Skip to content
by Noah Kazis
“It’s insane to take away parking spaces at this time,” said Nancy Wolf, the co-chair of the CB2 Transportation and Public Safety Committee, at the meeting on Tuesday night.
It’s insane that free parking spaces are so sacrosanct.
The MTA should double the fare and name names.
“The MTA should double the fare and name names.”
The MTA should set the fare to the amount used for current transportation, and add a surcharge to buy a Metrocard or other fare medium to reflect the cost of past debts, pensions and retiree health care.
The city and localities should do the same thing with property taxes. And the state should do the same thing with state income taxes, adding to the surcharge the extra money others have to pay because the retired don’t pay at all.
That would be the equivalent of naming names. All that money that has been siphoned from the future didn’t just go to 212 state legislators and the ex-Governors and Mayors and their staffs.
But lets talk about the good news. My route to work today was up the new Prospect Park West bike lane, down Vanderbilt, over on DeKalb, down Ashland/Navy, and across the bikeway on Sands to the Manhattan Bridge.
It was pleasant, safe riding all the way — my new route every day unless I plan to do a little touring.
Streetsblog issues aren’t the only ones I follow. This is the only thing that is getting better.
Like Larry I would like the celebrate my morning commute. As of this week, my semi-regular route to work is almost entirely marked by bike lanes: PPW (new), 9th Street, Smith Street (new), and Adams Street (usually blocked) to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Is the PPW lane painted all the way to Bartel Pritchard now?
I wish I had a camera yesterday afternoon to capture the scene on the newly-opened dedicated bike path on Second Avenue (at least, part of it was open yesterday; part was still taped off) — pedaling down 2nd Ave approaching the start of the lane at 14th, I came upon a solid block of “Red Bull” promotional cars parked single file, right in the new green strip of bike lane. The cars all had Red Bull cans on top, and young people in shorts wearing vinyl Red Bull backpacks were passing out cans of that crappy treakly sugary caffeinated beverage that (it seems) so many of our fellow citizens cannot get enough of.
Same here on the bike lanes. DOT made a little change that makes my life easier. All the parking spaced on the right in this google view are now a nicely painted green bike lane. It makes me smile every time I ride in!
“Is the PPW lane painted all the way to Bartel Pritchard now?”
It’s hardly painted at all, but that isn’t so important to me. If I were to nitpick, I would say that flashing yellows for bikes to yield to peds are too high, not where cyclists are looking, and they’ll need to trim a couple of trees.
Going to the Brooklyn Bridge, I would still go up PPW all the way and Vanderbilt to Bergen/Dean, wiggle to Pacific on Smith, and then go up Clinton. A little longer perhaps, but much nicer.
Has anyone done cyclist counts on Vanderbilt? I’m always impressed by the amount of bicycle traffic when I’ve used it. Perhaps its too late in the process but it might help proponents of the Vanderbilt lane if they could show the number of people affected.
I lived a block from Vanderbilt (on Clinton), from 2001 to 2010. I never did a count, but I can say that the number of cyclists has gone up dramatically in the past couple of years. Ending the path at Atlantic never seemed wise; it’s not like people are exclusively commuting between Atlantic and Grand Army Plaza.
Sorry to abuse the blog commenting system, but since we’re on the topic…
My dad is visiting for father’s day this weekend. I live in Williamsburg, and was planning on taking him on a bike ride to Coney Island, but only if the PPW bike lane is completed, or at least in a state that would feel safe for somebody who is open-minded to, but not yet comfortable with, urban cycling. That way, between the PPW lane and the Ocean Parkway greenway, the majority of our trip would be on robust infrastructure (okay, okay, half of the reason is safety and comfort, but I also want to show off how awesome and progressive JSK’s DOT is!).
So are me and my dad going for a ride, or is it going to be the usual strolling around the neighborhood, realizing my dad would be the oldest person in every establishment?
Re: Vanderbilt bike counts. If I recall correctly, the first time DOT presented this project to the CB2 transpo committee, they said more than 1000 cyclists use Vanderbilt daily.
DOT’s presentation counted 1,004 bikes on Vanderbilt @ Bergen in a 12-hour period, and that was in November 2009 — hardly prime bicycling season.
The Vanderbilt bike lane passed the CB2 committee and I’m not anticipating massive opposition from the Executive Committee.
“Bike ride to Coney Island, but only if the PPW bike lane is completed, or at least in a state that would feel safe for somebody who is open-minded to, but not yet comfortable with, urban cycling.”
Of course on the way to Coney Island you could ride in the park; the PPW bike lane really helps Northbound.
I advise staying off Propsect Park Southwest, in either direction. Go over to Prospect Avenue, and walk up and ride down the Robert Moses pedestrian highway overpasses to get over to E 4th Street via Greenwood Ave.
For God’s sake, why would you bother taking your Dad on PPW bike path and not just ride inside Prospect Park?
From inside the park, you could exit at Park Circle, follow the circle’s bike path counter-clockwise, right on the Ocean Parkway two-way path, right on Caton and then an immediate left where Ocean Parkway properly begins. By the time you reach Church Avenue, you will have spent three blocks total on actual streets, and only one block on a street with any appreciable traffic (Caton).
Should be a beautiful weekend to ride — get out early and really enjoy yourselves. Have fun.
My dad can ride in a park in Baltimore. I want him to feel the comfort and dignity of world-class on-street transportation (vs. recreation)-centric infrastructure. That way, next time there is some kind of high-profile infrastructure debate in Baltimore, maybe he will throw his support behind a two-way protected bike lane alongside Patterson Park, for example.
David_K, it looks like Flickr user Cyclosity got the shot:
Jason, thanks for that link! Note too that a van is parked right in front of the Red Bull cars. And at every intersection, anxious-to-cross pedestrians stood blocking the bike lane, waiting for a jump on the green light. Ah, progress….
Larry, I don’t understand. Are you saying that the parking lane is moved off the curb all the way down? That’s enough paint in my book.
“Larry, I don’t understand. Are you saying that the parking lane is moved off the curb all the way down? That’s enough paint in my book.”
Yes, the parking lane is moved off the curb all the way down. The bike lanes is complete. But the Green Paint on the bike lane only extends part of the way.
Cool, thanks. That was fast.
The Times runs a story on pension costs. Paging Larry Littlefield!
“This would have the biggest improvement to the quality of the public realm and to transportation funding of anything that could be done. We need a bold, visionary elected official who is willing to step up to the plate to push for this.”
In response to "Public Support for NYC Toll Reform Highest in the Suburbs"