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    Just pretend that it returns in the retail space on the ground floor of the “luxury” high-rise!



    Atlantic is an interesting one because the LIRR runs underneath for quite awhile but there are no stations. In some other places they might consider doing something with this underused infrastructure.



    My liquor store on 68th Rd has been replaced by a “luxury” high-rise in the image! Why, God, Why?!



    Are there cost estimates for Mr. Massengale’s plan to remake Queens Boulevard, and has anyone proposed using allowing upzoning and capturing some the value of the real estate to rebuild the street? Other big scary streets, like Atlantic Avenue also need a complete rethink, and it really makes sense to consider zoning and rebuilding as part of the same planning process.



    Being deaf is no excuse for ignoring a uniformed police officer near his marked police car. Probably not prudent for a deaf cyclist to be blowing lights either…



    I’m glad they didn’t go after the cyclist with a car, which would be quite dangerous. However, what if someone is deaf or doesn’t understand? Is that a free pass for attacking them?



    The annual statistic is a pedestrian death every two days on average… so five or six people in two weeks is actually an improvement? :-/



    It’s like they think Vision Zero is really Broken Windows and focusing on behavior of most vulnerable instead of most dangerous. So fucking pathetic. Makes me so cynical and want nothing to do with these so called “progressive” politicians.


    Brad Aaron

    As it says in the post, this particular crosswalk is a marked no parking zone.



    2 or 3 were on bikes though so they don’t count. #DeBlasiosNewYork



    Anyone know anything about bike lanes getting street swept? PPW is getting a nice coating of wet leaves, Flushing Ave with the jersey barriers is full of piles of leaves that narrow the 2-way bikeway to about 3 feet.

    The Fort Hamilton Parkway overpass is also getting a coating of wet leaves, but of course its too narrow for any sort of sweeper to fit (or indeed for comfortable cycling).


    walks bikes drives

    In answer to Schwartz: exactly.



    And no statement from the mayor’s office. That’s at least five or six people killed in less than two weeks, including two teenagers.


    Andres Dee

    > Pete Donohue Has Had It With Staten Island Pols Griping About Verrazano Tolls (News)

    Did you see the comments? People are really not interested in facts or logic.



    More rich people in the city (Bloomberg’s main goal as mayor) means more cars on the roads, whether they are taxis, car services, Uber, or personal cars. With all the construction of new luxury condos in Manhattan over the last 10 years, why would anyone think that traffic would be lighter?


    Paul H

    A huge percentage of NYC’s, and most city’s, street traffic is cabs cruising for hails and other motorists cruising for parking. Using technology can vastly reduce this, but it will lower the cost – and thus the demand – for driving. If the city and taxi “unions” were smart, they’d get ahead of this and institute rules and incentives for taxis and black cars to park while waiting for electronic hails in exchange for higher mileage rates to drivers (if technology reduces the cost of taxi provision, all of the savings should be used to provide living wages and benefits to the drivers). Oh, and parking while waiting for an e-hail saves gas and miles on the vehicle, a significant saving to both drivers and fleet operators. Uber should consider offering a phone dispatch service for folks who don’t have smartphones, perhaps only if the city agrees to subsidize the extra cost – there’s no question the avoided vmt and air pollution would pay off for the city (other programs to achieve this would be MUCH more expensive). Yes, this would lead to the day where you can only get a cab through your smartphone, by making a call, or by going to an established cab stand – but I bet for most of us the result would be much more convenient, consistent and reliable.

    Example of how services like Uber and taxis can work together:

    Then, all you have to do is institute demand-driven parking management, the easy and completely do-able way for the city to both institute congestion pricing and a commuter tax with zero involvement from Albany. Use the revenues gathered to lower property taxes and/or issue a dividend to each NYC resident.



    I prefer the idea of direct per-mile charges to gas taxes. It sends a price signal directly related to use. It’s easy enough to fill your tank and consider it a forgettable sunk cost. If you know what your next mile will cost you, you have to think a little more.


    Robert Wright

    So that’s two pedestrians and a cyclist killed on Monday. Vision Zero really isn’t going that well, is it? How depressing.



    Close. Given the fact that more peds are hit IN crosswalks, I’d make that “a tinfoil bullet proof vest.”


    Ser Ponce

    “he said he did not see the woman at all”

    Failure to exercise due care.

    “I didn’t see her” is a confession, not an excuse.


    Joe R.

    I know this is politically a hard sell, but now may be the time to institute a gas tax to help pay for transit (and to discourage driving). I doubt we could institute, say, a $3 per gallon tax nationally, but we might be able to have one at least in NYC and the closer in suburbs. The latter is important because we don’t want people driving across the river for cheaper gas. If the suburbs don’t play ball, then perhaps we can track NYC residents who gas shop, and bill them for the gas tax the way we do for the cigarette tax. In any case, let’s say we get the price of gas up to $6. We can use the tax to stabilize the price. If gas prices rise, the tax goes down, and vice versa, the idea being to keep the price at $6 per gallon. A stable, higher gas price is probably better economically than a constantly fluctuating lower price. You can plan ahead for the expense, preferably by using more efficient vehicles.

    There will be two effects of this. The more immediate effect will be a decrease in discretionary driving. The second, longer term effect will be a gradual transition to electric vehicles, with the fleets probably leading the way. The bottom line though is you don’t want an extended period with low gas prices. It just keeps people in inefficient vehicles like SUVs. It also encourages nonessential driving. If the gas tax does nothing other than to get everyone driving in NYC into electric vehicles, it will have been worthwhile in my opinion. The noise and pollution of gas vehicles are major detriments to the quality of life in this city. It’s long past time for the internal combustion engine to go on the scrap heap of history.


    Jamie Hough

    He does have a gun, it’s called a car. Metal machine that kills about the same statistically (in NYC at least). Stop the violence, stand up to aggressive driving.


    Jamie Hough

    Cars are pretty strong, they are designed to take very little damage when hitting sid things, like pedestrians. It would be quite hard for you to do damage to one with your hands or brief case. Try it some time and you’ll see.



    did you even read the article? of course not.


    Ashley Miller

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    Let me Google that for you.

    (There. That was easy.)


    Jimbo from Malibu

    I think some of them are w/Bike NY



    Well put. I agree and will make a better effort to attend meetings. I think what is most frustrating about this is the realization that city-wide these incidents are not investigated. It doesn’t seem to matter if there are witnesses or not. Aggressive and purposefully intimidating drivers, whether or not that describes this driver, get a pass. But, your point is clear and I’ll be at more meetings.


    Jimbo from Malibu

    Agree. More than half the complaints I read about this potential law reek of “do as I want, not as I do.”

    I will depart from many of my cycling brethren and say that I think this law is a good idea. If nothing else, it’ll give the cops something legitimate to focus on.


    Interceptor III




    He can’t very well stop if he’s not aware he’s being ordered to stop. What a stupid comment..



    A better strategy is to tell a driver that his tail light appears to have been smashed and that he should pull over immediately to check it out. You’ll be long gone before you get to see them struggle to find a place to stop and get out only to find that nothing is wrong with their car, but it’s worth it.






    As a cyclist I’m not a huge fan of open car doors, but that’s brilliant. And I say, all the better if there’s an occupant. You can tell them not to tip as you pass through.



    There was once a gentleman who used this technique on cabs that blocked crosswalks: He would enter through the rear door, climb across the seat, and get out the other side–taking care to leave both doors wide open.

    Of course, it only works if no one’s in the rear seat.



    If DOT’s rationale for not restriping were in line with yours (i.e. This is substandard infrastructure that need to be improved upon) that would be one thing. But their reason is ‘bikes come last/don’t matter.’ That thinking needs to be combatted precisely because much of the cycling infrastructure in this city is little more than a door-trap.



    In DC, their speed and red light cameras have been so effective that they are now using them for ‘blocking the box’ tickets now too.

    Huh. An algorithm to charge drivers for being a douche. Oh, the future is bright!


    Cold Shoaler

    I’m always surprised at how often people cation me about voicing my displeasure with dangerous/rude driving (e.g. tapping on windows and telling drivers blocking the bike lane how selfish they are, smacking the hood Ratso style of a driver blocking the box) because ‘you never know who has a gun’. This doesn’t strike me as a rational fear in NYC. Obviously there are guns out there, but anyone in a car who wants to hurt me and chooses a gun over the CAR THEY ARE DRIVING is both an a-hole and an idiot. If they shoot me, the will get in trouble with the law.

    I told a woman (who had passed my bike within about 2″) that she could go ahead and kill me with her SUV and get away with it if she wanted to, but that I was going to use bad words on here anyway. It really confused her, and actually seemed to make her think.



    How does that work? You ask if it’s okay, or the cop just waves you on? I run reds in front of cops all of the time, unless they’re in obvious sting-mode. No tix yet, but I’ve never been given the official go ahead.



    No other mode has to do without infrastructure so frequently.

    Lets get real, there’s probably 100 miles of worn-away bike lanes out there too. The oft-quoted mile-length of network is barely holding on by attrition.



    But the street has been striped, just not the bike lane.


    Andres Dee

    Has anyone taken a good look at this intersection via Street View? There’s no pavement on the Hylan “sidewalk” (that feeds the “crosswalk”) north of Bayview. Further, the north side of Bayview is even worse, with the “sidewalk” blocked by a guardrail and timbers. How, in NYC, can we have such “incomplete” streets? Where is a person supposed to walk and not be held responsible by the authorities for the inevitable injuries and deaths that will occur?


    Andres Dee

    Tackling a cyclist seems like a dangerous move both for the cyclist and the cop. It should be reserved only for “matters of life and death”. Can you imagine the outcry if a cop should get injured (or worse) doing this?



    I often walk around with a briefcase. Now, you should never EVER vandalize property, but If you cut me off while I have priority on a crosswalk and startle me by almost hitting me, I might just accidentally lose my balance and hit your car with my briefcase. Just sayin’



    Why does anyone want these door zone “bike lanes” especially in NYC where you are forced to use bike lanes if present??? Now a redesign of the street that removed on street parking on one or both sides and used the space to build protected bike lanes I could see getting behind… But door lanes are just immoral and should never be supported /rant.



    Hmm, no one ever tried to physically retaliate for that, but I only did it a few times, never without pretty compelling reason – once a reflexive jump, and the others I literally had no other way around that wasn’t more dangerous. If there is only a foot between one car and the next, an accidental touch on the accelerator is enough to crush anyone passing between.

    I get threats and racial/homophobic slurs from nonplussed drivers, especially when cycling, but maybe two have ever actually even positioned for a physical confrontation. Both times I kicked cars that nearly killed me. One guy got out of his car and immediately got back in when he saw how much bigger I was. The other made a scene of running around his minivan yelling threats at pretty much no one and everyone and punching…his own car.



    I remember reading that they stopped enforcing, arguing that the enforcement was causing more gridlock that the initial violation.



    Remember “Don’t Block the Box”? The NYPD doesn’t.



    Did the driver try to retaliate? I’m scared that they might have a gun or something or they’ll attack me with the car itself. If more people jumped on hoods (or, God forbid, cops actually ticketed for it instead of directing drivers into the crosswalk) people wouldn’t block the box.



    Fantasize? I’ve done it.