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    Access-A-Ride drivers are flat out scary – when I see one of those things bombing down the street behind me, I move the hell out of the way. The behavior of a livery cab in a vehicle 3x the size.



    To clarify, DOT doesn’t install speed bumps on streets with more than one travel lane per direction. There are examples of two-lane two-way streets with speed bumps.


    Ian Turner

    You’re right, bike lanes are so dangerous they should be banned.



    We’re so broke that our planners now see a bus line in terms of the kind of monumental symbolism that Robert Moses and Gov. Christuomo sees bridges and highways? Next up: world class dollar van service!

    This would be a game changer: BRT features to every bus line in the city. BRT is just a constellation of mostly simple features that can be applied, some for free or almost for free. Some don’t make sense in certain contexts. POP always makes sense. A dedicated lane basically never hurts, but may not always be feasible. Level boarding is always preferable, if possible.

    These little micro-battles for one line here, one line there, need
    to stop. Every one of them is a war of attrition, and in this war surface transit riders always lose. Good features are
    always thrown under the bus in concessions to NIMBYs.



    Dedicated bus lanes are the way of the future. They can transport orders of magnitude over single occupancy vehicle. And if we have enough busses, they won’t be overcrowded, which is one of the biggest complaints about them now. Take the lanes fire busses now and we’ll have the space later for above ground subways/trollies/whatever new technologies comes out.



    MTA bus and Access-A-Ride drivers think they are above the law, simple as that.



    Woodhaven Blvd needs serious work to enable better bus service and to cut down on speeding. People routinely drive as fast as on highways. I avoid it even when driving.



    “Not helmets: proven to make drivers extra scared of you so they give you wider berth, probably breaking the law in the process and likely endangering others and perhaps you as well.”

    Huh? Given that most drivers don’t respect the three-foot passing law (or whatever the distance is in your jurisdiction), I’d say that scaring them into giving you extra berth is more likely to make them follow the law and that is a good thing.

    I’m sure Joe will be happy to respond to the “proven effective” part.

    Comparing helmets with vaccines is wrong on many levels, however, even if we grant that helmets are effective. First, even the effectiveness claimed by the most ardent helmets advocates is far from the effectiveness of vaccines. Second, not wearing a helmet is not going to spread an epidemic, so it is not a “real” public health issue in the sense that vaccines are.


    Luke Sherry

    no problem except those caused by bike lanes, including decreased visibility (leading to right- and left-hooks), higher levels of debris, higher likelihood of the lane being blocked (e.g. by a parked car, trash can, etc), and greatly increased complexity at intersections (since bicycles going straight are to the right of cars turning right).



    Helmets: proven effective in countless studies.
    Not helmets: proven to make drivers extra scared of you so they give you wider berth, probably breaking the law in the process and likely endangering others and perhaps you as well. But, you know, freedom! The Man’s not gonna get me down!

    Anti-helmet people are the anti-vaxxers of the bike world.


    Luke Sherry

    in addition to putting bicyclists in the door zone, the increase in separation leading up to the intersection makes right hooks more likely. And did the OP not realize how similar is the positioning of both bicycles and automobiles between the two photos? In both, bicyclists are in the door zone, so what is the change? The only significant difference is the removal of parking on one side of the street.



    The Brooklyn Boro President, Eric L Adams, who is elected, could change half of the community board appointments on each community board in Brooklyn. People wanting safer streets, slow zones, traffic calming, etc. should write/call/email his office and express their desire for a change in the membership of CB3.


    Jym Dyer

    They took down the $350 Fine for Honking signs after not enforcing them billions of times.



    To answer your opening question: Yep, pretty much.



    I’d say CB3 is letting down its constituents, but I think the word “constituents” is only used in association with ELECTED officials.



    It was a good event – thanks for organizing it. Although I found Byron’s pooh-poohing of the Second Avenue Subway more than a bit foolish.


    Jym Dyer

    @ADN – Sweeping statements about age groupings are mostly nonsense. There is an element of truth in this statement, though, namely that post-WWII is when the nation made the fateful decision to base as much of its development as possible on the premise that everybody would have a car and plenty of space to park it.

    Boomers, by definition, grew up in the post-WWII world their parents tried to build, so this is their expectation. So many of them hold onto this perspective as a deeply-held assumption and have a hard time envisioning something else.

    However, no such grouping is a monolith, and the Boomers’ parents also brought us the Freeway Revolt and Boomers fought to actually tear down freeways (Earth First!), and for space on the streets for bikes (Critical Mass).


    walks bikes drives

    I have to disagree with the generalization about MTA drivers. While some definitely are, from personal experience, I have found a dichotomy of aggressive drivers based on what they drive: 1) luxury cars, especially BMWs, 2) taxis and livery drivers 3) school buses 4) SUVs 5) pimped out non luxury cars 6) Bus Drivers 7) non-luxury cars like Toyota sedans and then, in last place, or least likely to be aggressive 8) Hybrids (Prius, Volt, etc) and Smart drivers.

    While these are also generalizations, this matches my anecdotal experience walking, biking, and driving, in Manhattan.

    As for the MTA drivers, I ride down 5th avenue every day on my bike commute, this crossing the paths of well over a dozen buses during that stint. Usually, the drivers of both the local and express buses are curious to me and will let me pass before pulling into the bus stop. About once a week, I’ll get a driver that cuts me off.


    Jym Dyer

    San Francisco is facing a combined bikelash and transitlash:

    Fortunately, Dr. Naparstek traveled to S.F. and gave this presentation.


    Gi Yan

    Thank you very much! I will tell him about you.


    Brad Aaron


    The law is intended to punish drivers for hurting and killing people, but NYPD is not enforcing it.

    I’m sorry this happened to your friend’s family. I can be reached at if your friend would like to speak to a reporter about how NYPD handles the crash investigation.


    Brad Aaron

    StreetsPAC did not endorse Jeff Klein.


    Gi Yan

    She’s the mother of my friend. This is a fucked up law!


    Dulcie Canton

    Los Angeles didn’t want him anymore?



    StreetsPAC endorsed Jeff Klein?!!? Are they crazy?!



    Is everyone on CBs part of the driving minority of New York?

    How could they be so cold to say that they won’t drop 5 mph for redesign that has been shown to save lives of their neighbors? Anyone who says this area is safe for pedestrian is being untruthful or an idiot.



    But according to Tremaine Wright, dangerous driving isn’t an issue in her community. I’m sure all drivers adhere to arbitrary community board boundaries, driving recklessly in one area before hitting the brakes and driving cautiously in another. After all, everyone must know where CB2 ends and CB3 begins, right?


    dave "paco" abraham

    Off hand I can’t recall, what were the average speeds seen on side streets? Did anyone… DOT or the advocates… do speed gunning studies?



    You know who this is good news for? This guy:

    We’re not going to optimize our streets for kids walking to school. We’re not going to optimize our streets for senior citizens walking to the grocery store. We’re going to continue optimizing our streets for this guy:

    The streets are not for kids to play in. The streets are not for neighbors to have an idle chat. The streets are for this guy:

    Riding a bike is a nuisance to be looked down upon. Crossing mid-block? An activity reserved for satan himself. You you know what’s a-okay? This:

    So go for it, that guy. The community board has spoken! The streets are yours!



    Unreal. Here’s where you can go to tell CB3 how you feel:



    The DOT has made the mistake of confusing Community Board 3 with the community.


    chelsea rogers.

    Frustrates me to tears. The amount of dangerous driving going on in this area is terrifying, and could so easily be improved; the streets resident Fusco mentions, along with Dekalb and Nostrand. Bedford hosts drag races whether rush hour or otherwise and truly needs a “road diet” — it reminds me of Lafayette in Manhattan years ago. Along Dekalb, drivers regularly create two lanes out of one (using bike lane and any shoulder), speed to weave in and out of traffic and, however unsurprisingly, have zero respect for the Dekalb bike lane (cops themselves are the biggest issue, followed close behind by all other vehicles). I look forward to moving out of the neighborhood, if this is truly how the community board sees it. Tremaine obviously has no eye on the ground, does not walk her own community, or is one of these asinine, reckless drivers herself.


    Eric McClure

    Wow. Way to go, CB3, protecting your community from the danger of reducing danger.

    We’ll take that leftover Slow Zone here in Park Slope, please.



    Why is Bill Bratton still the NYPD commissioner???



    Have you never met the NYPD? Our place got burglarized almost two years ago. Thankfully the insurance company gave up on waiting for the police report because I still don’t think the detective has gotten around to filling it out yet.


    Morris Zapp

    NYPD can’t wrap its collective brain around charging sober drivers for killing.

    They virtually never enforced Hayley and Diego’s Law while hiding behind a supposed loophole that they waited over a year to say anything about. Now that the city has given them the tool they need, after 60+ days we’re supposed to believe they still can’t figure out how to use it.

    If Vision Zero was a priority for Bratton, NYPD would have been ready to go with this on day one. Instead of apologizing to cyclists for “following orders” while writing out bogus tickets, officers would be apologizing to drivers while slapping on the cuffs.

    If Vision Zero is a priority for de Blasio, he’ll order Bratton to enforce the damn law, or he’ll find a police commissioner who will.

    On the other hand, congratulations to the MTA for lowering the kill rate by 33 percent. Clearly your driver safety program is paying off big-time.


    Doug G.

    In what other area of law enforcement would anyone tolerate the NYPD not enforcing the law?



    MTA bus drivers are some of the most aggressive drivers on the road. I get that they have a tough job, but still, this is now a pattern. Couple the ‘law of the jungle’ traffic environment with the inherent navigational difficulties of locomotive-sized vehicles in a pedestrian rich environment, and this is what you get.



    This is so sad. It is mind boggling how Mayor de Blasio allows the police to refuse to enforce applicable laws, especially when the NYPD refusal to enforce the laws is directly counter to de Balsio’s stated goal of lessening deaths from traffic.



    This morning I saw an electronic sign on Park Ave S and E. 24 st requesting info on the fatal hit and run on 9/4 at approximately 5 am at this location.


    Clive Holloway

    I recently toured about 1000 miles on all manner of roads in the UK. I encountered only one stop sign and that was on private property. It seems their roads and neighbourhoods are quite safe with the ubiquitous Stop Sign


    Robert Wright

    I thought the way you wrote about her helmet use was perfectly sensible, Steve. I recognize that most serious injuries to cyclists are abdominal trauma and that helmets don’t help with that. But the head is a very dense and delicate part of the body and I personally favor using a helmet because it seems to me it mitigates some of the risks of a head injury in the event of a collision.



    I propose free, open elections so parasitic louts like Vacca are relegated to the state of permanent minority status.



    At the risk of sounding simplistic, I think the main reason drivers block the bike lane while waiting for peds to cross and inch into the crosswalk is, Because They Can.

    Unless cars are physically prevented from turning “early” (say, by a pedestrian refuge island), human nature will prevail and most sealed-off, isolated drivers will use their massive bulk to bully their way through the rest of us.

    I probably would too, if I weren’t careful.


    Joe R.

    Doing a rough analysis, the car appears to be going about 35 mph, give or take, as it passes the intersection but it’s obviously accelerating as it does so. However, in the first video, which shows the vehicle after it hit Dulcie, I estimated the speed at 45 to 50 mph based on how many parked vehicles were passed in 1 second. If anything, combined these videos show even more recklessness on the part of the driver. When the driver passed the intersection, at which point I’ve little doubt they could clearly see Dulcie’s well-lit bike and probably the skateboarder as well, he/she made a decision to accelerate from ~35 mph to as high as 50 mph, when any other reasonable driver would have slowed down in that situation. Moreover, given the short time between the two videos, plus the large increase in speed, the driver probably had it floored right after passing the intersection. WTF exactly was in the mind of this person? I wouldn’t be surprised if drugs, alcohol, or just plain distracted driver were part of this.


    Sean Kelliher

    It’s worth watching the other surveillance video as well to gain a perspective on just how depraved Richard Rivera, Jr., (or whoever was driving his vehicle) was to anyone in his path. This video does not show the crash but shows the vehicle approaching. The driver’s speed is incredible. He’s flying down a residential street so fast that his car even appears to go slightly airborne coming through the intersection.

    If charges are brought (which I hope they are) and this case proceeds to court, I hope these videos (thoughtfully gathered by neighbors) can help bring the harshest punishment possible onto this driver. Behavior like this deserves no mercy.



    Given the dramatic data on how roads with protected bike lanes are safer for all users, not just cars, the decision to calm without bike lanes is baffling. When you have a road like 4th Ave in BKLN, or WEA on the UWS, with sufficient width for protected bike lanes even with existing parking, and bikes are left out of the traffic calming solution, meanness, spite and cowardice are the only possible explanations.



    Is there a map of these killings?



    Breaking these projects up into CB segments really hurts their usefulness, especially in Manhattan where CBs are no larger than a 5 minute bike ride.



    Let’s hope the Street PAC endorsed candidates follow through with their promises. If they don’t, i hope Street PAC will work against them. We need to hold politicians accountable for the blood on their streets.