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    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.



    Interesting ideas, but some reasons for hope….

    Choking crossings is bad, and creates jams that back up far and wide. Uber and Lyft probably aren’t going to be choking the crossings the way 80,000 extra bridge and tunnel commuters did. They’ll be distributed across the street network, at least somewhat, and I would think the trips will tend to be intra-borough or at least intra-NYC.

    Do we have any idea how Uber and Lyft will impact demand for taxis? Might be they’ll put some black cab business out, but not create a long-term increase in demand.

    Services like ZipCar probably already had a similar effect on traffic. Vehicle usage in Manhattan could be up even if B&T entries are down.

    Likewise there is another Uber to consider: the uber-wealthy, who have been moving to Manhattan and likely bringing some vehicles with them when they do. Another reason to think some more trips are being generated within Manhattan wihtout generating B&T traffic.



    Interesting post, Charles. But the second part doesn’t jibe with my (unsubstantiated) theory that e-hail apps decrease overall traffic because a livery vehicle without a passenger doesn’t have to cruise aimlessly looking for business anymore.



    Upvote if you’ve ever fantasized about jumping on the hood of a car that some selfish jerk stops in the crosswalk because they don’t want to wait for the next light cycle.



    I bumped into this (warning: New York Post) article about a school bringing in the NYCLU to train kids on their constitutional rights and thought of this thread.


    Andres Dee

    DNA: “In December, the MTA awarded a $2.7 million, three-year contract to engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff to study…”

    Hey, MTA. Stop paying for studies and you might have more money to, y’know, actually build some stuff.


    Jonathan R

    If you call that waste of pixels and electrons a response…



    It doesn’t matter if he committed a traffic violation or not. If the officer ordered him to stop, he needs to stop.
    When you get pulled over or waved to the side of the road by a police officer, you need to do as instructed. The time to debate whether you broke the law is in court later on.


    Brad Aaron

    Whoa. You got a response?

    I’m impressed.



    I just have to comment here cause this may be the only time I ever agree with Steve.

    If a police officer orders you to stop, you stop. If you don’t, you can expect to be made to stop. There’s nothing difficult about that.


    Brad Aaron

    Yep. “October” was based on pics I took of the preliminary lane markings. I fixed the copy. Thanks.


    Jonathan R

    The pavement markings on Fort Washington Avenue between 183d & 185th were not done as of March 2014, when I complained to 311. If I recall correctly, the street had been milled and paved the autumn before.

    Missing then were all the markings, including the center line. My response was dated the next month and said, “The Department of Transportation inspected the condition. Street
    markings will be painted in future markings seasons or when contracts
    are awarded.”



    Brad, I just checked my Twitter feed. On September 9th I tweeted at DOT that Seaman had been paved for at least a week and was still without any markings at all, including speed bumps that are part of the Slow Zone.. So I think it was repaved in late August or very early September, not early October as you writer in this post.

    So DOT and its contractors have had at least 2.5 months of decent weather to add all the markings, not 6 weeks or so.

    By the way, DOT’s response was to tell me to file a 311 complaint, which I did (but not until a couple of weeks later). Zero follow up on that.



    It is 69 degrees today. Last time I checked my weather app, there were a couple of 50+ degrees days in the works this week.


    dave "paco" abraham

    Boerum Pl in Brooklyn was repaved 3+ months ago… and still has no bike lane. Its basic common sense garbage like this that makes me want to shift from DOT’s biggest supporter to DOT’s biggest antagonizer.



    One would still think that DOT could look at the schedule and recognize that if a repaving project is going to be finished so close to the end of painting season, then it could coordinate better with the appropriate contractors so that these multi-month gaps didn’t occur. It’s one thing if it’s an emergency and a street must be repaved even if the stripers aren’t available, but if it’s part of the regular milling and repaving schedule that’s another story.


    P Heights Resident

    Wow, the comments read like an angry mob ready to burn any witch at the stake. Get the drivers name and address and do what? I missed this accident by about 5 mins when I was walking my children to school and definitely had a freak out moment thinking that this could have been much worse if children were involved. I am also frustrated by the amount of time the DOT and Community Boards are taking to approve changes here. Yes, that’s right, changes are awaiting community board approval from CB 2 and 8 which are residents of the area…so it’s not just a DOT hold up it’s also residents of our community. But, the issue should not be to instantly blame and hang the driver here…the issue is a poorly planned intersection that should have been changed years ago. Looking at the comments, it looks like everyone wants to demonize this guy but did anyone talk to him? I did! He’s a physician and was pretty horrified and upset that he normally helps people and here he ended up hurting someone. Basically he said that he was trying to make the turn in this difficult intersection and was waiting for a group to pass, when they did he went through and he said he did not see the woman at all due to the angle and possibly the sunlight that he was looking right into as he made the turn. Whether or not he ‘floored’ it is for the witnesses and cops to figure out, but what would be great is to have the amount of people adding to commentary to actually show up to one of the DOT or community Board meetings and help get this intersection changed, I am a pedestrian, cyclist and driver so looking at all perspectives and if you ever drove through this intersection, you’d agree that it is crazy on all levels…unfortunately for pedestrians it leaves us very exposed and vulnerable. Instead of demonizing this guy and making ourselves feel good by claiming he’s a scourge on society, perhaps we should put some positive energy into volunteering some time and pushing for the city and community boards to make a change quickly.



    Good point there about if you see a cop, you are aware of your surroundings. Often though the cop tells me to bike through my red light if there are no cars. Those cops understand well this thing of keeping things moving and I always say thanks and give them thumbs up.



    Exactly. This is unrelated to drugs or weapons.


    Brad Aaron

    This is the kind of thing I would be reporting had DOT not ignored my questions.



    Pushing bicyclists down are the methods of bullies, so yes, it certainly would be assault.


    Jonathan R

    If I recall correctly the decoupling of the striping from the milling-and-paving was an efficiency measure, as it meant that the millers-and-pavers could set their own schedule and not have to wait until the stripers were available.



    I would like to see the NYC Department of Design and Construction specifications for temporary markings. If there is to be a length of time after the installation of new asphalt and before the permanent markings are installed, I would have to think that there are requirements for temporary markings to be installed by the contractor. Temperature requirements for the installation of the materials is based both on the temperature of the substrate (asphalt) and the material to be used. Paint may be 40 degrees, but Thermoplast may very well be different.

    Streetsblog should be asking to see these temporary markings requirements, as well as the Thermoplast and regular pavement markings temperature requirements.

    From NYC DDC Highway Specifications page 389
    dated 11/01/2010

    SECTION 6.49 – Temporary Pavement Markings

    6.49.1. DESCRIPTION. Under this section, the Contractor shall furnish, apply and when so
    ordered, remove temporary pavement markings where shown on the Contract Drawings, or directed by
    the Engineer, in accordance with the requirements of these specifications.

    and from page 390

    The Contractor shall follow for the new pavement markings the same pattern, color and widths of pavement markings as are on the existing roadway surfaces, unless otherwise shown on the Contract Drawings or directed by the Engineer.



    DOT acts as if the calendar and the change of seasons are total surprises! This street was repaved in October. So why wasn’t its re-striping folded into the project then? There are countless other examples all across the city. Having to wait until April or May for a bike lane – which is just paint and doesn’t offer any real protection – is unacceptable and not in keeping with Vision Zero.



    So it seems if a person with secret homicidal tendencies wants to murder and get away with it, his/her best bet is to kill someone with a car in the streets of NYC. I wonder sometimes how many pedestrian and cyclist deaths are actually deliberate acts of homicide masked as “accidents”? Does anyone do a background check on their drivers to look for criminal intentions? Reading some of the reader comments in the NY Post about the old lady who killed Udein makes me wonder.


    Brad Aaron

    A film student, Renko was renting the Camaro for a month. He couldn’t afford to buy one, he said.

    “It was one of his dreams,” Bruno said.

    Certainly it was his dream to drive this track-engineered muscle car in a safe and responsible manner during the one-month rental period.

    Still waiting for the first lawsuit against an auto maker for marketing their products as race cars.


    Boris Kaganovich

    Someone has to introduce them to 3M Stamark Traffic Tape.



    One of the real sadnesses here is that I could probably hand out $100,000 worth of Block-the-box and Failure-to-Yield summons a day on the stretch of Atlantic between Vanderbilt and Flatbush.



    Definitely. On top of that, stupid people probably break laws all the time, often unknowingly. We’re bound to miss some of their lawbreaking, so we should probably just summon them to their local precincts for regular beatings.

    That would be way easier for the police than having to, say, get in their specially designed cars with flashing lights that are designed to pull over people who commit moving violations.



    He’s a politician and he’s out for votes. In that quest he has done more than talk about pedestrians and bicycles, he’s done stuff. Though the talk is also important when it’s the Mayor doing the talking and a big part of what’s needed is shifting cultural attitudes.

    I’m the last one to hold back from criticizing NYPD, but in a traffic stop scenario to disobey a cop’s order to stop and attempt escape is just stupid.


    Jonathan R

    If you look at New York City, you see many people driving motor vehicles around the block, looking for parking spaces. You don’t see them on long commutes.

    As tourists, we see “people running errands and making short trips to some place for dinner” because those are the people out, in the places we are, at the times we are out. Commuters typically are at work before tourists leave their lodgings, and they go to job sites, not necessarily tourist sites.

    Manhattanites like me find it superfluous to bicycle to errands because most shops are within walking distance (and many places deliver). Plus, it’s a pain to lug a bicycle up and down stairs, especially with extra groceries.

    Not sure why you cite “statistics on deaths” to “prove that it’s not safe enough,” when your own localmile blog post, “3 – Is Cycling Safe ?” suggests that safety is not an issue.

    Again, speaking as a Manhattanite, I cannot stress the importance of the completion of the Hudson River Greenway to historical increases in cycling mode share. It is direct and obvious and links to pretty much the entire island.

    If you feel that intra-neighborhood bicycle facilities are the way to go for your Minnesota home, by all means advocate for that. But I don’t know as Manhattan fits that cookie-cutter model.

    And to speak directly to conditions on 34th Avenue in Queens, the problem with timing the lights for any kind of traffic is that the traffic is two-way.



    You keep ignoring that they had other options to detain him if they really wanted to. They required doing more work I guess, but a few minutes of work might just have saved the city a five or six figure settlement payout.



    That’s not even unusual, but it’s besides the point. The police don’t have a right to assault people. There isn’t even any decisive evidence that the cyclist violated a law. The only person we can be certain violated a law was the guy who assaulted someone.

    For that matter, everyone in this city is an “idiot” by your standards. Usually police ignore people who run reds whether they’re on bikes, on foot, or in cars. This guy was just unlucky that he got caught up in one of those rare cases where they cared.



    I watched a delivery biker stop at a red light, look for cars, then run the light. Perfectly safe, but illegal. At the same time, cars that are quite heavier and more dangerous speed down my side street all the time. The biker got ticketed. I watched him wait for the ticket, delivery food in hand, with tears in his eyes. I’m not saying we anyone is above the law, but maybe the law needs to be changed.

    Sidewalk biking is dangerous. It’s easy to hit pedestrians who are not expecting a bike on the sidewalk. But bikers who stop, look, then proceed are exceedingly more safe than their speeding counterparts in cars. West End is like a speedway! And if a biker stopped at every red light that is timed for cars, progress would be extremely slow.

    The law should allow a biker to treat a light as a stop sign, and yield to crossing traffic.

    Furthermore, ticketing of these poor delivery guys needs to stop for petty offenses. The speeding cars need to be slowed down. now.


    Kevin Love

    Or, better yet, being treated as a confession of guilt for criminal negligence. Like it is in other countries. And we don’t have to go far, just across the New York/Ontario border. Where a killer drivers do have criminality suspected. And when they run over a pedestrian in a crosswalk, prosecutors at trial say things in court like:

    “It’s an area where pedestrians can be expected,” Narozniak said. “The claim, ‘I didn’t see her’ is proof of a lack of due care and attention and reason for conviction.”


    walks bikes drives

    I have nothing against cutting out a car lane or removing parking for the creation of this road.

    As for reliably timing, the bicycle thoroughfare would just need to be given signal timing priority. When this road crosses another arterial, this road’s timing is what dictates the light timing and not the other road. I don’t think it is too much to ask.


    walks bikes drives

    Those that will not ride on uninviting streets will just have to wait until a full system is in place. I am not arguing that only a long distance system should be built. I am just arguing where the first step should be taken. We can put a skeleton together by starting at the ribs, or we can start with the backbone.

    I don’t have a specific road in mind because I don’t know the outer boroughs well enough to pull something out of that. The criteria I would look for would be: one way, long run, light motor vehicle traffic, and central location.


    Jonathan R

    The garage closing affects 50 people, of whom at least six have Martin Collins’ or Liz Ritter’s email, and the chutzpah to complain about it.

    The “deck is stacked against non-car-owning Manhattanites” trope is what you see in the Times’s Metropolitan Diary column, which treats ASP-related travails as normative.


    Andres Dee

    The Lynn Reynolds / Naiem Uddin case exemplifies 100% why people who say “I didn’t see him/her” should be taken off the road on the spot and submit to full battery of drug, physical and neurological testing before being allowed back behind the wheel.



    It is truly amazing how the deck is stacked against non-car-owning Manhattanites, aka “the majority,” even in so-called community news sites. This story probably affects about 50 people, tops. But if a grocery store jacked up its prices so that hundreds of people’s average monthly food bills went up by $125, it would not warrant an OUTRAGE story in the local press.


    Jonathan R

    That Inwood garage article is something else. If it hasn’t clicked for you, the person who called Ms. Armstrong with the story idea is probably one of the civic luminaries we have in the neighborhood. The average person on Dyckman Street is unlikely to care about this burning issue.


    Ser Ponce

    Thanks for clarifying.

    Did you or any of the other witnesses get names / badge numbers for the cops?


    Ser Ponce

    Hit-and-Run Driver Who Killed Naiem Uddin, 14, Will Deploy the “I Didn’t See Him” Confession.




    And you read about that crackdown on Streetsblog, and linked to it from a comment on another story that criticized de Blasio’s NYPD? And you’re wondering why Streetsblog is up BDB’s ass? Is that about right?



    Here’s another headline. Pete Donohue calls B.S. on Staten Island politicians decrying “$16″ toll, when in reality what they pay is just 25 cents more than the base subway fare. And Staten Island drivers don’t have to worry about homeless people urinating in their car or panhandling in their face.



    Atlantic Yards has been terrible from the start. Crowds released from the arena flood the middle of streets. The bright glowing oculus advertisement circle at near eye-level at the front of the arena is a huge distraction for drivers and cyclists. The MTV awards led to multi-block detours. The dripping rust from the arena on rainy days stains pedestrians’ clothing (and the sidewalk).

    If the Democrats wind up dumping their convention on us in 2016, the combination of security, protesters, delegates, reporters, etc… is going to make the entire neighborhood unusable from a pedestrian point of view for a week. And then the residents of the 18 new 40+ story buildings they’re dropping on us will eventually wind up making pedestrian life crowded and unpleasant.

    Perhaps the headline should be – “Pedestrian Environment Around Atlantic Yards will Get Worse Before It Stays Worse.”



    McDonalds fries get soggy very quickly. Whats a human life weighed against eating them fresh?



    It’s generally legal when the bike lane passes in front of a driveway or on a cross-street. (Check your local laws, of course.)


    Richard Chen

    Someone could drive into him without charges as long as his office defends the accused.