Today’s Headlines

  • TSTC: Cuomo Takes Credit for Happy Accidents in MTA Budget, Silent on Structural Problems
  • Prendergast Supportive of Bike-Share, BRT; Opposes 7 Train Extension, Mayoral Control (WNYC)
  • 2nd Avenue Sagas: Midtown East Rezoning a Missed Opportunity for Transit Expansion
  • MTA Set to Purchase 300 Replacement Buses (News)
  • Brooklyn DA Race Narrows to Hynes vs. Thompson as Abe George Drops Out (NYT, Bklyn Paper)
  • Comptroller’s Race Tightens (NYT)
  • Surprise! CB 10 Member Opposes Farmers Market Street Closure in Harlem (News)
  • Cuomo to Sign Bill Closing Loophole That Allowed Drunk Drivers to Avoid Ignition Interlocks (News)
  • Citi Bike Partners With Bike and Roll to Offer Helmet Rentals (Post, Crain’s, Gothamist)
  • Bike Snob: Half Marvel and Half Curse, Citi Bike Now Part of NYC’s Transit Infrastructure
  • A Look at the Busiest Rail Junction in America (Brownstoner Queens)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Isaac B

    There should be no ignition interlocks or job exemptions for convicted drunk drivers. They should lose their driving privileges, period and find other ways to get around.

  • Bolwerk

    Going by that interview, Prendergast doesn’t sound remotely interested in reform. NYC isn’t going to glide on BRT, and mayoral control at least is an attempt by someone who is (theoretically) answerable to the electorate to take responsibility.

    And what is this “regional basis” talk? Since when has the MTA ever focused on transport as a regional problem? I don’t see NJT sharing with LIRR, MNRR pulling into Jamaica, or any subway extensions beyond the boroughs. At least that first one could be done today without even building new facilities. In fact, it would relieve pressure on Penn. He even dismisses the one sort of regionally helpful idea that Bloomberg put on the table, the 7 to Secaucus.

  • Greg

    Random anecdote:

    I’ve grown to really enjoy Citi Bike’s strap-based cargo basket. I’m finding it superior to a “container basket” for pretty much everything except grocery bags. In particular, it’s great at tightly locking down items no matter how big or small they are. I’m finding it to be very versatile.

    It seems, though, that some budding entrepreneur could do great things by producing a collapsible container basket that straps securely to the frame. Take it out of your pocket, expand, connect to bike, dump in grocery bags, and get your goods home.

    In general, I really hope we see a third-party accessories market take hold. There are all kinds of neat modifications that could make these bikes even more useful for day-to-day needs.

  • Reader

    Re: CB10 and the farmers market…

    So closing a tiny street means that congestion will be bad, seniors will be trapped in their homes, and trash will never be collected. Where have we heard that before?

  • Clarke

    I wish I could get one of these cargo racks for my regular bike. I don’t want a real basket because I don’t want to deal with the trash people would leave in it on the street and hate carry a backpack the whole ride. Does such a product exist?

  • Joe R.

    It’s time to get rid of community boards. They stopped being representative of their communities long ago. Now they’re all manned by NIMBYs who block anything which even slightly inconveniences them, regardless of the overall benefits to the community. I’m not getting exactly what is so important about that tiny street that it can’t be closed permanently. They’re really stretching things here with nonsense like seniors who use Access-A-Ride will be denied access to their homes. So the bus will pull up on one of the roads currently next to Macombs Place. Wow, they’ll have to walk an extra 100 feet at most! Why not just be honest and say they oppose the idea because they’ll lose about eight parking spots. Not that this is any better of a reason, but at least it’s the real one.

  • Bolwerk

    Concur. The only people who can possibly involve themselves with community board are people with no other obligations. This guarantees a mix of retirees, rent-seeking opportunists, and entitled narcissists thus self-select. At best, these people’s interests do not align well with wider society, and at worst they’re doing a lot to make life difficult for more productive members of society.

  • krstrois

    If only people talked about fully separate infrastructure as much as they did helmets. . .

  • JamesR

    Wow, I don’t even know what to say to this. Are you trolling? I sit on my community board and got involved to further livable streets issues and apply knowledge gained in a professional capacity as a planner. Most of those who I’ve met on the board are genuinely civic-minded people. It’s a lot of work – typically 10-15 hours a month worth of meetings and neighborhood site visits as meeting prep.

    Anyway, since I’m about 30 years too young to be a retiree, and am not a rent-seeker, that must make me an entitled narcissist. Got it.

  • Bolwerk

    No, I’m not trolling, I’m generalizing a real problem. I didn’t say every single person who sits on community boards is X, Y, and Z, nor did I say nobody civic-minded would bother. I said something to the effect that X, Y, and Z self-select to the community boards, which is problematic for those of us who do not share the interests of X, Y, and Z.

    That wouldn’t even be a big problem, if elected officials were capable of weighing evidence and overruling such people when they come out with a prima facie stupid outcome. But they don’t.

    …that must make me an entitled narcissist

    Well, you did mention yourself a lot! :-p

  • Steve Faust, AICP

    Tom Prendergast talked about restoring lost connections. He may have been referring to recently broken connections, but it would be nice if Tom had the MTA take an honest look at restoring a connection they broke 50 years ago. I used to bring my bike on the Bay Ridge Ferry to Staten Island until it was shut by the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, November 1964. The MTA’s TBTA broke the SI-Bklyn connection. It’s long overdue to restore it.

    The original bridge designers, Ammann and Whitney, produced an engineering report paid for by NYC City Planning covering the capacity of the VNB to have bike/ped paths installed. A&W found that the the paths can be easily installed, that the bridge would fully support them and estimated the cost to $26 million in 1997 dollars. Today that would be some $35 to $50 million – for two paths. Since the report was issued in 1997, there has been no “plausible denyability” that the bridge cannot support two paths, along with all of its 12 (soon to be 13) motor lanes. MTA Chair Joe Lhota told us last December that the bridge cannot support a path, and that “Cyclists will just have to get over it.” Lhota was just repeating what TBTA (Bridges and Tunnels) staff told him. They were wrong in December, and have been wrong about the path all along.

    Tom, Joe was right when he said, “Cyclists will just have to get over it.” That’s what we have trying to do for 50 years, just get over the bridge an any day and any hour, for recreation, touring, social trips and commuting, or emergency evacuation when needed, and for all to enjoy that world class view of the harbor. I have biked over the VNB some 65 times, but only on special events, (Thank You TBTA staff for allowing those trips.) but I would rather that I and any other cyclist can do this any day of the year on permanent paths.

    This is one big MTA service gap. Can we close it soon?