Early Thanksgiving Edition – Streetsblog New York City

It was supposed to be a slow news day, but the powers that be yesterday took advantage of the looming holiday lull yesterday to lose some salutary developments in active transportation and transit – for which we are grateful! (We try to practice gratitude every day, even though decades of ink stew have hampered our views.)

It’s good to have good news even as, in three days’ time, Americans (in Tryptophan and Bourbon-induced stupor, no doubt) unleash an orgy of road violence. This utterly predictable disaster will come in a week when a Wisconsin SUV driver allegedly used his vehicle as a weapon in a multiple homicide which, as the Washington Post explained, is a terrifyingly common occurrence in America and around the world ( proving that, in one sense at least, America is really not exceptional).

Yet is this country big or What?

Yesterday our Julianne Cuba discovered an unpublished and little-noticed Department of Transportation study documenting that New Yorkers, especially Manhattanites, love to eat al fresco! (We knew this intuitively, but we’re grateful for the support of a trend that allows us to date safely during a pandemic.)

Then the Department of Sanitation posted an exclusive full of welcome news on our grizzled editor, revealing that it had finally hired some of those lean, slow plows to sweep our bike lanes of unwanted white stuff. (Now if city ​​workers and everyone would only stop parking in it…) The scoop appeared in the early morning.

In other pre-holiday news prompting to thank:

  • The city is collecting more fines than ever from the skanky motorists who continually crowd the bus lane, she told the New York Post in a pre-Thanksgiving document. This is because there are fixed and bus mounted cameras to catch criminals. Iron Man David Meyer got a Great deeply disturbing quote from a bus lane thug complaining that fines “rape” car drivers.
  • The Opinion page of the New York Times ran a mind-boggling proposition from Jay Caspian Kang that we could really support: Free Electric Bikes for Everyone – to Ride on Car-Free Streets!
  • Columbia’s undergraduate magazine The Blue and White examined how biking and city planning could improve Morningside Heights. After dodging taxis on the Heights Highway (er, Broadway…) for a dozen years, we totally agree!
  • The busy Broadway Junction station is finally getting elevators, thanks to federal government money. (NYDN, Brooklyn Paper)
  • A trio of big nonprofit bosses argued in a Daily News editorial that the deleterious use of city property – for example, as parking lots for cops’ private cars – is a matter of racial justice. We agree!
  • Finally, a day after the Safe Streets community observed World Day of Remembrance for Victims of Road Violence, Mayor-elect Adams, City Council members and Safe Streets advocates joined a roundtable (oddly enough no press) on the carnage at Brooklyn City Hall. Now for some action, please.

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