Today’s Headlines

  • Unlike Safer Street Designs, Affordable Housing Plan May Overcome CB Objections (Gazette, Politico)
  • Port Authority Votes Today on Whether to Subsidize Construction of 2 World Trade Center (Politico)
  • Daily News: Red Light-Running Wrong-Way Truck Driver Caught by Mayor’s Police Detail Was “Unlucky”
  • Bike Tickets Up, Failure to Yield Tickets Down in 24th Precinct (DNA)
  • Family, School Mourn Ovidio Jaramillo, Victim of Hit-and-Run Driver and Northern Boulevard (DNA, Post)
  • Brown Plea Deal: Driver Whose 100 MPH Crash Killed Two Pedestrians Could Be Free in Three Years
  • Gianaris: 14-Hour Metered Spots Have Turned Space Under 7 Tracks Into a Park-and-Ride (DNA)
  • While We’re Talking About “Hoverboards,” Why Not Address Nonsensical E-Bike Ban? (News)
  • The MTA Isn’t Interested in Donating Unused MetroCard Balances to Poor People (Voice)
  • As Traffic Deaths Spike, Staten Island Beep James Oddo Governs Through the Windshield (Advance)

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  • You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” If, tomorrow, an 80-year-old grandma gets pasted in a hit-and-run, or a bunch of trick-or-treating children get their limbs blown off by a reckless driver, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan.” But when one little old mayor has a close call with a motorist, well then everyone loses their minds!

  • “Bike Tickets Up, Failure to Yield Tickets Down in 24th Precinct”

    And this is why Vision Zero is a complete and total failure.

  • KeNYC2030

    The 24th precinct’s bike enforcement has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with politics.

  • “Tickets to cyclists in the 24th Precinct — which runs from West 86th to 110th streets between Riverside and Central parks — have increased 80 percent so far in 2015 compared to the same period last year…”

    “There were 37 injuries involving a cyclist between Jan. 1 and Dec. 6, as compared to 45 during the same period last year, he said.”

    The numbers prove this is a total waste of limited resources. An 80% increase in enforcement resulted in a decrease in injuries that’s hardly beyond statistical noise. Plus, some of those “injuries involving a cyclist” might have been caused by reckless drivers!

    “The reason for the increase in bicycle enforcement is based off of community complaints,” Larin added. “I hear about [cyclists] a lot.”

    Remember: if you ride a bike or walk and complain about reckless drivers, you are separate from the “community.”

  • Joe R.

    When you have absolute numbers that low, the decrease is almost certainly entirely statistical noise. The irony is these enforcement campaigns don’t even target the minority of problem cyclists. Also, shouldn’t police resources be allocated according to the most statistically dangerous problems, not community complaints? Bikes may be perceived as dangerous by an ignorant, very vocal segment of the population but the statistics say otherwise. Same thing with the painted breasts at Times Square. A minority of constituents with 19th century sensibilities might find it offensive, but as a public nuisance it ranks about as high as weeds growing through cracks in the sidewalk.

  • “The reason for the increase in bicycle enforcement is based off of community complaints,” Larin added. “I hear about [cyclists] a lot.”
    Government by old people who complain a lot. Gale Brewer must be so proud of the 24th Precinct.

  • WalkingNPR

    I expect nothing for the average pedestrian or cyclist in NYC at this point, yet the DeBlasio story manages to surprise me. Let’s see: 13(!) citations for the guy who ran the red light when DeBlasio was “about” to step into the crosswalk (per NYT)…..1 for the driver who drove onto the SIDEWALK killing one and injuring others?

    They could at least try sometimes to make it a little less obvious who counts and who doesn’t.

  • I like Gale, but recall what she said to members of Families for Safe Streets:

    On her way into the building, Brewer stopped and talked with the family members. “People are complaining about how nasty you are,” she told them.

    There are probably a lot of ways one could defend that statement, but I do not recall anyone telling parking-obsessed community members that people think they’re nasty.

    Just another way safe street advocates – which is another name for “New Yorkers who don’t want to see any more people crushed by cars” – are seen as separate from the “community.”

  • Justin Ryan

    I am a bicyclist myself, but when walking I find many cyclists to be a nuisance, sometimes dangerous. Totally agree that limited police resources should be spent on the most dangerous behavior, but I have zero sympathy for bikers who get ticketed for harassing pedestrians in crosswalks or unsafely speeding in parks. Regardless of what’s fair 1) NYPD listens to the complaints they choose to hear, 2) there are enough people biking like assholes for the NYPD to make a show crackdowns, and 3) if there were fewer people biking like assholes, the cops would have no excuse but to focus on reckless car drivers instead.

  • Joe R.

    Except by definition they aren’t going after the asshole cyclists in these crackdowns. It’s invariably people rolling through red lights at slow speeds, often at completely empty intersections. The police will choose the path of least resistance to show the complainers they’re doing “something” about cyclists. Unfortunately, that usually means doing exactly what I said. Going after problem cyclists would require too much work per summons for the NYPD to consider it.

  • JudenChino

    It’s such a fucking joke. Just yesterday, I had a taxi behind me, narrow one way street, both approaching a red light, just honking at me like crazy, so he could buzz past me to stop at the red light. I asked him, why’d you do that, and he was like “you were swerving in front of me,” he said, as if that makes sense. So yah, taxi’s don’t give a fuck about you on your bike and feel empowered to treat you as if they’re a cat with a mouse in its grip. They can just fuck with you. Great advocacy work. Let’s ticket more bikes.

  • Justin Ryan

    Right, what I’m saying is that there’s enough nuisance biking going on for the cops to “justify” a crackdown on non-nuisance biking. Most people — non-cyclists — don’t care enough to make that distinction so long as the “scofflaw cyclists” get punished. Just like real-world statistics on whether bikers or drivers kill and injure more people are ignored when there’s a 100% chance that I can walk outside right now and see bikers running red lights, biking the wrong way, and cutting off people in crosswalks.

  • Maggie

    Robert Josman, the treasurer of the precinct’s community council, seems to be blind to the local danger from getting hit by a reckless or dangerous driver, and avidly focused on directing all available resources to crack down on bike riding.

    I don’t see why these skewed views have traction in setting publicly funded police efforts. The community pays a price for this cyclist-focused vendetta.

  • Tyson White

    But this incident does help underscore one mostly ignored problem: How many unlicensed drivers are out there driving the streets. If police made more stops for small infractions they would be picking off more drivers like this Franky Matarrese and this Sunday’s Marion Sewell before more serious things happen.

  • reasonableexplanation

    The e-bike ban is ridiculous. If motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles are allowed on the roads, what’s special about e-bikes?