Bronx Bronx Chapter News
T.A.'s Bronx Chapter will meet March 18 to discuss campaign plans for the summer.
Also on the agenda: Bike Week and this year's NYC Century Bike Tour. See page 3
for time and location.
Jerome Ave. at Fordham Road
Plans for sidewalk extensions at the coiner of Fordham Road and Jerome Avenue
took a small step backwards last month when the Daily News ridiculed the City
for placing a fire hydrant in the middle of the street. The City moved the
hydrant, but it will be put back by 1998, when the City builds the sidewalk
extensions. Once built, bus riders will no longer have to wait in the middle of
T.A.'s Brooklyn Committee met to discuss getting more support for extended
car-free hours in Prospect Park, performing speed counts, traffic calming and
the Gowanus Expressway. The next meeting will be April 8th, see page 3 for
details. Bike Week will be discussed.
Brooklyn Heights Cops Crack
Down on Sidewalk, Wrong-Way Cyclists
84th precinct cops are focusing on food-delivery cyclists in their push to
enforce cycling laws. After years of complaints about sidewalk cycling and
wrong-way surprises, the cops are ticketing commercial cyclists and explaining
the laws to restaurant owners. According to the Brooklyn Paper, restaurateurs
agreed with the no-sidewalks restriction but felt that one-way rules would lead
to cold food and less business.
65th Street Rail Yards
Community and business leaders in southwest Brooklyn will fight a planned
mega-mall, to be built over the 65th Street rail yards. Opponents claim that the
completely car-dependent plan will cost the MTA more money in lost bus ridership
than it will make by selling the right to build. Local business groups fear lost
business while residential groups oppose more traffic. Opponents are urging the
developer and the MTA to come up with a transit-oriented mixed-use development
Dyker Heights: Community
wants trucks off Bay Ridge Parkway
Speeding trucks using neighborhood streets as a shortcut sent angry residents to
a recent community board meeting on the subject. Although Bay Ridge Parkway is a
"parkway" and not a truck route, DOT Borough Commissioner Michael
Primeggia refused requests to post "No Commercial Traffic" signs. The
community has received some attention from the NYPD truck enforcement unit and
is considering developing a traffic calming plan to discourage trucks.
Re-reversed The Village's newest quiet street has heavier traffic again,
and the "Barnes Dance" all-pedestrian phase at Mulry Square was nixed
after residents on 13th street complained about increased traffic. DOT
Commissioner Lynn still plans to make the sidewalk extensions at Mulry Square
permanent this summer. The Neighborhood Streets Network is working to bring
13th and 11th Street residents together to develop a traffic calming plan for
the whole area.
Madison Square Students Want
Students at the School for the Physical City are developing plans to
pedestrianize 25th Street between Park and Madison. The students hope to work
with employees in the old Met Life building across the street and obtain
permission for a one-day experiment later this year.
Union Square Committee News
14th Street Business Improvement District head Rob Walsh announced his
resignation in January to move to Charlotte, NC. Walsh was once one of the
biggest foes of expanding the park into Union Square West. Hopefully his
successor will broker a solution between diehard motoring
business owners and community members who want to expand Union Square park by
reclaiming the excess roadway on its periphery. T.A.'s Union Square Committee
will meet next on April 2.
Queens Committee News
T.A.'s Queens Committee will meet on March 18 to discuss the campaign to restore
full-time bike access on the Queensboro Bridge. Other topics will include Bike
Week and NYC Century Bike Tour planning.
D'Amato For LIRR East Side
Senator D'Amato has come out strongly in favor of plans to connect the LIRR to
Grand Central via the partially-completed lower level of the 63rd Street tunnel.
The Senator will fight in Congress for funding. A 63rd street connection would
lead to fewer car trips and allow the LIRR to better service Queens. However, it
could further overload the subways unless a new East Side transit line were
constructed. Join us on March 24th to learn about transit possibilities for the
Fusco, Molinari Call For
Staten Island elected officials have responded to New York State plans to widen
the Staten Island Expressway (SIE) by calling for expanded rail transit instead.
Councilman John Fusco (R-S.I.) has proposed a light rail trolley system that
would run down the center of the SIE, over the Verrazano, up Brooklyn's Third
Avenue and through the Battery tunnel to Manhattan. Borough President Guy
Molinari wants to re-activate the North Shore Line and send a rail line over the
Bayonne Bridge. Such a train could connect New Jersey Transit's Hudson
Waterfront light rail system.
Bus Lanes Cut Commute
A study by the Amalgamated Transit Union concludes that express bus lanes,
larger, faster buses and half-price express bus fares could chop 30 minutes off
travel from Staten Island to Manhattan. The plan would provide $29.5 million per
year in benefits to the city, including money and time saved by commuters as
well as reduced environmental and safety costs while making a small profit for
the Transit Authority.