A native of Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD, David Meyer has been a reporter for Streetsblog NYC since Fall 2015. A 2013 graduate of the University of Maryland, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Midtown sidewalks are notoriously too skinny to handle the huge numbers of people on foot near Penn Station. The pedestrian crush around the nation's busiest transit hub routinely flows beyond the boundaries of the curb, and people are forced to walk in car lanes. It's uncomfortable, stressful, and dangerous. But people on foot will soon have some breathing room.
The intersection of Flatbush, Atlantic, and Fourth avenues is in some ways the center of Brooklyn, sitting atop the borough's largest transit hub. It's also overrun by cars, funneling traffic to the BQE and the free East River bridges.
Last summer, a speeding motorist struck and killed Michael Schenkman, 78, as Schenkman attempted to turn onto the Joe Michaels Mile bike path, where he rode daily. Now NYC DOT has produced a plan to link Joe Michaels Mile to six miles of on-street protected bike lanes.
A broad coalition of 67 state legislators want Governor Andrew Cuomo to pursue two potentially transformative improvements to NYC's notoriously slow and unreliable bus service.
Bike-share operator Motivate is in talks with the city to increase the bicycles in its system by another 50 percent after the current round of expansion wraps up this year, including stations in the Bronx and Staten Island. City Hall would not contribute funds but would grant Motivate more favorable terms in its contract with the city.
Members of Families for Safe Streets and city officials trekked up to Albany yesterday to make the case for expanding New York City's automated speed enforcement program.
Last week at Transportation Alternatives' Vision Zero Cities conference, LA County Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Tamika Butler delivered a strong message to attendees from around the country: Vision Zero does not exist in a bubble, separate from America's history and ongoing repression of people of color.
DOT reps brought the conceptual design for a redesign of Fourth Avenue with protected bike lanes to Sunset Park last night, following a similar event in Park Slope last week.
Intro 1602, sponsored by Mark Levine and Costa Constantinides, would let drivers park electric cars for free in metered spaces on Saturdays. It's a small gesture meant to encourage more New Yorkers to buy EVs. But in a city where street space is at a premium and most people get around without driving, it's a gesture that takes us in the wrong direction.
Last night, Queens Community Board 6 overwhelmingly endorsed DOT's plan to extend protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements, and traffic-calming treatments on Queens Boulevard through Rego Park to Yellowstone Boulevard.