Today’s Headlines

  • Zupan: Bike-Share Will Be Great (RPA); Op-Doc: “I’m So Terribly Excited” for Bike-Share (NYT)
  • Post Finds Anti-Bike-Share Ally: Firefighters’ Union Chief Says It’s Hard to Drive Around NYC
  • Daily News and DNA Examine Bike-Share and Hasidic W’Burg; WSJ Was on It a Year Ago
  • NYPD Traffic Cop Fears Bike-Share Crashes; Wrongly Says “You Have to Stay in the Bike Lane” (DNA)
  • City Planning Gives MSG 15 More Years, With Loophole (CapNYNews2nd Avenue Sagas)
  • Commission Also Green Lights USTA Expansion, Including Two New Parking Garages (DNANews)
  • Slate’s Sensible Rules for Bikes and Peds: Despite “Warfare” Language, Little Talk of Dangerous Drivers
  • Dromm, DOT Hail East Elmhurst Slow Zone as Applications Are Due for Next Round (Queens Gazette)
  • NYPD Kicks Off Traffic Enforcement Campaign — Sober Drivers Need Not Worry (Queens Gazette)
  • DOT Proposes Bike Lanes for Upper Manhattan, But Less Than What CB 12 Asked For (DNA)
  • Work Begins on New Public Plaza in Financial District (DNA)
  • Meet The New Weiner, Same as the Old Weiner (2nd Avenue Sagas)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • carma

    reading that nydn article about the empty shell in the bike share map in hasidim willyb makes me laugh. if these folks really dont want bike share, thats fine. that just means there will be more places available that will be more than willing to accept the next phases of bike share.

    win for all.

    also, every day this week i walked in midtown. i feel so anxious. seeing the empty bike share stations and knowing that i have a membership but no bikes yet…. 4 more days….

  • Anonymous

    What about the people who live in that neighborhood who are not members of this group? And why is this group so opposed to cycling? The issue of clothing did not seem like it is reason enough.

  • ADN

    Credit where it’s due: Props to New York Post reporter Julia Marsh for reverse engineering an FDNY source to back up her utterly fictional story from two days ago. Bravo, Julia. Keep it up and you could be the next Andrea Peyser.

  • Daphna

    Yikes! The station map on the citibikenyc website today is a disaster. Instead of showing all the docking stations that are supposed to be installed by May 27th, the map is showing only an odd selection of stations. Many stations that are planned are not on the map. Many stations that have already been installed are not on the map. Not good. The map just shows a subset of the currently installed stations. At least the map on the DOT website still shows all the planned stations: http://a841-tfpweb.nyc.gov/bikeshare/station-map/

  • carma

    agree. but if you ever go to pockets of willyb by the hassidim hood, 95% of the residents are hassidim.

    thats an overwhelming majority enough to say that bike share would probably have very few members to make it not worth it for citibikes to establish a station.

  • Daphna

    It is not an issue of the clothing worn by female cyclists. I remember reading a statement by a Hasidic man from Williamsburg. He did not want his son to bike because he did not want his son to have independence and did not want his son to be able to travel beyond his immediate neighborhood. The Hasidim seem to understand that bicycling is a means of transportation, that is allows people to travel beyond areas that can be covered by walking, and allows people to do so with ease. Because of these good features about bicycling, they are against it because they do not want their children to have a sense of freedom or have the ability to explore neighborhoods beyond their own that biking would give them.

  • Guest

    I believe stations will pop up on the Citi Bike website as they are tested and turned on by the crews you may have seen around the city. The gaps on the East Side mean that crews haven’t gotten to those stations yet. Check back tomorrow and I’m sure you’ll see more stations.

    It’s basically a switch from the old map, which simply showed planned stations, to the new map, which is meant to show available bikes and docks as a tool for planning trips. You’ll notice that if you click on a station marker it will tell you the number of docks available but that the number of bikes available is currently zero. That function didn’t exist before.

  • Guest

    I believe stations will pop up on the Citi Bike website as they are tested and turned on by the crews you may have seen around the city. The gaps on the East Side mean that crews haven’t gotten to those stations yet. Check back tomorrow and I’m sure you’ll see more stations.

    It’s basically a switch from the old map, which simply showed planned stations, to the new map, which is meant to show available bikes and docks as a tool for planning trips. You’ll notice that if you click on a station marker it will tell you the number of docks available but that the number of bikes available is currently zero. That function didn’t exist before.

  • Anonymous

    They now say “out of service” instead of “planned.” And if you look they list the number of bikes and stations available.

  • Bob

    1. Not sure how to respond to MSG news: CapNY highlights the loophole; DN highlights the 15-year length and how Burden wants MSG moved (SAS seems to tack towards DN). As someone who would like to see MSG move, should I be happy with the decision in general or pissed about the loophole?

    2. Surprised the site has not written about the Sheridan meeting yet (unless I missed it).

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who thinks the first week will be all roses is fooling themselves. There will be a lot of bugs and issues to be ironed out, which is why the first week is only open to annual members, who are more likely enthusiastic about the program and are unlikely to be put off by a few initial glitches.

    The question isn’t whether there will be problems (there will). The real question is how well DOT and CitiBike are equipped to respond to and rectify those problems.

  • Anonymous

    Bob: Sheridan is coming…

  • Guest

    100% true. The other question will be what minor issues are cherry-picked by the tabloids and elevated into major sources of outrage and proof that their dire predictions of mass chaos and the destruction of NYC as we know it were correct.

    If you think this week has been bad as far as the Post goes, just wait…

  • Jake

    If there’s going to be any vandalism of bike share stations, it’s guaranteed in Hasidic Williamsburg.

  • Daphna

    There are gaps everywhere, not just on in east midtown. Such as the station in front of 175 West 13th Street (by 7th Avenue) is no longer on the citibikenyc map at present.

    Also, does anyone know if the station on Broadway between 48th and 49th has been installed yet? 4 stations north of it on Broadway were installed and I thought it peculiar that that one had still not been installed by Monday 5/20.

    I am worried that fewer stations will go in than planned due to the bikeshare complainers. I hope my worries will be proven unfounded.

  • Joe R.

    Of course they don’t want to give their children freedom to explore at an impressionable age. I suspect if they did, 90% of them would convert and/or leave the community for good by the time they were adults. I’ve read some stories about how the Hasidim deal with children who question things too much, and I’m amazed we as a society tolerate stuff like this. For example: http://dusiznies.blogspot.com/2012/12/crazy-satmars-will-now-send-their.html

  • Mark Walker

    I’m praying at least one of the railroads will balk. MSG can move; Penn Station can’t, and being stuck with the current one would be a catastrophe.

  • Daphna

    Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and Long Island Rail Road can not move. Madison Square Garden can. Penn Station is already more than 100% over capacity. It was designed to serve 200,000 passengers a day and is serving almost 500,000 day. Madison Square Garden serves 6 million people a year. Penn Station serves 180 million people a year. There is no comparison. Penn Station serves 30 times (3,000%) more people! A new stadium can be built elsewhere, maybe very nearby.

    With increasing population and with an increasing percentage of the population choosing transit instead of cars to get around, Penn Station has to be expanded and there is no room to do so with Madison Square Garden on top.

  • I am a little dismayed by the Slate article. Bicyclists and pedestrians are the same people. Slicing and dicing into categories is a step backwards.

  • Joe R.

    You’re right about separating them into categories, but honestly I think those rules are eminently sensible. I actually already follow all of them as a pedestrian and as a cyclist.

  • carma

    the problem is not the space above ground. its the capacity below ground. i really dont how MSG being on top will conflict with space capacity issues below ground. its not as if the trains miraculously will go to ground level.

    Plus on top of that the dolans spent 1billion dollars renovating the garden.

  • Bob

    Re: Sheridan – excellent, look forward to it.

    As to MSG, I could see (a fool’s hope?) the Dolan’s selling the property to a skyscraper developer (certainly not an architect, but I’m assuming new ones do not need the massive substructure that MSG needs) and using the money to fund the purchase of another property. If I remember the Hudson Yards renderings correctly, it seems like those skyscrapers will be built with fairly wide-open ground floors, which would also at least beautify Penn (in addition to more room for trains, platforms, etc. below ground). Certainly would not be the original Penn, but better that the armpit that we currently have.

  • M to the I

    Why haven’t I gotten my citibike key yet!? I signed up on the first day, was number 900 something. My coworker was a few ahead of me and got his days ago. I want it! I’ll be pissed if I don’t get to ride on the Monday.