Wednesday’s Headlines: Corey’s Master Plan Edition
We’ll start our coverage today at 1 p.m. at City Hall for a hearing on Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s bill to require the city Department of Transportation to create a master plan for streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian spaces every five years to “prioritize and promote the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, access to and the use of mass transit, the reduction of traffic congestion and emissions, and improved access to streets, sidewalks, public spaces, and mass transit for individuals with reduced mobility, hearing, or visual impairment.” (Gotham Gazette)
Who could oppose that? Wait and see.
For now, here’s the news from a busy Tuesday:
- Mayor de Blasio only said he’d make a transportation announcement at 1:30 today, but Politico’s Dana Rubinstein got the scoop — he’s going to extend the Uber-Lyft driver limit. Meanwhile, in the Daily News, it’s Uber drivers vs. Uber moguls in the battle over that app-taxi cap.
- In a related story, in the midst of a fiscal meltdown for yellow cab drivers, never let it be said that the de Blasio administration didn’t do the least it could do. (NYDN)
- Gov. Cuomo’s battle with his own MTA is getting uglier now that he’s hired a prosecutor to dig deeper. (Politico)
- Then again, maybe the governor has a point. Look at this brand new subway platform leaking already. (NY Post — byline by former Streetsblog vet David Meyer)
- What, now pedestrians have to look both ways — and up? (NYDN)
- City Journal looks at how scofflaw cops and firefighters make a mockery of the very notion of law enforcement (and cite’s Streetsblog’s own “S-cop-laws” investigation!).
- Courtesy, professionalism, reject. (NY Post)
- We think we can all agree that bike vigilante and former NHL enforcer Sean Avery is a hero (Page Six) — or anti-hero (Gothamist, featuring a great Marxist lede by Jake Offenhartz)
- NY1 covered the city’s latest attempt to speed up buses.
- TransAlt and other activists ordered pizza for State Sen. Liz Krueger — and had them delivered via illegal e-bike (amNY). The senator apparently opposes a state bill that would legalize the bikes and allow cities to regulate them — replacing the brutality of Mayor de Blasio’s arbitrary and capricious crackdown.
- Residents of Tribeca think placard abuse is really crappy. Literally. (Tribeca Citizen)
- And, finally, Bike New York posted an epic Twitter thread about how far the bike network has come — and how way way way further it needs to go.
The Brooklyn protected bike lane network (thread!) This look is from a newer DOT file than we used for the Manhattan map tweeted last Friday. Note 9th St Park Slope & Grand St W’burg here.
Most of the mileage is pre-WWII along Shore, Ocean and Eastern Parkways pic.twitter.com/Yg15h2Pd5j
— Bike New York (@bikenewyork) June 11, 2019