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    Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Not Vision Zero.



    Can a civil suit be filed?



    BRT construction on something like Woodhaven should be very cheap because little new infrastructure is needed. Actually, it should cut operating costs over the present bus system, and may even help pay for itself in savings. OTOH, BRT is only cheaper than rail if ignore long-term operating costs. Over 30 years, rail is significantly cheaper.

    The MTA isn’t really considering anything. It does what it’s told and paid to do. The kicker is the price of the park exceeds reasonable rail reactivation costs. And Goldfeder is nobody’s friend here. He doesn’t care about rail, he just wants to keep lanes open to cars on Woodhaven.


    Mark R. Dzuibek

    I’ve often thought the same thing. While NYC has great urban fabric for biking/walking, even the most urban places in the U.S. are mired in suburban laws and policies which put vulnerable modes at a disadvantage.

    Part of it is the stratified political structure of the U.S. MPOs, DOTs, and State Govs are beholden to suburban interests when 95% of states’ land area and the majority of the population are suburban/rural.

    I think one solution is the return of European style city-states, but when even getting a bike lane involves multi-year political battles, I won’t hold my breath for a top to bottom reorganization of urban political structures.



    How expensive are they compared to, say, traffic lights or walk signals or all the other heavy infrastructure we have on every street? I’m skeptical about the cost claims – especially when balanced against the costs of accidents and their aftermath.

    What amenities would they prevent? I’m really not seeing any strong argument against them, here.



    Yeah, until you are hit or injured. Then your life is essentially valueless.


    Andres Dee

    Warts and all, IMHO, I believe that people walking and biking have it better in NYC than in most other places (in the US). It’s all about “safety in numbers”.


    Joe Enoch

    This won’t solve anything. A few vigilantes will only instill more anger and retribution. Also, as someone who lost his temper with an aggressive driver once, I can tell you from experience that it doesn’t help.


    Andres Dee

    Why is this not attempted murder?


    Joe Enoch

    I wish Vance would ride a bike for one week. Just one. This kind of aggressive behavior is so common. It’s terrifying because I can’t even count the number of times that I have been in that same position (riding down the street) as this anonymous victim, only to be aggressively confronted by angry drivers upset that I’m in their way.

    If this guy would have gotten out of his car and assaulted him with his hands, this would have been a home run criminal trial for the DA. But since Henriquez used his car as the weapon instead of his fists, he’s home free.



    Stuff like this will lead bikers to the logical end-point… to routinely extract vigilante justice from aggressive drivers on the scene. Because without the justice system backing bikers, vigilante is the only form of justice available.


    Brad Aaron

    It sounds as if you have a legal background and witnessed this crash firsthand. Or maybe you have a copy of the crash report, which NYPD told me was still in the works.

    If so please email me:



    NYC, supposedly a great walking and biking city, is not. Sure it’s urban form is conducive to both, but the legal system treats each mode as sub-human. Between the suburban-style arterials of midtown ‘avenues’, suburban-style free parking policies and tepid or non-existent criminal prosecutions of deadly drivers, it’s all very bizarre how cars and car culture dominates North America’s most urban city.



    The driver had the light, he broke no laws and the victim was struck as a result of breaking the law. It’s sad but avoidable with more cautious walking.



    Ugh. This is sad. But another example of pedestrians thinking they’re impervious. Walking outside the crosswalk is against the law. And walking down the middle of Flatbush is downright stupid as several witnesses say she was. Prayers of both families.


    Aunt Bike

    Bollards may not be cheap, but their cost could be offset by savings in emergency responses and human lives.

    Having nothing for a physical barrier between a rapidly moving vehicles and pedestrians on sidewalks but a four to six inch curb seem inadequate to me.



    Bollards are not cheap and having them would prevent other sidewalk amenities from being installed.



    Will these be any better than the other bike lanes in Midtown? The brave and the assertive only need apply.



    I’d say vote for CANDIDATES that actually support transit. Transit just isn’t a top-tier issue for political parties beyond platitudes of “making your commute easier”. And I’m completely biased here given this is a pet issue for me, but I really believe a politician who actually gets transportation tends to be pretty solid on a range of issues. They’re able to understand both social and financial facets of policy which tend to be especially complex with transit.



    You’re both right. Both parties love to spend, spend, spend and rack up tons of debt in the process. It’s a matter of the difference in WHAT they want to spend the money on.



    By causing a response that creates overblown security theater like this, the terrorists have won, once again.



    I might be remembering this wrong, but I think right after the flag stunt they were parking the Interceptors in the bike lane, forcing riders into the pedestrian lane.

    To echo everyone else, this is security theater at its most inane. Reactionary, ineffective, and just generally pointless.



    No they really shouldn’t be tied together because they are quite different and the cost difference and likelihood of implementation is vastly different. A BRT system, while certainly not cheap given the construction needed to create a center Boulevard bus-way, would be a fraction of the cost to build a new train line [there is nothing to "reactivate," you have to build from scratch]. Also, the equipment costs are much less expensive for the BRT, the facilities needed to house the new division are cheaper and the routing is much easier, able to use existing roads to reach meaningful final destination without having to figure out how to link to either the subway [by tunneling under Rego Park] or connecting to the LIRR mainline, both options are already over subscribed. Then you get to the problem that MTA has no interest in building a new rail line in that area. It has several multi-billion dollar projects either already underway or on the drawing boards way ahead of any new train line and has not included building a rail line in its 20-year or other planning documents. So with respect to Stephen, when he says the idea is “gaining steam” all he really is describing is that train activists have gotten louder in response to an amazing linear park and bikeway proposal that truly is feasible in the short term. The MTA isn’t considering it, other electeds, Karen Koslowitz for instance, have flat out said they will fight it, so train isn’t happening. On the other hand the QueensWay can be built in the relatively near future for a small fraction of the cost of the train idea and will include a 3.5 mile bikeway that would add to the transportation mix in that region [which has absolutely zero bike infrastructure] and complement a BRT very well. BRT should not be made hostage to a rail idea that does not have broad support outside of Goldfeder and his train friends, and which the MTA certainly has no interest in doing for at least the next several decades.



    DNAinfo doesn’t source the claim that she was walking on the double yellow. Multiple witness statement? Police statement? It certainly wouldn’t be the first time the police released an erroneous victim-blaming account of a collision.



    Is there any social problem that demonizing cyclists doesn’t work for? Traffic violence, gentrification–you name it, cycling is behind it.


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    Eyes on the Street: Grand at Broadway Edition

    * glitch makes it sideways



    Eyes on the Street: Grand Edition

    * glitch makes it sideways


    Joe R.

    Good question. I agree-every sidewalk with even a medium amount of pedestrian traffic should be lined with bollards. It would be nice if we could depend upon drivers not to end up on the sidewalk but apparently we can’t. The next best thing then is physical protection.

    As a bonus, the bollards would keep the NYPD from parking on the sidewalks.



    They’ve been there continuously since the white flag incident months ago.



    Re: the curb-jumping bus: why don’t we have metal bollards lining all curb lines so vehicles can’t physically jump into sidewalks, period? Fine – it was mechanical failure – the driver was cleared. That just means the driver shouldn’t suffer criminal consequences – not that this incident doesn’t represent a serious safety issue. It still needs to be investigated and learned from so it doesn’t happen again, and this seems like (yet another) incident that supports the idea of bollards. Why aren’t they deployed everywhere?



    I love that comment re bikes in the Post article “They’re like cars, only worse”. Just genius.


    Toby Sheppard Bloch

    Councilman Richards hit the nail on the head–tens of thousands of New Yorkers who live along Woodhaven can’t afford to get around by car. The roadway needs to be reallocated in a way that reflects that reality.

    Increasing service frequency and reducing travel times will change behaviors, enticing drivers to leave their cars at home if it is quicker and less stressful to take mass transit.



    I think your main point is absolutely right but I think saying “WFP has an anti-transit streak” might be on the too-generous side. They really don’t give a crap about anything other than paycheck issues. They don’t even have transportation on their issues list:

    You and I both know that any reasonable definition of “paycheck issues” would include transit. But for them it’s messy since you can’t talk about transit in New York without talking about the MTA and you can’t talk about the MTA without talking about pay and benefits. Hence, silence. Hence, post-Cuomo-endorsement, absolute loss of any progressive credentials.

    And the Greens are just ridiculous, I’m sorry to say.They’re the “candy for everybody” party. Pure political masturbation.



    Rail reactivation and surface transit improvements on Woodhaven should be tied together and sold as one package for the entire city. Both are useful projects in their own right, but each has distinct advantages. They don’t even step on each other in any way.



    Republikans spend more the Democrats. To add to the irony of Larry’s point, Pataki (who defeated Mario) arguably ballooned MTA debt more than anyone.



    At least categorically, there literally are none. Even WFP has an anti-transit streak, and it’s not unheard of for Greens to confuse green and greenwashing.



    Rapid transit on Woodhaven would require either tunneling or elevation. The former is expensive, and the latter is probably politically infeasible. Pedestrian improvements and green spaces are not infeasible, however, and could probably even be done along with a dedicated bus lane.

    And the kicker is the park proposal is more expensive than rail construction costs in the metro area.


    Joe R.

    I’ve accidentally been caught in a few torrential downpours and they performed just fine. In fact, I recall one time it was raining really heavy and my rear wheel was kicking up a nice rooster tail on Union Turnpike at ~25 mph. The bike felt great. I haven’t noticed any difference between these and regular tires. Same thing in snow or slush. Of course, they’re treacherous on ice but so is any tire. The only caveat is after I mount them I sand them lightly with 50 grit sandpaper to remove the mold release compound. It would probably wear off eventually anyway, but I figure it’s better to remove it immediately so the tires get their full traction.

    In NYC tires tend not to last their rated life. Our roads have lots of hard grit on them. Also, the frequent acceleration and braking tend to wear tires out a bit faster. If I end up getting 25,000 miles out of these in NYC then they may well last 50,000 miles in most other places.


    walks bikes drives

    Impressive milage. I got about 1200 miles out of the stock tires that came on my bike, and am probably about 800 miles or so into the gatorskins, which I have read usually run around 3-4000 miles. But how is their wet weather performance? I commute through almost all weather, save extremely heavy rain and I stay out of snow. One thing I like about the gatorskins, and even the stock slicks I had on from purchase, is their wet weather performance. I have yet to have them slip on anything other than smooth manhole covers at any speed.



    Hey Steve! You are awesome!!
    I just got a ticket for going through a red light but the ticketing officer didn’t sign the ticket with his name and rank. Is this ticket still valid? I know if it is I’m liable for $190. Any thoughts on this anyone?


    Joe R.

    I’m using these on my bike now:

    Obviously zero chance of getting flats. These roll somewhat better than the last airless tires I tried. I’d say they’re nearly as good as pneumatics, perhaps only 1/2 mph slower. Ride quality? No worse than 700×20 air tires. I highly recommend them to anyone who might be having ongoing problems with flats. I used to flat nearly weekly. It got so bad I was seriously considering giving up riding. Even when I didn’t flat, it was a chore keeping the tires topped off. Now I just ride with no worries.

    As a bonus, these last longer than air tires. My last set went 10,000 miles but I’d say they were probably running on borrowed time by 8,000. The HR compound supposedly lasts 2-3 times as long, so I may get 25,000 miles out of this set.



    The golf carts were there yesterday and today as well. Tonight when I biked the bridge, an NYPD motorcycle was zooming at me at around 20 mph down the bike lane. That was in addition to the three golf carts.



    Or perhaps she wasn’t a fast walker and found herself only halfway across the street by the time the light changed. Given the circumstances, perhaps she thought that the yellow line – which no driver has any business crossing except to enter or exit a driveway – was the safest place to stand.

    I doubt we’ll ever find out.



    Stop voting Democrat folks. Theyve done nothing for transit.

    (No, Im not saying vote Republican, Im saying vote for the parties that actually support transit)


    walks bikes drives

    I used to have a bike with fatter tires. I had 38s on it. Then I upgraded to my road bike, which is still a hybrid, but only in that it has flat handlebars. I run 25s instead of 23s for thr little extra cushion in the ride. While I now have to stay clear of most drains, with gatorskins, I havent had much problems. I am averaging fewer than one flat per thousand miles ridden. And I have shaved about 25% off my commute time. If I had room for two bikes, I’d have a larger tire for commutes and thinner tires for fun. But, I am 100% happy with what I have.


    Joe R.

    It’s satire. I have no idea why this occurred but I do feel it merits a thorough investigation. As Andrew mentioned, it might be worth asking if the driver crossed the double yellow line, and also was Ms. Matthias on the double yellow line because she decided to walk down the center of a busy street (highly unlikely), or just happened to be there at the moment she was hit because she was crossing outside the diagonal crosswalk in order to get across the street faster.



    Munoz drives like animal in Jersey


    Larry Littlefield

    He hasn’t covered himself with glory on this issue. But all the other Governors since Cuomo (Mario!) have been worse…except for David Paterson. Who raised revenues and put in someone who really fought to cut costs? He did.


    Larry Littlefield

    “Fares are already scheduled to increase faster than inflation, with back-to-back four percent hikes scheduled for 2015 and 2017.”

    Well 2.0% is the Feds target rate for inflation, though we’ve been coming in below that. The problem is most workers pay has trailed inflation. Public employee union contract wage increases have exceeded inflation. And benefit costs have risen far faster.

    “MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast, a Cuomo appointee, has urged the creation of new funding sources instead of an increasing reliance on debt.”

    No transit agency has more dedicated revenue sources than the MTA already. The problem is, those existing revenues are going to past debts. If only enough revenue is raised to service another $15 or $20 billion in debt, we’ll be right back where we are — with another revenue source gone — in just five years.



    Cuomo represents the worst of both worlds when it comes to his political approach to transit. He takes a more Republican stance on funding, constantly raiding the MTA budget and generally seems to disdain transit. But when it comes to cost cutting to bring down the outrageous price of transit construction in the city he acts like a Democrat and bows down to the labor unions, allowing them to continue over staffing capital projects by as much as 4 times.