Today’s Headlines

  • Vanterpool: A Progressive Mayor Would Make Congestion Pricing a Priority (News)
  • After Another Serious Midtown Bike Crash, DOT Says Better Crosstown Lanes Are Coming (DNA)
  • Malliotakis Volunteers to Hand Over NYC’s Rainy Day Funds to Cuomo’s MTA (AMNY)
  • Power Failure Caused Chaos on Five Subway Lines Sunday Afternoon (NYT, Post, NY1)
  • MTA Bus and Charter Bus Collide in Flushing — One Dead, Eight Severely Injured (NewsAMNY)
  • SUV Driver Strikes Man on Citi Bike at 31st Street and Third Ave (Gothamist)
  • NYPD Arrested at Least 10 People for Riding Bikes in a Large Group Yesterday (Post)
  • Bike Racks Coming to MTA Buses That Cross Between the Bronx and Queens (AMNY)
  • QChron Surveys the State of Placard Abuse Outside Queens Borough Hall
  • Upcoming 2-Year Manhattan Bridge Rehab Will Take Out a Car Lane, Narrow Ped Path (DNA)
  • UN General Assembly in Town This Week — East Side Bike Network Will Be a Mess (Bike Snob)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • vnm

    Suburban Long Island’s main newspaper came out very strongly for toll reform over the weekend.
    http://www.newsday.com/opinion/editorial/how-to-reduce-traffic-in-new-york-1.14176663

  • AMH

    “‘We just can’t physically close the bridge during the day,’ she explained. This is in part due to the impending L train shutdown, when it will be important to have the bridge operating at capacity as it absorbs excess commuters while the heavily trafficked train line is closed…”
    “The pathway used by pedestrians and cyclists will be narrowed in width by four or five feet on the south side of the bridge, noted DOT representatives, but use of the bridge by pedestrians and cyclists will otherwise remain unaffected.”

    It’s discouraging that the strategy for the L shutdown is to accommodate as many cars as possible, while restricting bicycle/pedestrian traffic.

  • Vooch

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/013c8cc80cb64c2ffdf7f3f750d4d6f9f0806ecacff958698b09b101fab6c3b6.png

    use this chart – shows how private cars are least efficient use of East River Bridges

  • J

    Policy by Fatality on the crosstown bike lanes. Real cynical stuff from the De Blasio administration. Unless someone dies, the infrastructure doesn’t get built. But Vision Zero, right?

  • AMH

    It’s an excellent editorial. Sorry to see that the comments have closed with almost nothing but ignorant blather.

  • AMH

    More like Reaction Zero.

  • Geck

    The path on south side of the Manhattan Bridge is designated for pedestrian while the path on the north side is designated for cyclists. So the quote is confusing in suggesting pedestrians and cyclists will be affected by work on the south side of the bridge.

  • Geck

    Thanks. There is also a companion piece on other cities’ congestion pricing systems:
    http://www.newsday.com/opinion/congestion-pricing-around-the-world-1.14141853

  • HamTech87

    Closing parts of the bike network, particularly the tiny subset of Protected Bike Lanes (PBLs), is very dangerous. There are many fearful and cautious people on bicycles who stick to PBLs whenever possible. This Sunday’s closure of the Columbus Ave PBL forced these cyclists, including children, to ride unprotected — all for a street fair. A safer alternative short of keeping the PBL open during street fairs is to create a pop-up southbound PBL along CPW or on Amsterdam and reducing the road-width by a lane.

  • Vooch

    pop up PBL

    a powerful phrase. Advocates should adopt

  • MatthewEH

    I didn’t see from previous reporting on the 30th St/7th Avenue crash that the truck & driver involved were in the private garbage hauling line. I am not shocked at this. 🙁

  • MatthewEH

    What are the numbers for pedestrian crossings on the Manhattan ped path? My casual impression is that the numbers are fairly low. Unless that’s way off, narrowing the ped path for the duration of this work is of modest impact.

    And, realistically, a commuter affected by the L train shutdown isn’t going to opt to substitute their trip with a walk over the Manhattan Bridge, or displace some other person’s commute onto the Manhattan Bridge walking path. If they opt to drive or take a car service or what have you into Manhattan instead, that very realistically *could* displace a driver who would have considered driving over the Williamsburg Bridge instead if it weren’t for all the extra traffic there. IMHO, DOT’s priorities here are justified.

  • MatthewEH

    Well, some fraction of pedestrians will get annoyed with the ped-side narrowing and opt to encroach on the bikes side instead. It’s unlikely to have absolutely zero effect.

  • Adrian Horczak

    The bus crash was like straight out of GTA. That MTA bus spun so much even though its so big. I did not expect such large vehicles to collide so hard!

  • Vooch

    Private cars are the least efficient mode. Since private cars were encouraged on the East River Bridges, capacity is 25% versus before.

    A very good argument can made the best way to eliminate bridge congestion would be to ban all private cars from the bridges, Only allow Buses & commercial vehicles.

    See chart on a post below.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “The money is there,” said Malliotakis, a state assemblywoman from Staten Island who voted for Trump, at a news conference outside the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station. “You have surpluses.”

    Unless you still have Wall Street bubble money rolling in, something out might be suddenly discovered after the election.

  • David M

    I support congestion pricing/tolls on the east river bridges, but it’s really disingenuous when people say congestion pricing isn’t regressive. By definition it is; everyone pays the same price regardless of income.

    Yes, on average, people who own cars and drive are wealthier than those who don’t, but that doesn’t mean poor people don’t own cars. My dad’s a lawyer, and while he takes the train everyday into his east Midtown office, he supports congestion pricing because on the rare occasion he does drive in, it’ll be pretty clear traffic wise. The toll is barely a blip on the radar for wealthy people. Who do you think is being driven away from higher/new tolls (pun not intended)?

  • Flakker

    What you consider “poor people” are not poor in the sense of being below the federal poverty line, even adjusting for New York City costs. Those people couldn’t afford a car, unless they are committing insurance fraud or driving uninsured, in which case they shouldn’t be driving, inadequate public transit or no.

  • Flakker

    JFC YES YOU CAN CLOSE THE GODDAMN LANE! Just do it! Roads get closed all the goddamn time. Tolled NYC bridges, namely the Goethals, Verrazano, Bayonne- all have had severe lane reductions in daytime. I can’t imagine a more justified case than reducing free bridge access for the sake of repairing said free bridge to the densest commercial center in the US.

  • MatthewEH

    Well, sure. But if the context is a DOT that isn’t willing to countenance revolutionary change to how these bridges are used — however much we’d all like them to make such a change — then opting to temporarily narrow the Manhattan Bridge walking path makes sense.

  • AMH

    I think you’re correct; I’m more concerned that there is still no plan to use the bridges more efficiently during the shutdown.