Today’s Headlines

  • Woman, 18, Killed by Turning Trucker in Ozone Park (Post)
  • CB 10 Dragged Its Feet on Adam Clayton Powell Safety, But Harlem Residents Approve (News)
  • NYPD Chief Spokesperson Paul J. Browne to Step Down, Take Job at Notre Dame (NYT)
  • Daily News: Barack Obama Loves Ray Kelly, So Critics Should Drop Complaints
  • Michael Gianaris, Joining Van Bramer, Wants Bike-Share in Western Queens (Times Ledger)
  • Daily News Has a Problem With Bike-Share: It’s Too Popular
  • Get a Ticket for Riding Outside a Bike Lane? It’s Bogus (Animal NY)
  • The Queens Way Feasibility Study Is Still Chugging Along, Despite Opposition (Times Ledger)
  • Second Avenue Sagas: WTC PATH Hub Is a Money Pit With Minimal Transit Upgrades
  • Freight Train Derailment in Bronx Suspends Hudson Line Service (NYTNews)
  • Building Owners Are Seizing Public Plaza Property for Security Measures (CityLand)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • carma

    actually, the NYDN is right for a change.. the bike share IS too popular.

    i also have problems finding bikes every now and then. ive walked through 3-4 stations on a few instances.

    i mentioned its not a rebalancing issue. its a over popularity issue. with so many members, im finding it hard to believe that we cant get more bicycles out there.

  • Anonymous

    Since it seems that some leaders at the NYPD use ticket counts as a metric when evaluating the performance of their subordinates, it is astonishing that they don’t take into consideration whether the tickets actually hold up in court. It would obviously be harder to measure and have a time lag, but it’s the only way to tell if officers are writing legitimate tickets instead of gaming the system.

  • Anonymous

    My problem has been the opposite, that the racks are full when I get to my destination. I’m also having trouble getting information at the kiosks for where to go to find an empty spot or to be able to dip my key to get more time (has anyone figured this out?). A least when there’s no bike available you can always opt to take the train. When you’ve got a bike and no place to go you’re sort of stuck. To Citi Bike’s credit I’m seeing a good effort of re-balancing with crews moving bikes from location to location; they just aren’t always able to keep up. They need more stations, and they need to move the edge of the service footprint further out to increase the area. Growing pains.

  • Anonymous

    My problem has been the opposite, that the racks are full when I get to my destination. I’m also having trouble getting information at the kiosks for where to go to find an empty spot or to be able to dip my key to get more time (has anyone figured this out?). A least when there’s no bike available you can always opt to take the train. When you’ve got a bike and no place to go you’re sort of stuck. To Citi Bike’s credit I’m seeing a good effort of re-balancing with crews moving bikes from location to location; they just aren’t always able to keep up. They need more stations, and they need to move the edge of the service footprint further out to increase the area. Growing pains.

  • Mark Walker

    Here’s a classic of cluelessness from the Daily News story on ACP: “‘We were told these things were happening but we, who live right here,
    weren’t aware of this danger,’ said Henrietta Lyle, chairwoman of Harlem’s Community Board 10.” Someone should repeat that quote to her at every safety-related community board meeting for the next 10 years. Maybe the CB didn’t get it, but the reporter did, a few grafs down: “But the delay, brought on by the community board’s desire to tweak the proposal’s aesthetic details, cost lives.”

  • JK

    “We, who live right here,
    weren’t aware of this danger” on Adam Clayton Powell. Whoa. Unreal. Ms Lyle, did you tell the Daily News that with a straight face? For the last decade I’ve regularly walked or biked on sections of ACP. The speeding was obvious and out of control. What is the story with these Harlem community boards? Can they be declared unfit for duty and reconstituted?

  • Anonymous

    It is a rebalancing issue in Midtown, though. I use Oliver O’Brien’s map to monitor the stations near my office every day, and they are NEVER restocked with bikes, despite the fact that there have been empty stations on Broadway nearly every evening for the past six weeks. There are plenty of docks available for rebalancing bikes in Midtown prior to the evening commute, but they simply don’t, and we’re left with the situation described by the Daily News: walk for ten blocks looking for a bike, give up, take the subway.

  • carma

    fantastic info. but look at the swaths of empty bike stations in midtown west.

    that would explain why im always seeing empty stations as im in that area often, while the east side does have bikes.

    just curious how many total bikes are in circulation nowadays?

  • Joe R.

    Of course she wasn’t aware of the danger. If she is typical of community board members, then she likely goes everywhere by car. You’re not going to be too aware of issues pedestrians face if you rarely cross the street.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares if they write legitimate tickets?

  • Anonymous

    That’s another issue entirely. Citibike insists that there are, indeed, around 6,000 bikes in circulation, but all of the data I’ve seen pegs the maximum number of docked bikes somewhere around 4,500.

  • Daphna

    The number lately is under 4,000 bikes not even 4,500. The number of total bikes available has declined for the last 6 weeks since a high point on June 8th.

  • Anonymous

    That would require a complete redesign of the NYPD as an organization. It would probably require a smaller, but better trained police force.

  • Anonymous

    A ticket for not wearing a helmet is certainly not legitimate because there is no law to base it on (unless you are 13 years old or younger).

    Allocation of enforcement resources is an endless gray area ripe for discussion. But an expectation that tickets be based on actual laws is black and white: writing groundless tickets has no justification whatsoever.

  • Daphna

    I see empty docking stations in midtown every afternoon, evening and night. I do not know if they are rebalanced. The Broadway stations, the Grand Central Station, and many others are all empty or have only bikes that are out of order and have the red light on. Further west in midtown, such as on 8th Avenue, there are still bikes in the stations.

    Despite seeing these empty racks, the bikeshare system is doing extremely well. The number of rides per day is higher than ever: Tuesday was 33,394 and Wednesday was 33,996. Wednesday had only 3,957 bikes in the system. This means an average of 8.6 trips per bike! That is more than double the number of trips per bike that most bikeshare systems have. This shows the enormous popularity of citibike. It also means that as much as problems are being witnessed, this system is working extraordinarily well to even be able to sustain 8.6 trips per bike.

    Other records: as of 7/17 there has been 1.1M trips and 2.5M miles.

  • Ian Turner

    The ticket that I got for not wearing a helmet referenced VTL “1238-5a”, which could be § 1238 (5) (a), which says helmets are mandatory for cyclists under 14, or it could be § 1238 (5-a), which says helmets are mandatory for skaters under 14. I’m over 14, so doesn’t matter much either way.

  • Andrew

    Unfortunately, it isn’t just Harlem.