Friday’s Headlines: Massive Cyclist Protest Today Edition

Today will be a watershed moment in New York City cycling. Activists will rally at 4 p.m. outside the Midtown North precinct’s W. 54th Street stationhouse to protest the treatment of cyclists after a captain was caught on camera tackling a rider on Ninth Avenue yesterday. The protest will also focus on the ongoing ticket blitz against delivery cyclists in the days after a cyclist was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Monday. Some people were even written up for riding without a helmet, which is not illegal — clear evidence of a precinct whose goal is to intimidate cyclists.

Transportation Alternatives, the Biking Public Project and the Asian American Foundation announced the protest on Facebook.

But the day will kick off with Mayor de Blasio’s appearance on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC at 10 a.m., where Hizzoner is expected to be questioned about why the NYPD insists on ticketing cyclists after a driver kills one of them. He’ll also should be asked why the NYPD has not made an arrest in Monday’s killing of Joseph Chiam even though cops say they have identified the driver.

The tackling of the cyclist — and the enforcement blitz against cyclists after one was killed earlier in the week — was widely covered late yesterday into Friday, with Gothamist and Streetsblog leading the way, and Patch following.

Meanwhile, here was the rest of the news:

  • Gov. Cuomo reiterated his support for congestion pricing in a Midtown speech that oddly mocked the very agency that he’s trying to raise money for. The speech even seemed to disrespect transit workers, a traditional ally of the governor, as Dana Rubinstein pointed out in Politico. The Post called it a “cheesy takedown.” The Times’s Emma Fitzsimmons focused on one piece of substance: there will be a 30-percent fare increase if congestion pricing doesn’t pass. The Wall Street Journal added that Cuomo said he’ll overhaul the MTA structure in an upcoming budget bill.
  • Mayor de Blasio released his preliminary budget, and there will be blood. (NY Post, amNYWSJ) Streetsblog focused on a good bit of news for bus riders.
  • Both Cuomo and de Blasio were eclipsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez breaking down our campaign finance system in one spellbinding five-minute video.
  • Let’s stay on the topic of Ocasio-Cortez for a second. The Queens-Bronx foundation-shaker and Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts unveiled their Green New Deal resolution, which is devoid of specifics beyond wanting our economy to be pollution neutral. But that didn’t stop Fox News from freaking out. Meanwhile, StreetsblogUSA focused on the implications for transportation. But, reminder: The nation is governed by laws, which start out as bills. Thursday’s announcement offered none…yet.
  • Friend of Streetsblog Ed Janoff wrote in Crain’s that the chaotic Brooklyn Bridge needs a real caretaker, not the city. “Like other iconic New York destinations, including Central Park, Times Square, the High Line and the 9/11 Memorial, the bridge promenade should have a nonprofit manager,” he wrote.
  • Thank you, Stephen Rex Brown of the Daily News for showing that Robert de Niro is just another entitled driver who thinks he can park wherever the hell he wants.
  • The mystery of the L train stench has been solved. (NYDN)
  • Larry Littlefield

    “My favorite MTA decision — because you have to laugh, otherwise you cry — is the one they made to pick a product to clean the subway stations,” said Cuomo.

    So once again the problem is NYC Transit workers, who are paid less than those on the LIRR, and specifically subway workers. Not LIRR unionized workers and management.

    I’ll say it again. There should be some forensic engineering to see if parts that were supposed to replaced on the trains and in the infrastructure during the 2011 to 2014 period were in fact replaced. During the time when Cuomo put former LIRR guy Pendergast in charge to save money to cover up the ripoff that was the LIRR.

    And here we have a budget crisis. City and state general revenue support for the MTA Capital Plan was cut off in the deep early 1990s recession. Since then we have had not one, not two, but three booms, with tax dollars rolling in. And yet that money was never restored — but costs were allowed to soar.

    DeBlasio and Cuomo — we absolutely guarantee that we’ll fund that capital plan at some point in the future… whoops there is no money, it’s all going to pensions and other vested interests. But they fully expect no one will bring up what they said at point in time A during point in time B.

  • Jacob

    You missed this big one on the Green New Deal, and how it ignores transit and land use issues. https://slate.com/business/2019/02/green-new-deal-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-flaw-land-use.html

  • Larry Littlefield

    “That America’s most famous progressive city, one where nearly everything is within walking distance, spent $40 million to renovate a parking garage one block from a subway station suggests that progressive Democrats remain unwilling to seriously confront the crisis of climate change.”

    Yup. Two words. Jimmy Carter.

    Which is worse, Republican deceit or Democratic hypocrisy?

    But Jimmy Carter didn’t know about global warming. He advocated conservation and alternative energy based on the impact of imported oil on national security and our balance or payments. These are crises no one can deny. A huge share of the money our children earn will be paid out of the country as a result of financial obligations incurred to import that oil for — gosh 40 years.

    The gutlessness is generational, not ideological, and has nothing to do with a dispute over science.

    https://larrylittlefield.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/imported-oil-it-seems-the-donald-is-yet-another-gutless-president/

  • Stewart Clamen

    Ed Markey is a Senator, not a Representative

  • FedUp

    Who has time to edit/fact check when you’re busy editorializing and slapping yourself on the back?

  • William Lawson

    Why do these protests always happen during working hours. I’d quite like to go.

  • Do you actually advocate for anything Larry Littlefield? Or do you just go around labeling people greedy? If you do actually have a message, it’s extremely convoluted. I see your posts all the time and while I can tell you are miffed about something, I cannot parse out what it is.

  • Larry Littlefield

    Try this. They asked for 700 words, and I gave them 1,700. Best I could do.

    http://www.if.org.uk/2019/01/15/generational-inequity-in-the-usa-state-and-local-government/

    They have been selling off the future (now the present) for some time, which is exactly the opposite of what I wanted. And now it is the future.

    And what are we getting? Attempts by the beneficiaries to duck the blame and engineer consent to diminished circumstances, without ever acknowledging why we are in this situation, who benefitted, and why.

    I don’t enjoy propaganda and misdirection. And not just that put out by Cuomo.

  • AMH

    “The MTA is a disgrace for this state,” the governor said. “We all know it[‘s my fault things have gotten this bad].”