Today’s Headlines

  • Obama Gets Four More Years to Re-write American Transpo Policy (NYT)
  • Dems Seem to Have Recaptured NY State Senate — This Time Without 3 of These Bozos (News, C&S)
  • Disgraced Former Dem Boss Vito Lopez Still Trounces GOP Opponent in North Brooklyn (News)
  • Check Out How Many Albany Races Went Uncontested on Election Day (News)
  • Crain’s: Congestion Pricing Should Be Part of the Recovery From Sandy
  • Still No L or G Service — or Even Shuttle Buses (NYT)
  • NYC Transit Troubles Pale Beside What’s Happening With NJ Transit (TransNat, Cap’n Transit)
  • DOT to Shift Broadway Bike Lane and Drop the Physical Protection (Gothamist, Post)
  • How Bike Infrastructure Helped New Yorkers Get Back to Work After Sandy (MTR)
  • “Chuck, You Have to Fix This Outrageous Gas Line I’m Waiting In!” — Iris (Patch)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • fj
  • kevd

    Not related to these headlines, but I figured some people would be interested.
    I saw the Nets play the Timberwolves the other night – and yesterday got a survey from the Barclay’s center inquiring about my experience.

    Question 5.
    “What mode(s) of transportation did you use to get to Barclays Center? (Please select all that apply).

     MTA Bus
     MTA Subway
     Long Island Rail Road
     Drove myself/carpool
     Taxi/car service

    Well, I couldn’t complete the survey since I made the mistake of riding a bike to the game when clearly that is not a possibility….

  • Bolwerk

    NJTransit is a joke on a good week. The trains run so slowly you almost may as well drive, and the buses are almost always mired by ludicrous bottlenecks.

    I don’t see it getting fixed soon either. The agency needs investment but is not taken seriously, either by Christie nor his predecessors. ARC is lost, and Gateway is only so much of an improvement…if it happens at all.

  • Bolwerk

    Slightly amusing: road rage in Britain against a cyclist.  Cynical courtesy concealing seething contempt.

  • J

    re:  Broadway bike lane changes. I agree that something needs to be done, and this could work IF the curbside parking regulations are done correctly. Otherwise, what we get is another double parking lane for drivers.

    More generally, I don’t think the Broadway corridor is generally that effective as a bikeway, given the poor signal timing for cyclists, the gap at Times Square, and the lack of dedicated bike space at Herald Square. I’m ok with this plan as long as DOT continues to build and connect protected bike lanes elsewhere. Specifically, they need to connect Columbus & 9th Ave lanes, complete 1st Ave up to 125th, and figure out a way to create real 8-80 crosstown bike paths in Manhattan. Also, Brooklyn and Queens need protected lanes as well.

  • Daphna

    I’m disturbed with the proposed plan for the unprotected bike lane on Broadway from 42nd to 35th.  I would support a re-configuration, but the one the DOT is proposing is a step backwards.  There are better options to create a protected bike lane that’s not in conflict with pedestrians on that street.  Instead the DOT is proposing an in-the-door-zone-of-parked-cars unprotected bike lane that will be used for double parking.

    That street space that could be re-configured differently.  There is no need for a 12′ wide travel lane when 10′ is plenty.  8′ or 9′ floating parking functions fine – there is no need to increase it to 11′ wide.  A 5′ bike lane is TOO narrow.  This and all future bike lanes need to be made at a more appropriate width (8-10′).  Bike lanes should be made for the large future volume of bikes that there will be, not so narrow as to barely accommodate today’s volumes.

    Other better options:
    1) There could be a curbside protected bike lane on the west side of Broadway.  There is more room than the 11′ needed for one if the moving lane were 10′ and the floating parking were 8 or 9′ instead of 11′.
    2) The bike lane could go where the floating parking is currently and the floating parking could be moved one lane west.  Planters would divide pedestrians from bikes and bikes would still be protected by parked cars in floating parking.

    If street space is going to be reclaimed from motorists, then it should really be reclaimed.  Removing a travel lane and making a buffered bike lane is not really reclaiming street space from motorists and giving it to bikes because there is NO enforcement, obedience or respect for unprotected lanes.  That space is still for motorists who want it and can not be considered dedicated bike space.

    This stretch of Broadway is not heavily traveled and so an unprotected lane here is not as bad as elsewhere, but this is not the way to go for current and future bike infrastructure.  Bike lanes need a physical barrier to keep motorists out.  Nothing else works.

    Also, during off hours and off seasons, when there are no pedestrians out, this Broadway bike lanes functions very well as a de facto  bidirectional bike lane.  When it is not protected, this quality will be lost.  (I supposed some will cheer for that but not me – the fact that it is used as bi-directional shows that a protected uptown bike lane is needed – I know there is a push for one on 6th Ave and that would be great but that could be a long way off)