover (2nd Ave Sagas, News, NYT)
  • Where the Protected Lane Ends, 8th Ave Turns Into a Cyclist’s Nightmare (Guardrail)
  • Mark Your Calendar: Statewide Conference on New York’s Transpo Crisis, Albany, Sept. 21 (MTR)
  • Housing Wouldn’t Cost So Much If Density Weren’t Illegal (Yglesias)
  • Take It From a Real Estate Exec: “Friends Don’t Let Friends Move to the Suburbs” (Warburg)
  • Now on Broadway: Valet Bike Parking! (Gothamist)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Nina

    For an article about statistics, the traffic deaths article is incredibly vague. It uses “traffic deaths” and “highway deaths” interchangeably (also “the nation’s roads” and “the highways”). Which is it? Are pedestrian and cyclist deaths included? Nothing wrong with a report on highway deaths, if that’s what it is, but it would be nice if it didn’t represent that number as encompassing all of “America’s roads”.

  • Wow, that Other Side of the Guardrail slideshow is demoralizing.

  • Re: slideshow, but slightly off topic. Section 1157 of Vehicle and Traffic Law says:

    (a) No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, or to solicit from or sell to an occupant of any vehicle.

    I never knew all those annoying pedestrians standing in the bike lane hailing taxis were breaking the law.

  • Dina

    Otherside of the Guardrail is right on! Awesome angle to showing the public like it is! THANK YOU! Talk about cleaning up the streets! THis is the way to get the message out there! Smart move

  • Woody

    Yes, 8th Avenue in Midtown is a major mess, as seen from Other Side of the Guardrail. A narrow, unprotected bike lane clings to the edge of a traffic sewer of speeding vehicles, with pedestrians overflowing the sidewalks to the side of it.

    But I ride it all the time, and it doesn’t stress me quite as much as it does Guardrail. For one thing, he makes problems for himself. A couple of times he claims “no alternative” but to veer into the adjoining lane of traffic. Ah, but he ignores the alternative of slowing down or even stopping. Generally the pedestrians will move out of the way once they see a bike is upon them, even if they often move slowly. But I’m not a bike messenger, so I’m not in a rush. I even have time to move to my left and stop to force wrong-way pedestrians and salmon alike to be the ones to move into the adjoining lane of traffic.

    I do always laugh at the afternoon flood of commuters rushing to catch their buses at the Port Authority. The harassed citizens simply seize a lane of traffic for their needs because, Yes, the sidewalks are too narrow. I like that civil disobedience.

    Rudy Giuliani left a lasting monument to his cop-who-just-doesn’t-get-it mindset with those cast iron fences on 8th Ave north of 42nd Street. He was gonna stop those pedestrians who dared to take over part of the street. Yeah, right. It didn’t work then, and a decade later the fencing is still policy FAIL!

    Fortunately, the protected bike lane will soon be extended from 23rd on up to 34th St. Then it will be all the more apparent that the rest of 8th Avenue in Midtown urgently needs calming as well. It needs a protected bike lane all the way up to 59th-Columbus Circle. And it needs added territory for pedestrian use at the least from 50th St down to 42nd. To get the needed space, the DOT may have to turn over a precious parking lane to be used by the rushing commuters. And I like that too.

  • Today (9/10) I just tuned into Brian Lehrer and am hearing the challenger for Senator Gillibrand’s senate seat, Gail Goode. I don’t know the context, having just tuned in, and I don’t know much about Gillibrand, but I really liked what Goode was just saying about public transportation: