Mayor on a bus and an old lady shouting at us Edition – Streetsblog New York City

Every time a mayor takes a bus in this city, it’s like Streetsblog’s Super Bowl (not that it should be!). So we can’t wait to jump on the B41 on Flatbush Avenue with Mayor Adams this morning around 8:30 a.m. when he takes the bus to Ocean Avenue for a rally with Riders Alliance

The Mayor’s Bus Ride (not his first!) is particularly timely, given that the Straphangers Campaign and the Transit Center have announced the “winners” of their annual Pokey and Schleppie awards for the city’s worst bus routes.

Kevin Duggan at amNY and Stephen Nessen at Gothamist covered the “Award Show”, which featured what was billed as a surprise appearance by New York City Transit President Richard Davey, which was no surprise at all, given that Davey is keen on Remind everyone that slow buses are primarily due to lack of enforcement of bus lane blockers and not enough dedicated bus lanes – two things the city’s NYPD and Department of Transportation need to provide.

Staten Island Advance — the same paper that is quick to snap DOT for improving road safety! — focused on the slowest bus in the Rock.

The B41 didn’t make the Pokey or Schleppie list, but maybe it should have; according to the MTA Bus Dashboardthe B41 averaged around 10.7 km/h during peak hours and 11.8 km/h during off-peak hours in June 2015. decreases to 6.3 miles per hour and 6.6 miles per hour respectively – drops of 6% and nearly 10% respectively.

This is despite the mayor’s promise to reverse the iconic legacy of the de Blasio administration and improve the lives of bus riders. Since taking office, this effort has existed in fits and starts, with the mayor announcing only a small number of projects while cutting hours on two bus lanes and considering cutting a third. But the city is also embarking on a long-term solution for Flatbush Avenue, so there you have it.

We look forward to the awkward handshakes between representatives of Hizzoner and Riders Alliance, given that the transit group has a large print webpage devoted to shortcomings in the current administration’s bus service. “So far, 3.4 of the proposed 21.3 miles of bus lanes have been completed and time is running out!” shouts the page.

Also from the Assignment Office: Council Member Eric Bottcher will demand a 10th Avenue station on the 7 train today at 2 p.m. at the northeast corner of 10th Avenue and 41st Street W. And he there’s a barn burner of a Brooklyn Community Board 2 meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss open Willoughby Avenue and Le Jardin d’Apolline, two things that shouldn’t be controversial but, you know, cars. The Zoom link is here.

In the meantime, here is the summary of the news:

  • If you’re a composter, your day started early, with the The New York Times gets a scoop from the Department of Sanitation regarding the return of residential composting for all of Queens starting in October. Everyone followed, including our very own Eve Kessler, daily news, Dual Purpose Duggan, gothamist.
  • Like Streetsblog, the post office saw the media value of Carling Mott’s parents blaming Rep. Carolyn Maloney for their daughter’s death as they endorsed rival Suraj Patel for Congress.
  • Again, our editor has been nominated for City and State Annual “Transportation Power 100” list, slipping to 53rd place – which he rejoiced was two places above Charles Komanoff, four places ahead of Nicole Gelinas, 24 places ahead of Janette Sadik-Khan and even in front of the people who run real transport companies! Kudos to all the mighty.
  • Speaking of Komanoff, he alerted us to this edition of the Times Ethicist columnwhich had an incredibly insightful response from writer Kwame Anthony Appiah to a question about bike theft (scroll down to second ethical dilemma).
  • When you wanna figure out corrupt stadium deals, who are you gonna call? Neil deMause — and hell gate gave him a deep dive on Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.
  • The city continued its generally negative coverage of e-bikes and e-scooters with a story highlighting how the MTA is considering new rules for micro-mobility. The headline of the story was a full tabloid, calling battery-powered modes “fire-prone electric rides”, despite the fact that conflagrations are still the rare exception and not the rule.
  • Hell Gate’s Max Rivlin-Nadler take a ride on the new Rockaway Rocket ferry.
  • Meanwhile, the temperature can’t seem to help it, hitting the subway (again!) to report how New Yorkers are supposed to be so cowered by rampant crime, which, despite the rises, just isn’t as much of a facet of New York life as it was in the 80s and 90s, despite the Times’ efforts to bring it to the fore. Meanwhile, there have been 60,145 car crashes so far this year, injuring 28,017 people, according to city statistics. During the same period, there were 816 shootings (down almost 9%), injuring 988 people (down almost 7%), according to the NYPD.
  • As part of our ongoing series on The New York Times not employing enough people who live in the city that gives the paper its name, consider the weekend play on containerized waste. Writer Dodai Stewart did an excellent job outlining the basics of the city’s “Clean Curbs” pilot project, but the piece had a wide-eyed excitement that would have evaporated after any editorial scrutiny. After all, cities in Europe have had containerized garbage for decades (which wasn’t even mentioned in the story) and even our own pilot fails to solve many garbage collection problems, just creating a new chore for the sanitation workers, who now have to unlock the bins to access the treasure trove of black plastic trash inside. The long-term solution is obviously large containers in the parking lane that can be retrieved from the trucks themselves, not that the Times has the slightest curiosity about that.
  • Unfortunately we missed that hell gate funny coin about port authority bus station. Don’t miss you too!
  • Finally, we received a hilarious voicemail from a woman who declined to give her name, but we’re only sharing it in order to put a smile on the faces of livable streets fans as they reflect on the hate that’s out there. Here’s the transcript, but you just to have to listen to the tape. (“I hope you’re happy with your little power!”)

Hi. I know you think you’re doing something good for New York – narrowing the streets, putting all these bike lanes in place – and maybe you’re doing it for some cyclists, but you’re making New York a horrible place, an unpleasant place to live. And a place that if my kids were there I would leave in a heartbeat. You’re really destructive, but not only that, but you don’t even believe that people who live in New York should have the right to choose the kinds of streets they walk or drive or live on. I hope you are happy with your little power.

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