Now that we have a map of stations and a confirmation from the Department of Transportation that absolute tourist mayhem won't break out, it looks like we finally are seeing this CitiBike program come into fruition with a definite arrival date. Janette Sadik-Khan, DOT commissioner, told reporters a ... More >>
Yesterday, the Voice brought you news that Comptroller John Liu vehemently slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration and the Department of Transportation, claiming that City Hall had not done enough to promote safety with New York's forthcoming bike share program. "Recent studies have found ... More >>
The city will officially launch its bike share program in July -- and Mayor Bloomberg might actually give one a ride...at least once. But that's only so that if someone asks him how it is, he'll be able to respond. "I will certainly pay and ride one," the mayor told reporters this morning, standin ... More >>
Outdoor press conference! Taking a break from his typical indoor news conferences, Mayor Mike Bloomberg today took advantage of the absurdly beautiful March weather outside to unveil a new pothole filling machine and to launch "road paving season," when the city resurfaces streets across the five ... More >>
The police department is called on the carpet for its dismissive approach to bike deaths
This week has brought a wave of PR-department-approved good news to New York City residents. We have less crime! We are healthier! We might just live...forever! And...we're better at driving and/or walking, apparently. Mayor Bloomberg along with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Department of ... More >>
Today in street news, New York is getting more of those audible walk signs (their official name? "Accessible Pedestrian Signals") that make a clicking noise when it's O.K. for you to cross the street. This is to help elderly and sight-impaired New Yorkers (as well as, we're thinking, people who don' ... More >>
Despite some very bitter and ugly public battles, a majority of New Yorkers approve of bike lanes, according to a poll released this week. The Quinnipiac University poll found that 56 percent of city voters say bike lanes "are good because it's greener and healthier for people to ride." The b ... More >>
via NYT/Marilynn K. YeeDoes everyone who has ever lived (or worked) in Manhattan have an East or West side bias? (We're East Side people, obviously.) As everyone knows, Fifth Avenue divides the two, but recently there was some debate about the specifics of the split area as you move north up ... More >>
New York City and the Bloomberg administration are deploying a secret weapon in the war over bike lanes, the New York Times reports today, in the form of some offense led by Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson. "We allowed the other side to frame this debate," Wolfson told the Times. "That's really t ... More >>
Department of TransportationWell, so much for the Department of Transportation's utopian vision of gutter dining in Soho: last night, Community Board 2 voted to reject all but one of the pop-up cafés that the DOT had proposed for the neighborhood. The cafés, which would extend f ... More >>
cziamandanis.wordpress.comWhets the appetite.If you're the type who feels that sitting at a sidewalk café doesn't give you quite enough access to exhaust fumes and the specter of screeching tires, then Janette Sadik-Khan has got your back.
Amy Zimmer/DNAinfoWhen the going gets tough, the tough bring about a lawsuit. Patricia Monroy, owner of Paty's Taco Truck, has been battling the Upper East Side over the past year. Now, she is hoping to reclaim her income and the right to sell tacos in the neighborhood, where crotchety resid ... More >>
A rendering, via New York TimesActual swimming pools are coming to Park Avenue! Hey, even if you don't consider a converted Dumpster filled with water a heavenly retreat in the heat, at least this will make for some good photo ops. For the first three Saturdays in August, Mayor Bloomberg is o ... More >>
Andrew Hinderaker"Birdie," the GreeNYC bird (note bike helmet!), hangs in Times Square. Today is a very beautiful National Bike to Work Day here in New York City. Wiley Norvell, the communications director at Transportation Alternatives, which co-hosted nine pit stops throughout the city, int ... More >>
Recent reports stating that bike ridership has reached 200,000-plus daily cyclists in New York City (more than any other U.S. city) have now come under fire. Cycling advocates are protesting that biking is not nearly as popular as all that -- yet.
We all know how effective Mike Bloomberg can be when he focuses on a problem, and the weekend hit-and-run of mayor's office employee Erinn Phelan in Brooklyn has clearly moved him. Maybe it will be a wake-up call. One of the city's grand and underappreciated organizations, Transp ... More >>
Who's skeptical about the mayor's traffic plan? The companies bidding to run it.
According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>
East Harlem man dares to build greenway. DOT commish dares to cork it.