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    Joe R.

    It might be worth noting in areas like mine smaller numbers of people clean up after their dogs. They all seem to carry around plastic bags to do so if some homeowner happens to see the dog crapping on their front lawn but often if nobody is around they just leave the shit there. Can’t say how many times I’ve stepped in, or nearly stepped in, dog shit when I’m doing anything in the front yard.

    I know people love their pets but I tend to think cats are much more appropriate for a place like NYC. No need to walk them, and they do their business at home. Note here I mean cats which are 100% indoor. Not a big fan of people who let their cats out. It affects the local wildlife like squirrels or birds because even well-fed cats enjoying killing small prey for sport. They also do their business wherever they feel like.



    My city has started providing plastic bags in a lot of the public parks for people to clean up after their dogs. Proactive measures that make it easier for people to do so might help. People should get creative in that regard.



    Fair enough that it has improved things, but I’m still not sure I’ve seen a city with NYC’s dogshit proliferation. Of course, they do ticket you if they catch you, but catching you is pretty hard for a mere $200 (or whatever).

    There are other examples too. Litter. Horn honking. You might get a ticket for those things if you’re caught, but you effectively rarely are.


    Larry Littlefield

    “Letting your dog shit on the sidewalk ? aw, shucks, pooch has to poop somewhere.”

    I agree it has been selective. No one has been stopping people from going down the 10 or fewer checkout line with more than 10 items.

    But the pooper scooper law was actually the original quality of life success. I don’t know if you were around NY in the late 1970s/early 1980s, but back then NOBODY picked up after their dog. It’s an example of the way people CAN be made to change their behavior for the benefit of the community, difficult as that is.



    It says something about how inured we are to traffic violence–and how ready we are to instantly absolve drivers of any crime–that this is the first instance I can remember of a bystander attacking a killer driver.

    I hope someone starts a Ryan Romans Legal Defense Fund. I’ll donate.



    I didn’t mean land reclamation. The new midtown east river park is supposed to be supported on concrete piers sunk into the water. I think some of them already exist from a temporary highway project. Other places have floating paths, one is proposed for London at an outrageous cost.

    If this isn’t a park anymore, and you’re saying it’s a transportation corridor, then the parkland should go through the alienation process and be replaced. A transportation corridor should not have been run through the parks, more could have always been done to expand cycling by accommodating it on streets.

    Non stop upstate? You mean to Elmsford? There are some stop signs (treated as yield, even though often ignored) before you get there btw.

    Bike mode share? Where you have a lot of cyclists 90%+ of bike trips are less than 4.5 miles. You don’t need a non stop path from queens to westchester for that. You need surface streets in the outer boroughs with cycle tracks to accommodate short trips to education, to stores, and to train stations. Combination of replacing some street parking (not narrowing already crowded sidewalks) to add in bike corrals and creating a regulatory environment that isn’t hostile to private garages welcoming cyclists with secure storage (for a fee of course). And cycle tracks in Manhattan on the avenues and some cross streets. The short trips facilitated by those facilities would be the bread and butter of any mainstream cycling future in NYC.



    We can surmise that he was black, and so he presented another chance for the cops to lock up a black man for nothing, like selling loosies or having a joint in his pocket. Of course the cops just couldn’t refuse the opportunity. Arrest was automatic.





    The essential thing here is that Bratton knows how to police a street but has no idea what to do with a pedestrian plaza. With a street, you just let the cars go and if someone gets hit, well, that’s unfortunate but “no charges will be filed.” He desperately wants to revert to the familiar.


    Alexander Vucelic

    90% Chance driver exceeded 25 MPH

    negligent homicide


    Alexander Vucelic

    Bratton Hates New York



    This isn’t about disorder. This is about moral indignation. Overgrown manboys can’t handle the sight of the outline of an areola through some paint. And they want to drive faster – which is ironic, since the plaza probably lets them do just that with fewer holdups for dealing with peds being run over. The city already has the tools to deal with the real problems, like the annoying vendors. They’ve done it before with non-aggressive vendors, like at Union Square.

    Even when applied more believably, broken windows never dealt with much more than a small subset of disorderly behaviors, and I’m using the term loosely to mean “mild legal infractions,” only some of which were actually injurious.

    Sleeping on the subway ? ticket, court date

    Letting your dog shit on the sidewalk ? aw, shucks, pooch has to poop somewhere. Why not near all the other scummer city folk?



    San Francisco has had a number of collisions with pedestrians being struck by buses and light-rail cars. Compare this with a person who is run over by a Mercedes driven by a lawyer for a petroleum company. The victim is just as dead, but the bus or train is public transportation, carrying people more efficiently than a private car, while the Mercedes is a symbol of excess and selfishness.


    Larry Littlefield

    “The anti-PPW juggernaut is gone.”

    Is it? Why isn’t that lawsuit over. Why hasn’t the city said “stop stalling — it’s time for a decision?


    Larry Littlefield

    In the suburbs, the public disorder problem was solved by having no public space — aside from streets occupied by fast-moving vehicles. You can see the trend by looking at suburbs built at different times, comparing the old railroad suburbs with the exurbs.

    No sidewalks. No public parks, except drive-to parks with fees. No public squares. Shopping centers that are private property instead. And no pedestrians.

    With groups like the ACLU basically saying that people can do whatever they want in a public space and everyone else has to put up with it, and the police not bothering to enforce anything else, which is the extreme things went to 30 years ago (litter, dog crap, drug dealers, etc) losing public space was a tradeoff they were willing to make.

    That determined the mindset of a generation. That shouldn’t be allowed to shape the future of the generations to follow against their will.



    Do cul-de-sacs allow pedestrians to legally cross at any location, not just in marked crosswalks (similar to that truck hitting the jogger case in SI?)? If this is the case, wouldn’t the girl have the right of way if she was in the street.



    He should have punched him with his car.



    Two years ago I would never have imagined that I’d ever say this, but can we have Ray Kelly back?


    New Yorker

    Senile old man.


    NYC needs a police commissioner from the 21st century.


    Joe R.

    Although I thought some things could be done better, I’m happy to see this. Queens Boulevard is really the only viable route from where I am to points west of Flushing Meadows Park. The two other potential routes, namely Northern Boulevard and the LIE service road, are interrupted with dangerous portions running through the park. Hopefully before this is literally set in stone we’ll be able to talk of other, potential improvements. I would personally want at least overpasses or underpasses through the busiest intersections to avoid the very long red lights.


    Joe Enoch

    Can I like this 1,000 times?



    I Wont Stop Talking About Removing Bratton

    It’s past time for him to go. If de Blasio won’t do the needed job, then we the voters will have to remove de Blasio to get rid of Bratton.





    Jeff Cohn

    Added this to our database of dangerous intersections.



    Is it any wonder the NYPD so infrequently charges drivers who run over pedestrians and cyclists even when they KILL them with this guy in charge? Ray Kelly seemed indifferent which was annoying at the time. But considering Bratton comes off as hostile to anyone not driving a motor vehicle I’d take indifference back in a heartbeat.



    Yeah I really cannot fathom how closing Broadway to cars would push traffic onto the cross streets around there. If you’re heading south on Broadway, it’s not like toggling back and forth across Times Square is going to be a good alternative. You’re going to toggle once to 7th Ave and be done with it. This is a moronic statement.


    Jury's Out

    Tish James ’17.



    I’d love to hear him explain how 2nd Ave is networked to the Manhattan Bridge or how Flushing Ave is networked to Prospect Park. Has he ever ridden these basic routes that are within 2-3 miles of his office?



    He sounds like Allan Rosen. Surprise. The guy who spearheaded the movement to turn American policing into a carnival of brutality against blacks has other dumb ideas.

    The good news is Bratton is probably stepping down after this term. Maybe Bill de Blasio can appoint Rosen next. I mean, assuming someone like Darren Wilson or Joe Arpaio don’t want the job.


    Mark Walker

    Windshield dementia.


    Alex 3speed

    I ride that stretch regularly to avoid the “intermittent construction” around the boat basin. I have actually seen people riding the center lane on other road diets. The only problem here is the double parked cars and the turning lanes that break up the median. Regardless, if I ride in the double parking lane or the center lane I need to have faith I won’t get rear ended.
    I’ve been passed too close for comfort on a number of occasions. It’s really quite dangerous because the parked cars kill the daylighting and when I’m concentrating on cars behind and to the left of me, it’s hard to react to suddenly appearing people in front and on the right of me, not to mention the door zone. I bike slowly enough that I can usually avoid trouble, but there are some significant hills on West End, and it can be dangerous.
    Talk of A to C is cheap when you’re talking about safety. The people who hate C also hate B, so no battle has been won and an incremental upgrade is going to be a silly thing to go war over. Some paint vs. double parking. Bring it on.



    I’d say “go back to LA” but he’s be radically out of step with safer streets in modern Los Angeles too.



    The logical place for traffic to have gone is 7th Avenue, which is most definitely not a “side street” and which seems to be no more congested now than it was before. Saying “You’re wrong” (in the mode of the donald) and making shit up doesn’t make an argument.



    So Bratton is honestly proposing ADDING traffic lanes as a pedestrian safety measure?!?!?!? Seriously?!?!?!? This from the man in charge of public safety for the largest city in the US? Speechless.




    Joe R.

    I seriously wonder if he’s getting some form of dementia. His thought processes on this don’t seem rational to me.


    Mark Walker

    Bratton says he’s retiring at the end of de Blasio’s current term. The next mayoral election is in 2017. De Blasio, we will hold you accountable for his words and yours.



    He knew her, but wasn’t related, according to the story, but point taken.



    That’s a great quote from JSK. If you’re not ruffling any feathers, you’re not pushing hard enough.



    As far as I’m concerned, Bratton is actively working against Vision Zero by this point.

    I suggest he retire to Florida sooner rather than later.



    “So, all the traffic that has been pushed into the side street…”

    Fun game to play with your friends: Is the quote from the police commissioner of the biggest city in the US or from a parking-obsessed community board member?



    From April 1963 to June 1990, the transit mode share for the Los Angeles metro area was Bus: 100%



    Even more so if there’s a commissioner who doesn’t manage or pay attention



    Ignoring the usual moral crime that they’ll do no more than a cursory examination before exonerating the driver, how callous can the cops be in arresting the girls brother? They surely could have tried to sympathize and pull the guy to one side to calm him down, rather than slapping him in cuffs when his sister’s just been killed?


    Joe Enoch

    Love this….

    “And nothing has stirred the retrograde elements of the NYC press corps into frothing anti-bike lunacy since Dorothy Rabinowitz said the word “begrimed.”



    Is there any way that we can account for the apparent difference in quality of the bike infrastructure being deployed by the Greenways group vs that being deployed by the Bicycle group?



    That’s the safest way to ride anyway in the absence of high quality infrastructure.


    Mark Walker

    Speaking as a pedestrian, if the sidewalk network were as patchy as the bike network, I’d be fit to kill.



    I agree. Bloomberg was willing to be bold and to not back down easily when challenged. He would back his deputies as well when necessary. DeBlasio seems to not be ready for fights (look at the central park horse thing, the uber situation and lots of other examples). I’m sure Polly and her staff don’t feel like they will have the backing of city hall if a controversy comes up.


    Ben Fried

    It would be a mistake to discount the influence that Ryan wields in this position and the extent to which he directs the agency’s street design program. If anything, I don’t think Streetsblog has devoted enough attention to this very senior-level post since the days when Mike Primeggia had the job.