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    Joe R.

    I wrote elsewhere that it may not be. Many of the gravel trailers I see are 25 or 30 feet long. Even at that length they often need an extra axle to cope with the weight. That trailer has 3 axles with tandems plus another set of singles which can be lowered for a really heavy load. Hard to tell from the angle but it looks to be no more than 30 feet long.



    I cannot imagine that anyone who is such an asshole that they throw garbage out their window is going to bother to look for this thing.



    I was going off of the last systemwide average I remember (7 trips per bike), but since there are ~8 bikes per removed parking space it seems unlikely to me that each is only doing one trip per day. I guess one per day is not out of the question though if a lot of Park Slope residents are using them purely for commuting. That’s really most of the cycling I do as most stores I shop at are within walking distance.



    Are you sure about that math? From what I remember reading elsewhere, there may be up to 8 trips per bike per day, but there are about two docks per bike, so that would make the average up to 4 trips per dock per day, but not all docks are average: some docks at the “edges” of the system, if not subject to rebalancing efforts, might have only one undocking event in the morning, sit empty during the day, and have one docking event in the evening. I would count that as one trip per day.

    (The detailed data is out there; I’m too lazy to look it up, but not lazy enough to type this comment…)



    Are you sure this truck is more than 55 feet long?



    A replacement for the City Island Bridge is being constructed right now. From what I can tell it will not have separated bike paths. People cycling will still be vulnerable next to high speed traffic.

    If TA or Streetsblog said anything about this, I missed it, but I don’t blame them: its difficult or impossible to follow individual projects in a city this size. That’s why our advocates need to push for good design as standard practice, rather than street by street.

    Without good design this will happen again.



    A reasoned statement from an NYC politician, its a miracle!

    There’s a math mistake though. For each spot there are ~8 bikes each making 5-8 trips a day.



    You think he reads the comment threads?


    Brad Aaron

    The article also says: “However, trucks longer than 55 feet are allowed on surface streets only if the load is ‘non-divisible,’ such as construction beams, and the driver has a permit. It is illegal to operate a tractor-trailer carrying boxed or other loose cargo on New York City streets if the total truck length exceeds 55 feet.”

    And please, point to where it says “semis ARE allowed if there is no other reasonable option”:

    You make assertions that have no basis in fact while refusing to acknowledge the facts right in front of you. This is called “trolling.”


    Larry Littlefield

    From the NY Times:

    “Today, its trains break down about every 85,000 miles, a sharp decline from 120,000 miles between breakdowns four years ago. The region’s two other large commuter rail systems, the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Railroad, are twice as reliable: Their trains travel more than 200,000 miles between breakdowns.”

    NYC Subway MDBF fell from about 160,000 miles five years ago to less than 120,000 today, and still falling.


    Larry Littlefield

    “If those investments help just a small fraction of people decide they don’t need a car, then we will quickly get back all of the spaces lost to Citi Bike.”

    Ah, but you also have to do something about the oligopoly pricing of rental cars in Brooklyn. Many of those cars are for trips out of town, with no close non-auto substitute. And non-drivers can be even more crazed out parking, because they have to find a legal place to park during alternate side.






    Many streets are no-go areas because of truck traffic. And it’s not just commercial trucks–anything with huge tires buzzing inches away from you is terrifying. I see a bunch of these potential killers in my neighborhood:


    Thomas McGlinchey

    Not just cyclists should be concerned, for if you are attempting to use this stretch of road (say, to go from Oakland Lake over to Joe Michael’s Mile via 223rd St, on either side of Northern), you take your life into your hands. Drivers seem to be terribly inconvenienced if you wish to cross the road legally, blocking their ability to turn ….



    I’m continually amazed at the attitude toward pedestrians and cyclists as some sort of security threat on bridges, while pretty much ignoring vehicles with actual destructive potential.



    That article is a mess. It says that the cyclist was turning both left and right:

    The cyclist was crushed “while apparently making a legal left turn with the light.”

    The cyclist “was turning right with the light, when the truck, which was making the same turn, crushed the cyclist.”

    Two contradictory accounts, published in the same story, with no attempt to reconcile them. What actually happened here?



    Yes, it’s the SE corner.

    I linked the daily news article because it had a picture with the building on the SW corner which you can see in streetview. I hadn’t read their description of where the crash happened.



    Thank you! That picture definitely shows the truck turning right from Jay onto Tillary. One thing, though, isn’t that glass building on the SE corner? That would mean that the truck was going north, instead of south as the Daily News reports.




    Joe R.

    The complete set of rules are here.



    I was about to say the same thing. W T F is wrong with these people? Are they literally trained to protect drivers and blame victims in all cases? W T F.



    I have seem them ticketing bikes at Navy and Willoughby a few times recently. Willoughby runs one-way away from that intersections on both sides so that there is no cross traffic and pedestrians get a Barns dance signal. It is common for cyclists to follow the pedestrian walk signal on Navy even though their light is red (which avoids turn conflicts with motor vehicles). Ticketing cyclists there is like shooting fish in a barrel and, as long as no pedestrians are crossing, makes no one safer (while the southbound bike lane on Navy is usually blocked by double parked cars and trucks and get no police attention).



    My alternative Onion-style headline for this would be “Staten Islanders haven’t discovered passenger side floor exists, throw trash out car window”



    Who killed Matt van Ohlen ?



    It’s particularly offensive because you’re essentially driving around in your living room. You have the space for a little garbage bag in your car. Just empty it when you get home.



    Right. And sell the tax increase as an investment that pays off. Hey, NIMBYs, you want to increase your property values? Pay a little more taxes and invest in transit.



    I find myself really admiring Bloomberg’s leadership when reading about NJ Transit.

    Like, we know why Christie did all the awful shit he did. He wanted to cut taxes and spending (Hi, I’m a Republican) and doing so in a blue state (Hi, I’m electable in the General Election).

    No further analysis is necessary. Had he said: (1) “here’s some real talk, we pay the lowest gas tax in the country, our infrastructure is falling apart, we need to raise the gas tax and put it into transit”” and (2) “we’re not spending billions for a 7 story underground stub station under Macy’s, let’s at least connect to Grand Central where many of my residents commute” — Feds were desperate AF at the time, and would’ve gone for ALT G had he pushed for it).

    Had he done all that — oh man, NJ Transit and our regional infrastructure would be flying. Instead, he appointed cronies (though, Bloomberg pointed an unqualified person to head Dept of Ed), and didn’t punish the fools who left millions of $$$ rolling stock in a flood zone ahead of a hurricane.

    I hate that I find myself saying what if . . . but man, had Christie done what he should’ve, he quite possibly could be the GOP nominee and . . . sadly, as it portends to us — I see Cuomo doing the exact same shit. Burnishing his bipartisan bona-fides — brandishing big projects with his name all over it. But those projects do absolutely nothing to fix the regions pressing capacity concerns. Just shiny expensive White elephants he can point to when he runs for pres in 2020/24.


    Brad Aaron

    This person is in violation of Streetsblog’s policy against ad hominem attacks. Comment privileges revoked.


    Brad Aaron

    Again: There is no permit for trucks longer than 55 feet unless it is hauling a non-divisible load.

    If you know otherwise, please cite.



    Considering how much garbage I see just dumped on the ground next to car parking in places with no one to clean up after it (like Flatbush Avenue south of Grand Army), anything that gets a slob to be less selfish is a win.



    and air crews and ground staff??



    The Crain’s piece appears to be a hit job on Rudin written by a taxi medallion company. I’m ambivalent about Uber et al., but IF they have the tech to improve paratransit services, it seems like a no-brainer.



    Yeah, basically one of the largest transit hubs in general. Weird that they would focus on the one kind of niche mode, unless they’re really doubling-down on marketing to frequent travelers.



    Or the E, J & Z? And just a few blocks from the F?



    Actually seemed pretty reasonable to me.
    As long as those who don’t want parking aren’t subsidizing those who do, it’s pretty good, I think.



    Also why is this being labeled as being near the “Jamaica AirTrain Station”? Surely the fact that it’s also near the second-largest LIRR hub is the real distinguishing characteristic here?



    “The firefighters were here in five minutes,” he said. “And it gave everybody something to talk about today.”




    Even when it’s a tree, NYPD can’t stop themselves from blaming the victim and DNA can’t stop themselves from printing uncorroborated twaddle.

    “A police officer at the scene said the tree may have been infested with termites. “The bottom of the tree was no good,” he said. “The tree just gave way.”



    A 1 car storage to 4 units ratio might still be a trifle high given the location. You are correct that it is a success outcome compared to the tragic parking crasters of CO-OP city


    Frank Kotter

    I busted you using this and the account ‘H1lqml’ at the same time (screenshot). An interesting detail is that from the H1qml account you were saying that the victim was coming up on the right side of the semi and the semi and was right hooked(before you changed that story under the same name to say the cyclist was on the outside of the turning truck). Then a after a good night’s sleep and a day of contemplation, you logged on under ‘Chris Mann’ you developed a scenario which could just be believable enough and said the victim was traveling on Jay ran a red perpendicular to the turning truck.

    The only thing I can’t figure out is, why would you take the time and bother to do all this? I guess the posts interspersed of you saying that bikes don’t belong are the motive but to use this terrible event just to justify this position is unbecoming but lying about it to push this push this position is disgusting. Are you a sociopath?



    The jamaica development has, if I read the article correctly, 663 units. That’s a 1:4 parking:unit ratio, which is extremely low. that’s something to celebrate, right?



    But no recognition from you that the oversized truck is illegal to drive on city streets? Cool.





    Brad Aaron

    Hitting the garbage can while riding a bike = badass.

    Hitting the garbage can while sitting in a car = lazy ass.


    Danny G

    Re: S.I. Garbage: To be fair, I think there was an article years ago about optimizing the angle of trash cans along a greenway to allow cyclists to throw trash out more easily that didn’t get a dosage of Streetsblog sarcasm :)



    Meanwhile, during yesterday’s bike blitz in the 79th Precinct (they were writing tickets on Navy Street for people who rode during the LPI at Willoughby on a block with multiple double parked cars in the bike lane), these idiots were parked for a chat. This block of the “Budnick bikeway” suffers from serious intrusion and could use a redesign, but will never get one.


    Larry Littlefield

    Just remember, New Jersey Transit will be seeking an infusion of funds to recover even as the state as a whole is broke as a result of the richest generations of New Jerseyans robbing the future before passing on and moving away.

    Leaving current and future New Jerseyans to pay more and get less.

    Pay more with what money? According to American Community Survey data (I’ll write about it when I have time), the median annual earnings of New Jersey workers was 7.6% lower in 2015 that it was (adjusted for inflation) in 2005. That is worse than the U.S. decrease of 4.5%. And since these are comparable years, this is an over the cycle comparison, not top to bottom.

    New Jersey residents without HS diplomas were paid 14.0% less in 2015 than in 2005, compared with 16.5% less for HS Grads, 15.0% less for some college, 3.6% less for college grads, and 4.9% less for those with graduate degrees.

    These are the people Generation Greed New Jerseyans shifted debt, pension and infrastructure costs to. It is the same elsewhere, though generally not quite as bad.



    He survived to get to the hospital. Do you have some inside contact at the hospital that says he died later?



    But wasn’t the truck turning from Tillary onto Jay? At least that’s what Streetsblog says NYPD said…


    Tara O

    I gotcha. My husband is a high rise construction worker who has seen some pretty horrible accidents at work. Trust me, when you actually see something like that happen right in front of you – it grinds at you it for weeks. I like that your posting about it but its also a sign that you’re trying to process it and want to talk (or write) about it. Just take it easy and if its still bothering you next week think about my advice! Take care.