Wednesday’s Headlines: PATH Meets Pod Edition

And at night, it glows: Journal Square's new Oonee pod. Photo: Oonee
And at night, it glows: Journal Square's new Oonee pod. Photo: Oonee

PATH, meet “pod.”

Jersey PATH commuters who use bicycles for the “first and last mile” of their trips are getting a leg up on their New York counterparts — in the form of a new, secure bike-parking facility at Jersey City’s Journal Square Station.

The  13-by-15-foot bike-parking “pod” holds 20 bikes and is operated by start-up Oonee — the first such pod on a Port Authority of NY & NJ property and the only one currently in the region. The spaces rent for a nominee (and we mean nominal!) fee: The first two months are free, and cost $2 a month thereafter.

PATH General Director Clarelle DeGraffe called the pod part of a PA strategy for “reducing emissions and promoting sustainable modes of transportation.”

Oonee CEO (and friend of Streetsblog) Shabazz Stuart heralded the installation as “a major moment for cyclists,” which, if it succeeds, could lead to pods at PA sites “including the World Trade Center and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.”

A party/presser will inaugurate the pod at 3:30 p.m., if you want to eat, drink, and make merry on the tab of Governors Cuomo and Murphy.

And now, the news:
  • AMNY’s Vincent Barone penned a safe-streets advocate’s dream, “Protected bike lanes could flourish if NYC vehicles were smaller, advocates say,” quoting Friend of Streetsblog Jon Orcutt on the need to shrink street sweepers and snowplows.
  • Citi Biking through Manhattan is faster and cheaper than cabbing it, The Post reported. Who knew?
  • MTA cleaners are sick of picking your earbuds off the tracks, the Tabloid of Record learned. (At least the MTA employees weren’t stealing the ear buds, a favorite Post trope.)
  • Prosecutors indicted a Brooklyn man for manslaughter for allegedly running down a motorcyclist while drunk, then blaming his girl friend. (NYP, NYDN)
  • In more bad driver news, 10 cops were  injured trying to nab a driver fleeing a traffic crash. (NYDN)
  • Several outlets covered the presser honoring the LIRR conductor who returned 9,000 bucks he found on a train. (NYP, NYDN, Complex)
  • Curbed wrote up the report on the nearly 250 schools near high-pollution highways. NYDN had the story over the weekend.
  • Jump won’t pull its bikes from Staten Island just yet, despite its hurt feelings about the city’s full-throttle romance with rival Citi Bike. (SILive)
  • Everyone, including Streetsblog, covered the murder/manslaughter charges against the Bushwick bicyclist’s alleged killer. (Gothamist, NYTAMNY, among others)
  • And, in the aftermath of that vehicle-inflicted homicide, safe-streets legend Noel “No Neck” Hidalgo found a motorist who “only wants to run [him] over” for riding in a shared bike/car lane:

  • Daphna

    News:

    1) The thermoplast has been sanded off Amsterdam Avenue north of 110th Street. Is the 4 to 3 lane conversion from 110th to 155th going to be installed? Manhattan Community Board 9 Transportation Chair was able to water down the plan and stall it for years.

    2) The DOT will be hiring consultants to do a study the Financial District to look at conditions for pedestrians (lack of space!) and conditions for loading/unloading (can’t – all curbside blocked by parking placard abusers) and look at solutions. Study to be completed in June of 2020. The aim is to identify four potential “pedestrian priority zones” which could mean sidewalks extensions, or shared street treatment, or a street closed to motor vehicles (aka a plaza). The area to be studied is North of Water Street, South of the Brooklyn Bridge, and East of Broadway.

    3) The DOT is in the midst of a larger and longer18 month study of the Hudson Square / West Village area for challenges to pedestrian safety and mobility, and challenges to deliveries.

    4) The DOT will be hiring 10 inspectors to enforce against parking placard abuse since the NYPD are unwilling to enforce against this abuse.

  • Justinain World

    Why pay when you can just lock it up on a tree or sign? Maybe fix the people that live in these crappy areas too so you do not fear for the safety of your precious bike.

  • El

    What can be done about all the racist trolls who seem to have discovered Streetsblog recently?

  • Erik Swedlund

    Chicago has some smaller plows for protected bike lanes, but it’s still tough to keep up: https://chi.streetsblog.org/2018/12/05/blizzard-of-dot-transpo-officials-provide-deets-on-bike-lane-plowing-protocols/

  • kevd

    any links?

  • Vooch
  • Reggie

    Others have made similar comments in the past but I will take a turn this time:
    In my years of verbally confronting drivers, I may have received one or two apologies. In the great majority of cases, I unnecessarily escalated the situation, probably fueled future animosity towards all cyclists, potentially put myself in immediate harm’s way and certainly did self-inflicted harm to my physical health. I don’t do it anymore. When Streetsblog posts video’s like Noel’s — who I know — it is no better than Thrasher.

  • Andrew

    The DOT will be hiring consultants to do a study the Financial District to look at conditions for pedestrians (lack of space!) and conditions for loading/unloading (can’t – all curbside blocked by parking placard abusers) and look at solutions. Study to be completed in June of 2020. The aim is to identify four potential “pedestrian priority zones” which could mean sidewalks extensions, or shared street treatment, or a street closed to motor vehicles (aka a plaza). The area to be studies is North of Water Street, South of the Brooklyn Bridge, and East of Broadway.

    Virtually that entire study area – Pearl Row would probably need to be excluded – should be restricted to pedestrians, cyclists, and authorized delivery vehicles (time-restricted, and never permitted during rush hours or lunchtime, when pedestrian activity is especially heavy).

    There you go. I won’t charge DOT for that advice. Just do it.

  • What can be done is for this site to get serious about moderation.

  • Justinain World

    it is called the internet deal with it. trust me, no one cares about what this site is about or these comments. get a life

  • Justinain World

    literally nothing racist about my comment. moron!

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