Today’s Headlines

  • Family of Erica Abbott: Negligent Construction Site Management Caused Her Death (News)
  • Goldsmith Reportedly Quit to Spare City Hall From His Domestic Violence Disgrace (Post)
  • Sam Schwartz: Don’t Even Think About Cutting Off the Gas Tax (News)
  • Teens Throw Brick at Cyclist From Navy Street Overpass, Hit Him in the Face (Gothamist)
  • Bronx DA Responds Vigorously to High-Profile Passenger Deaths in Discount Bus Crash (News, NYT)
  • And in S.I., Driver Who Fled Wreck That Killed a Passenger Gets Homicide Charge (Post)
  • Credit, Please, for the Original Tape Measure Story on Atlantic Terminal Security Overkill (Bklyn Paper)
  • San Francisco’s Top Traffic Cop Sits Down for an Interview With Bryan Goebel (Streetsblog SF)
  • What’s the Deal With That Decoy Red-Light Cam at Fifth and Union? (Patch)
  • More From OpenPlans Founder Mark Gorton on the Harm Caused By Cars in the City (Urban Omnibus)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Eric McClure

    Since we’re giving out credit, let’s not forget that I posted the original original Atlantic Terminal bollards story on NoLandGrab.org weeks before anyone else covered them.  Sure, we didn’t have a tape measure, but by any measure, NLG was first.

  • Eric McClure

    Let’s hope Mr. and Mrs. Goldsmith get help for their problems.  And let’s hope that Cas Holloway is a lot more supportive of protected bike infrastructure — the kind that would have saved Erica Abbott — than was his predecessor.

  • m to the i

    Honestly, I wish that I could say that protected bike infrastructure would be helpful.  But as I was biking to work up 1st Avenue today, I realized that the protected bike lane may just as well not exist and doesn’t really exist for people riding.  There were delivery trucks parked in the lane on almost every other block,  construction blocking the lane, multiple garbage trucks and street cleaning vehicles using the lane and blocking it.  Good infrastructure has to be coupled with good enforcement and that is just something that we are not getting and can not hope to get anytime soon.  I definitely feel safer and believe the statistics that show protected bike lanes are safer.  I wish I were able to use the one that were put in for me and other cyclists. 

  • Eric McClure

    @b4a5eba3fdc7e69ca000b7c0bb4f992a:disqus , valid point.  I was thinking more along the lines of PPW, where, despite the hysterical claims that the floating parking lane would make it difficult or dangerous to park, the spots along the path are nearly always full, providing a safe barrier from moving vehicles.

    As for enforcement, does anyone know of any big-city (or even medium-city) police departments that actually do take enforcement of traffic laws seriously?  Just curious.  There has to be a police chief out there somewhere who takes protecting street users seriously.  I hope.

  • The first avenue bike uptown is one of the worst respected bikes in the city.  It isn’t really a protected bike lane, it does have that three foot striped buffer but there is no physical separation.  Also among the offenders of improperly and illegal use of the bike lane are the  NYPD traffic cars that use it for driving and parking.  So i don’t see that lane being made better by enforcement anytime soon. 

  • DHJ

    I believe NYC’s local press with its year-long hysterical anti-bike backlash (finally cooling off, it seems) has contributed substantially to creating a climate in which some folks think it’s OK to throw a brick at a passing bike rider and the NYPD thinks it’s OK to pretty much ignore it.

    People like Alex Nazaryan, the Daily News editorial board member who embarrassed himself in that online chat a few weeks ago, really need to start behaving with much more responsibility. They need to recognize that bike riders are vulnerable on NYC streets and the words of editorialists have consequences.

    For example, when the Daily News editorial board lumps all of NYC’s bike riders together as a monolithic group, stereotypes them as lawless “maniacs,” and scapegoats them for the danger on NYC streets, it creates a sense of anger against cyclists. It creates a social norm in which bike riders are “The Other,” they are not, as Alex likes to say, “Real New Yorkers. It creates a social norm in which we can expect the occasional brick or bottle to be thrown, or worse.

    The NYC media and political elite who have been stirring up antipathy against bike commuters for page-views and to score political points — these people have blood on their hands.