Eyes on the Street: The Press Get a Working Cyclist’s Perspective on DSK

This was the scene outside 153 Franklin Street last night. Yes, that is a reporter’s notebook, but they’re not talking about what it’s like to bike all day in the midst of speeding cabbies, aggressive SUV drivers, and trucks a hundred times bigger than you, delivering food to impatient customers while getting demonized in the press with startling frequency. A tipster writes:

What’s this, a reporter interviewing a cyclist to get a balanced perspective on the livable streets movement?

No, they’re finding out what Dominique Strauss-Kahn had delivered for dinner.

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Eyes on the Street: The New 215th Step-Street Officially Opens Today

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Over a decade after the project’s first expected delivery date, the reconstruction of Inwood’s 215th Step-Street is complete. West 215th Street crosses the width of Manhattan island’s northernmost neighborhood, from Inwood Hill Park to the Harlem River. Between Park Terrace East and Broadway, W. 215 is a step-street — one of many car-free street segments in Upper Manhattan and other parts of […]

The Lhota Platform: No Walking, No Biking, No Details on Street Safety

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It looks like Joe Lhota didn’t listen to Nicole Gelinas or Transportation Alternatives. Yesterday, Lhota released what his campaign billed as a “comprehensive policy book” [PDF], but New Yorkers interested in safer streets or better bicycling and walking are still awaiting much of any policy from the Republican candidate. After platitudes about how “an effective transportation system is a […]

Midtown Road Rage Eruption: Is This the Best We Can Do?

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We linked to a story in this morning’s headlines about yesterday’s brawl between a yellow cab driver and a pedicab operator in midtown. A Fox 5 reporter on the scene covering the sex scandal du jour caught the whole thing on video. Via Gothamist, here it is. It looks like the pedicab driver, tired of […]

After Hit-and-Run Death, Queens Pols Blame “Distracted Pedestrians”

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A hit-and-run driver killed 17-year-old Ovidio Jaramillo at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Junction Boulevard in Jackson Heights on Tuesday night. In response, Queens electeds held a press conference today at the site of the crash, where they called for laws and education campaigns to stop “distracted pedestrians.” The driver, who has yet to be […]