Today’s Headlines

  • Why Are State Lawmakers Opposed to Protecting Kids From Speeding Drivers? (NYT)
  • Ydanis Rodriguez Joins Call for Crosstown Protected Bikeways (Gothamist)
  • No End in Sight for Port Authority Dysfunction (Politico)
  • De Blasio on the C Train: “It’s the Easiest Way to Get Where I’m Going” (NYT, DNAPost)
  • MTA Will Keep 14th Street Select Bus Service After L Tube Work Is Complete (DNA)
  • Ferries: No Substitute for Subway Trains and Buses (NYT)
  • NJ Transit Quantifies Penn Station Train Delays (Politico)
  • DOT Opens Broadway to People on Two Midtown Blocks for the Summer (AMNY)
  • Doug Gordon: NYPD Must Stop Victimizing People on Bikes (News)
  • Man and Child Killed in George Washington Bridge Crash (NewsPost)
  • MTA Bus Drivers Collide in the Bronx; Many Injured (AMNY, News)
  • Sociopathic NJ Cop Gets Eight to 25 for SI DWI Crash That Killed Passengers (Advance, News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • ddartley

    Doug shoulda gotten something closer to top billin’!

  • Fool

    From the Times Peice:

    “What about jobs? Will speed safety cameras put police officers out of work?”

    Who cares I say!

  • Daniel S Dunnam

    That NYT article about de Blasio riding the C train is pretty selective in their reporting of his response to the criticism. Specifically, they don’t explain that he said that even if he does take the subway, his security detail he normally rides with will be driving the same route as the train wherever he goes anyway, in case something happens and he has to get off the train and be whisked away somewhere by them. And making them drive the route of the train is even less efficient than just driving straight there, so it really doesn’t make a lot of sense to take the train. For the record, I don’t think he should be commuting to his old gym in Park Slope just to “stay connected”, but whatever. At the end of the day I care a lot more about his policy positions and how he handles alternative forms of transport than cars, and other than the placard bullshit he’s been pretty good on this I’d say. He’s right when he says repeatedly that the MTA’s woes really are the Governor’s responsibility, and while riding the train every day might make him slightly more vocal about how fucked up they always are these days, I’m not convinced there’s really a whole lot else he could do. And Cuomo clearly doesn’t care what de Blasio is complaining about, so seems unlikely it would have much effect.

  • Larry Littlefield

    NYC has 2.8 times as many officers per 100,000 people as the U.S. average. And far more than one officer in retirement for each one working.

  • ItsEasyBeingGreen

    The cops can enforce license plate vandalism to ensure that the most dangerous drivers can’t steal from tolls and evade speed enforcement. But they won’t, and many of them are perpetrators.

  • Komanoff

    Ordinarily I would agree. But I think Brad made the right call, from a “news” perspective. And as great as Doug’s piece is, the Times op-ed is, somehow, even more profound.

  • ddartley

    Hey I said “something closer to!”

  • DOT Opens Broadway to People on Two Midtown Blocks for the Summer

    Thank you for using the appropriate verb, “open”, to describe this.

  • JudenChino

    I’m not convinced there’s really a whole lot else he could do.

    You’re selling him short. He had tremendous power as the mayor of New York City. He has the ability to determine what appears on the cover of every tabloid in NYC as well as drive the “narrative.” That’s nearly as important as the power of the purse.

  • Elizabeth F

    Translate: The only remotely safe downtown route for bikers will become clogged with oblivious, selfie stick-wielding pedestrians this summer.

  • bolwerk

    The per sq. mile density of cops in NYC is even more astounding. Density is something that should be reducing cops per 100k people, not increasing it.

  • Only if you ignore Ninth Avenue, Second Avenue, all of the letter avenues in Alphabet City, the magnificent protected two-way lane in the centre of Allen Street, and the lanes on the very useful two-way East Broadway and Madison Street through the Lower East Side and Chinatown.

    The truth is that we have many good options going downtown.

  • qrt145

    It’s already unusable anyway, especially near Herald Square. I take my chances on Seventh Avenue.

  • vnm

    It was a powerful one-two punch.

  • Elizabeth F

    > Only if you ignore…

    The closures will be between 36-40 St, making it that much harder to bike from Times Square to Herald Square.

    9th Ave is the only REMOTELY close parallel bike route. But if you use it, you will likely end up having to go at least as far on the cross streets, so it doesn’t really save you anything.

    And if you’re coming from more than a few blocks away, 9th Ave isn’t ideal either. I come from uptowan, and Central Park is far and away the best way to get from 110 St to 59 St. At that point, I get dumped onto Columbus Circle, where I get a connection to Broadway.

    What I really need is a good uptown connection back to Central Park for heading back uptown to 110 St. No, Eighth Ave is not “good”, and it is also too far west. Sixth Ave is really the best route here.

  • Elizabeth F

    There are so many better things cops could be doing, once they’re freed from speed enforcement.

  • Fool

    Considering our over staffing of police officers to begin with and how generally pleasant the anti-BDB union slow down was -waiting in the unemployment line would be better.

  • I have had good experiences with Madison Avenue, riding on the left side, because there are so many buses. That is the best non-bike-laned avenue.

    And, if you ever want a break from the hills in Central Park, you can stay on Madison all the way uptown. Once you get past 59th Street, riding on the left of Madison gets even nicer, as very few cars are turning left since all they can do after that would be to get to Fifth Avenue and turn left again.