Friday’s Headlines: Bronchitis Happens Edition

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Our superannuated editor is out sick with bronchitis, so we’re going to keep this brief so he doesn’t have to actually do any editing.

So here’s the news of the day:

  • In case you missed it (he did!), Gothamist had a nice story about what happens when a cyclist tries to film the person who almost killed him.
  • Not many outlets covered the rally to protest a lawsuit by rich Central Park West residents to block a protected bike lane, but Streetsblog was there — and we added some nice Census data for context.
  • The Daily News foolishly took the side of drivers over street safety with its coverage of the city’s pilot residential loading zone project. Yes, there should be a grace period before drivers get massive tickets — but the plan will make roadways safer, and ease congestion, by giving FedEx, UPS and Amazon space at the curb where those trucks belong. Shame on New York’s Hometown Paper for demagoguing good public policy that, despite what the drivers quoted in the story say, was announced in advance, as Streetsblog reported. Does rewrite man Leonard Greene own a car? Inquiring minds want to know.
  • Gridlock Sam has the full scoop on the first Summer Streets Saturday, though he fails to point out that pedestrianized streets should not be a three-days-a-year thing. (NYDN)
  • The Times covered what must be the most important transportation issue for its readers: the rise in helicopter commuting.
  • For the record, you need to be charged if you drive over some when you are going backwards. It’s just basic. (Gothamist, NYDN)
  • Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” talking about what a great job he’s done since taking office. This from the man who did not so much as release a statement as 18 cyclists were being slaughtered on New York City streets. This website has consistently put Williams on notice: Take road safety seriously or run for an office without the word “advocate” in its title.
  • Andrew

    For the record, you need to be charged if you drive over some

    one

  • Tooscrapps

    someone

  • Alec

    speaking of which, some terrible news from your neighbors in Bergen County (the 7th Boro???)
    https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/fortlee/police-fire/leonia-pd-van-driver-didnt-see-pedestrian-49-struck-killed/773143/

    No charges, no nothin, NJDOT complicit and on notice this intersection has needed a traffic light for years

  • Hilda

    How do you make a right turn to go from West Bound to South bound? This is one of those turns where the driver only looks one way, toward oncoming traffic, and then drives into turn without looking.
    Either driver made a right turn, and headed Northbound, or made an illegal left turn and headed southbound.

  • Alec

    good catch – thats a typo – the driver was heading eastbound on Station Parkway and making the right turn southbound

  • KeNYC2030

    NY1 covered the 25 CPW demo.
    https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2019/08/02/cyclists-to-uws-condo–drop-the-bike-lane-suit

    A friend tells me that, in addition to Jeff Bezos, Madonna has a place there as well.

  • snrvlakk

    Drivers need to be charged with a felony if, as a result of their opening a door without looking behind them first, a cyclist or scooter-rider dies. It shouldn’t matter whether the victim is killed as a direct result of the dooring (knocked off bike & killed) or an indirect result (swerves into auto traffic to avoid the door).

  • snrvlakk

    If you’re driving along, giving a bike rider 3 or 4 feet of clearance (normally that would be plenty), and some idiot in a parked car throws his door open, forcing the bike rider to swerve into you, I don’t think the driver should be charged; I think the person who threw his door open should be. No?

  • If a driver cannot stop in time to avoid hitting a such a cyclist (or, for example, a pedestrian who suddenly appears, perhaps having stepped from between parked cars), then that driver was either driving too fast for conditions, or not paying attention, or both.

    Going under the speed limit is not a defence, as the speed limit is not a blanket permission to do that particular speed. The speed limit names the maximum allowable speed under perfect conditions. But a driver in the outer lane must take into consideration the stopping distance (given the possibility of the sudden appearance of a swerving cyclist or a mid-block crossing pedestrian) when deciding what speed to keep.

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