Today’s Headlines

  • Defined Space for Prospect Park Peds and Cyclists? Markowitz: If Drivers Get Extra Time (News, NYT)
  • Praise From All Quarters for Joe Lhota’s First 100 Days (Capital NY)
  • MTA Bridge Crossings Down Since 2007, Though Toll Revenues Are Up (News)
  • MTA to Sell Off Madison Avenue Buildings (Reuters)
  • City Panel Expected to Approve Third Ave. Whole Foods and Its 248 Parking Spots (NYT)
  • Reporting From One of City’s Most Hazardous Crossings, NY1 Parrots NYPD Victim-Blaming
  • Crossing Guard, Second Pedestrian Struck by Motorist in Harlem (DNA)
  • Driver Crashes Into Chelsea Building (DNA); Livery Cab Driver Hits House in Parkchester (NY1)
  • The Times Devotes Some Ink to Urban Street Safety
  • Science Says That Mercedes Driver More Likely to Feel Entitled to Run You Over
  • #savethelorax: Universal and Mazda Roundly Ridiculed by Steve Colbert

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    I may be in the minority here, but I don’t find having cars in the park an extra 30 minutes a day to be a problem, particularly if limiting them to one lane would slow them down.  They don’t bother me as much.

    While the same rule at all times will help, I’m not sure it’s sufficient to prevent a collision between a wandering pedestrian and a cyclist going too fast for a rapid stop or swerve.  Fast riders really need to avoid certain times of day.

  • Actually Paying Attention

    From the NYT article:

    “A set of proposed changes to the Prospect Park loop in Brooklyn would
    radically change its current design, reducing the space for cars to a
    single lane and creating two separate, dedicated lanes: one for
    pedestrians and one for bicycles.”

    Why in the world does J. David Goodman believe this design change in Prospect Park is “radical?” It is anything but.

    We are talking about re-allocating one lane of roadway from a relatively small number of private automobiles to a relatively large number of recreational users. This is “radical?” Really, David? In a park?

    You can only call this change “radical” if you haven’t been paying attention or do not know the definition of “radical.” This latest change to Prospect Park’s roadway is part of a methodical, decades-long evolution toward a car-free park. For about twenty years now, Central and Prospect Park have been steadily, incrementally trimming back the street space, park entrances and hours of the day dedicated to motor vehicle commuters. This change to Prospect Park is just one more step in that direction.

    Maybe ten years ago you could say this stuff was “radical.” Today? Not so much….

  • m to the i

    I think the park road modifications sound like a step in the right direction. The one part I don’t like is that one lane will be dedicated to cars even when they are not allowed in the park. There are really not enough parks and nypd vehicles driving around to justify taking away that lane all the time. Of course, I will be at the meeting to hear the details.

  • Trolley Dodger

    That’s fine, Larry. But why give Marty Markowitz anything? Why negotiate with a boorish, corrupt figurehead who long ago stopped representing anyone but a dwindling generation of white, ethnic Dodgers fans from 1955.

  • Anonymous

    You gotta love Emily Lloyd’s comment that closed the NYT article on the proposed Prospect Park lane reconfiguration: “I think this is a really good compromise: one use, one lane.”

  • Joe R.

    Markowitz’s idea is even more ridiculous when you consider that the Prospect Park area is one of the best served neighborhoods in the city in terms of subway service. Driving there is strictly a want, not a need. Certainly driving through the park is not necessary from any rational perspective. Cars never should have been allowed in any public parks in the first place. This is a clear case of the 99% suffering for the convenience of the 1%.

  • Is the Lorax video broken?

  • Larry Littlefield

    “Why negotiate with a boorish, corrupt figurehead who long ago stopped representing anyone but a dwindling generation of white, ethnic Dodgers fans from 1955.” 

    Well, I disagree with Markowitz on some things, but don’t confuse him with Howard Golden whose idea for Brooklyn was to bring back the Dodgers. Markowitz noticed there were some Black people in Brooklyn and went out to get a basketball team.

  • Aldfj2afsdl

    The idea that a one second — yes, one second — delay in evening commute time necessitates a 30-minute extension of the time that cars are allowed in the park should render Marty Markowitz’ participation in this “debate” over.  If he ever had any legitimacy to begin with, it’s gone as far as Prospect Park is concerned.

  • Clarence Eckerson

    I can’t believe that a proposal I had way back as chair of the Brooklyn T.A. Committee in 1999 and 2000 that I wrote to Prospect Park’s Tupper Thomas and the NYC DOT about is finally getting serious consideration. The diagrams look nearly identical to what I sketched.

    I am gonna have to go look into my storage unit to find the denial letters from both organizations saying such a layout was not feasible.

  • vnm

    @b90a32044fefcedb9fbd6912457a3049:disqus That is typical journo hype. You can’t sell papers by writing about a minor alteration to existing conditions.

  • Anonymous

    If having cars in the park for an extra 30 min’s per day is the price for implementing a bikes only and always’ lane split between slow and fast bikes then I could live with it, however, I don’t see how adding 6 or 7 seconds to a commute is any great hardship for the privilege of being able to drive in the park. This reconfiguration is not about how to accommodate cars. 

    My initial impression is mixed. I’m not clear on how the traffic lane is to be used during non-traffic hours as there really aren’t that many maintenance vehicles using it. It’s still a wasted space. We still need blinking yellows at the crosswalks and pedestrian walking lanes on BOTH sides. And if cops are going to ticket cyclists they should ticket pedestrians who cross cycling lanes and speeding motorists.

  • Glenn

    The real concern would be that NYPD and Parks vans would come out of nowhere at high speed during the “no-cars” time. And they would definitely ticket cyclists outside the lines. This would be similar to the red light ticketing of cyclists during “no-car” time in Central Park.

  • J. Mork

    Marty gets it.  The car usage is being slowly whittled away. He’s looking for something symbolic to hold onto — getting 30 more minutes.  

  • Mbft

    Seems like very poor timing for the MTA to Sell Off Madison Avenue Buildings in this economy. Why not wait and sell later to get more in value. Very short term thinking considering the location.

  • Mbft

    Has anyone read this article yet?

    Why can’t Portland repave its rutted roads?

  • moocow

    It seems to me that during car hours, cars come out of nowhere as it is. There are so few, that they are very spread out, and speeding. I can’t believe we have to cow tow to these people, this is my back yard, not their highway.

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    I’m just glad that we’re narrowing the space for cars. Slower is safer for everyone.

  • dporpentine

    I don’t think confining bikes to that space all day long is a good idea. Or that, given the very tight space, this will better protect cyclists from cars. But it does look like it might be effective at making pedestrians and joggers stay within their defined spaces. And that might do some good.

  • Am I the only one who is broken for?  I cant watch any videos on that site.

  • Brad Aaron

    @google-c6398336480a4370fd1d7ac9268efb0e:disqus You are not the only one. The vid worked fine for me this morning, but not now. Others haven’t been able to pull it up either.