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    Alexander Vucelic

    Hilarious WSJ article about congestion in LA following a $1billion freeway Expansion. Filled with gems


    Alexander Vucelic

    volume has Trippled


    dave "paco" abraham

    Um, for Streetsblog to cite a vague mention of East River tolls as proof that the DeBlasio administration is pro-Move NY is un-constructively hyperbolic.



    Those are raw numbers, not rates. Did you read this on that same slide?

    Cyclist injuries show a minor improvement even as bicycle volumes have dramatically increased


    Joe R.

    Protected bike lanes get a greater cross section of the general population riding. Without them, it’s mainly the fit and brave who ride.

    I’m personally lukewarm on protected bike lanes. They’re a good fit on streets with very infrequent intersections but that’s not most of NYC’s streets. On streets with many intersections, they only offer protection in between the intersections. I’ve said multiple times NYC may need to invent some bike infrastructure suited to the conditions here, in addition to borrowing what works elsewhere when it’s applicable. Bottom line, protected bike lanes have their uses but they’re not the be all and end all to bike infrastructure. “Perfect” bike infrastructure would have no cars, no pedestrians, no traffic signals or stop signs, room for passing, and it would also go to where cyclists want to go. NYC has a long way to go to reach this ideal.



    I’m immensely curious about something here. On slide #12 of the DOT presentation, something caught my eye. The slide is titled (and this is “sic”), “Protected Bicycle Lanes with 3 yrs of After Data: Before and After,” and gives the reduction in injuries based on the installation of protected bike lanes. Here is the data:

    Crashes with injuries – down 17%
    Motor vehicle occupant injuries – down 25%
    Pedestrian injuries – down 22%
    Cyclist injuries – down 2%.

    Yup, you read that correctly: 2%. So if the installation of protected bike lanes only provides a 2% better chance of not being injured, why are all you cyclists so hellbent on having them? Just wondering.


    Miles Bader

    Be careful, they’re coming to take your guns!1! ><


    Joe R.

    I’m reading this as “people in general favor crackdowns on dangerous driving, so long as it’s somebody else who gets the tickets, not them.” Sustained crackdowns obviously result in more drivers getting tickets, and that’s what causes people to lose interest.

    I’ll grant my interpretation could be wrong, but Chan is being needlessly indecipherable here.


    Joe R.

    In this case, I think a lousy democrat like DeBlasio is worse than a Republican. The major problems the city faces are not being addressed. On top of that, he supports the brutal police tactics of Bratton. The one thing touted so far as his major success, namely universal pre-K, will end up saddling the city with yet more educational costs indefinitely into the future, while providing few or no long term benefits to students. You can also add as a liberal union supporter DeBlasio won’t make any headway obtaining any kind of sorely needed contract reform or cost cutting from the UFT or TWU. Really, he’s the worst of both worlds—the authoritarianism of Republicans like Guiliani, but without any common sense or fiscal discipline. I may have been tired of Bloomberg after 12 years, but given a choice I would rather have had 4 more years of him.



    Banning cars will make the city streets safe according to Miles, than bicycles will be next. Then they will ban walking. Next no one will be alllowed outside their homes. Vision Zero is about giving up our freedoms and controlling people .



    does anyone understand Chan’s “people lose interest” comment in a way that makes sense, for law enforcement? I’m totally lost.



    How many of those 12,000 ‘enforcement hours’ are normally deployed in a given day? Based on the NYPD’s stats (other than parking meters), I imagine very few. It would be an interesting “experiment” if the NYPD actually stood by their data-driven rhetoric and focused their attention on this major source of death and injury.



    Shouldn’t the city have negotiated with the MTA about the projects they wanted before coughing up the extra money?

    “Miller said that new Hudson Yards subway service, a capital project funded by the city, serves far fewer passengers per day than proposed projects in eastern Queens.” I think that is probably true today, but give Hudson Yards 5-10 years and it will be a very different story.



    Every picture I’ve seen of the lane so far, including accompanying TA’s own magazine article, shows people riding in the “pedestrian space”.

    Are they really not going to revisit this design?


    Jonathan R

    Compared to Giuliani, the last honest-to-goodness Republican we elected, BDB is everything we could ask for on the livable streets platform.


    Alexander Vucelic

    The Good – BdB says speeding and failure to yield are key to Vision Zero.

    The Bad – BdB says Bratton singled handily saved NYC. Bratton can do no wrong.



    Highway ramps are a huge safety issue. Has anyone considered converting sections of expressway to at-grade boulevards to get rid of dangerous ramp spaghetti?



    It can be worse sometimes. Democrats get cowed into doing things Republikans won’t do on their own.

    It makes me sad that, I think, Bill de Blasio is actually a well-meaning person. Road to hell, good intentions, blah blah.



    I completely agree. I wish people would stop backing politicians (like DeBlasio!) just because they have the right label, regardless of their actions and policies.
    I hear people all the time claiming that we should back a shitty democrat because, despite his flaws, a republican would be so much worse. But really, it would be almost exactly the same.



    (212) 433-WNYC (9692)



    People should call in and ask tough questions.



    That’s perfect. Bill de Blasio can’t deal with scrutiny. He holds the line on nearly every intractable problem with New York City government. Can we either admit he’s not progressive or just admit “progressive” means what conservative meant before Reagan? Considering de Blasio’s policing is little distinguishable from Bloomberg’s, and Bloomberg’s success fighting poverty and inequality is little worse (maybe better) than de Blasio’s, I have trouble seeing how we can make the case that we traded up.



    Brian Lehrer has proven to be woefully ignorant and silly about street safety in the past so I don’t have particularly high hopes for that segment.

    I saw a digital road sign yesterday that said something like “NYPD Safety Enforcement Action Period”. A tacit admission that the rest of the time is an inaction period?


    Miles Bader

    Banning cars will very certainly make the streets (a lot!) safer, though. I guess they’d better do that….



    Koo translated: Out of the way of my limo, people!


    Alexander Vucelic

    observed 2 tickets being written today for parking in bike lanes – rather angry outer boro types arguing with cops.



    This is a total waste of Police resources. Ticketing motorists won’t make the streets any safer.


    Kevin Love

    Perhaps you should reconsider who gets your business.



    I’d like to point out that much of this enforcement could be automated. no reason for the nypd to make a “heroic” effort.


    Kevin Love

    Car-free streets and neighborhoods have children running all over the place. Perfectly normal child behavior. Obviously where it is lethal, parents treat their children like convicts and severely restrict their movements.

    Let’s support childhood freedom! See:



    And what happens on November 23?


    walks bikes drives

    Let’s be honest. Parking in bike lanes is only a safety issue for cyclists. Enforecent here is going to always be lax because it is not concerning to them (them being NYPD).


    Joe R.

    Why not both? And add in the LIE while we’re at it. With a nice velomobile I can easily see myself riding all the way out to where it ends at exit 73 and back.



    The announcement of the details of the enforcement campaign are pretty interesting:

    “The NYPD To Conduct Additional Focused Enforcement on Dangerous Driving”

    Through November 22nd the NYPD will increase the deployment of personnel
    dedicated to the enforcement of dangerous driving such as speeding, failure to
    yield to pedestrians, distracted driving, and parking in traffic lanes.

    The NYPD’s operations have already begun, and will span multiple bureaus including the Highway Patrol, Traffic Operations and Enforcement Districts, as well as all 77 precincts of the Patrol Services Bureau. Commands will deploy an additional 8-hours of focused enforcement each day based on pedestrian collision data.

    During this period, the NYPD will increase officer hours and overtime dedicated to traffic enforcement. In total, the NYPD will commit more than 12,000 enforcement hours per day to this operation.

    The NYPD has committed the following personnel resources to this initiative:

    · Highway
    District: 230 police officers

    · Traffic
    Operations District: 150 police officers

    · Traffic
    Enforcement District: 1185 Traffic Enforcement Agents

    · Patrol
    Services Bureau: 154 police officers

    The announcement is unusual and promising, in several ways. Most importantly, the initiative is said to be focused on dangerous behaviors, rather than on technical violations. It is significant that precinct lever officers
    are involved, since they patrol the residential neighborhoods were
    dangerous driving poses the greatest threat of injury and death. It is
    also unusual for the precise staffing devoted to focused enforcement
    effort announced.

    While the focus, scope, and transparency of the initiative are a welcome change, the question remains whether the deployed officers will conduct fish-in-a-barrel, gotcha ticketing of technical violations, or if as advertised they will target actual dangerous driving. It will also be interesting to see whether the
    Traffic Enforcement Agents deployed in this initiative–who account for
    more than 2/3 of the effort–will issue tickets for parking in bike
    lanes, as well as for routine double parking.


    Alexander Vucelic

    100 watts and 40 kph are fine with me

    FDR or BQE ?



    The comment was like, well, I’m a small business owner. So someone died (4-year-old Ariel Russo) but who cares, it’s just ONE person who’s died on Amsterdam (wrong), I mean come on, let’s not overreact, it’s not a huge deal, and as a sma ll business owner I don’t care.

    Every neighborhood has its Allan Rosens.

    He didn’t say what business he owned, so kudos to Emily Frost for reporting on the business to go with his comments.

    The last name is a good clue.



    Many NYC car owners justifiably consider parking to be their greatest challenge. They sometimes forget that, for a majority of New Yorkers (and a significant majority of Upper West Siders), parking isn’t a consideration at all.



    His comments in person were even worse. They were jaw-droppingly callous. On a night where most people spoke in favor and a few people spoke out against, there were four or five outliers who came across as get-a-grip level hostile, or like, stuck in 1962 or in 18th century pre-war France. I thought he was by far – by far – the worst.

    The comment was like, well, I’m a small business owner. So someone died (4-year-old Ariel Russo) but who cares, it’s just ONE person who’s died on Amsterdam (wrong), I mean come on, let’s not overreact, it’s not a huge deal, and as a small business owner I don’t care.

    He didn’t say what business he owned, so kudos to Emily Frost for reporting on the business to go with his comments.


    Joe R.

    That’s a pretty nice machine. The one I’m interested in is the Milan SL:

    They give the data for power versus speed. 185 watts is about what I can do continuously for 1+ hours. That translates into 60 kph (37 mph). Now we just need to take some highway space from automobiles so people can use velomobiles to their full potential (or build the bike viaducts I often talk about). Pretty cool that a person can go at these kinds of speeds on their own power.

    This person actually gets the Milan SL past 80 kph (50 mph) and holds it there:



    This: Business owners … are the ones parking there all day and preventing potential customers from using the space.

    I wish reporters would challenge this BS with, “so you park far away, or avoid driving to work so that there’s more room for your customers’ cars?”



    There’s a great quote from CB9 transportation committee co-chair, Tim Thomas, in response to complaints about losing a trivial number of parking spaces in the Empire Blvd plaza plan. “This is about safety. There are walkers, bicyclists getting killed at these locations. From now on, please keep it in mind when you talk about your cars.” So glad somebody (a CB member no less) is calling people out on their crap.



    Absolutely agree. Have you noticed that bus stops are never removed but rather “consolidated”? Semantics do make a difference.



    I prefer “converted” or “reallocated” personally.


    Jonathan R

    Certainly business owners are not looking for changes to the status quo that make it more difficult for any particular group of customers to arrive. Especially for appetizing, where large catering orders probably make up 75% of the day’s business.

    The more apropos question is whether the city’s policy should support more accessible appetizing over measures that could preserve the lives of many of its slower-moving citizens.


    Doug G.

    I think it also has to do with how vocal – and angry – car drivers can be. Even if they’re a minority of a store’s customers, they’re the ones who are going to complain if the store is hard to access. Anyone who arrives on foot, by bike, or via transit isn’t likely to ask to speak to the owner and say, “You know, Gary, it was so easy to walk over here from my apartment!”

    A store might have only 1% of its customers arrive by car, but 100% of those customers will probably complain if they can’t find parking easily enough.



    That’s why family businesses rarely survive the third generation.



    Business owners make this false claim all the time, when actually they are the ones parking there all day and preventing potential customers from using the space.

    I think you may have hit on the actual reason retail business owners fight so hard to keep parking in front of their stores.



    When I’m biking on the UWS on a lazy weekend, I’m just looking for excuses to stop and spend money and enjoy the free day (coffee, beer, brunch, bagel, someplace quiet to read a newspaper or tablet, watch the game, enjoy the fresh air)..



    That park improvement site is awesome. There are so many parks that need more/better entrances, improvements to make them inviting. I may have gone a little crazy putting down dots.



    My thoughts exactly. Business owners make this false claim all the time, when actually they are the ones parking there all day and preventing potential customers from using the space. They’re much better off with easy foot/bike access and a few metered spots that turn over frequently.