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  1.  

    AnoNYC

    Still waiting.

  2.  

    AnoNYC

    Perfect example of why more street trees and planters are beneficial to the city. They double as effective bollards. I see none on that street.

  3.  

    BBnet3000

    That’s right around the corner from City Hall. What kind of car does Treyger drive? He probably doesn’t take the subway into work and he sure as hell doesn’t bike.

  4.  

    Doug G.

    These guys are all about personal responsibility until they or someone they know might have to be responsible.

    https://twitter.com/IDaneekMiller/status/588503945930092544

  5.  

    Joe R.

    Of course if that had been a bike instead of a car all hell would be breaking loose. Honestly, I’m in disbelief at the sheer numbers of people killed/injured by cars in this city while on sidewalks. A sidewalk is one place where a person should reasonably expect to never be hit by a car no matter how little attention they’re paying to the world around them.

  6.  

    dporpentine

    We’re at a point historically where the the words “freedom” and “liberty” are basically flags that signal “I plan to threaten your life.”

  7.  

    Tralfaz the Great

    It’s going to be tough to get to 6%. But I am absolutely sure the neighborhoods on the bike maps that have lots of bike lanes and facilities CAN reach that. In fact, I am sure that some on really nice summer days are already hitting near that.

    Since Staten Island, eastern Queens, south and east Brooklyn and the northern half of the Bronx all would count in the averages, that for NYC to reach an actual 6% overall, you’d need to be hitting near 20% mode share in the sections of the boros where biking is big.

    But the question of Citibike remains. Are Citibike trips being factored in? What if you take transit for your AM/PM commute but ride around on Citibike for lunchtime and errands? The methodology needs to be adjusted and better calculated in the future. The screen line counts work because it is a barometer. But I propose we keep doing the screen line counts but add a better method for a 3 year overlap, then perhaps discontinue the screen line.

    Portland has many surveys that go out asking people about what modes of transportation they use. I think that would be a good thing to try once and see how it works out.

  8.  

    Joe R.

    Yet another proposal by the City Council to solve yet another nonexistent problem. Now I may find texting cyclists and pedestrians annoying at times but dangerous? Maybe to themselves but that’s it. Seriously, most of the texting cyclists I see are going at walking pace. It’s really next to impossible to text and ride a bike at a clip where it might be dangerous to bystanders. Chances are great a person attempting this will be on the ground in half a block after hitting a pothole he/she didn’t see. This would all be funny except for the fact so many of our existing laws passed by the City Council have accomplished just about nothing except to give the police free reign to harass people who are largely not dangerous. Just off the top of my head:

    1) Closing parks at night and giving fines for being in a closed park

    2) Citiwide prohibitions on sidewalk cycling instead of targeted prohibitions only in areas with crowded sidewalks.

    3) The electric bike ban.

    4) Not allowing adults without children to sit in playgrounds (guess granny can’t feed the squirrels any more while watching the kids play).

    5) Open container laws (i.e. you can arrest unruly drunks under disorderly conduct laws — no need to harass those who might be having a beer on a park bench bothering nobody).

    6) Locking up spray paint in stores. Hey, that’s really stopped graffiti — NOT!

    7) Highly restrictive gun control laws. Yes, keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, and require training. Don’t have a virtual prohibition on carry permits for all but the politically connected. Then again, the parking placard system reeks of the same elitism.

    Please feel free to add to the list. If Treyger’s silly bill passes, he’ll doubtless be in some “illustrious” company.

  9.  

    Dennis_Hindman

    The years with large jumps in volume of cyclists coincided with the fiscal years where there was a big increase in the miles of bike lanes installed as you can see from this chart below:

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/bikeroutedetailsfy07-fy14.pdf

    Fiscal years 2007 through 2009 had a large amount of bike lane miles installed. The fiscal years after that had a significant drop-off in the miles of bike lanes installed.

    Janette Sadik-Khan is still claiming that New York City installed 400 miles of bike lanes under her administration. The only way that is true is by redefining what a bike lane is. A shared lane marking in a motor vehicle lane is defined as a shared bicycle lane by NYC. No other city that I’m aware of uses that definition. Using that definition New York City could put sharrows on all 6,100 miles of streets and claim that have bike lanes on all of their streets. Far more than any other city in the world.

    Chicago defines a buffered bike lane as a buffer protected bike lane. This is the only city that I’m aware of that claims additional striping creates some sort of protection for cyclists.

  10.  

    HamTech87

    Is this true? fwiw, I have occasionally seen people on bikes looking at map directions while cycling, but I see drivers do this every day.

  11.  

    JudenChino

    To say nothing of the fancy computers that double as radios in the dash nowadays. I end up spending 5 minutes trying to sync my phone with blue tooth. That shit is distracting . . .

  12.  

    Larry Littlefield

    “There will also be other options for recreational cyclists in the near future, i.e. the Tappan Zee Bridge; some bikers currently taking the GWB to Nyack will probably switch to the TZ when it is completed.”

    A loop is probably a lot more fun than a back and forth, though that would be a very long loop.

  13.  

    Ian Dutton

    No kidding! Can you believe that the baby in the stroller wasn’t required to wear a helmet and be covered in reflective paint? WHERE ARE THE LAWS?

  14.  

    Bobberooni

    There is a plan in place, in principle, to provide bike infrastructure all the way from the TZ Bridge to Long Island Sound, approx. along Route 119. See here:

    http://planning.westchestergov.com/initiatives/westchester-trails/road-corridor-routes

    About the trail in Van Cortland Park… it looks it’s mired in controversy over whether it should be paved with asphalt or crushed rock. Either way, that will probably improve it for biking.

    Are you familiar with the routes between White Plains and Manhattan? I’ll be moving there soon (white Plains, not Manhattan), and have been trying to map them out.

  15.  

    Tyson White

    Just to keep things in perspective: It is still legal for motorists to text if using a mounted device. I’d like to see that banned first before we move on to Treyger’s bill.

  16.  

    ddartley

    If Treyger’s texting bill passes, here’s what it will accomplish: more people who already see the worst in cyclists will just get angrier, knowing that the unwise behavior they happen to witness now and then now actually IS illegal. So they’ll get all steamed that some cyclists STILL text even though it’s now illegal; they’ll go to Precinct Community Council meetings, they’ll either bitch at or extol the cops about enforcement, precincts here and there will conduct one or two crackdowns over the course of 2 or 3 years and write some tickets to some people who weren’t likely to hurt anyone anyway; those cyclists will get angry and then, unfortunately, become for a time the one and only visible, audible representation in NYC of cyclists and bike advocates. Then the crackdowns will fade away, and bike-haters will still fume. So the bill will make no one safer, and everyone angrier.

  17.  

    Tyson White

    The link to Julius “Ghadaffi” Tajiddin is just priceless, Stephen! It’s gold! Perhaps if JT moved to Libya, he would have had the freedom to drive a gas guzzling vehicle wherever he wants. Maybe the late Uncle G would even supply him with free gas!

  18.  

    Some Asshole

    If this were about liberties, why even have licenses to drive?

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    Andrew

  20.  

    Voter

    To be blunt, texting cyclists and dead pedestrians don’t give campaign donations, but the TWU does. Treyger’s fact-free politicking is disgusting. It has real-world consequences for New Yorkers who care more about crossing the street safely than whether or not some guy from Brooklyn gets a few extra bucks for his re-election campaign. It’s shameful.

  21.  

    ahwr

    In terms of bike access to/from TZB, has anyone sketched out what could be done on route 119 from the bridge east to Elmsford to connect to the south county trail? (I’m not asking for a video from the Netherlands.) Going further to White plains would be nice too. I’ve biked each stretch a couple times. Not fun right now.

    Any news on paving the trail in Van Cortland?

  22.  

    JudenChino

    It’s shit like this that seriously makes me want to leave NYC. Fuck this little schmuck Trayger. What the fuck is his problem? Let’s exempt bus drivers when they’re negligent and such negligence leaves to death or serious injury but let’s fine bikes for when they look at their phone while riding, which leads to serious injury almost never.

    And yes, I not infrequently look at my phone while riding and I sometimes even talk with one headphone in. Like, when I ride home, with lights on, at a slow speed, along the empty ass greenway, after midnight; I’m not bothering anyone if I click to the next tunein radio station or switch to the Dodgers game (like I did last night). But, if some hyper vigiliant cop sees me, I could get a $200 tix? WTF. Seriously, what a little schmuck.

  23.  

    AlexWithAK

    On the up side, it would reduce the easy revenue incentive of that kind of BS sting. Although I’m sure the NYPD would happily do it out of spite for cyclists.

    Also, couldn’t they just amend the law to state that the punishment for a first offense is a safety class?

  24.  

    Voter

    “NYPD was generally supportive of the bill, but requested minor changes to clarify that administrative law judges, and not police officers, are responsible for determining the appropriate punishment.”

    Serious question: does this mean that if you get a ticket while riding a bicycle, you’d have to go to court, have a hearing, and then, if the judge approves, attend a bike safety course of yet-to-be-determined duration? If so, it seems like a heck of a lot of time and red tape all for say, running a red light at a T intersection on Flushing Avenue.

  25.  

    AlexWithAK

    Treyger’s push for a texting while cycling law while simultaneously supporting exempting bus drivers from punishment for running people over would be comical if people’s lives weren’t at stake. It’s almost like something out of Parks and Rec and Reynoso is Leslie Knope.

    I’m still deeply disappointed that Carlos Menchaca got on board with Treyger’s silly bill. It really hurt his otherwise strong street safety credibility. I will say I like the idea of letting cyclists take a safety course for a first time violation, but that’s a small consolation for everything else.

  26.  

    Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

    Thank you so much for your compliment. ????

  27.  

    BBnet3000

    “It’s a piece of legislation that is bringing attention to an issue that doesn’t even exist,” Reynoso said. “It’s very dangerous to do that. ‘

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Council Member Reynoso for being a voice of reason against Treyger’s pointless anti-Vision Zero distraction.

  28.  

    Ian Turner

    Indeed! CB Madness, anyone?

  29.  

    Ben_Kintisch

    You are very right on this count. Those are great routes except for when they suddenly turn hairy/scary. So even as we try and expand the network outward (a worthy goal) we should also improve the existing routes to make the entirety of each route safer. No more sharrow nonsense on major N/S routes.

  30.  

    J

    A 6% mode share goal for biking is meaningless when the administration has no plan to get there. The last time (and only time) NYC took a comprehensive look at creating a network of bicycle infrastructure was in 1997!

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bike/mp.shtml

  31.  

    Bobberooni

    The GWB article is misleading in so many ways. And I’m saying this as a former NJ resident who biked across it every day to work. Let me start:

    1. Peak GWB bike traffic is recreational (New Yorkers getting out to NJ for the day), not commuter (NJ residents heading to Manhattan to work). Don’t confuse the two types of uses, because they are VERY different. Yes, the GWB is overcrowded on weekends. But there is still PLENTY of capacity to accommodate a many-fold increase in commuter biking.

    2. Weekend traffic will increase to the degree that New York bike enthusiasts want to spin on the NJ side of the river. I expect there will be less grown in this area than commuter biking in general. There will also be other options for recreational cyclists in the near future, i.e. the Tappan Zee Bridge; some bikers currently taking the GWB to Nyack will probably switch to the TZ when it is completed. Recreational bikers have far more leeway on routing because they have nowhere in particular they are trying to get to. We should focus on completing the TZ bike facilities and building high-quality bike routes on the East side of the Hudson between the two bridges.

    3. Until/unless e-bikes become widespread, commuter biking is limited by the geography on the NJ side (i.e. the Palisades). Only the few, the spandex and the electrified are brave enough to bike up it every day. For “normal” folks, commuter biking is limited to those who live in the Palisades towns. Yes, we can and probably will see more biking from those places (especially Ft. Lee, which is in the middle of a big downtown build-out). But will it even approach the levels currently seen on the weekend? Not for a long time — and if it does, auto traffic will have decreased to such an extent that there will be other options (see below).

    4. The GWB plan in place DOUBLES the current capacity, because now BOTH sidewalks will be fully ADA-compliant. This will be a BIG improvement. The cheapest/simplest way to accommodate more bikes is to simply open both paths on weekends. We should be campaigning for that.

    5. Because peak bike traffic corresponds with low automobile traffic, the PA in the future could choose to a close an auto lane on weekends. We should be looking for designs that would allow them to do this easily, if and when the need arises in the future.

    6. Yes, the blind corners are a PITA. But even with them, bikes are still the fastest vehicle on the bridge (during weekday rush hours). Remember that people regularly wait 40+ minutes (in a car) to cross that bridge. Complaining that bikes MIGHT encounter a bit of traffic on weekends is unlikely to garner much sympathy.

    Conclusion: our political capital and money are better spent elsewhere. Better priorities would be:
    a) Press PA to ensure bike access on ALL PA bridges.
    b) Allow the Jitney buses direct access from the GWB bus station, rather than having to do the ridiculous drive-around-the-block maneuver at the start of their ride.
    c) Better yet, have NJ Transit run a REAL bus route instead of the jitneys. Improve safety and convenience of the bus stops on NJ Route 4.
    d) Route more Bergen County buses into the GWB Terminal, rather than PABT.
    e) Put bike racks on ALL buses crossing the GWB (public and private).
    f) 24-hour bike access to the GWB
    g) Better design or maintenance that would prevent the frequent closings experienced every winter. (Eg, put a roof over the sidewalk).

  32.  

    ohnonononono

    I guess I can see the value in comparing things per line as it asked which subway line we take most often. Who perceives there to be the most crowding? The 4/5/6? The L? The A? Are they all off the charts?

  33.  

    BBnet3000

    The de Blasio administration has an ambitious bike mode-share target — 6 percent of all trips by 2020.

    As far as I am aware this should read: “the De Blasio campaign had a”

    Also no mention of taking the Queensboro Bridge into or out of the Manhattan core is complete without mentioning the 1st and 2nd Ave protected bike lanes that have remained uncompleted for half a decade now.

  34.  

    QueensWatcher

    Its insane. Cars make you insane. One day there will be a solid scientific peer-reviewed study to support this assertion but I don’t think anyone can really disagree with it given the overwhelming evidence we see time and again. The bus lanes have actually been a huge improvement to 125th Street. Before the lanes were installed moving along 125th was a crawl that involved dodging around double parked cars, buses and other drivers who would make wild turns from the right lane to go left, or the left lane to go right. Now for the most part, traffic just moves – not super quickly, but steadily and that has made all the difference. I could almost understand the initial objections as it seems counterintuitive to suggest that dedicating a travel lane for buses, leaving only 1 instead of 2 for cars, would actually improve the flow of traffic [though anyone paying attention to traffic engineering issues in this City have actually seen lots of examples of how this can work]. But to be maintaining shouting objections now after the evidence of how well the lanes to the east have worked really is insane.

  35.  

    J

    I wasn’t meaning to knock the Riders Alliance. You’re doing great work for a young organization, and I know how hard it can be to organize across such a big city. The TA model of more decentralized local advocacy could help expand your reach, but it all depends on time and money of your supporters. Surely, though, the overwhelming majority of people in Harlem support this. It’s just a matter of organizing them.

  36.  

    AlexWithAK

    It’s absolutely insane that community boards get so much say over issues like this. SBS along 125th St would benefit not just that specific neighborhood, but residents across Manhattan and beyond. Yet a few unelected zealots whose primary goal is their own self interest (certainly not the community’s) get to blockade badly needed improvements. It’s the same story with the bike lane network. Community input is one thing, but requiring individual approval from these irrelevant community boards is holding back the entire city.

  37.  

    Larry Littlefield

    “Noticeably absent from last night’s meeting: People who ride the bus on 125th Street.”

    The serfs are busy working and taking care of family members.

  38.  

    Mr. Druthers

    And we thought Manhattan’s CB7 was bad…..we need an annual award for some of these CBs.

  39.  

    ohnonononono

    To be fair, UWS community board members/speakers have said really dumb stuff too.

  40.  

    ohnonononono

    If you’re from the school of thought that transit is primarily for the poor, elderly, and infirm, then forcing even one to make a less convenient transfer is not worth improvements to able-bodied, working, young folks who should be saving up to buy a car anyway.

  41.  

    Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

    You can send your complaint to the Riders Alliance @ info@ridersny.org or through one or two of these senior organizers: Either Rebecca Bailin @ rebecca@ridersny.org and/or Jess Nizar @ jess@ridersny.org. ????

  42.  

    Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr.

    You said the right time to call in the Riders Alliance. My name is Pedro Valdez Rivera Jr. And I am a member of the Riders Alliance since The Summer of 2013. One of the public transportation issues that the Riders Alliance have been focusing on is Bus Rapid Transit known as Select Bus Service. We, as dedicated bus riders in particular, have been working with the staff and the resources of the Riders Alliance, through membership-driven, grassroots, community organizing. Some of the major bus corridors that the Riders Alliance are focusing on include: 1) Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevards; 2) Main Street and Kissena Boulevard from Flushing to Jamaica; and 3) Utica Avenue. If the Riders Alliance had more staff as well as resources, then they will focus on: 1) 86th Street and 2) 125th Street. In the meantime, you can send your complaints to the following staff members of the Riders Alliance: 1) Rebecca Bailin @ rebecca@ridersny.org and/or Jess Nizar @ jess@ridersny.org. These are the senior organizers who can focused on major public transportation issues in the City of New York.

  43.  

    Benjamin Kabak

    And anyway, while I know this is perhaps an unpopular line of thinking, how many elderly and disabled riders are taking the bus to Laguardia, let alone two, even with a convenient transfer?

  44.  

    Benjamin Kabak

    “During the meeting, Cummings had said he was concerned that left turn
    restrictions would make it more difficult for him to drive Wright around
    Harlem.”

    This reminds me of the Skytanic episode of Archer wherein Archer keeps insisting he’s riding in a blimp filled with explosive gas and everyone keeps telling him it’s a rigid airship. At the end, Lana asks him what about he doesn’t understand, and Archer’s response is “Well, obviously the core concept.”

    So good job there, Maurice Cummings.

  45.  

    Ex-drive

    This is all is about certain people, who have obtained a measure of privilege within a historically deprived community, defending and expressing their privilege. The gentrification and real estate speculation that is changing the neighborhood irrevocably they are powerless to do anything about. The fight against bus lanes and turn restrictions, though it may be a puny issue in the scheme of things, is one arena where their privilege still counts.

  46.  

    J

    Man, someone needs to get some bus riders to these meetings! Riders Alliance, Straphangers, anyone want to step up and organize here?

  47.  

    Anon resident

    CB10 is a disaster on so many levels. You have members of the community like CM Inez Dickens who have no clue to the needs of the residents near the Dunbar. I would like to see her try and wait for a bus on Frederick Douglas Blvd. The real issue is Henriette Lyle needs to resign, she is the reason for the lack of transparency, lost ballots and sketchy hiring practices of the staff.

  48.  

    Orcutt

  49.  

    theqin

    How about a subscription price that removes ads. Or a campaign where no ads are required if a certain number of people subscribe or become sponsors.

  50.  

    Kevin Love

    What an amazing coincidence that it enables his behavior.