Today’s Headlines

  • Bath Beach SUV Driver Going in Reverse Kills Galina Shibayeva, 76 (News)
  • De Blasio Visits Staten Island to Promote Increase in Street Repaving Budget (DNA, WCBS)
  • …And Gets an Earful From a Man Who Likes Speeding (NYTWSJ, News, Capital, Advance, AP)
  • WCBS Spends Time With NYPD to Learn About Laser Speed Enforcement
  • Second Avenue Subway Is More Than 80 Percent Complete; to Open December 2016 (WSJ, Post)
  • ATU’s Larry Hanley Wants Improvements to Bus Design, Not Right of Way Charges (Post)
  • Driver Injures Man in Woodhaven, Likely Suffering Broken Leg; No Charges (Forum)
  • Vacca Backs DOT Road Diet Proposal for East Tremont Ave Opposed By Merchants Group (TL)
  • City Regulator Wants to Know How Much Private Trash Haulers Drive Around NYC (Capital)
  • New Pedestrian Bridge to Connect Van Cortlandt Park Over Major Deegan Expressway (Bx Times)
  • De Blasio Hates the Cross Bronx Expressway, Loves Driving Down Tenth Avenue (Observer, News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

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  • Jonathan R

    After returning to my regular commuting route after two weeks away, I noticed that East Tremont Avenue between Webster and West Farms has been provided with new 25-mph speed limit signs. When I left they had 30 mph speed limits. So that’s a positive.

  • Andres Dee

    I’m waiting for the reports from unnamed sources of what 76 year old Galina Shibayeva might have been doing wrong when she was hit by a self-driving SUV running in reverse.

  • Simon Phearson

    Well, you can’t really be responsible for hitting something you can’t see outside your SUV, particularly if your SUV has been designed in a way that’s exceptionally hard to see out of.

    Given the story’s description and where the body apparently fell, it seems as though the woman was trying to cross at the crosswalk, while the driver was trying to reverse into the intersection.

  • fdtutf

    Well, you can’t really be responsible for hitting something you can’t see outside your SUV, particularly if your SUV has been designed in a way that’s exceptionally hard to see out of.

    Bullshit. You are responsible for the consequences of your driving. If you can’t see in a particular direction, you have no business moving your vehicle in that direction.

  • Jeff

    That’s not true because Automobile.

  • Jeff

    “Tenth Avenue moves beautifully”

    On what planet? I can’t remember a time I’ve crossed 10th ave on foot or ridden up it on my bike in which I didn’t fear for my life.

  • kevd

    Please recalibrate your sarcasm detector.

  • fdtutf

    Please recalibrate Simon Phearson’s sarcasm generator.

  • Simon Phearson

    Sorry. I thought the sarcasm would be obvious, since another of the headlines was about how bus drivers shouldn’t be held responsible for driving over pedestrians because they can’t see out of their buses.

    Well, it *was* obvious. I mean, I’m sorry I didn’t write at your level of understanding.

  • fdtutf

    Well, it *wasn’t* obvious. There are plenty of people who would write what you wrote with a completely straight face, and I don’t know you, so.

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  • kevd

    No, Simon’s seems to be working properly.
    Everyone else got it.

  • fdtutf

    Really? And you know this how?

  • kevd

    Oh god.
    Just type “oh, it was sarcasm.” and move on.
    Seriously, quit being so dull and humorless.
    And have a good weekend. Bye.

  • fdtutf

    Sorry, but you jumped on me first. You don’t know me; I’m anything but “dull and humorless.”

    Wishing you a good weekend as well.

  • Simon Phearson

    Yeah, but they’re not on Streetsblog. You’re perhaps forgetting that virtually no one following this blog would accept that excuse, and that many of us here will be all-too-familiar (thanks to this blog) with the TWU’s latest “A-beam” excuse for watering down the ROW law. My sarcasm ought to have been obvious to anyone I could have expected to read it.

    I mean – just like I expect you to understand what “TWU” and “ROW” mean without my having to spell them out. You can either exercise your intelligence or throw a tantrum when you’re not spoonfed. Your choice, I guess.

  • jt

    This.

    It was so obvious.

  • Jesse

    I was really excited when I saw there were 17 comments on this page. I thought maybe there was an interesting discussion going on. Alas, it was just this.

  • Simon Phearson

    I’m sorry you’re disappointed. But nothing’s stopping us from having an interesting discussion! What do you want to talk about?

    Personally, I think that DeB’s stumping in SI and his comments about the Cross-Bronx (sure, it’s destroying the community, but what about the people who drive through it?), along with his consistent failure to include transportation equity or street safety as part of his plans for improving the lot of those less well-off in this city and his embarrassing buck-passing on the MTA, suggests that maybe he just doesn’t understand how all of these different issues intersect and, in fact, contribute to one another.

    Affordable housing, transportation equity, street safety, mass transit, reversing Moses’ highway heritage – these things are all deeply linked. He wants infill on NYCHA sites and lower parking requirements near transit, but the MTA is left digging for funds, and his DOT lacks the political support it needs to make our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists. He wants a ferry to travel to far-flung waterside developments and a subway line along Utica, but he can’t get his NYPD to enforce the ROW law and he’s waiting for the boros to tear apart MoveNY before he has to actually read the plan.

    But it’s hard for me to say that he’s actually opposed to making life easier or better for people living in the city, or that he’s really just interested (like any Republican would be) in serving drivers. I think he just doesn’t understand how these things are linked, or how to form a political base to support him in a holistic approach that serves a wide swath of people without hurting anyone (except for drivers dependent on free streetside car storage, but it’s time those sociopaths took a back seat). So the question is: how do we educate him?

  • fdtutf

    Plenty of people who don’t agree with anything Streetsblog posts follow this blog, so, no.

    You can either exercise your intelligence or throw a tantrum when you’re not spoonfed. Your choice, I guess.

    You can either acknowledge that you didn’t communicate well, or continue to make weak excuses. Your choice, I guess.

  • Simon Phearson

    If there are people following Streetsblog who don’t agree with *anything* posted here, I’d be shocked. Certainly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in the comments.

    In any event, it wasn’t unreasonable for me to expect that the audience for my comment would grasp my sarcasm. If this were the NY Daily News site or really any general-interest site, I admit, I’d amp it up to be clearer. You can disagree, if you like, but you’d be wrong.

  • fdtutf

    If there are people following Streetsblog who don’t agree with *anything* posted here, I’d be shocked.

    Be shocked. I know of specific examples, who, however…

    Certainly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in the comments.

    …may not comment, which doesn’t mean they never will.

    In any event, it wasn’t unreasonable for me to expect that the audience for my comment would grasp my sarcasm.

    You might have wanted to begin by actually using sarcasm.

  • BBnet3000

    On Planet Chevrolet Suburban.

  • Matthias

    Agreed. It moves beautifully if you’re encased in an SUV doing the speed limit; it’s terrifying if you’re not.