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    Joe R.

    For what’s worth, the double standard regarding cycling speeds has reared it’s ugly head even here at Streetsblog. Some here feel anything faster than ~10 mph is too fast to ride a bike in a city. I agree about having a single standard. Unfortunately, excessive speed for the conditions is often too subjective and subject to the whims of law enforcement. That’s actually why numerical speed limits came to exist. So let’s just stick to saying both drivers and cyclists shouldn’t exceed the posted speed limit, especially in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic.

    That said, I’m sure it was worded this way to make readers think speeding isn’t exclusively the province of motorists, which in fact it pretty much is.


    Joe R.

    At least it’s better than the usual “obey all traffic signals at all times” you always see popping up when talking about rules of conduct for cyclists. Saying it’s OK to pass red lights after stopping, provided it’s clear between 6AM and 11PM, and to treat them as yields at other times, is a good start.

    Of course, the stuff about bike insurance and licensing is just ridiculous but that wouldn’t fly anyway.


    Eric McClure

    Yes. His call for the city to provide cheap off-street parking in a neighborhood in which property sells for $1,000 a square foot was particularly ironic. I was just pointing out that he said he hauled around equipment; for social calls, I would highly recommend taking transit.


    Eric McClure




    I used to do this with a car – ride to car, put the bike in the trunk – find a new spot (street cleaning), then ride home.
    Made is so much easier, because I would park places other people didn’t want to, because they were somewhat more isolated.



    when a single free parking space, anywhere is lost, all cars suffer..



    My local assemblyman has complained about the parking space issue. Which is weird because the only Citibike station within 4 blocks of where he lives is a sidewalk station.



    Just read through the document and it looks great for the most part, preserving historic areas while steering density to the wide avenues, especially the vacant land on Park Avenue. However, I don’t understand the prohibition on commerce between 112th and 115th (is it a federal holdover?). Those housing project dead zones could use some of that.



    “some stations getting as much as seven rides per dock each day”

    According to the source, these were seven “events” (docking or undocking a bike), not rides. An event should be counted as half a ride.

    This is still a much better usage of curb space than car storage, though.


    Doug G.

    Yes. Hoboken had [has?] a thing called “corner cars,” which is on-street reserved spots for car sharing vehicles.

    If I remember correctly from when I was there last, it also had a safety component in that the cars were parked in the last spot away from the crosswalk, leaving enough space for visibility for pedestrians.

    Compare to NYC, where giant SUVs and even trucks can be parked right up to the edge of the crosswalk, making it hard for people on foot and in cars to see each other.



    Somehow they managed to put Citibike Stations all over Manhattan’s UWS, which is far, far denser than Park Slope. You think nobody there wants a free curb spot for their car?



    Has the City considered creating dedicated ZipCar spots on more blocks? Didn’t Hoboken do this?



    More reason for pricing parking, so this guy can find a spot.



    I wrote Mr. Kuntzman about the problems with this document–I encourage others to do the same.



    But is there also a maximum?


    Chris Mcnally

    A perfect use case for an electric bike



    take citibike fo ones parked Car ? Brilliant !!!!!!



    correct – there should be Absolutely Zero Minimum Off street Parking requirements anywhere in the 5 boros. ( including Bayside, SI, Sheepshead Bay ) for any use – residential, commercial, retail, or manufacturing.

    Changing this counterproductive Zoning Rule would do more to elminate the housing Crisis than any Single Action.


    Kevin Love

    Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…

    Once again, we don’t have to go far. Just over the New York/Ontario border. Where the current provincial government’s plan is to eliminate minimum parking requirements for all municipal zoning bylaws. See:

    1.4 Eliminate minimum parking requirements
    Minimum parking requirements would be eliminated over the next five years for municipal zoning bylaws


    Doug G.

    I do this all the time now. It makes picking up and returning a ZipCar so much easier, and also allows me to cast a wider net when looking for better prices on a rental.


    Doug G.

    “The real problem is the lack of affordable parking. If you get indoor parking that can be afforded for $100 or a couple hundred dollars a month.”

    Funny how this logic of “But it’s expensive!” never extends to car ownership itself. Do these people get that a lot of people don’t own cars because they can’t afford one or, even if they can, don’t want to waste the money?

    I really hope that at the end off all this no stations are relocated to sidewalks. Pedestrian space ought to be sacred, and many of the existing stations are already on sidewalks precisely because it allowed DOT/Citi Bike to avoid “taking” too many parking spaces in the first place. Putting stations on sidewalks to get back 10 – 20 parking spaces would be a big FU to pedestrians and to the many compromises that already went into this long planning process.



    “I have two young children. I need a car. I need to get around. I need to pick them up and go shopping”
    Too many I’s in a just a few words. Just shows how self centered these people are



    Also useful for zipcar. That condo monstrosity (which I looked at as a rental) on 4th and 12th has a Zipcar lot in its basement and a citibike station. When I need to do a day trip, I can just ride down to there.



    I love that folks think you need to own a car to get around in NYC, which has the best taxi/car service available of any city in the US.

    Also it’s interesting to see folks acknowledging parking is and always has been difficult; as well as folks getting flustered when the high real cost of car storage is made more obvious. Yes, that is how much it costs to build and maintain a parking structure. It ain’t cheap.
    And of course, providing more parking may well lead to more traffic congestion, too.



    This is a “protected” bike lane;
    the NYPD is actively “protecting and serving”



    Baby steps. We’ve finally #FixedJaySt Isn’t it great. From this morning:

    Also, for what it’s worth, still saw at least 3 or 4 parents taking their kids on bike, in the rain, this morning. All this White Whine about parking parking parking — and yet, these parents are able to figure it out WITH KIDS!



    Now we need PROTECTED bike routes all over Brooklyn

    5 Million people in Brooklyn, and we barely have any.




    He keeps a car on the UWS and advocates for subsidized car parking.


    Eric McClure

    In defense of the UWS Jeep-driving guy, it sounded like he helps out with repairs and carts around tools, etc. But yeah. There’s probably a metered spot nearby in which he can park.



    That Upper West Sider who drives to visit his friends in Brooklyn (13:00)

    If only New York had a usable public transportation system that connected the Upper West Side and Brooklyn!

    I know, I’m a dreamer.



    Here is a twist on the Citibike and parking. Citibike makes it easier to park because you can find parking further from home and use Citibike to get to and from your parked car. I’ve done it.



    Damn, ain’t that the truth.



    I’m very skeptical building out a Verrazano path would be the best bang for the buck.

    That plan to more than double the width of the Brooklyn Bridge path, for example, would be much more impactful. Or building any of the 3 bike/ped-only bridges that Sam Schwartz proposed as part of the Fair Plan way back in the day, for that matter. The Jersey CityManhattan cross-Hudson connection from that plan would be amazingly transformative.



    The whole thing was riddled with double-standards for cyclists and drivers :


    “Drivers must yield to Cyclists and Pedestrians in crosswalks and other times when Cyclist and Pedestrians have the right of way as defined by common Law.

    “Cyclists must yield to Pedestrians at all times.

    Being able to hear your surroundings:

    “No Cyclist shall listen to amplified music through one or more earpieces at any time while the Vehicle is in motion. There is no way to hear crucial road Noises whether Cyclist is listening to Brian Lehrer or Lou Reed.”

    No mention of a driver’s obligation to hear “crucial road Noises”. Why shouldn’t drivers drive with their windows open and the radio off?


    “No Driver shall exceed the posted speed Limit.”

    “Cyclists shall not use excessive Speed.”

    Excessive speed is a vague concept but it certainly doesn’t refer to the speed limit or else that’s what would have been written. If excessive speed means something like “a speed that could be dangerous to others given the circumstances” then there are many instances where travelling below the speed limit could still be excessive. Seems like that standard should apply to drivers and cyclists.



    You do realize the HHB already has a bike/ped path, right? Eastern side of the lower level. It’s a narrow path, but it’s not a long bridge and sees very little use. (It is also hard to find the access point, particularly if approaching from the Manhattan side.)



    A NYC bike network without egregious gaps on high traffic routes? Keep dreaming.



    It’s pretty sad when a painted line qualifies as “protection.”

    “Right now, Grand Avenue has 25-foot travel and parking lanes on both the east and westbound sides. DOT will break that up into a 9-foot parking lane, 5-foot bike lane, and an 11-foot travel lane on both sides. This will give cyclists a dedicated lane, providing them protection.”



    I knew there had to be a reason the traffic light language was qualified and nuanced.



    Yep. Make that two paragraphs.



    For a moment there I thought maybe the Grand Ave bike lanes in Maspeth would actually connect with the brand new, high-profile “trunk route” bike lanes on Queens Blvd.


    Doug G.

    FWIW, I see Gersh Kuntzman riding around Brooklyn every now and then. He runs red lights just like everybody else.


    Kevin Love

    How about this paragraph:

    “No Pedestrian shall perambulate with his eyes focused on anything except the Action in the Street.”

    In other words, perfectly normal children are going to be victim-blamed for being crushed and killed after perfectly normal child behavior such as this:,_Daddy



    The Daily News street constitution is great except for one paragraph:

    “Cyclists shall purchase Insurance, obtain a license under rules ordained by the several States, and submit themselves for recertification at a period of 10 years to ensure that they can still safely operate their Vehicles.”



    One word: Gondolas



    That is brilliant!



    The references to cost estimates need some clarification. What type of estimates were they? Engineer’s estimate of construction cost or total project cost? This could be apples and oranges.


    Kevin Love

    Love the Voice article. Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…

    55% of bicycle trips in The Netherlands are taken by women. That was not due to any marketing campaign. That was due to safe infrastructure.

    This particular marketing campaign is particularly tone-deaf. Imagine trying to encourage cycling with photos that send the message, “This is a deadly dangerous activity that is so lethally dangerous that its participants are wearing helmets.”


    Joe R.

    This reminds me why I rarely ride during the day. I got stressed out just watching that. I could even mentally smell the fumes.

    The title is perfect, too.


    Riley 1066

    Two Words: Bike Catapult



    Yup. It’s dumb.