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June, 2018

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Not so bright: Slope’s six-signal traffic light creates chaos at intersection, locals claim

Mean Streets: A six-light traffic signal outside Prospect Park that shines separate “go” lights for bicycles and cars is too confusing for drivers, who routinely run their red light and put cyclists in harm’s way, according to a Park Sloper who lives nearby. Comments (21)
Park Slope: A Park Slope pol wants to pull cars belonging to thousands of law-breaking motorists from city streets and force the rogue riders to go back to drivers’ ed before their wheels are returned, according to legislation he announced on Tuesday. Comments (32)

May, 2018

Coney Island: Coney Islanders think the city’s new dockless bike-share program is completely clueless. Comments (32)

Ninth Street redesign coming in June, officials say

Blind Spots: City transit leaders will unveil their plan to make Ninth Street safer in June, two months later than promised after a driver hit five people — killing two kids and a pregnant mother’s unborn baby — crossing the road at Fifth Avenue in March. Comments (8)

Chain gang: Cyclists’ weekly commutes over East River promote two-wheeled transit during L shutdown

Mean Streets: A group of local cyclists started rolling en masse over the Williamsburg bridge once a week to preach pedaling as a means of commuting during the looming closure of the L train’s East River tunnel, now that the shutdown is less than a year away. Comments (5)

April, 2018

Fort Greene: Bigwigs at car-hailing business Uber are scooping up a Fort Greene bicycle manufacturer in a deal that its founder hopes will bring the Brooklyn-made two-wheelers to more metropolises worldwide — including New York City, where the company’s pedal-assist-electric and dockless cycles may soon be allowed to cruise streets. Comments (5)
Transit: City officials recently butted heads with Mayor DeBlasio over the future of his beloved $2.5-billion trolley that would run from Sunset Park to Queens, admitting reservations about its financial feasibility that they then recanted after their boss proclaimed on public radio that the project is rolling forward. Comments (11)
Mean Streets: It’s a “death trap” no more. Comments (3)
Fixing the BQE: State pols late on Friday passed their much-anticipated budget with a provision authorizing use of the streamlined design-build process in the city-led reconstruction of the derelict Brooklyn–Queens Expressway. Comments (1)
Mean Streets: Southern Brooklyn cyclists are irate that the Department of Transportation will sacrifice part of its planned Fourth Avenue bike lane to accommodate parking by police outside the 72nd Precinct station house in Sunset Park. Comments (32)

March, 2018

Mean Streets: Flatbush Avenue mom-and-pops are already suffering after the city nixed parking on a stretch of the commercial corridor last week in a scheme officials claim will calm congestion, because the loss of curb space complicates deliveries at many shops and leaves patrons with less spots to pull up outside them. Comments (17)
Transit: The weekend commute is totally F’d. Comment

February, 2018

River of Tears: A new temporary pontoon bridge is the best way to shuttle the most straphangers across the East River when officials close the L train’s underwater Brooklyn–Manhattan tunnel for 15 months of repairs next April, according to the real-estate executive and former underwear model who floated the idea. Comments (21)
Mean Streets: The city must do more to protect Sunset Park kids who walk by at a dangerous Fourth Avenue gas station to get to school, and change has to come from the top, say local pols. Comments (4)
River of Tears: Straphangers who board the fleet of ferries dedicated to shuttling them across the East River from Williamsburg when the L train shuts down next year will get a free transfer to buses waiting for them on the other side, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Comments (10)
Mean Streets: A Fourth Avenue gas station near a Sunset Park elementary school is a “death trap,” according to local parents, who blasted the city for not doing enough about it. Comments (16)

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