Today’s Headlines

  • Simcha Felder Seems Pretty Sure the GOP Will Retain Control of State Senate (CapTon, NYT)
  • Will Joe Lhota Ride His Post-Sandy Popularity to Gracie Mansion? (Post, 2nd Ave Sagas)
  • Quinn, Acknowledging Climate Change, Calls for Massive Flood-Prevention Infrastructure (WSJ)
  • City Gets Federal Funding for Full Nostrand Ave SBS Route (Post)
  • While Suburbs Balk at MTA Payroll Tax, Construction Industry Group Volunteers to Pay It (MTR)
  • Amsterdam Investing $150M in Bike Infrastructure Over Eight Years (NYT Rendezvous)
  • Believe It or Not, the 84th Precinct Made a Bike Theft Arrest (Bklyn Paper)
  • There Are a Lot of Wrecked Cars in the Flood Zone (DNA)
  • Only Real Cops Get to Jump to the Front of the Gas Lines (Advance)
  • As People Live in Cars Waiting for Gas on Coney Island Ave, Food Delivery Gets More Walkable (News)
  • Philippe Restaurant Turns 60th Street Into Its Private Parking Concession (Eater)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Larry Littlefield

    I knew bike infrastructure was cheap, but I didn’t know it was that cheap.

    (Actually $150 million).

    Things will not have really changed until politicians dare to spend that much here.  That is one subway station rehab, or one-third of a signal replacement project on part of one line.

    I’d like to see all the sales taxes collected at bike shops, and all sales of bicycles elsewhere, dedicated to this purpose.

  • fj

    Massive mitigation and adaption is much better than Quinn’s massive infrastructure idea the typical fossil fuel heavy equipment way that is losing out to climate change.

    With massive emission mitigation we may have a chance by mid-century and not with Quinn’s is business-as-usual proposal clearly lacking vision.

  • Brad Aaron

    Maybe Philippe is taking its cue from La Marina, which has commandeered Dyckman Street west of Broadway as its valet parking lot.

  • fj

    Quinn should be taking what the mayor is doing much further including broad and rapid deployment of net zero extremely agile transport systems, solar, smart micro grids, very high efficiency buildings & retrofits, local food production, etc.

  • krstrois

    That place Giando uses the Kent Ave bike lane as valet when their already ample parking lot overflows. I mean, in a way I DO understand because it would be really exerting to walk or bike there because you really need to conserve your energy to handle the XXX-treme chandeliers inside. 

  • Bolwerk

    While NYC wants to ruin Staten Island for the next generation, Deval Patrick is actually calling for persistent construction of urban housing up in MA. I wonder how that will go.

    @twitter-93223785:disqus : Quinn is a suburban soccer mom at heart. Safe bet she will do none of those things.

  • fj

    Pencil out Quinn for The next mayor if city denizens smarten up beyond the Fox/Daily News Nation.

  • fj

    Pencil out Quinn for The next mayor if city denizens smarten up beyond the Fox/Daily News Nation.

  • vnm

    Ugh.  Matt Flegenheimer just posted something about CitiBike equipment being damaged by Sandy flooding. 

  • Joe R.

    Very interesting NY Times article. If NYC spent a few hundred million (which is pocket change in budgetary terms) on cycling infrastructure, we could have great bike parking facilities and tons of grade-separated bicycle “superhighways”. Both would go a long way towards making cycling a realistic transportation option, even over longer distances.

  • Miles Bader

    Bikes, at least when used by most people, are typically more suited to medium-short distances and local use than longer distances / high speeds, so “tons of grade-separated bike superhighways” seems a bit excessive.  Lots of good bike-parking and lowish-medium-speed separated (from traffic) bike routes would be good.

    [The hardcore cyclists that tend to drive advocacy groups are a valuable
    resource, but it seems like their desires are not always perfectly
    aligned with the sort of bike infrastructure that would be the most practical….]

  • Joe R.

    Actually, grade-separation benefits all cyclists, not just those going on long trips at high speeds, by eliminating intersections, which is where most bike-car accidents occur. There is also substantial time/energy savings by avoiding the need to stop or slow down for red lights at practically every block. You also avoid the errant pedestrians which seem to be a problem in most of the protected street-level bike lanes. Grade separation might not provide much benefit for the cost in a place with few traffic lights or intersections, but in NYC the benefits would be substantial-for all cyclists. Remember that a cyclist who can manage only a short 2 or 3 mile trip at street level with frequent stopping might have no problem going 8 or 10 miles on a route where they don’t need to stop at all. You basically increase the potential travel radius for everyone.

    And yes, bike parking (preferably secure indoor parking) is probably even more important than the bike routes themselves. Nobody will bike if they can’t find a place to park where they can be reasonably sure their bike won’t get stolen or vandalized. This is actually the major reason I don’t bike on errands here in Eastern Queens. The roads here are usually reasonably fast and safe, even without bike lanes, but I refuse to chain my bike to a lamppost where it’s an easy target for bike thieves.

  • fj

    Klaus Jacob was just on Climate Reality discussing creating a modern transportation infrastructure that does not contribute to climate change