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    That lowers bridge costs less than 1%. Is that so appealing? Or is the point that it makes it easier to avoid admitting the full cost of the project? He can say they can’t know that if the loan gets rolled over at a different unknown interest rate in a few years.


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    Way safer and more calming in Portland and SF. Come on, nyc!


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    Turn them in!



    Time to stop blaming victims: Victim “error” accounts for under a quarter of all fatal crashes.


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    What is going wrong here in NYC? All of this is done and very obvious in SF.. I hope you can vote in better leaders or bribe the current ones.


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    It seems very little is being done in NYC in general on the logical, progressive front.

    I’m visiting from SF where it’s far better. Any local insight as to what’s going wrong here?



    What about the UES? I’d love to ride 28 blocks in the morning from home to work. Instead, I am crammed onto the train for three stops which takes longer than a bike ride for the same distance.



    Thank you for providing a csv format download of the DMV crash data. Be great to see public interest groups and journalists routinely share their data in an open format like this.



    Wait, can this be right? According to the politicians on the TV news, it’s Metro North that’s unsafe, not cars!



    Or consider a premium membership with 60 minute rides before overages.


    Nicole Gelinas

    London allows people to use their keyfob to buy daily and weekly passes, and they have an autorenew option so that they next time you need one, it gives you whatever time period you got the last time without your having to go online and reconfigure it.


    Nicole Gelinas

    This time limit will be a bigger issue as the system expands to Astoria, etc. It will be harder to get to all points within 45 minutes. I think they should give members a few “grace” overages before overtime starts to kick in.



    Except Boston’s winter service is increasing this year



    Especially if you have other stations nearby add FMCP. Big enough that bikes are very useful for getting around, even if you take a bus, subway, or drive to the park. Parks department documents suggested creating a bike share system for the park before citibike existed.



    A price hike right before the winter? Terrible move.


    Payton Chung

    The key has to be bought online and mailed to you in advance. Some cities have storefronts where you can get keys in person, though.


    Danny G

    Have you ever lifted up a CitiBike? They’re heavy, and I don’t think it would be user-friendly to have a vertically staggered arrangement, unless I am misunderstanding your suggestion.

    I find it more convenient to let the stations be somewhat permeable (as they sort of are now – well, not for wheelchairs or strollers, and not if the station is full), so that you can don’t have to walk all the way around the station if you want to get across it.


    Ferdinand Cesarano

    Right; as I mentioned, I am aware of the option of re-docking. But that should be a once-in-a-while thing. When every trip will require a re-docking, this is a bit of a counter-incentive to sign up.

    I will repeat that I am a member, and that I intend to renew. So this quibble hasn’t stopped me from paying. But I wouldn’t be surprised if many people concluded that this would be a hassle and never signed up, or didn’t renew after having to re-dock during every trip.


    Gil Lopez

    This is nonsense. Is there a way for someone to get in touch with the DAs office and voice concern/outrage about this?



    In New York we use sharrows where theres “too much auto traffic to change the road geometry” (but actually its the parking we wont touch, not the moving lanes), in The Netherlands the standards require segregated cyclepaths where the auto traffic exceeds a certain threshold.

    These are inverse design choices. Guess which place is talking about Vision Zero and which place has actually accomplished it?



    Yeah, they really landed the punch. The communication yesterday seemed pretty clear that people would know in advance *when* prices were going up. Seems a bit like bad-faith dealing here. Strange.


    Cold Shoaler

    Sometimes the “gutter” is a “bike lane” here in NYC.



    “Neighbors of the precinct (on Bergen) complain consistently about the volume of vehicles parked on the nearby streets, which during the daytime, are typically 100% occupied.”

    That’s the part I’m responding to. Illegal sidewalk parking should be ended immediately by all precincts.

    Officers parking vehicles on the street in legal spots is just part of the free parking game.



    So if I were to visit DC tomorrow, I’d be able to get a key right away and start riding? I think you’d still have to use the kiosk or sign up online and wait 7 days for a key. Correct me if I’m wrong.



    They are parking illegally on the sidewalk.



    Well, if officers are parking illegally or on the sidewalk, that’s something to complain about. But if there’s a lack of parking, that’s a different story. It would be like moving next to a firehouse and complaining about the sirens.



    what a shitty, worthless response.


    Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Every other city is 30 minutes. So we get a big bonus at 45. Besides you can always re-dock. I have taken 3 hour rides with 5 or 6 easy re-dockings. Never a problem.



    I don’t have a lot of sympathy for people who moved to Bergen Street any time within the last 100 years or so and are surprised to find that a lot of the parking is taken up by the precinct.



    Look at data for East Flatbush over the last ten years. You’ll see only minimal changes in economic and racial/ethnic composition.
    In any case, the median salary for a cop in NYC is over $61K.
    The focus on first-year salaries is so grossly misleading for cops.



    Ah, ok. I’d thought they were on 6th.





    true, just not worth it to me since I already own a bike and I don’t spend any time in Manhattan outside of going to work.



    I am super surprised as well, but the website prices them at $149 plus tax right away and the “you can still sign up at $95″ line is crossed out on their blog. Big :(



    I’d like to point out that you can dock and undock the bike. Not particularly convenient but it has served me the few times I’ve needed it past 45 minutes


    Michael Klatsky

    Pretty soon the lower income residents that are left (not many since a huge number have left over the past 15 years) will wise up and move to the southern States where one can live on a $39k household income.

    The ones that don’t move out of the region are being pushed to the periphery just like the Civil servants are.



    No, it is not effective today. An email from Citi Bike to its members says they can still renew or join at the current rate. Alta has not yet given a date for the increase. The company says it will let people know in advance of the change.


    Rationally Speaking

    Lets see how about reckless bicyclists ? Idiots that ride bicycles against traffic. Not stopping at red lights or stop signs while riding a bike…is this not hazardous? or would it be a step in preventing an accident to begin with to rational.



    The BMWs and Lexuses outside of my local precinct/firehouse combo (which itself is about a 5 minute walk to the subway) suggest the pay is A-OK. $40,000+ vehicle is within budget, but there’s no way they can afford to park in a garage for $25 a day/$400 a month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    I got email yesterday saying “This is your last chance to renew at the current rate of $95,” but I followed the link just now and it’s already $149 + $13.22 tax.



    The price increase to $149 is effective today?!?!?? Talk about quickly burning off your goodwill.



    That’s what stopped me from signing up. It takes me almost exactly 45 min to bike from my home in Brooklyn to my job in Manhattan. It’s pretty much the same story for all of my friends. Better to just use my own bike even though I’d prefer to use Citibike.



    Not all Phase II stations are created equal. Some are “Phase II first stations”. Think of it as II(a) and II(b)…



    Police get paid much more than many, many people who live in places that aren’t even kinda transit-deprived, like East Flatbush. They live far out and have cars because they want to. There’s no economic excuse.


    Michael Klatsky

    Well at the pay they are getting, they can only afford to live in the far off suburbs and the LIRR, Metro North and NJT dont run frequently during the hours they travel (shift changes).

    If present trends continue, all city employees will be living in the suburbs due to affordable cost of housing.


    Tyson White

    I’m scratching my head to trying to understand what is Phase II yellow and what is Phase II orange? Is that Phase III?



    Neighbors of the precinct (on Bergen) complain consistently about the volume of vehicles parked on the nearby streets, which during the daytime, are typically 100% occupied. Additionally, they park vehicles at a 90 degree angle to cram more in. There is literally no space for these vehicles to park elsewhere under the current conditions. There is no budget for off-street parking; there is no space for street parking. Something has to give.



    It looks like its not close enough to the corner to prevent criminals from dangerously parking where they block visibility of the crosswalk


    Ferdinand Cesarano

    I really wish that the base rental period were one hour, not 45 minutes. In my experience, an hour is about what it takes to make most useful inter-borough trips. (Though many trips entirely within the tiny island of Manhattan can take much less time.) I understand that you can dock the bike and take another. Still, the base period should be a more useful one.

    I have been a CitiBike member since the beginning; and, despite my rarely using the service, I intend to renew even at the higher price. Still, the service’s usefulness would jump enormously if the overtime fees didn’t kick in until a full hour had passed.


    Precinct Watcher

    Individual precincts individually paint their own lines, illegally.