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  1.  

    Aaron

    Exactly my thoughts.

    If this is a problem, why didn’t the TWU make an issue of it sooner?

    Seems to demonstrate that the ROW Law is working exactly as it should.

  2.  

    Daphna

    Did Manhattan Community Board 2 approve the Spring Street bike lane last night at their full board meeting??
    If so, any news on when the DOT will stripe it?

  3.  

    Bob

    So what they’re really saying is that the new bus design has a major safety flaw that’s already caused deaths, but it’s only been raised as an issue now that bus drivers might be held accountable for these deaths. Doesn’t that demonstrate exactly why we need a right of way law?

  4.  

    Bolwerk

    Figure out future expenses and match them up with future revenue, but borrowing for capital replacement cannot and will not stop. Such cures are more harmful than the disease they purport to fight.

  5.  

    Dave

    So deaf people can and do use the streets just fine, yet hearing people MUST use their hearing to listen for hazards and are not allowed to listen to music or whatever? Does one need hearing to walk down the street, or not? Which is it?

  6.  

    Tyson White

    They assume that all bus drivers are the same. And are willing to tranish the reputation of the good drivers by not going after the bad ones, like this guy http://nypost.com/2015/04/20/riders-film-bus-driver-reading-while-driving-with-no-hands/

    and this guy http://www.streetsblog.org/2015/02/27/parents-of-seth-kahn-ineffective-mta-protocols-contributed-to-sons-death/

  7.  

    Real New Yorker

    Shouldn’t an investigation determine if a blind spot factored into a crash? Sure, we should design safer vehicles, but that shouldn’t let drivers off the hook. Every driver should be aware of blind spots and act accordingly. If this exemption goes through, then cab drives will want one. And then and then and then…

    This is just a naked PR grab by TWU to avoid consequences for actions that kill or maim innocent people with the legal right of way. And I thought Americans were all about personal responsibility?

  8.  

    Chris Francis

    does this go for cops too? They are one of the worst offenders

  9.  

    Maggie

    It doesn’t seem like it’s filtering out automotive advertisements? I’m looking at a Nissan ad today.

    I also notice the site loads more slowly. And asynchronous page load (?) where links jump around as the pages load so you sometimes click on something that just jumped away. Not a huge deal, but a small noticeable change.

  10.  

    Larry Littlefield

    This is about who will sacrifice what to make up for all the cost shifting to the future (now the present by Generation Greed). Whoever raises their hand get the blame.

    So the careerist play (and that’s what all these so-called “progressives,” “conservatives” etc. are) is to continue to demand something for nothing.

    I’ve got a solution, but it involves a lot of people giving up a lot of things.

    Higher subway and commuter railroad fares.

    Higher NYC taxes or cuts in spending on other things, as it takes over the surface transportation network. Higher productivity, especially on the LIRR, etc.

    Lower prices for better work for contractors, or no work until they agree and do it.

    No more retroactive pension increases, and no wage increases for those in the richest tiers until those coming after get enough higher cash pay up front (call it the Tier IV pay level) to equalize career compensation.

    AND the Move NY plan. With no more borrowing for ongoing normal replacement.

    Plus more revenues (and cuts in ripoff price) to fund ongoing maintenance of the road and bridge system.

    Finally, all revenues — taxes, tolls, fares — used to pay for Generation Greed’s debt and unfunded pension liabilities, rather than total spending, would be collected in the form of a “surcharge” so everyone could see how much money is going to the past, not the present, so those working in the present would not be blamed for it. You put $50 in the machine. “You have a $40 Metrocard, and you Generation Greed surcharge is $10.

  11.  

    Joe Enoch

    No big shocker here. This is the same scumbag who used to make taxpayers foot the bill for his Cadillac.

  12.  

    Janice

    True it has taken a long time, 20 years? Since local group there pointed it out, Neighborhood Open Space Coalition and Dave Lutz had identified it too, and other groups and the NYCEDC et al hijacked it, delayed it, and milked it for million$ for their staff and to be quiet on other advocacy issues as they appeared as”partners”. So I disagree it is not an example of inefficiencies in bike infrastructure in general, it is an example of politics and discrimination in the South Bronx. Now it is gentrifying, so now they are expediting making nice things, sad tale of two cities. Will benefit everyone though eventually.

  13.  

    Jonathan R

    The lane (unpainted area to the left of the curb) is 11 feet wide, not eight. I measured.

  14.  

    Andres Dee

    In California, grocery bags go from supermarket to trunk and trunk to pantry. In NYC, people actually walk with bags and they need to survive the trip. Overpack and you end up with a ripped bag and your groceries on the sidewalk.

  15.  

    Joe R.

    One hour sounds reasonable but that would still put most teachers arriving at maybe 8 AM, perhaps 7 AM at the few schools where classes might start at 8. I used to go to work and school pretty early. I waited at a bus stop which is right across the street from PS200 at times between 6:30 and 7:30. I generally didn’t see anybody parked or arriving at the school until 7. Even then, those early arrivals were mostly maintenance type vehicles for janitorial staff. The teachers started to arrive at 7:30. I wasn’t around to see what happened later, but I do know it didn’t look like many people were in the school at 7:30. I don’t doubt there are isolated cases where a teacher may need to arrive at 5:30 AM but this is certainly the exception, not the rule. It’s really difficult to get employees to come in at 5:30 AM in any job, nevermind one where the majority are educated professionals.

  16.  

    red_greenlight1

    Wow you really have no idea how education works. 15-30 minutes? Really?! Try more like 1-3 depending.

  17.  

    Joe R.

    One term. In fact, ALL elected representative should be limited to one term only in the same position, and maybe two or three terms in total regardless of position. That would end career politicians. The founding fathers had the idea of citizen legislators who serve a term or two, then go back to private life. That’s what we need to return to. When you have career politicians, you generally have people with no skill set other than being able to make nice speeches. My idea would open up government to more average citizens from all walks of life. Since they would eventually have to return to life as a private citizen, they might actually do things in office which benefit average people, not just the elite.

  18.  

    AnoNYC

    This is good news but I’m still disturbed how such a common sense initiative could be viewed as controversial.

    Excess congestion and desperately needed funding, two problems with an obvious solution. Yes, congestion pricing via Move NY is not going to close the MTA’s deficit alone, but it’s significant step in the right direction.

    Every NYC politician should be on board with this. It’s good for the city as whole.

  19.  

    dporpentine

    You tell them the truth: it’ll only do so much good, since some people just don’t care about others. And there’s almost always a direct correlation between how much power you have and how little you care about anyone else.

  20.  

    Joe R.

    I actually worked did some work for a company which made, among other things, LED traffic signals. The person I worked with mentioned the frequent “donations” his boss made to local community boards to as an inducement for them to encourage installation of traffic signals. My response was no wonder new signalized intersections have been popping up like mushrooms.

    So yes, not only are community boards often corrupt, but they often end up encouraging solutions which may not be the best ones. The real answer is to limit their power solely to matters which directly affect their neighborhoods. That doesn’t include micromanaging street design since streets are public thoroughfares which by definition must be managed in such a way as to benefit the city as a whole, even if in some cases the end result might be detrimental to one or more communities. Also, the fact that few community board members have any expertise in traffic engineering should preclude them from having any influence over street design. We don’t put forth new building blueprints before them for the same reason. Their “suggestions” would be uneducated at best, dangerous at worst.

  21.  

    Seth Rosenblum

    I think the most encouraging part of this is politicians not just complaining about service, but pairing those complaints with suggestions about how to fix the underlying problem.

  22.  

    SheRidesABike

    Every year most of the drive shuts down for at least a week before and after the NYC Marathon, which takes place a mere 8 weeks after Labor Day. There is never a single GD peep about the traffic problems this creates on the rest of the midtown grid. Perhaps because shutting the park to cars does not significantly impact auto traffic in Manhattan, hmmm?

  23.  

    WalkingTeacher

    It is not always 19 ft wide, also includes the left turn lane at many intersections

  24.  

    WalkingTeacher

    It is not always 19 ft wide, also includes the left turn lane as many intersections

  25.  

    WalkingTeacher

    Just 2 thoughts to consider: 1. The center area also has to accommodate the left turn lane at some intersections, so it is not always 19 feel wide. 2. While not ideal for biking, these changes have drastically improved safety (wider place to stand, improved visibility) for the many pedestrians trying to cross 4th Ave, many of whom are kids going to or from school

  26.  

    AlexWithAK

    It’s amazingly dimwitted to tell the people who are angry that the same reps keep getting reappointed to community boards to themselves join a community board. If those people keep getting reappointed, how can anyone else logically join?

  27.  

    AlexWithAK

    I agree. I think having them appointed by the city council rep but with term limits makes sense.

  28.  

    Andres Dee

    Isn’t this the intersection where you can’t stay in the crosswalk due to barriers? People who walk around obstacles and step out of the crosswalks should not lose their right of way and certainly not their lives.

  29.  

    Aunt Bike

    Tweet thanks to him at @BilldeBlasio to let him know you support ROW, and while we’re at it, tweet support to Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez at @ydanis and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at @MMViverito

  30.  

    ahwr

    Perhaps a simple prohibition on renting single family homes, and also on corporations owning them, would fix the problem

    Not a chance.

  31.  

    JamesR

    “Culture eats policy for breakfast”, right? It eats mayoral pronouncements for breakfast, too. I want it to be real, but this is a cultural problem from every angle – the drivers, the NYPD, jaywalkers, everyone. I’m not trying to equivocate by mentioning jaywalkers, either. Anyone who rides a bike in this city knows exactly the behavior that I’m referring to.

  32.  

    Brad Aaron

    I wanted to keep the focus on NYPD so it isn’t in the post, but even with all the info they had the Advance still led with “pedestrian error” in the March story.

  33.  

    djx

    I can’t wait to see the Post headline: BdB Launches War on drivers!

  34.  

    Eric McClure

    Thanks, Mr. Mayor.

  35.  

    mr. sassy

    Everyone should be emailing and tweeting this. It is leadership. Its common sense. Bravo Mayor de Blasio!

  36.  

    Doug G.

    “…according to Daily News reporter Pete Donohue, a Right of Way Law critic who has devoted a lot of ink to the TWU campaign to exempt drivers from the law.”

    Understatement of the year. So much concern for people who spend 15 minutes in cuffs only to have all charges dismissed and none for a teenage girl who one would assume is still dealing with the effects of a grievous injury.

    Donohue’s coverage and POV is a moral choice.

  37.  

    Joe R.

    You could probably ensure an adequate supply of taxis and car services by doing two things. One, have a very rigorous training program like London does to ensure only the dedicated few capable of delivering a high quality service become drivers. You can charge some or all of the cost of this program to would-be candidates, or perhaps subsidize some of it if the charge would be too high. Two, you set fares at a high enough level, and keep the number of taxis low enough, to ensure those who actually get through the program will be able to earn good money. Granted, the medallion system sought to do the same by limiting supply, but it ended up becoming an investment vehicle instead. Would be taxi drivers should mainly pay for the privilege of eventually driving a cab in sweat equity, meaning hours of study to become a competent driver knowledgeable of routes and destinations. If there are to be fees, they should either be to cover the cost of taxi school, or to pay the actual cost of administration associated with licensing. A license to drive a taxi should be tied to a specific individual only, and said individual should only hold a license to drive one taxi, not to own many and rent them out. That’s really the biggest flaw in the current scheme. We shouldn’t have “fleet owners”. The taxi industry should be 100% owner/operators. And nobody should make money on licenses. Is there a lucrative trade in liquor licenses, for example? I doubt it. Neither should such a thing exist for taxi licenses. Essentially people end up making lots of money doing absolutely nothing of any public benefit when medallions are commodities.

  38.  

    BridgeTroll

    Bravo. THAT is what I call leadership. Keep it up.

  39.  

    AlexWithAK

    One thing I liked about Bloomberg is that he would be VERY pointed about things he thought were BS. I miss that about him and think it could be useful here. That said, this is pretty plain and I’m happy to see de Blasio standing up for the law.

  40.  

    Mmmmaris

    So, my eight year old son saw this headline and asked me to explain it. How could it possibly be OK for a bus driver to bus driver to run over someone in a crosswalk when the pedestrian has a green light?

    As best as he can figure it, if you run someone over in a crosswalk, you should go to jail. The pedestrian has the right to walk. If the driver doesn’t see the pedestrian, then he’s not looking. If the driver doesn’t go to jail, then its like killing someone for free, which doesn’t make sense.

    Make sense? (His words, not mine).

    So, then, as parents, what do we tell our children about following crosswalk lights?

  41.  

    Ian Turner

    The election was close enough that strategic voting seemed to me to be the way to go.

  42.  

    armyvet00

    Exactly- the quote is very odd. No one is criminalized for just “driving”, whether their duty or not. And running over someone is not part of “driving”.

  43.  

    WalkingNPR

    Yeah, Charlie Rangel, you’re probably right that the lawmakers weren’t thinking about a bus driver when they made the Right of Way Law. I’m pretty sure they were thinking of the person being hit by the vehicle.

  44.  

    Aunt Bike

    At this point we need to support the Mayor on ROW, and contact the City Council Transportation Committee, where I. Daneek Miller’s intro bill to exempt MTA drivers sits, and contact the NY State Assembly which has a bill to stop the NYPD from handcuffing MTA drivers they arrest (a foot-in-the-door that may lead to a broader bill to exempt). And now the unions have a Congressman on their side. Better start contacting our Representatives too.

  45.  

    WalkingNPR

    Bus and other professional drivers have to get special drivers licenses and medical clearances, recognizing the higher standard someone who drives professionally should be held to. It’s so backwards that they’re trying to argue that when they crash it’s just a “whoopsie!” They should absolutely be expected to be even better drivers than regular people.

  46.  

    Kevin Love

    Many here have applied.

    Also, neither Trottemberg or Sadik-Khan got a job for life.

  47.  

    J

    Seriously. Alienating liberals like me is a quick way to destroy most of your clout.

    I still can’t believe they’re actually making the case they they should have special privileges to injure and kill with impunity.

  48.  

    Kevin Love

    Then have the election as part of the municipal election.

  49.  

    Jesse

    “Common sense would indicate that when (lawmakers) were thinking about this, the last thing in the world they were thinking about is a bus driver doing their duty would be arrested,” Rangel said.

    Since when is it a bus driver’s duty to run over people who have the right of way?

    “Right now, we should be calling the mayor and telling him, ‘Don’t embarrass yourself.’ Anybody can make a mistake and this is just one big damn mistake, that’s all, because isn’t a joke [sic].”

    Yes it’s “one big damn mistake”. All crimes could be summed up as “one big damn mistake”.

  50.  

    Kevin Love

    Don’t forget just who donated to the mayoral campaign. I call it “corrupt crony capitalism.”