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    Joe R.

    Neither can I but henceforth I’m just referring to it as “Nipplegate”.




    The tabloids comments sections.

    Apparently Carl Weisbrod.

    Some guy who writes for Sheepshead Bites.


    Joe R.

    Maybe I should keep that in mind. The rare times I hit a red light in my area near a police cruiser I just wait it out. Would be interesting to walk the bike across the intersection and see if they ticket me. In truth I encounter police at red lights so rarely the times I ride it’s easier to just to avoid any chance of a ticket by waiting out the light cycle.



    Forgive me if this is a naive question, but with all the coverage of the Times Square Plaza, I can’t figure it out. Other than de Blasio and Bratton, who is in favor of removal of the plaza? The move makes so little sense, I figure they must be pandering to someone, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out who.



    Hilarious article from Gothamist! However… I will point out that it goes beyond the original poster’s question — how stated explicitly that he was ONLY talking about bikers who blow through red lights, NOT bikers who slow down greatly or stop, and watch out for pedestrians before running the light.

    It’s also worth pointing out that nobody ever gets a ticket for stopping at a red light, dismounting, and (jay)walking the bike through the intersection. I’ve done it plenty of times under cops’ noses, no ticket at all. Once I did it in front of a Central Park cop who had turned on his siren thinking I was about to run the light on my bike. Sorry, no ticket for you today…


    Mason Wallace

    Talk about a struggle on the front lines. If Times Square can’t be saved, then what can?



    Still a heads up would be nice. It sucks to click on it and be unable to read it immediately.



    Sorry, WSJ, not FT. Though the same thing worked with FT.



    I think FT’s paywall is smart. IIRC, I once had to use a tor proxy through a European country to Google for an article in a private browsing session to read an article. As if it saw my home IP had tried to access the article before and been denied, so the referral trick didn’t work.

    NYT is dumber. Just use private browsing. If you use all of your free articles, close the private browsing session and start a new one.



    The headline spin you guys put on the Car2Go story isn’t quite right – the article implies that the tickets tend to be from the cars overstaying their legal parking time on alt-side streets. Car2Go has a rule that you can leave the car in an alt-side sport at least 12 and 24 hours ahead of the alt-side start, depending on what the frequency is. It’s up to the company to make sure the cars move once they are put in a legal spot that complies with the company’s rules.



    “Destroy the plaza” is a zombie idea. No matter how much evidence there is to show the plaza has been a good thing all around,* the people who want to destroy the plaza are on autopilot. They can ignore important issues facing the city, like our brimming transportation system, as long as they can wreck something people like because it offends them.

    Really, this should be the discussion: how do we expand the pedestrian plaza? There clearly isn’t enough room.

    * well, I’ll concede that we really could do with less of the Disney World set.


    Ben Fried

    If a story in the stack isn’t immediately accessible, you can Google the headline and get to it that way.



    Yep, the backbone of the bike network — East River Bridges, Hudson Greenway — are at or above capacity during peak periods, and this is before Citibike expands to the UWS and UES. This is going to be a big limiter on doubling or tripling bike mode share because the greenway/bridges are going to be so unpleasant and slow that cycling is going to have a hard time maintaining its appeal. The crowding problem is compounded by the fact that the authority over the greenway is totally fragmented between different city and state agencies, and there is no consensus that the greenway is a transportation route first and a recreation route second.



    You really should warn us when articles are behind paywalls. Or better yet find ones that aren’t.


    Mary o'brien

    I find it inconceivable that motorists with handicap stickers are permitted to park in regular spaces in parking lots, often taking up the last space in a crowded lot, and leaving 8-10 empty handicap spaces. They should be ticketed.



    Some stations (LIRR and subway) have bike racks already. Any data on their utilization? Would be nice to see streetsblog or the MTA put something together showing where there are racks, and where they are or are not being used.

    Say a garage operator is willing to turn some of their car spots into secure bike parking (or at least more secure than a rack on the sidewalk). They’ll put up a chain link fence and a lock to only take as many car spots as they can fill up with bikes, maybe hire a valet to cram in as many as possible and as added security. How much would they have to charge to outbid car parking in Jamaica, or near some other outerboro subway stations?

    And would it be legal to do so? What if the garage was built to satisfy a minimum parking requirement? It’s my understanding that at least in some municipalities those spots would have to be preserved. If it’s not legal, what’s happening with the parking reform the city was working on?






    Indeed. I notice that subway stations in this city experience a dearth of bicycle racks as well.

    The cityrack program should focus especially on creating a collection of racks near every station.

    I submitted a request for bicycle racks near my local subway station a few months ago. Nothing yet.


    Miles Bader

    Tokyo has 20 times NYC’s bike mode-share, despite having a larger population, a larger more comprehensive transit system, and no real dedicated bicycle routes at all.

    The main reasons, as far as I can tell, are both cultural and infrastructural:

    (1) Bicycling never really fell out of use, and is generally considered just another transport mode, and without the sort of disparaging attitude (“not suitable for adults”) it suffers from in much of American culture.

    (2) Although the car lobby in Japan has indeed caused (and is still causing) lots of damage, Tokyo streets are largely safer for both bicycles and pedestrians, both because there are more small streets and because in many places there are simply more non-car users.



    It’s at the very northeast corner of the park. This link shows the satellite picture of the elevator tower:,-73.9537833,27m/data=!3m1!1e3


    Alexander Vucelic

    a great improvement

    However, the Hudson river bikeway is already at significantly over capacity below 57th street. nearly 10,000 cyclists use the tiny bikeway daily. Conflicts Between pedestrians and cyclists are legion.

    The obvious solution is to expand the Bike lane significantly in width. I suggest converting the western most lane of the West Side Highway to a protected bike path from circa battery park city to 57th street. The 14′ lane could accomodate both north & South bound cyclists with capacity to spare. convert the current Bike lane South of 57th to pedestrian use.

    Congestition would Be dramatically reduced and safety improved

    The West Side Highway is woefully under utilized 89% of the 196 Hours per week.


    Samuel Santaella

    It’s in three phases, one for each community board. Of course, they gotta approve it for it to go forward. These first 1.3 miles were from Queens CB2; next up is CB4.



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    That sounds useful. Where is the elevator? I just looked at a map of the park but it doesn’t show an elevator.



    Put those topless women at the Police Plaza!! And if they don’t like it, tear down Police Plaza


    Larry Littlefield

    And, of course, bicycles.

    There is no way something like Citibike could serve someplace like Canarsie of South Jamaica at a reasonable cost. All the trips would be in one direction — toward the transit hub in the morning, from the transit hub in the afternoon.

    But if you had bike parking garages at the transit hub, as in other countries, people could ride their own inexpensive bikes there, and then take transit if necessary, as a substitute for bus to subway.


    Tyson White

    The $24 million is actually being spent on cars, not on pedestrians and bikes. What?? Let me explain. We wouldn’t need a bridge if we didn’t decide to put a highway for drivers passing THROUGH the neighborhood at high speed and blocking access to the park for residents.

    So, we didn’t want to inconvenience drivers to have to stop at a light and let people cross, and now those people are a financial burden.


    Miles Bader

    The nice thing, of course, is that even de-luxe bike infrastructure is super cheap compared to car infrastructure, in terms of construction cost, maintenance cost, and space usage. Bikes are very light, and very small.

    It should be a no brainer to build more of it in a place like NYC, but well… those in power apparently do not think very well… ><



    Why no mention of the elevator in the Riverbank State Park at 145th St? OK, it’s not technically part of the greenway, requires walking the bike a bit, it’s subject to the park’s hours, and was broken the last time I tried to use, but still, it is the most convenient way to get to/from the greenway in that neighborhood.


    Larry Littlefield

    Dynamic carpooling. Having some people take riders for a modest charge, say the cost of a transit ride plus 50 cents or a dollar, so other people don’t have to have a car, or can have one instead of two.

    To the driver it is enough to perhaps pay for the car and supplement their income, but not enough to make a living. But neither is Uber.

    A taxi or equilvalent provides a ride that most people can’t afford in exchange for a income that it is hard to live on.

    As I envision it, the low and moderate income suburbanites would be organized into a non-profit, dynamic carpooling club. Which would then hire some IT and service provider to provide the app for just 25 cents a ride or so. The ride would include two to three riders. These would not be professional drivers, with the insurance and tax implications, just those taking people along to share the cost of the vehicle.



    I hope all those trees will grow back.



    It’s a bit of a jurisdictional thing, though. This is a story about State DOT. I doubt they stripe any bike lanes in NYC.


    Joe R.

    I agree. We keep deluding ourselves thinking we can have great bike infrastructure without spending much money. If we ever want to have a really comprehensive network where people can get to their destinations safely and efficiently we’re going to need miles of these types of bridges and viaducts. NYC should probably be spending $1 billion annually on bike infrastructure for at least the next decade. That will get us to something resembling a real bike network. After that, we can gradually reduce the budget, fill in the last pieces, then just budget for maintenance.

    In the scheme of things $24.4 million is a rounding error for NYC. Our reluctance to spend serious money is what’s hurting us. Not just with bikes, but with public transit as well.



    Whats the problem? Thats a fact



    158th Street is definitely kind of brutal. But it’s not like 151st Street won’t have hills, though. It will still leads up to “the heights.”



    I love Streetsblog and all you do, but is this sort of editorializing necessary? – I’m referring to: “which could buy a lot of bike lane mileage.” If you’ve ever tried to get to the Greenway from that neighborhood on foot, it’s a real chore. This bridge will be a boon.


    Nathan Rosenquist

    There was a very relevant high-profile death of a child on PPW that shut them all up.


    Joe R.

    I might add here that in the minds of these mostly from suburbia police not ticketing for failing to clean up after your dog serves another purpose. In their minds cities are just dumping grounds for everyone else’s problems. What better way to reinforce this idea than to have city residents live in shit, literally? I don’t think it’s purely an accident they don’t care much about enforcing this law.



    this is fantastic – it will provide a much easier grade uphill then 158th St!



    I know of a few instances of citizens asking for speed bumps on their streets for years and the DOT doing nothing about it to this day. They’ll claim to do a study and say there isnt enough evidence of a need for one but they dont define what constitutes the need though. They leave it very vague,



    They don’t care. That’s the point. They only attack “disorder” when it’s an infraction committed by poor people or other marginalized groups.



    Ryan Russo is delusional in thinking that the traffic calming projects in the last 6 years have not needed advocates !

    Taking the path of least resistance explains why traffic deaths are not declining. Let’s not do the projects that will save most lives, let’s just do the ones that have no opposition. Zero vision instead of Vision Zero. Meanwhile our families continue to die on the streets..



    In other words, Bratton is fine as long as the victims of his “innovation” are other people. Nobody supports delusional broken windows policing for themselves.


    Bernard Finucane

    That’s because there are no cops around, opr they don’t care. Shutting down car traffic and turning the city back into a city is the right way to solve these problems.



    This death is on the DOT: residents had been asking for a speed bump for years! Seems to me the road was faulty and the DOT is responsible for not acting



    There was a guy who took a Boris on the Eurostar to ride it around Paris, then took it right back and docked it.



    Would any one of you guys be talking about a guy who quite his job to ride across the country? It’s not even that original. Didn’t some brits take a bunch of Boris bikes into France to climb Mt. Ventoux?


    Alex 3speed

    Can we talk to @TSqArts about proposals for an art project involving windows in each of the plazas until this blows over? That way removing the plazas will break the windows and provide a fantastic arc to his story.



    At $1200 a pop, I’m sure they could afford to replace the bikes that leave the system.



    I think he did it for the attention (hence the newspaper article). I’m not sure that qualifies him as a huge jerk though. It is just one bike and can’t possibly have a real impact on anything.

    I wonder how much these bikes actually cost Citibike? Maybe they should encourage people to do this and buy 3 bikes with the overage cost of a single bike.