Today’s Headlines

  • Daily News Ready to Give Up on Right of Way Law; Paul Steely White Shows It’s Working (1, 2)
  • Here’s Some Responsible Coverage of a Fatal Right of Way Crash Investigation (News)
  • Mary Pannese, 81, Killed in Car After Husband Crashes Into S.I. Fence (Advance, News, WNBC)
  • Citi Bike Wants to Woo More Female Riders (NYT)
  • Off-Duty Subway Operator Arrested for Drunk Driving and Speeding on Gowanus Expwy (News)
  • East Midtown Steering Committee Proposes Developers Get Density for Transit Upgrades (Crain’s)
  • NYPD Arrest Man for Intentionally Ramming ATV Into Police Officer in Hunts Point (Post, News)
  • Denis Hamill: NYPD’s Traffic Enforcement “Really a Secret Tax on Drivers” (News)
  • AMNY Admonishes Cyclists to Slow Down and Pedal Safely
  • UWS Street Safety Advocate Ken Coughlin Speaks With DNA
  • New York Housing Conference Shows How Less Parking Means More Affordable Housing (City Limits)
  • Eric Adams Pushes for Free Transfer Between 3 and L Trains in East New York (News)

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  • What’s funny about traffic enforcement taxes is that if you follow the very simple, thoroughly laid-out laws, then you don’t have to pay them.

    I might seriously consider Hamill’s point of view if he were talking about bridge tolls between otherwise unreachable places. But traffic infractions are a calculated risk, and the expectation to “get a break” from the authorities is nothing more than a legislation-free entitlement for a privileged class

  • Bolwerk

    It’s not like that driver-first crowd has any empathy for the people who get frivolous citations for dozing on the subway or something. Or all sorts of other petty enforcement actions those of us on foot are subjected to.

    And, especially, I bet if the NYDN posted a video of a cop throwing you off your bicycle for a frivolous (maybe even fictional) traffic violation, they’d be posting sanctimonious rants about how you should obey authority and…just, lol hipster cyclists.

    When they get the slightest bit of the crap they throw at everyone else thrown back at them, they whine like toddlers.

  • Safe Streets Truther

    Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s almost as if every time the TWU gets some bad news – like an MTA report that completely discredits their assertions – they call their pals at the Daily News and get the editors to write an unsigned editorial claiming that the Right of Way law isn’t working.

  • Authentic Brooklynite

    I hate to say it, but Denis Hamill isn’t completely wrong here. As any regular bike commuter knows, the NYPD is absolutely horrible at traffic enforcement. They don’t give summonses to the most reckless and dangerous drivers — the ones who really need the enforcement — the NYPD writes summonses in locations where it is easiest to write lots of summonses. The NYPD commanders hammer the precincts to drum up large numbers of particular types of summonses and the cops go out and generate those numbers as quickly and easily as they possibly can. NYC traffic enforcement duties basically need to be taken away from police officers and given over to cameras and software. It’s the only way we’ll ever get meaningful traffic enforcement. Granted, Denis Hamill would object to automated traffic enforcement too.

  • Albert

    I highly recommend all 31 minutes of that wide-ranging DNAinfo interview with Ken Coughlin for calm, well-reasoned, diplomatic, informative, helpful takedowns of Albany, TWU, parking, motordom, etc., and a good amount of useful historical context:

    http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150702/upper-west-side/podcast-advocating-for-safe-streets-radical-idea-for-broadway

    You’ll also hear an excellent, non-defensive and non-evasive handling of the deaths of two Central Park pedestrians hit by cyclists.

  • HamTech87

    Agreed. Great responses by Coughlin. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that the interviewer was from a newspaper in South Dakota or some other far-off place. How can you ask about Citibike being accepted on the UWS when New Yorkers have ridden 20 million miles on Citibike?

  • HamTech87

    The New York Times article on why men use Citibike more than women is incredibly frustrating. Once again, the helmet is put forward as the best safety tool, as opposed to more protected bike lanes.

    Cities with far lower bike rider fatalities, like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, have far lower bike helmet usage. Why doesn’t the Times know this???

  • Jonathan R

    That’s not the way I read the article, and none of the three people pictured in the photos with shared bikes were photographed wearing helmets.

    The article spent several inches discussing “hygiene and wardrobe considerations” for bike share patrons. I fervently hope that one day, our contemporary distaste for sweating will be regarded as a kind of 21st-century footbinding.

  • walks bikes drives

    I’m actually not so against the editorial written by AMNY. While they focus on cyclist behavior for most of the editorial, this is because it is based on the new expansion, and what they say is, more or less, true. But the last paragraph does say that everyone needs to take part, pedestrians and drivers included. I know most people here don’t think that pedestrians should have to alter any behavior, but those of us in the real world do know that EVERYONE is responsible for making our streets safer. And this article actually said that, albeit at the end.

  • The editorial is not incorrect, as far as it goes. However, what is missing is the context that drivers’ misbehaviour dwarfs bicyclists’ (and pedestrians’) misbehaviour in terms of the danger and the harm that it causes. This omission severely undercuts the the editorial’s validity.

    Without that accompanying acknowledgement, any commentary about bicyclists’ responsibilty to follow the law is misleading, and therefore defective. And this I say speaking as someone who fully accepts the existence of this responsibility on the part of us bicyclists, and who unhesitatingly calls out fellow bicyclists who ignore or deny this obligation.