Today’s Headlines

  • Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed City Island Cyclist Charged With Manslaughter, Homicide (News, DNA)
  • Cyclist Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver on Victory Boulevard Last Week (Advance)
  • The Daily News Is Not Impressed By the MTA’s Supposed Leaders
  • Kimmelman Relieved de Blasio Has Decided to Improve, Not Remove, Times Square (NYT)
  • More Coverage of DOT’s Bike Lane Announcement (AMNY, News, Post, Crain’s, Gothamist, DNA, WCBS)
  • MTA, Port Authority Threaten Commuter Rail Shutdowns If PTC Deadline Not Extended (Politico)
  • DiNapoli: Actually, Removing Trash Cans Isn’t Cleaning Up the Subway (News, Post, Gothamist, Observer)
  • Bay Ridge Residents Blame Bike Lane for Causing DSNY Trucker to Knock Down Tree (Bklyn Daily)
  • Bike and Roll’s Bike Rental Contract With the Parks Department Is Up (DNA)
  • Michael Goodwin’s Review of New Gridlock Sam Book Was Apparently Written While Driving (WSJ)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • qrt145

    If you think the review of Gridlock Sam’s book on the WSJ is bad, read the the comments! Neither the reviewer nor any of the commentators seems to have even entertained the thought that cars could cause problems.

  • As a daily user of the new Clinton Street bike lane, I can say that it has made things easier. The previous design required riders going north on Clinton to cross over the path of northbound drivers after the intersection with Grand Street. There was originally a bike box at the head of that intersection; but it faded away, and many drivers ignored it even when it was visible.

    Regarding the problem north of Grand St., where a construction shed has taken away Clinton Street’s west sidewalk (which sits right next to the bike lane), the fault for pedestrian-bicycle conflicts is 100% with the pedestrians. Both at Grand St. and at Broome St., there are signs directing pedestrians to use other side of the street. But many pedestrians choose to ignore these signs and to walk in the bike lane.

    I hate to criticise pedestrians, who are the most vulnerable road users and who should be natural allies of bicyclists; but they are in the wrong here. The signs saying “use other side” are clear; yet some people act as though the signs don’t exist. This kind of behaviour demonstrates the ugly side of New Yorkers.

    The only real solution is a bit of enforcement, a cop telling pedestrians to cross over to the other side of Clinton Street. Short of that, it would be useful to have DOT personnel there to tell them this. It was wonderful on those days when the DOT staffed the Manhattan landing of the Williamsburg Bridge in order to stop cyclists from going the wrong way on the one-way bridge-bound bike lane in the middle of Delancey Street. Cyclists who do that are displaying the same anti-social ugliness that pedestrians on Clinton Street are demonstrating; and the DOT people on site did great work in curbing this. So a few days of their presence on Clinton Street (with the willingness to call the police if necessary) would be most helpful.

    In fact, we need some of that on the Williamsburg Bridge, where too many pedestrians insist on walking on the bicycle side, despite the presence of optimum conditions, namely total segregation between bicycles on one side and pedestrians on the other side.

  • Maggie

    The Brooklyn Daily writeup – holy cow. It reads like a Monty Python setup.

    Grateful to see strong charges for the City Island cyclist’s death. Leaving someone to die in the street is no joke.

  • Matthias

    The bias is clear. Couldn’t see the comments, but I spotted one clear factual error:

    “Spiderweb grids with radiating spokes, for instance, replace inefficient right angles with nifty diagonals, but their routes become more indirect the further travelers are from the center…”

    Actually, diagonal streets are more direct. Right-angle grids become more indirect (for a diagonal trip) the farther one goes.

  • Maggie

    “Mr. Goodwin is the political columnist for the New York Post and a Fox News contributor.” me: OHHHH….. the bias in the review makes more sense now.

    It would be great to know what car-topian country and planet those commenters live on. A nice place where dependency on cars hasn’t contributed to an obesity crisis and 33,000 dead people a year.