Today’s Headlines

  • With State Finances Deteriorating, New York Needs to Lock Down Transit Funds (MTR)
  • Two Cops Crash Into Each Other, Wreck East New York Laundromat (Post)
  • Connecting Manhattan to Gov’s Island With Landfill Might Not Be So Far-Fetched (NYT)
  • Dust Complaints Interrupt Second Ave Subway Blasting (News, NYT)
  • Is the New Prospect Park Bike Chute Making Anyone Safer? (Brooklyn Spoke)
  • Photos: Minivan Driver Rammed Into Ditmas Park Playground This Weekend (Ditmas Park Blog)
  • A Glimpse of the Transit-Oriented, Pre-Tappan Zee Hudson River Communities (Cap’n Transit)
  • German Transit Gained Riders Without Adding Track (NYT)
  • Shelly Bike Crash, Day 12: Knee Surgery (DNAinfo)
  • Only One Way for J Lo to Make Amends: Shoot a Trek Ad on Blackrock Ave (Smoking Gun)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • carma

    The post must be making stuff up.  We ALL KNOW, that cops NEVER crash their cars.
    yeah.. thats it.  they “NEVER EVER” are involved in any crash.


  • dporpentine

    I’m becoming more and more obsessed with the number of injuries and deaths caused by people on the police force. Statistically it’s got to be way, way, way out of proportion to the general population.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Why is transit a better deal in Europe?  Well for one thing, Europe has national health insurance and a national pension system.  You don’t have public employees with one year worked for each year in retirement and unlimited health care spending, and an general public with no pension other than Social Security and no health insurance.

    They did have a deal for certain public employees in France, including railroad workers, that allowed retirement after 35 years instead of 40 for everyone else.  That was gotten rid of as unjust a few years ago, despite a rail strike.

    There is little more infuriating to me than having the public employee unions down on Wall Street claiming to also be the 99 percent, and expecting their young victims to support them. 

    If those victims only knew — retired public employees are the OTHER RICH.  Like the executive class, they grab more every time there is a bubble and exempt themselves from giving back in a bust, screwing the serfs instead.  Their only cost is the need for increased spending on propaganda.

  • Bolwerk

    Manhattan to governor’s island by landfill?  Perfect for parking lots!

  • Johnson

    Some of the bike chute problems are similar to the enclosed bike lanes with parked traffic enclosing the cyclist. Like on Grand Street. Very little room to maneuver if some one walks in or car door opens. For safety’s sake lets hope they don’t do it to Hudson Street.

  • Glenn

    Um, why not a simple bridge to Gov. Island?

  •  @Glenn I think the main point of the land bridge is to build stuff on it, not to get people to Gov’s Island.

  • Anonymous

    @c661ddb94bcffdc2c6124e349eafdc77:disqus Way way way out of proportion is right. At least it was a decade-and-a-half ago, when I calculated that on-duty police vehicles crashed 9.5 times as often as other motor vehicles in NYC in 1993. The numbers are in an article I published in Roadkill, a NYC bike messenger ‘zine, in 1995. I don’t have a hard copy, but the file I sent to the editor is downloadable here:

  • dporpentine

    @Komanoff:disqus Thanks for that. I should’ve thought you’d be the person to know.

    How did you pull that information together? I’d be interested in trying to update it.

    Regardless, I think Driving While NYPD needs to be recognized as a serious public safety issue.


    Needs to be. But won’t.

  • Anonymous

    Johnson, the chute and protected bike lanes are completely different. Don’t try to conflate them and make some kind of phony claim that for the sake of safety we should oppose protected bike lanes, which are the only way to keep drivers out of bike lanes, not as an obstacle to pedestrians and cyclists, which is the purpose of the chute.  No one is falling for it.

  • Anonymous

    Komanoff’s stats make intuitive sense when you think about the fact that police cars are often speeding, going through red lights, double parking, making sudden u-turns, weaving through traffic, stopping suddenly, driving on the sidewalk, etc.

  • Cheryl

    There are no protected bike lanes in NYC that go down as steep a decline as the hill in Prospect Park, so to compare that hill to the relatively flat PPW lane, Kent Ave, 8th
    Ave, Grand St, etc. is ridiculous.  Those bike lanes have seen zero serious injuries to cyclists and zero deaths to anyone.  You can’t legislate common sense.  No one should be sprinting on bike lanes meant for commuting just as no one should be racing their cars on streets meant for commuting.  But even on that hill casual cyclists can go over 20 mph.

    The chute is a bad idea. A better idea is getting rid of cars and repainting the lanes so there’s less confusion.

  • Anonymous

    @c661ddb94bcffdc2c6124e349eafdc77:disqus My 1993 data (gathered in ’95) disappeared in a long-ago hard-drive crash. IIRC, the Times or some other reasonably reliable source reported the number of police-vehicle crashes for the year, and I was able to get someone at NYPD HQ to tell me the number of miles that NYPD cars traveled that same year (1993). That allowed me to calculate the number of miles cops driving between crashes. Parallel data for all drivers was (is) pretty readily available, making it easy to compute miles between crashes for all drivers.

    Of course, try getting the NYPD to give out their crash frequency (or any other data) now. Then again, that could be FOILed by someone with the resources to stay the course.

  • Central Park user

    Bad news for all Central Park users: for 5 weeks from Nov. 28 – Dec. 30, the southern section of the park will be open for another 3 hours each day to cars.  Instead of from 7am-7pm, it will be open to motor vehicles 7am-10pm.  Last year NYC gave these same 3 hours a days to drivers.  The year before, NYC gave drivers an extra two hours from 7pm-9pm during this 5 week period.

    This year motorists will get an extra 75 hours during which to speed through the park with impunity and menace and endanger vulnerable park users.