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NYPD Targets Scofflaw Cyclists

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cyclists, be on alert: The NYPD is targeting riders who break the rules of the road, as part of a two-week ticket blitz called “Operation Safe Cycle.”

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Transportation Nation

Boise Bikes More Than New York

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Portland, Oregon, had the most bike commuters – more than six percent. Which shouldn't surprise anyone who's watched Portlandia. And while more people are biking to work overall, most people still drive. 

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Transportation Nation

New York Has Sixth-Lowest Rate of Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cities with lower fatality rates were Boston, Seattle, Washington DC, Colorado Springs and San Francisco.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bike Crash Fatalities and Police Reporting

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

WNYC reporter Alex Goldmark details police procedures following cyclist fatalities and why so few drivers face charges.

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Transportation Nation

New East-West Bike Lane Coming to Central Park

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Central Park bike lane schematic. (Source: Central Park Conservancy)

 

(New York, NY - WNYC)  Central Park is getting a new two-way bike lane this summer.

The NYC Department of Transportation will create it by removing a vehicle lane from a roadway that crosses the park from east to west at 72nd Street. The roadway, called The Terrace Drive, passes next to Bethesda Fountain and is open to cars on weekdays between 8 and 10 a.m.

Doug Blonsky of the Central Park Conservancy says the change is needed to keep the growing number of recreational users safe from each other.

"The park is getting so popular and so busy that there's so many more people and there's so many more bicyclists," he said. "We have to, as much as we can, try to separate the two."

Blonsky said 38 million people visit Central Park per year, a greater than threefold increase since 1984.

The park has three types of east-west crossings: below-grade transverses that are mainly used by cars, roadways like The Terrace Drive, and non-vehicular pathways. The new crosstown bikeway, which is a pilot program, will be the second of its kind in the park. The first is on a non-vehicular pathway at 96th Street.  Park rules require cyclists to walk their bikes on east-west crossings that don't have bike lanes.

Blonsky said the NYC DOT will be adding traffic lights where the new bike lane crosses the park's circular roadway in two places. He said a DOT study found reducing vehicular traffic from two lanes to one on the half-mile-long drive shouldn't delay drivers more than a few seconds per trip.

 

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: White House Threatens Transpo Bill Veto, NY Seeks Tappan Zee Loan

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Top stories on TN:
NY City Council Summons Police on Traffic Crime Investigations (Link)
Transpo Bills Set Off on A Long, Bumpy Road (Link)
NY MTA Chief Apologizes for Rat Comments (Link)
DOT Head Ray LaHood Takes Another Whack At House Transpo Bill: It “Takes Us Back to the Horse and Buggy Era” (Link)
Brooklyn Bike Lane Lawsuit Rolls into 2012 (Link)
New York Senate Votes to Restore a Tax Break for Transit Riders (Link)
USDOT: On Time Airline Arrival Highest in 17 Years (Link)
Regulators Soon To Release Reports On Yellowstone River Pipeline Break And Oil Spill (Link)

An aerial view of the George Washington Bridge (photo courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

New York has asked the federal government for a $2 billion loan to help finance the $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. (Bloomberg)

The White House is threatening to veto the House transportation bill. (Politico, The Hill)

And now transportation sits firmly atop the political agenda. (AP via Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

The Port Authority will spend half a billion dollars to renovate the George Washington Bridge. (nj.com)

Nine New York city cyclist deaths that raise questions. (MetroFocus)

A New York law cracking down on distracted driving has generated nearly 119,000 tickets statewide to motorists using their cell phones or texting while driving since July. (New York Daily News)

The green paint used in Los Angeles' bike lanes is not digitally erasable -- causing some film crews to have to relocate to bike lane-free streets. (Los Angeles Times)

Chicago's transit agency wants customers to know that its survey about "hypothetical fare scenarios" doesn't mean that it's hiking fares. (Chicago Tribune)

A group of bus companies is suing New York after the city's Department of Transportation gave Megabus a free spot outside the Port Authority Bus Terminal. (DNA Info)

Australia pours money into its car industry while slapping huge tariffs on used cars...but some are arguing for the New Zealand model, where second-hand cars are much cheaper.  (The Global Mail)

DC's Capital Bikeshare has hit 1.5 million trips -- in less than a year and a half of operation. (TBD)

New York is phasing in new benches in its subway system. Goodbye, wood; hello stainless! (New York Daily News)

 

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Residents, Cyclists Debate Park Slope Bike Lane

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Park Slope residents and cycling advocates led two boisterous rallies on Thursday, over the future of a protected bike lane along Prospect Park West.

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