Today’s Headlines

  • Believe It or Not, It’s Election Day (Gotham Gazette)
  • Goodbye, Starchitect Lover Nic Ouroussoff; Hello, Bike-Riding Street Observer Mike Kimmelman (NYT)
  • Meanwhile, Times Reporter Corey Kilgannon Guns His Company Car Through Local Jersey Streets
  • Denis Hamill: But Who Will Think of the Ticket-Fixing Cops? (News)
  • DNAinfo Previews the DOT Preview of Bike-share at Manhattan CB 3
  • Public Library Chief Busted for DWI in Harlem (WSJ)
  • School Bus Driver With No Passengers Crashes Into Rockaway Parkway Home (Post, News)
  • It’s Time Again for Chuck Schumer to Champion the Commuter Rail Tax Benefit (TransNat)
  • Bay Ridge Street Fight: Parking Spots vs. Gated Chain-Link Fence (Bklyn Paper)
  • Fifth Avenue Pioneer and Bike Lane Foe Irene Lo Re Hangs It Up at Aunt Suzie’s (Bklyn Paper)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Glenn

    Everyone complains about how complex the tax system is and it’s the maze of deductions and special tax credits and incentives that make it so complicated. Collect the tax, use that money to fund better transit, lower fares, etc. The current system benefits high income suburban commuters that work for large companies. It’s the hourly wage earners that get screwed by higher fares and less service and get no deductions or credits. And I say this as someone who uses Transitchek every month.

  • Larry Littlefield

    I’d like to ask Mr. Hammil to identify which sorts of people should be allowed to commit moving violations at will without receiving a ticket.  Make a list, Mr. Hammil.

    After all, we now know which police officers will be allowed to commit any kind of misconduct without losing their pensions.  Those with 20 years in.

    And by the way, those exempt from moving violations should be required to have lights, sirents and other means of identification.  So others on the road would know to steer clear, because they could ram your motor vehicle or, if you are a pedestrian or cyclist, kill you, and it wouldn’t be their fault no matter what happened.

  • moocow

    That Kimmelman bit is fantastic.

  • The Truth

    Like OMG, Kimmelman is so right! 

    I never thought I would see the officials we elected make it illegal for the police to do illegal stuff.  What kind of country do they think we’re living in?  A Democracy or something?!

  • Don’t miss Kimmelman’s excellent companion piece on the Times Arts Beat blog:

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/07/after-the-splat-our-critic-is-back-on-the-bike/

    “The resistance of New Yorkers to new transportation ideas harks back, as
    Ms. Sadik-Khan likes to point out, to protests against the introduction
    of the IRT subway a century ago, and to the implementation of the grid
    street plan a century before that. Progress can be hard to accept.”

  • carma

    agree on the NYT piece.

    last sunday, i had to go to a baby shower near park slope.  knowing that the marathon was in full force, i had the option of driving from queens down the choked bqe, but the smarter option i took was by two wheels.

    total distance was 7.7 miles, which on a good day by car can be done in 25 minutes not including looking for parking.  on a day with the marathon, i can easily see an 1 hour and a half.

    well, my trusty bike did the trip in 40 minutes including easy bike parking.

  • Joe R.

    carma,

    That’s the same thing I tell lots of people who think the idea of using bikes to get around is nuts.  The vast majority of car trips in the city average less than 20 mph due to congestion, traffic lights, etc.  Many average under 10 mph.  On a bike, averaging 10 mph is really easy.  I manage 14 mph on a really bad day, 17 mph on a really good one ( 17 mph roughly equals the average speed of a local subway train ).  This is on my 25+ year old Raleigh.  I should be able to do a few mph better on my recently acquired Airbourne titanium bike.  You managed nearly 12 mph, more if you exclude your parking time, and I’m sure you were taking it easy so as not to arrive all sweaty.

    And that NYT piece was great!

  • Larry Littlefield

    Hey Carma, I bike it 13 miles to Citifield for day games for the same reason. 

    It’s faster than taking the subway and going way out of my way, and more reliable than the car in PM rush traffic.  The last time I drove to (then Shea) for a weekday game, the trip there was easy but on the trip home it took 40 minutes to get out of the parking lot.

  • moocow

    Something that Kimmelman got that I have been trying to explain to non-riders- the amazing City in between your destinations.  The side streets and little pockets that you could experience walking, but may take a lifetime to find that way, are easy to “discover”. Once, for a couple of days, I had to ride out to College Point, and work all night and ride back in the morning to Park Slope. Such joy I experienced silently slipping through parts of predawn Queens, smelling bakeries making the day’s goods, the City not yet awake. I can’t describe it with any justice, but I know people on this blog understand, as does Kimmelman too.

  • carma

    Larry,

    I cant think of a better way to get to any stadium other than biking.  the subways even though they are fast, will always have a queue to get on and still be crowded.

    and forget about parking at the stadium, and then the aftermath of the traffic.

    Joe,

    I averaged around 12mph, b/c stopping at the lights in downtown brooklyn is a nice way to get a nice breather of the views of the constant construction going around.  actually, whats better is you can cruise your speed so you never really encounter a “stop” when you know that the next light will turn red anyways.  then, you just take it easy.

    the nicest route is probably vanderbuilt ave.  they have some nice downhill stretches, and it makes for great coasting.  (if you dont have a fixie)

  • Anonymous

    RE: NYT Kimelman piece.  I find that on my bike, I stop more to buy stuff.  Like the coffee shop or a lunch spot.  And I really see and engage with people far more than I would from my car.  

  • Daphna

    Does anybody know about the stance of the Transportation Committee of Manhattan Community Board 2 towards bike lanes?  Flipping the buffered bike lane to a curbside protected bike lane on Hudson from 14th Street down to Canal is vital.  They are going to consider it tonight.  Will members of the public who are in favor of this extension of 8th Avenue’s protected lane be an influence at this committee meeting?

  • Anonymous

    Not in “Today’s Headlines” but read the NYT story about Bloomberg picking final winner for a new Engineering School in NYC.  It says that Seth Pinsky is one of the key decision-makers.  Guess that means that any winner will have to include acres of parking garages.

  • fj

    Million-dollar gondola medallions predicted for transportation2030