Today’s Headlines

  • In Honor of Slain Husband, Mary Beth Kelly Pushes For Safer Streets (News)
  • Circumventing City Council, Bloomberg Brings Livery Cab Street Hail Plan to Albany (WSJ, NYT)
  • Yonkers Luxury New Urbanist Development Advertises Walkability, Transit Access (News)
  • Teen Crashes Car Into Brooklyn Subway Station During Driving Lesson (Post)
  • Major Car Crashes Injure Six Each In Chelsea, Upper West Side (DNAinfo 12)
  • Yankee Stadium Parking Also a Debacle From Financial Perspective (Felix Salmon)
  • Schumer: Give Bus Companies Easy-To-Understand Safety Grades (News)
  • NYPD Officers Now Driving Across Williamsburg Bridge Bike Path (Bowery Boogie)
  • Pace University Wants To Redesign Downtown Plaza With Seating, Event Space (Downtown Express)
  • Teaching Adults to Ride a Bike Is Empowering (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • The real boondoggle is not the parking it is stadiums, read the blog by the writer Neil deMause.

    Parking is the least of it, though very juicy.

  • dporpentine

    I’m convinced Streetsblog makes those Mary Beth Kelly headlines so straight because they’re convinced they can’t criticize it, even though it’s transparent anti-bike bullshit.

  • krstrois

    I’d encourage you to read Mary Beth Kelly’s piece. It’s heartbreaking and could not be more reasonable and also happens to be pro-bike. 

    You’re probably talking about Nancy Gruskin. 

  • The Yonker

    The Yonkers piece may advertise New Urbanism and walkability, but anyone visiting the site would be hard-pressed to believe the hype.  It is unbelievably isolated from anything around it, and the only way to reach it is by a long car ride.  Bicyclists have to climb very long hills.  And then there are the enormous multi-level parking lots.  

    The real New Urbanist development should be in downtown Yonkers.  Unfortunately, Yonkers mistakenly believes that upper middle class people will come only if the new apartment buildings are attached to large, multi-level parking lots.  

    The result: sidewalks populated by those who cannot afford cars, while the rich zoom around in their cars using the parking lots or valet parking.

  • dporpentine

    @cc36704b289cbef0ac72a06121c6c6d8:disqus You’re right. I’m an idiot.

    Climbing back in hole . . .

  • Please read Mary Beth Kelly’s piece in the Daily News. It’s powerful, positive stuff and she should be commended for such a thoughtful, fact-driven piece.

    “But the truth is, pedestrians and cyclists not only feel safer, they are
    safer. Since “protected” bike lanes were installed three years ago on
    Eighth and Ninth Aves. in Manhattan, we have seen a 56% reduction in
    crashes for everyone. Seniors, children, cyclists and, yes, drivers of
    automobiles all benefit significantly. Citywide, streets with bike lanes
    are 40% safer for everyone than those without. That means, controlling
    for other factors, 40% fewer pedestrians were killed or seriously
    injured on streets with bike lanes. It’s indisputable: Bike lanes keep
    pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists out of each other’s way and out of
    harm’s way.”

  • Anonymous

    Wow that really is a moving story.  My wife and I ride all over the city together, and I can’t imagine how painful the tragedy of losing her husband must be for her.  Kudos to Ms. Kelly for turning her grief into positive action that benefits everyone.  If only that was more common…  I am personally grateful for her efforts, and I wish her the very best!  (Getting her point of view printed in the Post is a victory in and of itself, it seems.)

  • Anonymous

    Re: cops driving on the bridge bike lanes.  The fact that there aren’t cops on bikes in NYC is absurd at this point.  Imagine how much more quickly they would be able to respond to a major emergency than police in cruisers, not to mention their potential effectiveness against every day street crime, patrolling the parks, etc..  Running away from a cop on a bike: not easy. Cop stuck in traffic or on foot? Not as hard.

  • Anonymous

    These days they can build anything as long as they label it “new urbanism” or “transit oriented development” even when it is neither. 

    A friend from the area has told me that to get to Ridge Hill from the train station she’d need to walk uphill for 25-30 minutes or take a 15 minute bus ride along Tuckahoe road. So it’s clearly not TOD. 

    From what I’m reading and hearing this is at best an outdoor mall where the parking has been pushed to the periphery. An improvement to be sure over what’s out there, but not a revolutionary one.

  • Eric McClure

    The Daily News has zero credibility when it comes to covering anything built by Bruce Ratner.  Ridge Hill is in fact a giant mall with a housing component.

  • Driver

    Driving away from a cop on a bike becomes more feasible though. 

  • David_K

    Right on.  Great write-up and the Daily News should be commended as well for running it.

  • Anonymous

    True, and it would  limit the ability to jump cop cars through the open doors of a moving train car, crash through a fruit stand, or get involved in a chase with a hijacked subway on elevated tracks.  Be assured, though, cops on bikes can still use pithy dialogue, and would be no less able to pump their fists, jump in the air and freeze frame at the end.  Bikes are a proven tool for actual, non-fictional law enforcement, though.

  • Driver

    Right, because criminals never try to run from the police.  

  • The Yonker

    @jobyofflushing:disqus You’re exactly right about Ridge Hill; it is plainly an outdoor mall with some apartments nearby.  Nobody is seriously biking there unless they can do 20 miles without getting winded.  It is almost sad to see such a progressive company like REI pick Ridge Hill over downtown Yonkers.

    As for walking, it has got to be an hour walk from REI to the Tuckahoe MetroNorth train station.  And this is walking along portions of Tuckahoe Road that has dozens of curb cuts for strip malls, highway ramps and overpasses — not pleasant.  Then there is the “walk” to Costco, Home Depot, and Stew Leonards.  Not sure there are even sidewalks over there.

  • Re: Driving lesson.

    Monday at 4pm in a busy street? Really? When I learned to drive, I started off in a parking lot. On a Sunday. And then quiet local streets, again, on a Sunday.

    Re: Driving on bike bridge path.
    They really cant find another suitable mode to patrol up there? Bike? Scooter? Segway? Golf cart?

  • carma

    i learned to drive in a parking lot as well.   and it was a manual transmission.  and it was uphill inclined.  and within one hour.  driving in the mean streets of chinatown.  i guess it was sink or swim for me.
    17+ years and accident free and never cell/texting while driving

  • However someone tries to run, depending on conditions a car or bicycle or feet might be the best way to give chase (if giving chase is legal). Having different police officers be able to respond differently is plainly an advantage. As it is nearly all of them seem to have their butts glued to the front seats of cruisers.

  • The Yonkers piece may advertise New Urbanism and walkability, but anyone visiting the site would be hard-pressed to believe the hype.

  • These days they can build anything as long as they label it “new urbanism” or “transit oriented development” even when it is neither. 

  • ok so here as the name suggests, streets blog.Lately, while going to Airport i got to experience that going to valet parking is the only way if you want to go for stress free vacation or holidays.