Today’s Headlines

  • Citi Bike Broke Its Daily Ridership Record on Wednesday (AMNY)
  • NY1 Stopped by Last Night’s L Train Meeting in Canarsie
  • Developers Reopen DeKalb Avenue Subway Entrance in Downtown Brooklyn Mall (Bklyn Paper)
  • Slant: True BRT and Flexible Zoning Could Accommodate Much NYC Growth
  • The Greenway Isn’t the Only Public Space the City Is Summarily Slapping Restrictions On (Gothamist)
  • 4-Year-Old Boy Dies From Elevator Shaft Fall in Park Slope Parking Garage (Post, News)
  • Advance: Child Hit by Driver While Boarding School Bus Will Live; Charges? Who Knows
  • Taxi Fleet Owners Say There Aren’t Enough Accessible Cabs to Go Around (Crain’s)
  • The Ceaseless Tribulations of Storing One’s Car on the Street for Free (Rag, Crain’s)
  • Gothamist Has Some Ideas for Long Weekend Long Bike Rides
  • Happy Memorial Day, America! Don’t Die! (CNN, AdvanceNY1, WSJ)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Vooch

    Citibike will see 50,000 days become routine this summer. Next year, Citibike will see 60,000 become the norm. Citibikes plus private bike trips are then likely to exceed 600,000.

    Swarms of cyclists will be owning lanes everywhere in 12 months. The cranks will be hysterical. It will be important for advocates to start framing the argument why PBLs are the solution.

    A modest goal would be for the city leadership to commit to 25 miles of new PBLs annually. “5 miles in each boro for 5 years”

  • BBnet3000

    Riding a bike on the Brooklyn Bridge Park “bike path” is like riding a bike through a shopping mall on Black Friday (except a shopping mall floor doesn’t have cobblestones every 30 feet).

    They ought to put a real, properly marked bike path on Furman St if they’re serious about this Waterfront Greenway thing.

  • JudenChino

    Get those tweets ready or at least dial-in: https://twitter.com/BrianLehrer/status/736195337854046208

  • BBnet3000

    Found via NYCBike on Reddit: If anyone knows someone who got their bike run over at Allen and Houston this morning (and is fortunately OK), someone got a pic of the truck: https://facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100317337564830&set=a.611690086060.2117124.5900010&type=3&theater

  • JoshNY

    Re. Free parking: the Crain’s letter to the editor is ridiculous (people who park their cars in garages pay those same registration fees the writer is complaining about, for one). The other one I don’t know. People who park for free on the street are fortunate to be able to do so, certainly, but I don’t think that means they deserve to have their plates stolen or anything.

  • Geck

    Totally lost opportunity on the “bike path” through Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is poorly marked, so pedestrians are all over it, while the frequent cobble stones speed bumps make it really jarring and unnerving (and the gravelly pavement, although the least of the problems, is less then ideal). I know they want to make sure bikes go slowly in the park, but they have made it so unpleasant that bicyclist just won’t use the park. Where is the all powerful bike lobby when we need it.

  • BBnet3000

    It’s so badly marked to begin with and in such an inappropriately narrow, high ped volume location that I only discovered the path was there after walking on it myself for quite awhile. Putting a path on Furman is really the only way around this.

    Also getting rid of the two blocks of rutty cobblestones with crumbling asphalt patching on York on the way there from the Manhattan Bridge would help as well.

  • Brad Aaron

    “People who park for free on the street are fortunate to be able to do so, certainly, but I don’t think that means they deserve to have their plates stolen or anything.”

    Sure, but it’s another thing people who pay to park off-street (and people who don’t have cars) don’t have to deal with.

  • Simon Phearson

    “Deserve,” no. But if you regularly park your bike on the street, their complaints might strike you as a bit quaint.

  • kevd

    As it is, I feel safer on Furman. The BBP bike path is just that useless. On Furman there are those 5-6 foot “lanes” on both sides that are marked.
    You could eliminate the one on the BQE Side, then make a two way, protected lane on the park side that 10-12 feet wide. (those numbers are guesses)
    There are ALWAYS people parked illegally in front of the building in front of pier 6 – even though there is a garage and a drop off area around the corner. They wouldn’t do that if it meant blocking automobile traffic.