Today’s Headlines

  • Vision Zero: Livery Drivers Launch Safe Driving Group, Seek TLC Rewards for Good Drivers (Post)
  • Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Driver Hits Him in East Village (Post)
  • 20th Precinct Says Its Posters Aimed at Pedestrians Have Cut Ped Crashes; Residents Disagree (DNA)
  • News Suggests Citi Bike Boycott If Service Languishes; Bob Hardt: NYers “Voting With Their Feet” (NY1)
  • This Time Around, the Media’s Reaction to Road Pricing “Leaned Towards the Positive” (MTR)
  • TLC Proposes 30-Cent Taxi Surcharge to Fund Accessibility for Half of Cabs (CapNY, NYT, NY1)
  • Clinton Hill Driver Clubs Food Deliveryman in Road Rage Incident, Flees (Bklyn Paper)
  • QueensWay Moves Forward With Draft Designs as Neighbors, Rail Supporters Criticize Plan (DNA)
  • State Insists TZB Tolls Will Pay “Entire Cost” of Bridge Replacement But Issue Remains Black Box (NYT)
  • Port Spends Money on PATH to Newark Airport But Puts Garage to Ease PABT Crowding on Hold (MTR)
  • Save the Date: Fulton Street Transit Center to Open June 26 (2nd Avenue Sagas)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Bolwerk

    Zip Line and slides? QueensWay: a hipster playground so obscure you can’t even get to it with transit.

  • Jonathan

    Sounds pretty humdrum actually; Fort Washington Park in Northern Manhattan is getting a canopy walk and adventure playground already.

  • QueensWay Questions

    From the QueensWay story: “The designs also addressed privacy issues, one of the main concerns raised by residents living along the proposed park. According to the presentation, landscaped mounds and rows of trees and evergreen shrubbery would be planted to protect the privacy of residents. “They have come up with several plans that actually will block the view of what’s going on,” said Stephen Melnick, a Forest Hills resident, who said he was concerned about the issue. “People will basically see greenery.” The organizers also said that there are plans to monitor the area, possibly with the help of security cameras and Park Enforcement Patrol officers.”

    It sounds like a lack of community buy-in is driving a really bad trail design. The landscape mounds and shrubbery will hide the trail from the neighbors, but it will also hide the neighbors from the trail users. Anyone who has used a trail in a less built-up area knows that being alone on it can be an isolating and scary experience. What is the budget for these cameras and parks police, and what is the system to monitor and respond to on-camera incidents? The budget for most trails in New York State is miniscule, barely paying for the lowest level of maintenance. Not sure where this policing money is going to come from for the QueensWay, especially as riders are coming home from the subway.

    And what about lights on the trail? Why would the neighbors support lights on the trail for evening cycling commuters when they don’t even want to see them?

  • Bolwerk

    Agreed. Hey, I got no problem with hipsters having their playgrounds, but we shouldn’t destroy transit assets to do it. The zip line can go in Forest Park, which has got to be the biggest park of that size in the city with no decent subway access, and the hipsters can take the train in to their zip line and slides. Everyone should be happy with that.

  • Kevin Love

    I agree. This is a Jane Jacobs “Eyes on the Street” social safety issue. It is important that the transportation route be visible from all adjacent homes.

    There are some people who want this to be an active railway line again. Presumably when it was a railway line, passengers had a view of adjacent homes that was even better than trail users. Better since they were higher up in the train.

    The railway ROW was there long before any of the residents. People who choose to live next to a transportation route should not be surprised when it gets used for transportation.

  • HamTech87

    Nice to see the Times’ Joe Berger hedging his fawning TZ bridge coverage a bit. Too little, too late, though.

  • JK

    How about a 30 cent taxi surcharge to pay for dashboard cams and wireless speed and safety tracking for yellow and green cabs?

  • lop

    Alley pond is a quite a bit bigger, and further east away from subways. It has an adventure course and a zipline too. Has a great path (stretch of former vanderbilt motor parkway turned into bike/walking path) to connect to another sizeable park nearby, Cunningham. Marine Park in Brooklyn isn’t near the subway. Forest Park is closer to the subway than the Jamaica Bay wildlife refuge. Staten Island has some sizeable parks as well that aren’t near transit. Bronx park is as far from the subway as forest park is form Jamaica Ave. And all of those are in much better shape than Forest Park, which is desperately in need of attention. They re-covered some of the paths with fresh woodchips last summer, but it still needs a lot of work. Running another train line through the park, even if this one stops in it won’t by itself fix anything. I still think at least some of the pro park people, and enough to kill the Queensway, could be won over if a plan for rail service was combined with the establishment of some well funded trust dedicated to Forest Park.