Today’s Headlines

  • Rest Easy, New York: Commercial Cyclist Regulations Are Now Law (TransNat)
  • Lhota Talks Fare Hikes, Ronald Reagan and Road Pricing With Brian Lehrer (TransNatCapNY, News)
  • WSJ Restaurant Writer: The Subway Stinks So Why Should I Pay More?
  • Assembly Transpo Chair John Wisniewski Subpoenas Port Authority Execs Over Tolls (TransNat)
  • City Council Committee Approves Plan to Build on Top of Chelsea Market (DNA, News)
  • Business Ticketed for Garbage That Man Tripped Over Before He Was Killed by Garbage Truck (WAWS)
  • Prior Misconduct by NYPD Witnesses May Taint Kevin Spellman Testimony (R’dale Press 12)
  • Pedro Espada’s Legacy of Corruption Could Live On Through Eponymous Bill (Post)
  • “American Dream” Developer Triple Five Has No Plans to Pay for Mega-Mall Transit (MTR)
  • DiNapoli: Childhood Obesity Epidemic Will Cost New York Big-Time as Kids Age (Gothamist)
  • Bike Portland’s Jonathan Maus on NYC Livable Streets: Believe the Hype

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill.

Streetsblog is holding our annual editors’ meeting in NYC today and will be on a slightly irregular publishing schedule. We will be bringing you more highlights from NACTO’s “Designing Cities” conference, including today’s roundtable with transportation chiefs from six major American cities, so stay tuned.

We hope to see you at the Streetsblog and Streetfilms annual benefit, starting at 7:00 tonight at WNYC’s The Greene Space. Tickets are available online or at the door.

  • carma

    Its true.  Republicans AND democrats should be ashamed at how much better reagan was compared to the crop we have today.  but its hard to say that the subways were better in reagan’s time than it is today.  Today at least a majority of graffiti is gone. Service is more reliable.  We actually are building a new line and have extended two lines with the 7 also being extended.  Plus breakdowns are not an everyday occurrence like they were in Reagan’s time.

  • West Cyde Cyclist

    I’m a fan of what you guys are trying to do, but the behavior of commercial cyclists is an issue that needs to be addressed. The sarcastic headline does not help our cause. 

  • moocow

    Have you read all the articles SB has put out on this topic? They’ve covered it well.
    Redundant laws that make lawmakers seem busy while drivers that kill are allowed to go free with “no criminality”
    Sarcasm helps temper the shame of the situation.

  • moocow

    Have you read all the articles SB has put out on this topic? They’ve covered it well.
    Redundant laws that make lawmakers seem busy while drivers that kill are allowed to go free with “no criminality”
    Sarcasm helps temper the shame of the situation.

  • moocow

    Have you read all the articles SB has put out on this topic? They’ve covered it well.
    Redundant laws that make lawmakers seem busy while drivers that kill are allowed to go free with “no criminality”
    Sarcasm helps temper the shame of the situation.

  • moocow

    Have you read all the articles SB has put out on this topic? They’ve covered it well.
    Redundant laws that make lawmakers seem busy while drivers that kill are allowed to go free with “no criminality”
    Sarcasm helps temper the shame of the situation.

  • Voter

    I don’t think there’s a person here who would say that we should ignore dangerous behavior by commercial cyclists.  They question is why it always goes to the top of the City Council’s agenda above other more consequential forms of dangerous street behavior.  I think Brad’s tone reflects that frustrating and unanswered question.

    So while I agree that getting hit by a BB pellet is dangerous, I’d appreciate it if Christine Quinn would do something about illegal handguns. 

  • fj

    Climate Change Frankenstorm Beyond Strange Uprecedented Bizarre

    & Might even affect NYC Streets

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/26/1097391/climate-change-frankenstorm-beyond-strange-unprecedented-bizarre/

  • Joe R.

    @34e672f0d1ca9ee46208401718d78e4e:disqus Maybe I’m missing something here, but exactly what about commercial cyclist behavior needs to be addressed? For all the talk I hear about “almost being hit” and other similarly meaningless anecdotal evidence, it seems to me that commercial cyclists at worst are a low-level annoyance rather than a statistical danger. I personally find lots of things annoying, such as ads on subways, high heels (i.e. I think they look silly and they cause long term problems), cell phones, and especially people complaining about commercial cyclists. I don’t however feel we need to make any laws against any of these things. In a free society, people will be free to do all sorts of things, including some things which annoy others. Sorry, but the statistics just aren’t there supporting doing anything about commercial cyclists, much less requiring them to wear reflective vests and helmets. And don’t get me started on the time being wasted to ban electric bikes. I suggest the City Council try living under some of the unrealistic laws it passes. Try delivering food in July wearing a helmet and vest, and also stopping and waiting at every single red light as the City Council also feels commercial cyclists should do. If you don’t quit the job from heat exhaustion and leg cramping, you’ll quit it from hearing customers screaming that their food is late. It’s really easy to come up with ivory tower “solutions” to problems which exist only in the minds of a few vocal constituents. It’s quite another to craft laws which actually make sense (and also to sometimes realize that not everything needs to be regulated).

  • fj

    Hurricane Sandy: How Bad Is It Looking, Really?”http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-how-bad-it-looking-really/3718/”

  • fj

    Reagan was awful. We were starting to get on track with critical environmetal & social issues which he dismantled.

    He literally took solar off the Whitrhouse.