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    When I got the same ticket last year for an Idaho stop, and the website included the surcharge and points, I emailed them through askDMV and told them the problem. About a week later, I got an email back and the charges and points were fixed. Then I paid it online without a problem.

    I wonder, since DMV is so inclined to let drivers off the hook even if they kill someone, are they the same for cyclists?


    Joe R.

    My first inclination would be to ask the mayor why clearing sidewalks isn’t a municipal responsibility the same as clearing streets? It shouldn’t be incumbent upon the whims of individual property owners to keep the sidewalks clear. This is something the city should do as a matter of course, the same way it clears streets.



    Pedestrians do not realize that they also have to follow rules. Don’t cross the street on the green, use the crosswalk, don’t jay walk etc. Pedestrians walk against the green and give you the tough eye. Stay out of the street when the light is green!


    Andy Stahl

    How irrelevant will O’Toole look in today’s Republican-controlled Congress?



    Move it in the sidewalk? Ugh. Walking after a snowstorm isn’t challenging enough without the mayor’s help?



    Mayor: So, let me just quickly follow up with – yeah, but I just –
    let me clarify, and then we’ll take your next question. The – first of
    all, on the point – and I have spent many a day digging out my own car,
    when I had my own car – and the point is, I know it’s tempting to put
    snow into the street. This is a – it’s a huge mistake, given the amount
    of snow we’re going to have, to put the snow back in the streets. I’m
    going to ask all of my fellow New Yorkers, when the time comes to dig
    out your car, move it in between cars, move it in the sidewalk, but
    don’t put the snow back in the street.


    Joe R.

    There’s that, and then there’s the militarization of our police forces:


    Opus the Poet

    The depressing thing I take away from this report is the most vulnerable users in NYC are pedestrians, followed closely by cyclists. Drivers and passengers are involved in the vast majority of wrecks but are far less represented in the dead and injured.



    Go to the dmv “plead &pay” website. Put in ticket number. See what the description is. If it says “NYC bike/skate red light,” you can pay the fine ($190, unless you’re a repeat offender) with no surcharge. If it says anything else you may have a problem



    Ok, but I have court on Thursday for red light running (well, I treated it like an idaho stop and looked both ways and proceeded slowly parallel to jay walkers – ARGHGRHAGH) tix and it says $88 mandatory fee for all violations except equipment.

    So, I was just going to plea for mercy as, I did treat it like an Idaho stop. But in the event I can’t make it to court, how should I pay for it? Include a Note with my check “FYI: I’m not paying this mandatory charge of $88 since I’m on a bike”? I’m not sure my payment would be deemed timely made.


    Larry Littlefield

    Pataki, Bruno, Silver, and Spitzer (and Giuliani and Bloomberg) are now gone.

    But their legacy of debts and retroactively enriched and underfunded pensions will live on for decades, and curse a generation or two.

    And likely be added to, by others in Generation Greed.



    Yeah, the comment above may have been an instance of what I like to refer to as “not knowing quite what I’m talking about.” His use of the word “recent” in “recent overcrowding” is what jarred me, but actually I don’t commute through there anymore so I might be off target. (But hey at least I didn’t use any extreme language or type in all caps. That would have been embarrassing.)



    Relax, NYPD will never enforce anything in this neighborhood. All you’ll have to contend with are vigilantes armed with coffee and eggs.



    The crowding caused by construction, not the existence of the plazas themselves, is a problem. I was there with two elderly people a few months ago on a sidewalk where a barricade blocked off the ped plaza. It was a bit scary because the two-way pedestrian traffic was gridlocked, and I was worried that we would be crushed against the building or the barricade. I can still recall feeling the wall-attached fire hydrant pressing against my leg. There should have officers or BID staff at either end of the sidewalk block managing the ped flow, just as escalators are managed when overcrowded.

    As for the plazas themselves, they are the only thing that got me to return to Times Square. I stopped going to Times Square after a different scary incident. I was with two under-5 kids, and the crowds were pushing us off the sidewalk and into the motorist’s lane. Only when the ped plazas were built did I return with kids to Times Square.



    I didn’t read it that way at all. He’s saying the success is a good thing, but that the success in one area comes with costs in another. As someone who used to work in Times Square and is glad that I never have to cope with the tourist crowds just to get lunch or a cup of coffee, I agree. The ped plazas only made a “problem” that had existed for years a bit worse, even if no one in their right mind would suggest that the solution is a return to the bad old days when Times Square was a traffic sewer. Durst is right to wonder what the consequences are for the area should the tourist trade start to dip in the future.



    Anti-crime hysterics! They’ve robbed America and NYC of so much freedom over the past generation that it will be a hell of a fight to get it back.

    Plus there is probably no way around the point that the cornfed suburbanites who have been crowding into the city grew up in environment where authoritarianism is completely normal. They don’t care about incidental freedoms like being allowed to go out whenever you want, especially ones they never enjoyed.



    No problem that exists in New York exists anywhere else. That’s why everything New York does has to fly against historical best practice and best practice everywhere else.

    Snow in Canada? Lies!



    I was giggling at the implication that the city’s Shake Shacks don’t have lines except the one in Times Square. And it’s pedestrian plazas that keep Graydon Carter from savoring lunch at Chevy’s, or Applebee’s, or Bubba Gump Shrimp. The NYT explains it all…

    Seriously though, I work in a Times Square office and grumble about the tourists myself, but I would never want to lose the pedestrian plazas. I’d like to see easier pedestrian crossings at 7th Ave and the crosstown streets; I think that would go a long way for the millions of pedestrians using the space.



    Random question, but anyone know what’s going on with Citibike? Latest I heard is it’s still suspended, but I saw at least 5 people riding them whilst I was running this morning.



    That might be fine for other cities, but it gets cold and snows here in New York, so they would be sitting unused for a large part of the year.

    I think that’s one of the reasons given why all of the public space should be for motorists, right?



    Most pedestrian spaces in this city are too crowded and popular. That’s why we need more of them.

    Montreal (Pop 1.6 million) is planning on 5 new pedestrian streets this year. How many is New York (Pop 8.3 million) planning? (to quote Steve Vaccaro’s tweet)


    Ben Fried

    I think he’s saying that the crowding is worse because of construction to build the permanent plazas, not that the plazas themselves are to blame.



    Durst’s blaming these problems of Times Square on pedestrian plazas are bizarrely ignorant. People who work in offices and other settings in and around Times Square have been making the EXACT SAME complaints for many, many years. I heard it and said it myself when I first got here in 1999 and it was obvious then that they’d been saying it since well before then.



    That precincts issued just 42,627 tickets while the speed cameras got 445,000 – wow. I wish the public could crunch the numbers on the precincts’ speeding enforcement, to see how steady it is over the month. Very very glad for the speed cameras – they help make the streets safer.


    Joe R.

    Exactly why I won’t be riding until the snow mostly melts. That and the mess it makes on the bike, basically making a bike cleaning necessary after every ride.


    Joe R.

    And that makes it totally useless to a large percentage of riders who might want to avoid using it at times when it’s more crowded.

    WTF is it with NYC and this closing parks/trails at night crap? Dumb is the best word I can think of but criminal is more like it. We pay taxes for these things. They should remain open for public use at all times, including for someone who might want to go for a stroll or ride at 3 AM.



    Sneckdowns are my favorite.


    Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Very nice! If you want some specific step by steps in documenting #sneckdowns check out this great publication by IOBY!



    Might want to update that headline. Apparently we’re not allowed to play in the snow, as all parks are closed as of 6 pm.


    Cold Shoaler

    And that’s a recipe for some heated-SUV-encased asshat to think he can bully you out of his way. I certainly think as much about having to take the lane in such circumstances as I do about sneckdowns.



    Cars being parked way out from the curb due to snow buildup plus whatever snow is plowed up on the outside of the ones that never moved will probably make the difference between having a bike lane and having to take the lane for the majority of my commute.



    I’ve biked in many places with curb extensions. They’ve never posed much of a problem for me.



    I’m glad someone else mentioned that knockdowns, sneckdowns, curb extensions, etc are conversation starters. NO one is recommending you take a photo with snow and make them all concrete. But they do show you how many places are overbuilt for cars and that streets can be narrowed or reconfigured for human use.



    Snow also drives away people who sit on their stoops. Another urban leisure that draws suspicion enough to deserve being banned!



    Can’t say I’m looking forward to biking on the “narrowed roads”.



    Yeah. It’s shocking that, lacking an internal combustion engine and 4WD, most pedestrians take the path of least resistance when trudging through under-shoveled sidewalks.



    Really good point. When there is too much sidewalk space, it’s a very common problem to encounter over-confident pedestrians who think nothing of dangerously walking at 40mph through residential neighborhoods.



    Sneckdowns are a conversation starter. They’re not meant to be a 1:1 representation of What We Must Do.



    So the 2nd photo shows me cars could use slightly less space and pedestrians can be squeezed into a mere 18 inches?

    Why are we wasting so much money and valuable real estate paving wide sidewalks?



    Neckdowns will henceforth be known as “concrete sneckdowns”.



    People are going to forget that neckdowns are actually called neckdowns!



    Sneckdown now has a Wikipedia article!



    “Driver Critically Injures Pedestrian Near Macy’s” — she was hit by an ambulance on the way to an emergency.



    Probably no need to worry about that. It’s unlikely to be a popular park, but the idea of it being a commuter corridor is plain daft.



    “The QueensWay will close at dusk except during winter months, when it will remain open slightly later to accommodate commuters.”


    Rockaway Beach Branch

    wtf?!?! The QueensWay will close at night??? Even though it is being proposed as a safe cycling commuting route? Sorry, but it gets dark pretty early for half the year, and people need to cycle home.

    The QueensWay looks more and more like a bad idea. I was on the fence, but I think rail (subway) is the way to go.



    Where would someone be coming from that a transfer to/from the 74 at 73rd would be needed, that the trip would not be served just as well by a transfer at Jewell or union via the 46?

    It’s a mile from Jewell to union, you’d want a limited or SBS stop in between. If the community wanted a second I suppose you could get rid of the 73rd stop and put in two new ones, at 72nd and 76th avenues.


    Michael Klatsky

    The reason for low bus ridership attendance is most likely because most riders are students of Queens College or graduates living there taking the train into the city – two demographics that dont care about public meetings.



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    Your comments work better than ambien at putting me to sleep