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New Bike Lane Law, East River Ferry Service, Cuomo/Silver Honeymoon

Must Read

  • The City Council passes a law requiring the DOT to explain why it is implementing specific bike lane and traffic calming measures (Post).
  • New East River ferry service will begin next spring (Streetsblog).
  • As long as Andrew Cuomo respects the Legislature, Sheldon Silver says, they’re going to get along just fine (Capital Tonight).
  • Across the river: activists sue to stop the huge redevelopment of the Domino Sugar site (Real Deal).
  • Kenny Scharf’s mural is complete (Animal).
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Silly law about new bike lanes, my impression is that the department always releases information explaining the project as the law requires.

    See here for the 2010 list of projects: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/bicyclists/installsched.shtml

    And here for the PDF presentation about the Vanderbilt Ave extension (which, as a one-time frequent Vanderbilt Ave cyclist, I think is great): http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/20100518_vanderbilt_extension_slides.pdf

  2. As a frequent attendee at Community Board meetings, I’ve seen how these things go:

    The DOT makes a presentation, almost no one shows up either in support or in opposition, sometimes board members object — and ultimately the plan is implemented. THEN, after the fact the complaints begin.

    I think the main problem is this: no one has time to go to community board meetings or the desire to search the DOT’s web site. Contrast this with the backlash over bars in the neighborhood – there’s a ton of organized opposition. I don’t see this same kind of activism on the bike lane issue. Is this because it’s not that important to a large number of people?

    In any case, it’s hard to imagine the City Council law being a game changer.

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