Today’s Headlines

  • Bloomberg on Bike Lanes: “I’m Probably on the Other Side” of Iris Weinshall (Transpo Nation, Post)
  • Anthony Weiner Again Gives a Non-Committal and Qualified “I Support Bike Lanes” (Observer)
  • Drivers Collide in Jackson Heights, Kill 82-Year-Old Pedestrian Margaret Choborka; No Charges (News)
  • Michael Grynbaum Notices Bike Lane Data Thanks to Wolfson Memo (NYT)
  • MAS President: It’s Time to Rethink NYC’s 60s-Era Zoning Resolution for the 21st Century (Crain’s)
  • David Greenfield Desperately Trying to Open Up Curb Space Without Raising Its Price (Post)
  • Now New Yorkers Can Fight Parking Tickets From the Convenience of the Living Room (NYT, News)
  • The PPW Bike Lane Drama Has Set Bike Snob‘s Inner Advocate Aflame
  • MTA Board Casually Discussing Whether Food Should Be Allowed on the Train (News)
  • Jets Owner Woody Johnson on Crutches After Getting Hit By Driver While Biking in Florida (News)
  • Something Tells Me Andrea Peyser Wouldn’t Like Street Fairs Even If They Were Less Generic (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Glenn

    Amazing the different takes Transpo Nation and the Post have on Bloomberg’s Weinshall comment. He obviously disagrees with her, but tried to elevate this from a personal dispute back to policy debate. I think that makes sense as a Mayoral talking point, but he might think too highly of human nature. 🙂

  • Larry Littlefield

    While not completely wrong, I find this complaint a little offenseive coming from the MSA.

    The zoning resolution “requires special permits to build a health club—often requiring years for approval and entailing thousands of dollars in consulting fees.”

    You mean suddenly they have a problem with months and years of process to do anything?

    “So where do we go from here? New York needs a new zoning resolution for a new era. This is a significant undertaking that must be handled outside of the usual political and bureaucratic framework.

    Ie. put them in charge.

    Amanda Burden has, in a way, been the perfect MAS City Planning Commissioner. Rather than make fundamental reforms, she had cut neighborhood by neighborood deals through mapping. And enough has been remapped that from a bulk regulation point of view, I think it is fair to say that the 1961 zoning resolution has been replaced while remaining on the books.

    What remains is the obsolete use and parking regulations, including the home occupation regulations. As someone who tried to do something about those, all I can say is good luck — unless you are proposing every new business “require special permits…requiring years for approval and entailing thousands of dollars in consulting fees” while the store or office remains vacant.

    You know those people fighting the PPW bike lane? You’ll get twice as many just like them fighting any rationalization of the zoning resolution.

  • TKO

    Andrea Peyser would hate street fair less if they were not run by Democratic Clubs. If the republicans did it she would love it for sure. Just like biking.

  • fdr

    Bloomberg on Weinshall: “She did a very good job. I was sorry she chose to leave, I tried to convince her to stay.” Wouldn’t that have been interesting?

  • eveostay

    I read that as “I tried to convince her to take up a more balanced and livable approach, but she refused so I canned her.” But maybe I’m just high on diesel fumes after my commute today.

  • Pete

    Patch is reporting that the crash on 5th avenue in Park Slope last week was a DWI arrest of a cop.

    To date, it’s only been mentioned in Patch, briefly in the Brooklyn Paper, and nowhere else.

  • The city’s street fairs do suck, but on principle, I can’t agree with Peyser about anything really.

  • Bob

    That Bike Snob piece is brilliant!

  • Suzanne

    Love the Snob. His coverage of Snowmageddon alone should be made into a book 🙂

  • Suzanne

    I think it’s interesting that the Times article equates biking with Socialist Europe:

    “Some advocates have portrayed bicycle lanes as a way to nudge New Yorkers toward a more progressive, European-influenced version of city life, but Mr. Wolfson’s memo focuses more on concrete safety gains recorded by its traffic engineers.”

    Conservatives seem to be framing Livable Streets as a socialist, anti-American movement to take over the brainz of Americans because it’s part of a European lifestyle. Since European = socialist, biking is socialist. Ergo, biking is anti-American, freedom hating and probably French. It doesn’t help that many progressives probably do look at places like Copenhagen with bike lane envy (I know *I* do!) And that we like red wine and French fries (but not together!)

    Maybe if more of these people got out of their cars and onto bikes, they’d get enough oxygen to their freedom loving brains to think a little more clearly…

  • Yes, my biking daily to the Park Slope Food Coop for fresh, organic groceries, rather than driving the SUV to Costco every two weeks, is not only “silly,” but it’s European, too.

  • vnm

    Re pricing curb spaces:

    Last Saturday I’m walking along West 17th Street in Manhattan between Fifth and Sixth. A driver is exiting a parking space. Another driver stops and waits for him to exit, but he stopped just a fraction of a second too late, and now he’s sort of blocking the driver who’s exiting the space. Not blocking all the way, just making it harder to leave. At the same time, there’s an Access-a-Ride sedan pulling out as well, so nobody’s really moving. A line of cars pulls up behind them and one or two cars start honking. A long moment goes by and nothing happens. Now they start honking more. Still nothing happens. Now three or four drivers decide just to lean on their horns. They’re going to teach ’em a lesson by blasting the crap out of these idiots.

    Pedestrians are stopping to see what’s going on. I’m putting my fingers in my ears because one of the horns was one of those annoying high-pitched ear-piercing ones. Who knows how many scores of people in the buildings on both sides of the street have to silently suffer through this cacophony.

    Shame on the drivers for honking. (Gosh, they were delayed for what, less than a minute?) Shame on the parking space seeker who was bull-headed enough not to try to pull over a little and let people pass. But fundamentally, all of this would have easily been avoided if curbside parking spaces weren’t so f’in rare and valuable. If they’d been priced at market rates, then nobody would ever cause traffic jams when one became available. They’d find spaces more easily, and they wouldn’t want them as much.

  • Omri

    America: bails out GM, runs a “cash for clunkers” program.

    Europe: hangs carmakers out to dry.

    Who’s socialist again?

  • Larry Littlefield

    I think Germany invented cash for clunkers, actually.