Friday’s Headlines: ‘So, Did Anything Happen Yesterday?’ Edition

I can’t believe how many people were talking about non-street safety topics yesterday! But while America was going up in flames, I spent the afternoon schooling WABC Radio hosts Curtis Sliwa and Rita Cosby on why cars are bad, why bike lanes are good, and why politicians need to actually support public transit instead of talking about supporting public transit. The one-hour Curtis and Cosby “Tri-State Transportation Panel” is archived here. Give a listen.

And now, the news:

  • Gridlock Sam says its safe to drive into the city again. Don’t listen to him, please! (NYDN)
  • Why are there no charges when a cement truck runs over a man in a crosswalk in Brooklyn? (NYDN)
  • Hey, cops, try not to shoot at fleeing suspects alongside the busiest bike lane in America, OK? (NY Post)
  • As always, transit writer Aaron Gordon summarized a big story — in this case, the BQE gripe-fest on Thursday night — into one tweet. News12 Brooklyn was also there and produced this substance-free report.
  • Bklyner took a look at the new metered parking near Industry City (though didn’t get into my theory that the parking was added to help Industry City, which wants customers to drive there).
  • This is odd: Businesses are closing in Forest Hills even before the city puts the new bike lane on Queens Boulevard. Hmm… (Queens Chronicle)
  • And in case you missed it, Jaguar is the latest company developing a driverless car that worries that it won’t be able to see pedestrians. (Fast Company)
  • Greg

    Re: BQE: I cannot disagree more with Aaron Gordon’s tweet.

    I felt the vast majority of attendants clearly understood the highway needs to be fixed or removed. By far the greatest anger was projected at the specific plan to construct a six-lane elevated highway directly past a major swath of the neighborhood. With all the pollution, noise, livability, and structural integrity problems that implies.

    Something has to be done, sure. It’s not remotely clear that the DOT’s preference to bring highways even closer to where people live is the right way to do it.

  • sbauman

    Please correct your headline.

    It was DEA and state troopers who turned West St into the OK Corral. NYPD wasn’t involved.

    I assume the Feds and NYS kept NYPD out of this to get the headlines for this bust. They succeeded.

  • AMH

    “The suspect, who was not struck, tried to hit the agents with his Jeep Cherokee before making a U-turn and smashing into other cars in an attempt to flee, according to authorities.”

    I recommend throwing some Jersey barriers across the West Side Highway to improve safety. Drivers should have to slow down and swerve around barricades at each intersection.

  • AMH

    Regarding the second headline, you can’t charge a cement truck.

  • David M

    Agreed. I was there too. I felt really bad for the guy who said his first floor window directly faces the promenade and he’d have a 6 lane highway out his window.

    I’m not Nostradamus, but something tells me the 6 year plan is going to happen with the 6 lane highway on the promenade for 6 years – albeit with some concessions.