Today’s Headlines

  • The Times Asks Why NYC’s Cycling Gender Gap Persists, Ignores DOT Data That Show It’s Shrinking
  • Mail Truck Driver Kills Cyclist Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, on West 29th Street (News)
  • Widower Nathan Dershowitz, Brother of Alan, in Disbelief That Cops May Not File Charges (News)
  • Bar Owner Ray Deter Dies Days After Jaguar Driver Struck Him While Cycling on Canal Street (News)
  • The Economic Argument for Investing in Bike Infrastructure (NYT Economix)
  • Pete Donohue Lays Into the MTA for Bargaining Hard With Transit Workers (News)
  • Port Authority Pledges $3.2M to Finish Overhaul of GWB Bus Terminal (DNAinfo)
  • New State DOT Commish Can Prove Her Commitment to Safety on Smithtown’s Main Street (MTR)
  • A Bird’s Eye View of the Billion Dollar Fulton Street Transit Hub (2nd Ave Sagas)
  • More Than 100 Cyclists, Including Jasmijn Rijcken, Turn Out for “Skirts on Bikes” Ride (NY Press)
  • carma

    re the nypress post. great pic. i like those girls who likes to bike

  • moocow

    I feel very sorry for Nathan Dershowitz, for his loss, and for his surprise; I guess he hasn’t been paying attention to who wins physically and legally when cars and bikes interact violently.

  • Larry Littlefield

    So, how has the total pay and cost of benefits per transit worker changed over the four years since the start of the recession in 2007.  Compared with the cost of living, and with the pay and benefits of the typical NYC worker?

    I’d have the answer to those questions before writing a column on a labor negotiation.

  • Anonymous

    “What I was told (at the scene) was that two vehicles, neither one was
    willing to yield to another, so they both went through too narrow of a
    space to get through,” said Nathan Dershowitz, a criminal defense
    lawyer. “She was ahead of both vehicles. The driver just ran her over.”How many accidents and deaths are caused by the aggressive driving that is the norm in NYC?  If there are no repercussions for this kind of thing, the driver of the bigger vehicle is always going to assume the right of way.  A Dutch guy I met told me that drivers who hit cyclists in Netherlands are required to pay their medical costs in almost all cases, and therefore drivers rarely hit cyclists.  I was stunned during a recent trip to Seattle by the fact that drivers *always* stop for pedestrians crossing the road–because the SPD ran a well publicized sting operation.  As long as you can hit and kill people in NYC without consequence it will keep happening.  What’s the downside of some kind of safety oriented enforcement? Too much paperwork?  My heart goes out to Marilyn Dershowitz and Ray Deter’s families.  There but for the grace of god go any of us.
     

  • You seem to have misread the headline:  It doesn’t say he’s surprised that she died as a result of their “interaction”; rather it seems that he’s surprised that the police don’t seem to be taking the incident seriously.

  • moocow

    Oh I read it correctly, and I feel bad that- as Station put it so well above- that he is in disbelief that the postal truck driver isn’t being charged. If he had been paying attention as a NYC cyclist, he wouldn’t be surprised the NYPD isn’t going to charge the killer of his wife. This is how it goes here, and no one is worried about killing a cyclist or a pedestrian. This is why I feel bad for him, that as sure as we all aren’t surprised by the sun rising in the morning, I am not surprised that a driver who admitted to knowing he hit something, but still didn’t stop, isn’t being charged.

    All this to make a snarky point, I really feel terrible for someone who went out to enjoy the day and the city and loses his love. Its sad that it comes to this, but maybe with his high profile name and considering his legal expertise, he can open the channels to make this sort of tragedy a rarity.

  • moocow

    Oh I read it correctly, and I feel bad that- as Station put it so well above- that he is in disbelief that the postal truck driver isn’t being charged. If he had been paying attention as a NYC cyclist, he wouldn’t be surprised the NYPD isn’t going to charge the killer of his wife. This is how it goes here, and no one is worried about killing a cyclist or a pedestrian. This is why I feel bad for him, that as sure as we all aren’t surprised by the sun rising in the morning, I am not surprised that a driver who admitted to knowing he hit something, but still didn’t stop, isn’t being charged.

    All this to make a snarky point, I really feel terrible for someone who went out to enjoy the day and the city and loses his love. Its sad that it comes to this, but maybe with his high profile name and considering his legal expertise, he can open the channels to make this sort of tragedy a rarity.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “What I was told (at the scene) was that two vehicles, neither one was willing to yield to another, so they both went through too narrow of a space to get through.”

    Which is exactly how I got hit in the elbow by a van mirror and knocked down as the front wheel turned.  And exactly why I don’t see 8th Avenue as a substitute for the Prospect Park West bike lane. 

  • Punch Dullsberger

    I can’t fathom how Christine Haughney can look out on the street with her super-objective, bias-free, New York Times reporter skills and claim that women aren’t biking in NYC today. There have never been more women on bikes in NYC than there are today. The gender gap is clearly smaller. And enough research has been done in cities and universities around the world that we have a pretty good idea about what attracts more women to biking — protected bike paths and separated facilities.

    When it comes to livable streets issues, the NYT’s reporting is completely disconnected from reality. What is driving the Times’ bias and agenda, I wonder?

  • Punch Dullsberger

    I can’t fathom how Christine Haughney can look out on the street with her super-objective, bias-free, New York Times reporter skills and claim that women aren’t biking in NYC today. There have never been more women on bikes in NYC than there are today. The gender gap is clearly smaller. And enough research has been done in cities and universities around the world that we have a pretty good idea about what attracts more women to biking — protected bike paths and separated facilities.

    When it comes to livable streets issues, the NYT’s reporting is completely disconnected from reality. What is driving the Times’ bias and agenda, I wonder?

  • Happy to see that some one is supporting workers in the news.

  • Arthur Oaks

    What is driving their coverage? Phone calls from Chuck Schumer and Iris Weinshall. Plus a few bucks from auto companies.

  • Anonymous

    It really is getting weird, right?  They do consider themselves to be some of journalism’s most significant standard bearers, right?

     I had an econ professor at Berkeley who asked: “Have you ever noticed how when you read about something in the newspaper in which you have some expertise, it is riddled with factual errors and omissions? What makes you think all the other stories are any different?”  This rhetorical question has been in the back of my mind ever since…

  • Anonymous

    The Dershowitz thing is terrible, just terrible.

    But what amazes me about it is how people will do everything they can to blame the cyclist. I mean, according to that article (about which I’ll have 12 questions at some point, don’t worry; I know Streetsblog won’t let a cop’s report stand on its own), you have someone who was wearing a helmet and who stopped at a red light. Seemingly a model citizen.  But the good people at Gothamist can’t stop themselves from saying that this should teach cyclists they shouldn’t ride bikes at all in this mighty city that everyone knows exists only for cars, or they should ride only on wide avenues, or they should be tough bikers and live forever and never die because all bikers who die aren’t tough and aren’t real New Yorkers but come from Kansas,  where they’d best go back to if they start complaining about this death and dismemberment business. It’s sickening.

  • Driver

    Some people are self absorbed assholes incapable of empathy.  It’s as simple as that. 

  • Driver

    Station, I was thinking that exact same thing recently reading coverage of a story of which I had some firsthand knowledge. 

  • Driver

    ” I am not surprised that a driver who admitted to knowing he hit something, but still didn’t stop, isn’t being charged. ”
    moocow, where did you see that the driver admitted he knew he hit something?  All I have read so far is “Clement apparently didn’t even know he hit the biker and may not face charges, police sources said Sunday.”

  • moocow

    Gothamist has it in both of their stories, he thought he hit something, but didn’t know it was the biker.

    “Another car was driving to the left of the truck, and as the truck moved
    right to avoid the car, struck Dershowitz. “He heard a thump, but he
    thought it was a bump or a crate. At one point, he thought the car hit
    him,” a source close to the authorities said.”

  • Joe R.

    What I take out of this terrible tragedy (and these kinds of stories are happening with alarming frequency lately), is an epic fail of the blame the victim philosophy which is currently in vogue.  After all, every time something like this happens, there’s a chorus call from the know nothings who never set foot to pedal for cyclists to “obey the law for their own safety”.  Well, here we had someone who obeyed the law to a fault, and what did it get her except dead?  So now since the whole “obey the law” thing can’t be used here to blame the cyclist, the peanut gallery is trying a new approach-namely just stay off the streets altogether.  Never mind that the passing vehicles didn’t give Mrs. Dershowitz the space they were supposed to legally give her when passing.  My elevated bike lane idea looks better by the day.  I’m convinced the only way cyclists will ever be really safe in this city is to just get them up and away from everyone else.

  • Driver

    Thanks.