Today’s Headlines

  • City Hall Still Searching for Ways to Prevent Uber From Clogging Streets (PoliticoAMNYCrain’s, News)
  • Desperate Times for Drivers in the For-Hire Industry (NYT)
  • Looks Like the “On Time, On Budget” Myrtle Viaduct Replacement Was a Rush Job (Voice)
  • SUV Driver Critically Injures 10-Year-Old Child on 84th Street in Bay Ridge (Bklyner)
  • Cabbie Hits Three Cops at Scene of Overturned Bakery Truck (Post)
  • Advocates: De Blasio Has to Do More to Stop Harassing Delivery Workers on E-Bikes (AMNY)
  • Crashes More Likely to Injure Cyclists in the 88th Precinct. What Are Cops Doing About It? (News)
  • MTA Express Bus Commuters Appreciate the Extra Seats on Their New Double-Decker Ride (AMNY)
  • Honking — the Sound of the Motorist Mind Melting Down (Gothamist)
  • People You Share the Road With (Post)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • AnoNYC

    Soundview Ferry route quietly pushed into the Fall

  • Jeff

    Ha, I passed the bakery truck crash site yesterday morning. Can’t say I was surprised, as this is more or less what 3rd Ave is designed to do.

  • MWaring

    3rd Ave crash: “The taxi driver was not charged.” They didn’t even charge the driver for hitting two cops and a squad car at an emergency scene!!! How can we expect them to charge reckless drivers who injure/kill civilians?! The NYPD cant even protect their own (something they’re usually too adept at)… what a disgrace!

  • kevd

    time to start ticketing delivery cyclists at 3rd ave and 59th street.
    hope the injured are alright – if you can’t avoid a crash site without injuring emergency responders, you’re going too fast or aren’t paying attention.

  • Vooch

    another day, another child

    Stopp Das Kindermord

  • JarekFA

    What I don’t understand, is why don’t they have a ferry to Yankees stadium or Citifield anymore. Both are very close to the water and existing ferry port infrastructure. They’d be super popular. And useful.

  • Joseph Rodriguez

    The AMNY article about e-bikes is completely cringe worthy. I understand they’re trying to help, but you can’t help by spreading mis-information. Throttles aren’t what allow an e-bike to exceed 20mph. The controller(ie. more simply, the “computer”) inside of the bike that reads the throttle input is what controls speed. The same exact thing is done for pedal-assist. If the controller is modified to allow the bike to exceed 20mph, then the fault is not with the throttle or with pedal assist, it’s with the person who willingly increased the speed past the allowed maximum.

    Breaking things down:
    Throttle/Pedal assist talks to a ‘controller’. The control reads the inputs, whether that’s the dial on the throttle or the cadence of someone pedaling, then translates that into an amount of power to send to the motor on the bike. Hard limits are set so the amount of power sent to the motor is proportional to what the max speed is.

    For example:
    If the max speed is 16mph, pushing the throttle halfway will translate to ~8mph
    If the max speed is 20mph, pushing the throttle halfway will translate to ~10mph

    Most bikes sold in the USA have a limit of 15-20mph. Some have a limit of 25mph on an “Offroad” setting. Just because a bike is going greater than 20mph, doesn’t mean that the max speed for the motor is higher than 20mph. The motor WILL cut off at 20mph and won’t come back on until they go at or below that speed again.

  • ohnonononono

    I don’t think city subsidies for ferries to the stadiums would fly. Despite the fact that tons of tourists and daytrippers (and people who would otherwise be on the subway if it weren’t great weather that day) are using them, note that the city studies that justified the creation of NYC Ferry pitched them as being primarily for commuting, as giving people access from transit deserts, etc. While getting people going to the games off the subway so more commuters can have some space is actually smart, I think the dumb politics make it look like lavishing subsidies on wealthy baseball teams, which is nothing de Blasio would want anything to do with. The guy famously hates the High Line…

    When the ferries to the stadiums were most recently running they were run by New York Water Taxi and subsidized by Delta, oddly enough. I assume Delta just decided it wasn’t worth the free advertising anymore? It was only 1 boat per game, 1 direction, which possibly caused them more grief than goodwill considering that you couldn’t rely on getting on the one boat and you then had to schlep onto the subway after the game…

  • Joe R.

    To add to what you said:

    The top speed may or may not be proportional to throttle setting. It all depends upon the design of the controller. Most of them regulate current going to the motor, which in turn approximates power (assuming the battery voltage remains constant). Current is the easiest thing to regulate. And motor torque is proportional to current, so what the throttle essentially does is to regulate acceleration rate. Top speed will be whatever speed the motor power equals the total losses due to aerodynamic drag, rolling friction, and gradients. More sophisticated controllers might govern the top speed to be proportional to throttle setting but this adds to the complexity. Most just govern the motor speed so it doesn’t exceed 20 mph, regardless of throttle setting. At partial throttle settings the only thing being regulated is current.

    The motor power is usually far greater than that needed to maintain 20 mph (hence the reason many bikes might still go 20 mph even at part throttle). If the governer is removed, actual top speed will depend upon several factors. One is motor power. Another is gearing. All electric motors eventually reach a point where power output declines due to back EMF. If a motor is geared fairly low (for good acceleration) this might happen at not much over 20 mph. So disabling the governer might only get you a few more mph. Or a motor might have fairly tall gearing so it can maintain its power output well past 20 mph. In this case, a motor rated at the maximum 750 watts could in theory propel an e-bike to 30 to 35 mph, depending upon aerodynamics. Obviously motors with lower power won’t go as fast, even ungoverned. For example, a 250 watt motor is probably using most of its power just to maintain 20 mph. It won’t go much faster even with the governor removed.

  • celticfrostythesnowman

    Re: Fourth Avenue Bike Lane Gap By 72nd Precinct Not a Done Deal (Bklyn Paper)

    Good. If skipping a sidewalk for one block in NYC won’t do, neither should skipping an on-street cycling facility.

    It’s one thing to have a not-as-protected bike lane for a short block, and it’s entirely another to have it disappear. Given the traffic volumes of the area during the day (or at all times for that matter), such a gap would not be conducive to promoting cycling as a viable mode of transportation for New Yorkers of all ages and skill levels.

    There are tried and true methods to have reverse angle parking and cycling facilities coexist:

    1. Bike lane in front of the cars

    2. Bike lane behind the cars (safer for the cyclist but requires more lateral space for rear buffer)