Today’s Headlines

  • City Council Passes de Blasio Rezoning Plan (NYT, Politico)
  • Port Authority May Not Go Along With Cuomo LGA Rebuild (Politico)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in East Harlem (News, NY1, WABC)
  • Gale Brewer Joins Opponents of East Side Waste Transfer Station at Jodi McGrath Vigil (News, DNA)
  • DOT Announces Pending Overnight Closure of QBoro Bridge Path, With Shuttles Every 15 Minutes
  • Parks Department Agrees Cherry Walk Greenway Segment Needs Lighting, Says It Can’t Afford It (DNA)
  • David Dunlap Is Impressed by Posh New Columbus Circle Subway Station Amenities (NYT)
  • What If These Parents and School Officials Helped Lobby Albany for More Speed Cameras? (DNA)
  • Here’s a Case of Queens Traffic Violence That Didn’t End With a Richard Brown Punt (NYT)
  • Story of Felix Coss Family’s NYPD Suit Picked Up by Slate, Daily Beast, Gothamist, DNA
  • Damn Plazas (News, News, Advance)

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  • ZB

    More than just lighting and repaving, the Riverside greenway needs protective barriers to deflect high beams from traffic. Even with lighting these are effectively blinding to anyone going north along the path. Of course, fat chance on that I know.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Amazed that DOT was able to reallocate 1 of the 10 motor lanes on Queensboro bridge for Active Transportation during the construction period. NOT !

  • Jeff

    NYPD has already poo pooed this since they wouldn’t be able to see the path from the highway, thus making it more difficult to patrol.

  • ohnonononono

    Here’s a fun story about a mailman nearly being hit by NYPD in an unmarked car and being arrested for complaining to them:

    “It is not against the law to voice outrage after almost being struck by a vehicle,” Adams told reporters.

  • Mike

    A few signs asking cyclists to not set their lights to strobe would also be welcome.

  • Maggie

    It’s interesting that the New York Times has repeatedly covered four young Long Island women tragically killed while in a limo, and hasn’t reported on the Brooklyn teacher tragically killed in a crosswalk. By NYPD, no less. Maybe Sulliview can follow up on this.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    German bike lights are required to shape their beam so as not to blind others. This standard, alas, is not in US.

  • HamTech87

    Did Streetsblog ever cover the Jim Venturi Rethink NYC plan for LaGuardia Airport? Just curious, but I’d enjoy learning what readers thought. (Note: I can’t find it doing a search of the Streetsblog site, so apologies if it was covered.)

  • Jules1

    Close attention needs to be paid to the ConEd Queensboro Bridge Bike Shuttle. When NYCDOT ran one of these things in ’97 it was just an accident waiting to happen, with tons of people packed holding their bikes upright packed into a confined space, in stop and go traffic. Granted that was when the bike path was closed during rush hour, so it impacted a lot more people, but it’s still important to make sure this is done safely.

  • BBnet3000

    They say “shuttle and bike transport” as if those are two separate things. I wonder if they have something in mind like CalTrans runs between MacArthur BART in Oakland and Downtown San Francisco (across a cars-only bridge), which is basically a small shuttle bus and a pickup truck with a trailer attached that they fill up with bikes. Everyone puts their bikes on the (attended) trailer and gets on the bus, and they are all there again when the bikes get unloaded.

  • Simon Phearson

    I’m not looking forward to the construction period even though I use the path mostly during the period between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. Recently there’s been dangerously thick piles of gravel all over the path that look primed for skidding. I expect those will become even more common soon. I wouldn’t be surprised, too, if a fair amount of parking happens on the path during the day. When they have the trucks parked on the bridge, they often park them at the narrowest points where the trucks occupy maybe 60-70% of the path.

    I wish they would pay a little more attention to the way that their activities impact cyclists differently than they do for drivers. A driver doesn’t have to worry about a temporarily rough patch or pavement or piles of gravel, but these things can be extremely dangerous for a cyclist.

  • Mike

    For me, it’s less where the mean shines and more about the blinking. Car lights don’t generally blink (except for turns and other non-standard situations), and they are easy to see. A non-blinking bike light is easy to see too, and fulfills the purpose of making the cyclist noticeable. Blinking lights (especially the ones that blink very fast) are a distraction to others.

  • Joe R.

    Besides that, I’m pretty sure blinking front lights are technically illegal for anything but emergency vehicles. I don’t like the strobe headlights myself. The strobing might make a cyclist more noticeable, but at the same time it also makes the headlight pretty much useless to the cyclist to see the road ahead. A steady headlight with multiple levels is best for riding. Turn it up when you’re on a dark road. Put it on a middle level for riding under bright streetlights, mostly just to make you more visible. Briefly turn it down to low level when approaching cyclists on a dark path.

    Blinking lights (especially the ones that blink very fast) are a distraction to others.

    A thousand times yes! I think rear red flashers are a great idea, but they should flash 2 to 3 times per second, not 20 or 30. The super fast blinking lights seem to be more a statement by some cyclists of “yes, I’m different!” than anything else. I get it to a point on custom lighting. I’ve seen frame and wheel lighting, for example. However, front and rear lighting are safety feautres. They should be more or less standardized. Red for rear, either steady or blinking at no more than 3 Hz, white and steady for the front, with white defined as anything in the range from maybe 3000K to 6500K (I hate obnoxiously blue or violet LED headlights).

  • Alexander Vucelic

    I use the strobe function during the day, it has prevented me from getting doored countless times.

    At night I use the light with slight flicker function. I have also used the strobe function at night under extreme low visa klutzy conditions such as rain. If I use strobe at night, I angle it downward to not shine in people’s eyes.

  • JudenChino

    I think it’s probably because they were white and affluent and many editors at top newspapers, happen to be white and affluent and have “blind spots” because of their upbringings and race/class. They should have more socioeconomic diversity at the NYT in my opinion. Doesn’t matter if the EiC is black or that the former one was a woman.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    do the citibike blinking lights bother you ?

  • reasonableexplanation

    Daytime strobe is fine. (I do that myself)
    Nightime strobe I wouldn’t recommend, especially in rain or bad conditions; it makes it much harder to judge your speed for those looking at you. Same reason you’re not supposed to turn on your hazards in the fog/rain on a car.

  • Mike

    I’m not a fan. They’re slower than some of the truly terrible ones, but there’s just no need to blink. If it’s dark enough to need lights, then a steady light is easy to notice.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    i Honestly believe There Is so much background Lighting in Manhattan that the only good Way to be seen Is blinking lights al la Citibike

  • Bobberooni

    Cherry Walk renovation is long overdue. Try biking north on it, in the dark, in the rain. You will be blinded by hundreds of oncoming headlights, and barely be able to follow the path as it twists and turns. Pedestrians are invisible.

    In addition to better lighting, how about a barrier between the path and the Henry Hudson, high enough to block oncoming headlights.

  • AMH

    YES, I’ve been saying this for years. Also, the pavement is so bad by now that you’re likely to go flying off your bike and into the river, even in daylight. I file an annual complaint with the Parks Dept, and they say it’s on their list, but they don’t have the funding. Whom do I write to about funding?

  • AMH

    It’s the super bright ones that are really dangerous–I have to ride with one hand while shielding my eyes with the other to maintain any vision at all. I understand why people use the blinding ones though–when riding in mixed traffic, car headlights make my little blinky lights all but invisible.

  • Bobberooni

    What we need is a good inky-black late-night crash between a pedestrian and a northbound cyclist. “I didn’t see him…” Then we will see funding come out of the woodwork… oh sorry, that’s only if a CAR were to hit a ped due to near-zero visibility. If a BIKE hits a ped for that reason, we’ll just see more calls to ban bikes.

  • Maggie

    I could approach this from so many angles. Is the Times in a Natalee Holloway trap of covering only young, attractive women as newsworthy? Does the paper of record owe it to readers to report every time a uniformed police officer kills a citizen? What about when the officer broke a law, directly leading to the citizen’s death? Or is it okay to leave a few unreported? Is the Times able to cover NYPD objectively, or are they in a stenographer trap? Does the Times have enough resources devoted to vision zero?

  • AnoNYC

    Went to the Bronx meeting for the Harlem River Bridges. There’s a ton of new modifications proposed, many if not if not most of them are major improvements for bicyclists.

    A few proposals:

    *Two-way parking protected lane for Willis Ave.
    *Two-way protected bicycle lanes for Macombs Dam Bridge and Madison Ave Bridge. I believe for E 145th St Bridge as well.
    *Two-way protected lane for Willow Ave to Randall’s Island Connector.
    *Two-way protected lanes for E 102nd, between the FDR and 1st Ave, potentially 2nd Ave. Also E 111th St.
    *Bruckner Blvd greenway phase 2 to E 138th Street, plus reconfiguration.
    *Plenty more.

    There was a lot proposed, and this is just the southern bridges.

  • walks bikes drives

    I use a super bright, 600+ lumen strobe during the day. At night, I switch to the medium brightness with a slight strobe flicker, which provides constant light with a little flash for attention. It would be a total waste to use the daytime strobe at night, both in not being able to see clearly as the rider, and utterly blinding drivers which will have the opposite of the desired effect. My rear light has a 60 lumen daytime strobe and a night time flash that does a pulse, something like a 30 lumen slow flash and every 4th flash a 60 lumen hit. A nice combination of see and be seen, but not dangerous and blinding too badly.

  • walks bikes drives

    Hazards are encouraged for use in fog. High beams are not.

  • walks bikes drives

    I’m confused about the hit and run report. The pedestrian was lying in the road? Like, he just decided to take a nap on Madison Ave and thought the crosswalk looked comfortable?

  • reasonableexplanation

    You’re wrong about hazards. This one of those old wives tales of driving:

  • AMH

    It’s very strange. There’s no information about whether he may have passed out, been knocked down, or what, but I suppose it’s better than wild speculation. I just hope there’s a real investigation and not just an assumption that he was asking for it.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    I’ll speculate that He was hit by a driver earlier and that’s why He was in Road