Today’s Headlines

  • Developing: Eight Hurt in Two-Car Curb-Jump Crash in East Village (DNANBC, ABC, FoxGothamist)
  • With Golden and Gantt Apparently on Board, Watered-Down Speed Cam Bill Expected to Pass (NY1)
  • De Blasio Transpo Platform Calls for Doubling Cycling, Expanding Bike-Share, Adding Bus Routes (NYT)
  • TransNat Estimates Big Drop in Number of Offline Citi Bike Stations
  • Department of Labor Investigating Alta Employee Complaints in DC (TransNat)
  • Sean Sweeney Will Try to Sue the Bike-Share Station Off Petrosino Square (Post)
  • Minor LIRR Derailment Disrupts Train Travel From New Jersey to Massachusetts (NYT)
  • Quinn to Call Hearing as ME Driver Suspended for Loading Hit-and-Run Victim With Trash (PostPIX)
  • Behold the Nuttiness Surrounding CB 10’s Vote Against Fourth Avenue Safety: Bklyn Paper, News
  • DOT Proposes Daylighting, Bus Stop Shift at Deadly Forest Hills Intersection (DNA)
  • New York Is Failing Miserably at Keeping Recidivist Drunk Drivers Off the Roads (Advance)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • tyler

    How is De Blasio doing in the polls? My neighborhood bodegas and restaurants seem to be all about the De Blasio posters.

  • Anonymous

    It is about time De Blasio came out for bikes. Does he articulate protected bike lanes, or just some paint on the road to be ignored? Maybe he is a liberal after-all.

  • Ellen M

    “Opponents of a Citi Bike station that was dumped in a popular Soho park…” Hmm, sounds like the NY Post’s Julia Marsh has made up her mind on this already.

  • Anonymous

    Citi Bike anectdote of the day: not so great this time.

    At the pickup station, I found two bikes with flat tires, one unresponsive dock, and finally one that worked.

    On the road, I got some comments from a cop about how I shouldn’t ride in the middle of the lane. I thanked him and went on my way, ignoring his advice. I have been riding city streets since this guy was in preschool and I did what I considered safest under the conditions.

    The destination station was full, and the “find nearby stations” feature didn’t work. So I went to another station that I knew, and then another, and another… I ended up finding an available dock at the fifth station (all the while checking the “find nearby stations” at every station, to check if it was a local problem. It failed every time).

  • Citibike apparently has a huge backlog

    “Right now we have 39,840 members, 15,000 with keys in hand already.”

  • Bolwerk

    Recidivist drunk drivers are a bit scary, but most of the threat is still from recidivist sober drivers.

  • Greg

    I have yet to ever have the “find nearby stations” interface work. As far as I can tell they just never got it working.

  • Daphna

    Quinn is worried about Kevin Bell being treated disrespectfully after he was dead. She will investigate why the medical examiner had bottles for recycling in the back of the vehicle and thus little room for Kevin. However, of much more importance is how he was treated while he was still alive. Quinn should hold a hearing of the NYPD and why they are failing to ticket lawbreaking motorists sufficiently. Quinn should hold a hearing to determine who is getting in the way of traffic calming and safer street re-designs being implemented more widely. The later would likely find blame with many of her fellow city council members and other elected officials. Hearings such as these would be much more important than how his body was treated after he had already been killed by a motorist.

  • Daphna

    Quinn is worried about Kevin Bell being treated disrespectfully after he was dead. She will investigate why the medical examiner had bottles for recycling in the back of the vehicle and thus little room for Kevin. However, of much more importance is how he was treated while he was still alive. Quinn should hold a hearing of the NYPD and why they are failing to ticket lawbreaking motorists sufficiently. Quinn should hold a hearing to determine who is getting in the way of traffic calming and safer street re-designs being implemented more widely. The later would likely find blame with many of her fellow city council members and other elected officials. Hearings such as these would be much more important than how his body was treated after he had already been killed by a motorist.

  • Daphna

    Citibike riders took 18,699 rides Monday and 21,184 on Tuesday. Citibike has 311 docking stations and 4,479 total bikes. This means bikeshare is supporting 4.1-4.7 trips per bike on a weekday. This is happening even with some inferior re-balancing and remaining software glitches. I am glad the system is functioning as well as it is and hope it continues to be de-bugged and improved. Also, with thousands of annual members still waiting for their fobs and with loads of new members joining daily, usage is going to continue to grow- hopefully Alta is preparing for that!

  • Daphna

    Citibike riders took 18,699 rides Monday and 21,184 on Tuesday. Citibike has 311 docking stations and 4,479 total bikes. This means bikeshare is supporting 4.1-4.7 trips per bike on a weekday. This is happening even with some inferior re-balancing and remaining software glitches. I am glad the system is functioning as well as it is and hope it continues to be de-bugged and improved. Also, with thousands of annual members still waiting for their fobs and with loads of new members joining daily, usage is going to continue to grow- hopefully Alta is preparing for that!

  • Bronxite

    I expected the program to be popular but wow. I rode around today and saw a Citi Bike (or 2, or 3, or 6) like every few minutes. Combine that with the fact that a lot of people are biking in general due to the nice weather. This city is literally transforming. The protected paths were pretty packed today.

  • Lora Tenenbaum

    While I hate to defend the Post, I really don’t see bias in this tiny report. The fact of the matter is that it is a popular SoHo park, and the bike kiosk was indeed dumped there. The DOT knew over a year ago that the residents did not want the station there and more than a month before its placement had received letters from elected officials and the local community groups asking that it be placed in the roadbed. Accompanying this lawsuit, brought by 5 community groups led by Friends of Petrosino Square, was a petition of over 600 signatures and over 120 letters asking simply that this single bike station be moved out of parkland. This is not a case of hating bike share: most of us advocate moving the bike share kiosk out of the park are supporters of bike share and want the bike share station to remain in our area.