Today’s Headlines

  • City Hall Could Send $1B to MTA If Cuomo Enacts Lockbox and City Controls More Spending (News)
  • Council Bill Would Require NYPD to Release More Crash and Enforcement Data on Truck Routes (Post)
  • Foxx: NJT to Lead Hudson Tunnel Environmental Study, Amtrak to Take on Engineering (NYT)
  • With Post-Sandy Recovery Still Underway, MTA Says It’s Ready for Joaquin (WSJ, WNYC)
  • TA: De Blasio Should Visit Victims Mowed Down on Sidewalk by Bronx Uber Driver (News)
  • DSNY Takes Over Study of Private Trash Haulers After Delays in Getting Trip Data (City Limits)
  • MTA Pilots Two Types of Warning Tech on Buses — One Blames Victims, the Other Alerts Drivers (News)
  • Cyclist Sues UPS for Blocking Bike Lanes (DNA) But Can He Sue DOT for Broken Parking Policy?
  • GM Tests Out Car-Share Service in Manhattan — at One Location (Bloomberg)
  • Christie Calls for Tax Cuts to Offset Gas Tax Increase, But Not NJ Transit Fare Hikes (MTR)
  • Elizabeth Crowley Really Likes the Idea of East-West Light Rail on LIRR Freight Line (Q Chron)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • BBnet3000

    I agree that De Blasio should take traffic violence seriously but this “victim visiting” seems to me like street safety advocates falling for a typical New York melodramatic political ritual. This is the same “WHERE IS DIBLASIO??!!!” stuff you read in the tabloids.about their favored topics (usually to do with police or firefighters).

  • Bobberooni

    > Cyclist Sues UPS for Blocking Bike Lanes (DNA) But Can He Sue DOT for Broken Parking Policy?

    Although I’m as annoyed as any biker with trucks parked in the bike lane, I’m dubious about where this one is headed. I’ve noticed that SOME trucks avoid blocking the bike lane, parking to the left of it instead. That leaves a narrow bike-lane-size passage between the truck and the parked cars, one that I’m scared out of my wits to actually go through on a bike. Why?

    a) General rule is to never pass a truck on the right, or get that close to a truck. I don’t know if the truck is parked or about to move, and at 15mph I don’t have enough time to find out.

    b) There might be pedestrians popping across that passageway that I can’t see. I’d have to slow down to 5mph or less to avoid that hazard.

    c) I could always be doored, biking that close to parked cars. Or hit the UPS guy as he steps out of his truck (without looking).

    For all these reasons, I must reluctantly conclude that it’s better for delivery trucks to block the bike lane, than to leave the bike lane open, blocking the car lane to the left. At least it gives me more space to go around them (on the left side) in a safe manner.

    My feelings about cars (eg cops) blocking the bike lane are different, due to the increased visibility I have around cars. I’d rather cars just block the car lane when they double park.

  • Bobberooni

    > MTA Pilots Two Types of Warning Tech on Buses — One Blames Victims, the Other Alerts Drivers (News)

    The pedestrian-alerting tech will be pretty useless:
    1) Peds and bikes should avoid getting that close to trucks to begin with.
    2) If the alarm DOES go off, it’s unlikely you will have enough time to get out of the way before being dragged under the rear wheels.

    Let’s work on the side cages instead, and continue to educate peds and bikers to STAY AWAY FROM TRUCKS!!!

  • BBnet3000

    Agree. This is a design problem in two ways:

    1. Not enough loading zones. Commercial blocks need these but they are almost nonexistence in NYC except in some CBD locations.
    2. Poor bike lane design. If a bike lane is consistently unusable it needs to be considered for a redesign or upgrade.

  • qrt145

    My thoughts exactly. I prefer the truck on the bike lane, leaving a half-lane to pass it on the left, than leaving a blind canyon of a bike lane. When they do the latter, I typically find myself moving over two lanes to pass the truck on the left. Only if traffic is extremely unpleasant do I go through the canyon, but at maybe 5 mph.

    Of course, it’s even better when they don’t block anything! 🙂

  • He doesn’t have to visit every crash victim. There’s no way he could do that.

    But when something as significant as four children getting mowed down on a sidewalk happens, or a kid is killed in front of her school, I do think he ought to make a visible gesture, such as visiting the family or issuing a statement with specifics as to how his office is going to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. The statement from City Hall about this last one was rather empty. Something stronger is in order, given the seriousness of this specific crash.

    Bill de Blasio made Vision Zero a signature policy and much of it so far is based on education and messaging. If that’s the biggest part of Vision Zero right now, what sends a better message than having the mayor sit down with crash victims? It’s not melodrama or some empty ritual. It’s using the bully pulpit to change the culture.

  • HamTech87

    Perhaps UPS and Fedex can be the political muscle to force a re-think of NYC’s ridiculous parking pricing policies. Like Uber just did with taxis.

  • HamTech87

    Did you hear Obama’s speech on the Oregon shooting? De Blasio could do the same thing with traffic violence.

  • BBnet3000

    Obama’s speech which will have no lasting effect at all other than Facebook shares?

  • Alexander Vucelic

    truck drivers have no responsiblity for driving safely inside a dense urban environment with hundreds of thousands of pedestrians ?

    How about simply driving the speed limit of 25 MPH ?

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Why do Trucks expect blocking a bike lane is reasonable ? offloading trucks should block a motor lane, bike lanes tend to have more traffic than motor lanes. Plus trucks are motor vehicles

  • Simon Phearson

    Agreed – when they block half the car lane, you get the added benefit sometimes of stopped cars (like on a one-lane road or two lanes going in opposite directions), so you can cut around and get some breathing time. Happens to me on my routes all the time.

  • bolwerk

    Damn, Bill de Blasio capitulates to everyone and NYC always loses. Why isn’t he pointing out that Cuomo just offered $5 billion for New Jersey’s rail tunnel while stiffing the MTA capital plan?

  • sbauman

    The UPS spokesperson was wrong on several counts regarding double parking.

    1. Parking within NYC is regulated by NYC not NYS. This is what the NYC Traffic Rules state regarding stopping, standing or parking within a bicycle lane.

    2. Section 4-08(e)(9) Prohibits stopping within a designated bicycle lane.

    3. Section 4-08(f)(1) Permits double parking only when standing, stopping and parking is not prohibited.

    4. Section 4-08(f)(1) Limits double parking to the roadway side of a bicycle lane.

  • BrandonWC

    Also that is the law. Even when it is legal to double park (which it is for a commercial vehicle in many situations out side of midtown), you have to do it on the outside of the bike lane.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    fer real

  • Not just that, his justification makes no sense. You have to slow down and be careful to go around, or you have to slow down and be careful to not go around. Same difference, I’d rather be involved in a minor collision with a pedestrian at low speeds than get mowed down by a driver who’s pissed and speeding around double parked truck.

  • Well, that’s not his fault, but at least he’s trying…and showing his frustrating. He clearly cares. The same thing isn’t obvious for Blasio. Although, you could argue he has more power than Obama to do something about it, so he’s even more responsible. His speech could be less, “please guys, fix this, we know how” and more “I’m going to fix this, tough shit for those who disagree”.