Today’s Headlines

  • Bill Keller Puts Transit on the 2013 Agenda, Congestion Pricing on Cuomo’s Plate (NYT)
  • A Powerful Look at a Day in the Life of a Delivery Cyclist (NYT)
  • Journal News: State Must Listen to Public, Improve Tappan Zee Transit
  • Newsday: “The Time to Build Transit Fully Into a New Tappan Zee Is Now”
  • Education Advocate Calls For Safer Walking, More Buses to School (News)
  • Driver Turning Across Second Avenue Bike Lane Critically Injures Cyclist (DNAinfo)
  • Vance Charges Driver With Homicide for Passenger’s Death in Henry Hudson Crash (DNAinfo)
  • Bronx Prosecutor Pleads Guilty to DWI, Avoids Jail (Post)
  • Atlantic Terminal’s Sidewalk-Stealing Bollards to Be Downsized This Year (Bklyn Paper)
  • Manhattan Can Hold a Lot More People, Especially With Better Infrastructure (NYT)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Click here, http://www.nnyn.org/kheelplan/BTA_1.1.xls, to see details of Sam Schwartz’s toll plan profiled in Keller’s NYT column.

  • If the homicide charge in the Cunningham death does not involve DWI but rests on speeding and other reckless driving behavior only, then kudos to Cy Vance and the Manhattan DA’s office.  I can’t think of a  homicide charge (not manslaughter, but homicide) based on speeding/reckless driving alone.

  • That crash on Second Avenue/18th Street is exactly the kind of crash that the NYPD Accident investigation squad has long ignored.  It will be interesting to see if this one is ignored after the widespread criticism of NYPD at the City Council oversight hearings last month.

  • Anonymous

    In case anyone didn’t get the subtext in Noah’s intro to the Vance item, please note that drivers might get charged when they hurt *car occupants.*  The city has got to stop acting like pedestrians and cyclists deserve whatever harm they get, as if their use of the street is the same thing as walking on subway tracks.

  • Enough is Enough

    Re: the driver who forced the cyclist to crash on 2nd Avenue:

    NYC needs to see one of these reckless psychopathic drivers put in handcuffs and perp-walked from The Tombs to Criminal Court to face manslaughter charges. Enough already. It’s sickening that the Commissioner Kelly, the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg allow young, healthy New Yorkers to continue to get killed and maimed by motor vehicle operators on NYC streets. Driver behavior isn’t going to change as long as the NYPD continues to ignore these crashes and the press keeps writing them off as “accidents.”

  • Pete

    This is the one critical flaw with the bike lanes on 1st/2nd avenue, compared to those on 8th & 9th ave – there is no traffic light for cars making a left turn.

    I nearly got creamed last week on 1st ave in the upper 20s last week when a schoolbus driver decided to accelerate past me and pull a quick left.  

    Poor guy, hope he makes a full recovery.  And that the first driver pays his bills in full.

  • Anonymous

    Re: Manhattan Can Hold a Lot More People.  I was stunned that the writer didn’t mention all the street space that could be re-purposed to hold more people.  

  • Pete,

    The segment of the Second Ave bike facility where this crash occurred has a different problem–it is not a parking protected facility at all, it is just a curbside lane.  Because Second Avenue narrows south of 23rd Street, DoT watered down the design of the facility between 23rd to 14th.  A mixing zone without separated bike/MV left turn phases allows more mixing, meaning more danger for cyclists but also greater speeds. But there wasn’t any mixing zone where this cyclist got cut off.

  • The section of 2nd Avenue is full of speeding vehicles. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen drivers speed to get ahead of approaching cyclists before they turn.  

    The protected areas are not much better because the “mixing zones” do not work as intended.  Cars NEVER yield to bikes. Everyone drives at high speed to the parallel crosswalk, where they try to force their way through pedestrian traffic while they block the bike lane.  When multiple vehicles are trying to do this at the same time the bike lane and turning lane become totally impassable.  I’ve started passing turning cars on the outside of the mixing zones, near the vehicle lanes, because I think it’s safer than trying to squeak by turning vehicles.  The turning bays have just allowed cars to take the turns at much higher speeds, it’s a mess. 

  • Bolwerk

    As one of the final bastions of traditional conservatism in the U.S. media, it should surprise no one that the New York Times is a very pro-car paper.

  • Anonymous

    The left turn thing on the 1st and 2nd ave bike lanes is hairy.  I haven’t ridden them much until recently, but I’ve logged a lot of time on them in the past month.  The problem I have is that you have to look over your shoulder constantly to see if a car making a left is going to run you over, and that is when pedestrians step into the bike lane to jaywalk or wait for the walk signal.  I’ve already had two incidents where I had to slam on the brakes and jump off my bike to avoid taking out jaywalkers.  It is another example of how bikes are menaced by cars but also responsible for not injuring peds who can and will do anything at any time, usually while texting.  They have go to put separate signals for the lanes.

  • fj

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