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  • “We agree to disagree” – what a jerk.
    He should run for mayor

  • Anonymous

    He will.

  • Anonymous

    Bike-Share Gripe Session: Ha. I’m really curious how it went though. Anyone have any more details on how it went? Stephen? I was all rarin’ ready to go and then as the day went on I eventually decided there were probably more important uses of my time than to attend a meeting just in case it would turn into an occasion to fight harmful stereotypes about cycling that might have started getting thrown around. A year or two ago, such a job would be more worthwhile, but now, as more and more normal, non-carper NYers are just like, not even batting an eye as more bikes hit the streets, it seems not so important a job! Progress!

  • Anonymous

    Kelly is definitely qualified for leading Homeland Security, giving his extensive experience in violating constitutional rights in the name of “security”.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a Philly story, but this article about SEPTA expansion has some REALLY unfortunate quotes from rail opponents:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/business/transportation/20130717_SEPTA_seeks_to_extend_Norristown_line.html

    “Several residents expressed concern about a rail line bringing more “city people” into Upper Merion Township.

    “This corporate business park – they’re not going to use it,” said John Baessler, who said he was grateful to see that SEPTA had eliminated a possible route near his home along the Norfolk Southern rail line.

    Another woman, who would not give her name, put it more explicitly: “If somebody can’t get to King of Prussia by car, they shouldn’t be coming at all.””

    Sorry did I say unfortunate? I meant racist.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know why the Citibike data charts are no longer being updated?

    fwiw, I’ve been enjoying querying friends and asking them to guess how many Citibike crashes there have been. I start with the # of trips (over 800,000 over about 6 weeks), and let them guess. Typical answers are between 200 and 400, which is a lowball number since they know the question is from a cycling advocate.

    Their shock at 3 minor injuries, although the third is really unfair, is priceless. Would be a fun “on-the-street” interview by a local news reporter.

  • Bolwerk

    Yep, this. That is a bureaucracy that should be abolished.

  • Bolwerk

    Opposition to such projects usually includes a bizarre mix of racism, classism, and narcissism. It’s tempting to just dismiss it, and say the transit investment should stay inside cities.

  • Daphna

    So 25 people came but CB3 had booked a large space to accommodate many more. How does 25 people compare to the number of people who typically come to observe CB3 meetings? Were they all complaining?

    If CB3 had waited a few more months before holding this hearing, there would have been even fewer complaints since public approval for bikeshare is going to keep going up and up and people get more and more used to it.

  • Daphna

    Even within a city you can have a bizarre mix of opposition that fights a transit project. Harlem leadership loosing SBS is an example of this.

  • Ridgewoodian

    Don’t know about the data charts but I have noticed that my trip data has disappeared. I’m told now that I haven’t rented a bike yet, though I’ve taken scores of trips since day one. All the bugs aren’t worked out yet, obviously.

  • Ridgewoodian

    Don’t know about the data charts but I have noticed that my trip data has disappeared. I’m told now that I haven’t rented a bike yet, though I’ve taken scores of trips since day one. All the bugs aren’t worked out yet, obviously.

  • Anonymous

    I still see my trip data. One bug that still hasn’t been fixed as far as I know is the “find nearby stations” button at each kiosk.

  • Ridgewoodian

    My local subway station is being rehabilitated which has meant that the main entrance/exit is shut down for the next few months. Everyone has to enter and exit via a small, side, residential street. I got to talking to a couple of residents last night. They were mostly pleasant and were trying to help me out (my bike had been stolen – ugh) but for a few seconds the conversation got really ugly. “You should see the f—ing sh-t scum coming out here since they shut down the other entrance. F—ing punks coming in the neighborhood.” And that’s just the result of one closed entrance. No wonder we can’t build new subway lines.

  • Ridgewoodian

    Interesting. Does it tell you how many miles you travel per trip? When I HAD trip data it was always 0 miles, which was disappointing since, as a weirdo freak, I like to keep track of my miles.

  • Anonymous

    It’s always shown zero miles on my list. I even sent them a bug report about it, and have gotten no response. I assume they are aware of it but have more urgent bugs to fix…

  • Bolwerk

    True, but at least in cities it goes to people who need it most. Nothing unexpected about Harlem SBS at all. The obstructionists got all the say through their Obstructionist^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HCommunity Board, as usual.