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Today’s Headlines

  • In NYC and Elsewhere, the Streets at Night Are for Protest (NYT, Gothamist, @urbandata)
  • NYPD Ramping Up Arrests of Protesters (DNA)
  • The Post Keeps Fighting for More New Yorkers to Die in Traffic
  • Dump Truck Driver Rams City Bus in Harlem, Injuring 13 (Post)
  • Drivers Charged for Showboating in Queens Parking Lot (News) But No Charges for Allie Liao’s Killer
  • Sensible Tolls to Keep Mammoth Trucks Off Neighborhood Streets? Manhattan CB 3 Not Into It (Villager)
  • Dyckman Street Connection to Hudson River Greenway Delayed By Nearly a Year (DNA)
  • TLC to Expand Program for Hailing Cabs With Apps (AMNY)
  • Queens CB 2 Chair Steps Down After 23 Years (News)
  • The Rules of Subway Courtesy, as Told By a Puppet (2nd Ave Sagas)

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Today’s Headlines

  • Protests in Streets, Highways, and GCT After Grand Jury Refuses to Indict in Garner Case (NYT, Capital)
  • Jill Abramson: Lack of Consequences for Deadly Drivers Only Adds to Pain of Victims’ Families (Our Town)
  • Meanwhile, Long NYT Profile of Cy Vance’s View of Law and Order Doesn’t Even Mention Traffic Justice
  • Golden and Felder Propose Stronger Penalties for Deadly Unauthorized Use of Vehicle (News)
  • Nassau Cuts Safety Cams to Four Hours on School Days; Speeding Is OK 20 Hours Each Day (Newsday)
  • Across the Border in Suffolk, Red Light Cams Have Reduced Injury Crashes by 10 Percent (Newsday)
  • With TZB Toll Hike on Horizon, Cuomo Donor Milstein Steps Down as Thruway Chair (TU, News)
  • Uber, Cabbies Come Under Fire at City Council Oversight Hearing (NYT, Crain’s, Post, WPIX)
  • If a Trucking Company Wants to Avoid Safety Penalties, It Can Just Change Its Name (TU)
  • Alex Matthiessen Sits Down With City & State to Talk About the Move New York Toll Reform Plan

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Today’s Headlines

  • How a Transit Project That Adds No New Service Ended Up Costing $4 Billion (NYT)
  • Boro Park Driver Kills Blima Friedman, 10, and Injures Her Pregnant Mom (CBS, News, ABC)
  • 79-Year-Old Man in Critical Condition After Driver Hits Him at Ocean Avenue and Avenue N (JP Updates)
  • Family, Friends, Classmates Gather to Remember Mohammad Naiem Uddin, 14 (Ditmas Park Corner)
  • Cy Vance Offers Disorderly Conduct Plea Deal to Top Keith Wright Staffer Busted for DUI (Post)
  • MTA Settles Suit With Parents of Seth Kahn, Killed in Crosswalk by Turning Bus Driver in 2009 (DNAPost)
  • De Blasio Shuffles City Hall’s Sustainability Leadership Team (Capital, AP)
  • Uber Starts Cab-Pooling in NYC, Claims It Will Remove 1 Million Cars From Streets (Post, News)
  • Remember: Latest Toll Hike Doesn’t Sting S.I. Drivers So Much Because of the Cuomo Rebate (Advance)
  • Driver Jumps Curb at Essex and Grand Streets on Lower East Side; No One Injured (Lo-Down)
  • Next City Interviews Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool

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Today’s Headlines

  • DiNapoli: $5B Windfall Is One-Time Hit (WXXI); E.J. McMahon: Spend It on Infrastructure Repair (Post)
  • Albany Might Return for a Special Session, and Infrastructure May or May Not Be on Agenda (TU)
  • MTA Kicks Off Fare Hikes Hearings (NY1, WNYC); the News Is Not Enthusiastic About It
  • Hit-and-Run Truck Driver Injures Woman and Child Crossing 65th Street at Broadway (NY1)
  • “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro Pleads Guilty to 10th Avenue Drunk Driving Charge (Gothamist)
  • New Commanding Officer at LIC’s 108th Precinct Aims to Crack Down on Drunk Driving (TL)
  • 66th Precinct Cracks Down on Illegal Truck Parking to Praise From Greenfield, CB 12 (YWN, JP Updates)
  • Let’s Hope the NYPD Will Be Able to Solve This Hit-and-Run Mystery (Post)
  • More Coverage of “Cars Only” and Other Changes to Central Park Loop (NYT, WCBS)
  • London Mayor Boris Johnson Wants to Consider Car-Free Sundays (BBC)
  • It’s Hard to Measure, But NYC Has More Street Trees Than It Used To (NYT)

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What If Every McDonald’s Had Really Good Bike Parking?

Have you ever been to a McDonald’s and noticed bikes locked to trees, fences, or signposts? Andrew Besold at WalkBikeJersey has, and he thinks a campaign to get fast food restaurants to adopt standards for good bike parking could have a very far-reaching impact:

If you’re “bike aware” (and likely you are because you’re reading this blog) and have ever visited a fast food restaurant you’ve undoubtedly seen bikes haphazardly parked to anything secure all around the restaurant site. A vast majority of these bikes are undoubtedly owned by members of restaurant staff who depend on their bikes to get to their jobs in the restaurant.

Knowing that a number of their employees rely on a bike to get to work everyday, one would think that these fast food restaurants would provided some official organized bicycle parking that preferably meets the basic APBP bike parking standards. Unfortunately this is almost always not the case and the sight of bikes parked to whatever the owner can find is common sight not only in New Jersey but at most fast food and chain sit-down restaurants all across the country.

So this is why we ask, “What would it say to America if McDonalds became ‘Bike Friendly’?” We are not picking on McDonalds. Far from it! We focus on McDonalds because they are clearly the industry leader and we respect them for that. If McDonalds makes the move to standardize bike parking for their employees and guests, WalkBikeJersey believes that it would send a message across the entire restaurant industry. Their engineering consultants that do their local site plans would also be educated about proper bike parking design and hopefully the message would get out to the towns that do the site plan review and then possibly even to McDonalds’ competition. There is clearly the potential for a positive feedback loop here.

Elsewhere on the Network today: Human Transit shares some reasons why driverless vehicle tech will be a bigger deal for buses than for private vehicles. Spacing Toronto looks back at when the city first introduced crosswalks — it wasn’t exactly a victory for pedestrians. And Systemic Failure highlights a criminal misuse of the term “transit-oriented development” in Milford, Connecticut.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Uber Eroding the Wealth of Taxi Medallion Cartels (NYT)
  • Fernando Mateo and the New York Post Don’t Want the City to Enforce the New Speed Limit
  • After Failing to Investigate the Size of the New Tappan Zee, the Times Frets Over Toll Hikes
  • Chris Ward: Let’s Tax Driving (CapNY)
  • De Blasio Bill to Ban Horses in Central Park Opens the Door to Replacing Them With Cars (CapNY)
  • One-Way Tolling on the Verrazano Bridge Is Literally Killing People (Villager)
  • A Tri-State Thanksgiving Wishlist (MTR)
  • Andrew Hevesi Wants to Give Pedestrians a Head Start Crossing Queens Boulevard (QChron)
  • Driver Struck Woman on Central Park South Friday Morning; NYPD: No Criminality Suspected (DNA)
  • When Riding a Bike Is a Lifeline (NYT)
  • David Weprin: Putting Teens on Community Boards “Belittles the Position” (AP)

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Today’s Headlines

  • New Yorkers Protest Ferguson Decision in Squares, Streets, Highways (NYT, DNA)
  • MTA Officially Releases Reinvention Commission Report Right Before Holiday (WSJ, News, MTR)
  • To Truly Reinvent the MTA, Here’s What It Would Have Addressed (Ped Observations2nd Ave Sagas)
  • City Council Triples Number of Blind-Accessible Ped Signal Installations to 75 Annually (WNYC, Observer)
  • 5th Precinct’s Claim of Increase in Cyclist-Involved Crashes Isn’t Supported by NYPD Data (I Quant NY)
  • State DOT Secures $20 Million for New Ped Bridge to Riverside Park at West 151st Street (DNA)
  • Rockefeller University Expansion Gets $150 Million to Include East River Greenway Upgrades (Crain’s)
  • EDC Tries Again to Convert NYPD Parking Garage in Jamaica Into Affordable Housing (DNA)
  • De Blasio Scales Back Taxi Medallion Sale and Accompanying Revenue Forecasts (Gotham Gazette)
  • Crain’s Says Billions in Bank Settlement Cash Should Be Spent on Transit
  • Thruway Authority Estimates Hundreds Per Hour Could Use TZB Bike-Ped Path (LoHud)

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Today’s Headlines

  • Streets Become a Stage for Protest as New Yorkers React to Non-Indictment of Darren Wilson (DNA)
  • Driver Arrested in Bowery Hit-and-Run After Killing Pedestrian (News, Lo-Down)
  • Livery Driver Kills Delivery Cyclist Shan Zheng on East Houston; “No Criminality” (News, Lo-Down, AP)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian Jason Aitcheson, 27, on Utica Avenue (News, WABC)
  • Naiem Uddin Was the Third M.S. 51 Student Killed by Drivers in Past 13 Months (DNA)
  • Pete Donohue Has Had It With Staten Island Pols Griping About Verrazano Tolls (News)
  • NYPD Isn’t Ticketing Speeders Using Marine Park Streets as Belt Pkwy Shortcut (Bklyn Daily)
  • Driver Who Led Chase While Hiding Drugs Pleads Guilty to Reckless Endangerment Charge (Advance)
  • Sam Schwartz Has a Design Cure for Central Park — And It Starts With Making It Car-Free (News)
  • South Nyack Officials Upset That TZB Bike-Ped Path Will Land in Their Village (LoHud)
  • PBS NewsHour Gives an Introduction to Vision Zero for a National Audience

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Today’s Headlines

  • Andrea Bernstein Explains Why Drivers Who Kill Face No Consequences (WNYC)
  • Here’s How Insanely Reckless You Have to Drive to Get a Felony Indictment From the Queens DA (News)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Naiem Uddin, 14, Will Deploy the “I Didn’t See Him” Defense (News)
  • Man Getting Drive-Thru McDonald’s Doesn’t Stop for the Human Being He Ran Over (Post)
  • Right-of-Way Photobombed Verrazano Bridge 50th Anniversary in Classic Fashion (DNA, Bklyn Paper)
  • Times Union Rips Cuomo for Trying to Use Clean Water Funds on Tappan Zee Construction
  • A Handful of Business Owners Won’t Rest Until They Destroy Ozone Park Pedestrian Plaza (QChron)
  • 2nd Ave Sagas Underwhelmed By MTA Reinvention Commission Report
  • Pedestrian Environment Around Atlantic Yards Will Get Worse Before It Gets Better (Bklyn Paper)
  • Daily News: Build the Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel
  • Market-Priced Off-Street Vehicle Storage — Outrageous! (DNA)

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Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Kills Mohammad Naiem Uddin, 14, in Kensington; Charged With Leaving Scene (News)
  • Shocker: Cuomo’s Raid of State Enviro Fund for TZB Financing Was Not Above Board (CapNY 1, 2; NYT)
  • Uber Didn’t Want to Release Driver Data to TLC, Notches Win With Dispatch Rules (BuzzFeed, News)
  • Safer Buses and Bus Drivers? Meh. But MTA Is Testing Doors for Subway Tracks (WNYC)
  • New York DMV Exam Preps Drivers on Deer and Water Escapes, But Not Pedestrians (Reclaim)
  • Judge Denies Bail for Sociopath Who Killed 4-Year-Old Ariel Russo (News, Post)
  • Gowanus Development Proposal Calls for Higher Residential Densities, Revived B71 (CapNYDNA)
  • Bike Shop Owner and Pedicab Pioneer George Bliss Says Citi Bike Put Him Out of Business (DNA)
  • Is There a Greater Burden Than That of the New York City Motorist? (NYT)
  • Staten Island Pols Will Not Stand for Senseless Traffic Deaths — No, No, That’s Not It … (CapNY)

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