Today’s Headlines

  • In Line With de Blasio Campaign Promise, TLC Delays Adding More Boro Taxis (NYT, CapNY 1, 2)
  • Joan McDonald, Tom Prendergast Talk About the High Cost of Capital Projects (Gotham Gazette)
  • DNA Offers In-Depth Profile of Rosa Anidjar, Killed Earlier This Month Crossing Queens Blvd
  • DOT Plan Would Widen Median, Add Dividers at Dangerous Astoria Blvd Intersection (Brownstoner)
  • If a Police Chase Ends in a Traffic Crash, Is It Really an Accident? The Advance Thinks So
  • Inside Edition Sting Catches SI Traffic Judge Brian Levine Speeding (Advance)
  • Queens CB 5 Members Want Fresh Pond Road Bridge Repairs to Preserve Rail Corridor (News)
  • Corona Drivers Complain About Tickets for Parking in “Crosswalks to Nowhere” (NY1)
  • Plaza Upgrades Along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside Set to Go to CB 2 (Queens Gazette)
  • Post Team Coverage: Alec Baldwin Bikes on Sidewalk, Complains About NYPD Enforcement (1, 2)
  • It’s Long Past Time to Reclaim More Space for Pedestrians on Eighth Avenue (MTR)
  • Reflections on Bike to Work Day From Albany (Times Union)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jeff

    Regarding the NY1 article, maybe I’m just grumpy on this grey, wet bike-to-work morning, but what a bunch of entitled little shits. They really want to park their cars in such a way that blocks the curb cuts that disabled people rely on? That just takes the motoring mindset to a whole new level of selfishness.

  • Bob

    I rode the 8th Ave bike lane during evening rush last week. Yikes! I cannot blame the pedestrians – the sidewalks are packed. I am preaching to the choir here, but Manhattan street layouts are nuts. The number of people walking on one block vs. the number of people driving (never mind growing number of bikes) compared to the space allotted to each is completely out of proportion. All the avenues need much more sidewalk space.

  • oxyrrhynchus_megacephalon

    So much for a progressive mayor. Giving the carless majority of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Harlem, and western Queens the shaft in order to appease the millionaire taxi medallion owners who bankrolled his campaign.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    Normally, I would agree parking in crosswalks intentionally is self-centered, how I would say that this case is not about entitlement but rather being ticketed for something that is permissible by law. The “T”intersection is a special case.

    The article starts “One Corona intersection has four crosswalks that lead to nowhere, yet drivers are still ticketed for parking in front of them.”

    That’s false, because there are no crosswalks, just curb cuts to facilitate ease-of-access to the street for any reason. This is key in that crosswalks are clearly delineated and parking on them is illegal at all times. However, if an intersection forms the shape of a “T” and there are no traffic control devices nor markings on the intersecting street, parking in front of a curb cut is permissible via a city ordinance issued in 2008.
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/parking-regulations.shtml

    Yet, the NYPD seems to have not recognized this so even though this parking maneuver is legal, the inconvenience of having to go to court to appeal your case doesn’t make it worth it. Residents can complain and have the DOT install painted crosswalks to truly make blocking those particular curb cuts illegal.

    Hopes this helps others out there because T-intersections can be a catch 22.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    Definitely pleased to see improvements coming to Astoria Bl and 31st. That block is a free-for-all with drivers trying to cross multiple lanes in such a short space creating those dangerous conditions. It’s much better to use Crescent or 21st Street as an alternate.

  • Ian Turner

    It’s not necessary to go to court to get out of a traffic ticket. A plea by mail with a photo of the intersection should be enough.

  • Chris

    What an asshat De Blasio is. What’s more important, a few thousand taxi drivers, or millions of people living in the Outer Boroughs?

    The needs of the many should always take precedent over the needs of the few. There is no reason not to add enough boro taxis to make it easy to hail a cab at any time on any arterial street anywhere in the five Boroughs.

  • Chris

    I would remove one traffic lane from both 8th and 9th Avenues, and two traffic lanes from both 10th and 11th Avenues. And not just to “reallocate” street space either. I would narrow the streets from curb to curb by widening the sidewalks.

  • Bob

    Agreed, esp as to 10th and 11th. I ride over there often – why does 10th ave need four lanes when it is two blocks from the westside hwy (esp as it becomes more residential). Generally speaking, it seems unnecessary and counter-productive for any avenue to have more than three lanes.

  • Gianni

    It’s not the taxi drivers that are benefitting here, it’s the medallion owners. When business goes up for the taxi drivers, the medallion owners just raise the lease and pocket the extra revenue. So the middle-class cabbies get nothing, it all reverts to the millionaire medallion owners.

    This is completely a case of the 1% versus the 99%.