Speaker Quinn Takes Aim At Parking Situation; Bloomberg MumBy Stan Brooks In Memoriam

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With bike lanes and pedestrian plazas popping up everywhere, drivers feel like an endangered species in New York City.

But the City Council wants to change that, starting with a novel idea that could reduce the number of tickets traffic agents give out, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

What if a traffic agent actually had to prove that every ticket he or she gives out is legitimate?

You think it’s a fantasy?

Not to Council Transportation Chair James Vacca, who said Tuesday its time to reverse what he says is the anti-driver bias of the Bloomberg administration.

“We want a picture taken of the actual offense. We want that traffic agent to document with a picture exactly what was the offense,” Vacca said.

Noting that the number of traffic summonses have nearly tripled under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Vacca is questioning whether all of them are strictly legit.

“We have people who work two jobs who are now being required to take time off from those jobs to go fight traffic tickets that are bogus to begin with,” Vacca said.

At her state of the city speech, Council Speaker Christine Quinn also suggested easing alternate side of the street parking regulations to create more parking, and a law to prohibit agents from issuing tickets to drivers who momentarily step away from their vehicles to pay the meters.

“A $65 parking ticket, it seems like a small problem until you’re $65 short for your rent,” Quinn said.

“It’s a real pain in the neck sometimes,” said Kashif Brahim of Marine Park.

Bike Lane (credit: CBS 2)

“If you don’t find a Monday park, you got to park on the Tuesday side. You got to get up at 9 a.m. and then if you don’t find a Thursday you got to park Tuesday and, it’s just ridiculous,” said Tony Filiciano of Chelsea.

Parking has only become more complicated over recent years since Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced numerous pedestrian plazas and controversial bike lanes throughout many key areas.

Taking on what she calls the City’s effort to nickle-and-dime drivers, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is unveiling a series of “driver-friendly” initiatives aimed at making parking a bit easier.

1010 WINS Reporter Stan Brooks with ideas for parking tickets and meter maids

Among the ideas Quinn is floating during Tuesday’s State of the City speech is a proposal that would reduce the number of alternate-side parking days in some neighborhoods. Streets that received the highest cleanliness rating two years running would have the option to scale back street cleaning from two days a week to just one.

What do you think of the parking situation in the City? Sound off in our comments section below

“You would actually be able to find parking on the side, that’d be perfect,” said Cindy Santiago of East Elmhurst.

However, some non-drivers are more critical. “A lot’s happened in the City lately and it’s cleaned up a lot and I don’t know if I would sacrifice it or not,” said Robert Minicki of Haledon, N.J.

Quinn was also targeting meter maids. Currently they can and do ticket any cars that don’t have a receipt on the dashboard, even if the driver is stepping away to pay the meter – no exceptions, no warnings.

“I had an experience with a traffic cop. I’m sitting in my car and I still get a ticket,” said Kashif Brahim of Marine Park.

Under the new proposal, ticket agents would have to tear up tickets on the spot for drivers who show a valid receipt.

After the recent push to make the City more bike-friendly, some drivers say its about time they get a break as well. “They got their break. I think drivers deserve a break too,” said Anthony Aviles of Chelsea.

Quinn is also pitching an online resource that would point drivers to open parking spots and alert them to street closures.

A spokesperson for Mayor Bloomberg said the City already has a pilot program for reducing alternate side parking in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

The relatively new push to spread the bike lanes further across the boroughs is only fueling the deep divide between drivers and bikers.

Yolanda Lopez of the Bronx is no fan of the the new pro-bike regulations. “I hate it with a passion,” she said.

“They put up a new sign, I make a wrong turn, I get a $90 ticket and points on my license. Nothing’s happening to these guys,” said Kate Helpern of the Lower East Side.

Comments (69)
  1. Bob says:

    To eliminate road congestion for public buses, delivery trucks and ambulances, there needs to be MORE barricaded and safe bike lanes. The City needs to take any measure to get cars off the roads. Trucks and bikes are not a good combo since trucks have blind spots. The City simply cannot sustain population growth of the City and the exponential growth in the number of cars on the road.

  2. rob says:

    Until the day bikers pay for parking and all the freaking dollars to the state and city of NY I’d respect their opinions. But as of now they have no jacks nor any rights to be spewing their opinions. They’re bunch of freeloaders trying to make rules for NYC. Until they pay their fair share of the fees we’re paying right now then they can say whatever they want. But as of now they ain’t jacks. It’s like going into a bar trying to order a bottle of wine with no money. What a joke.

    1. eveostay says:

      Cyclists pay income and property taxes, which is where the money for “free” on-street parking comes from. Since they don’t wear out the roads, they probably are the only ones who aren’t being subsidized by others.

      1. johnny says:

        Really? And drivers don’t pay income and property taxes? NYC and other states just roll out garbage laws to extract money out of regular people through fines and other “hidden fees” simply for owning a vehicle. I agree, cyclists should be held to the same standard in following traffic laws and fined accordingly when they endager peoples lives.

        Two can play this game.

      2. Woody says:

        Johnny, Read it again. Nobody said drivers don’t pay property and income taxes.

        Rob’s bs charge was that bikers do not pay taxes. Of course bike riders pay property and income taxes. But the problem is, for our taxes, we don’t get any “free” (taxpayer-subsidized” parking spaces big enough to hold a Hummer. Instead we get free-loading drivers who think we should get nothing for the taxes we pay.

    2. StedyRuckus says:

      Last i checked, car drivers have free use of the roads and free 8’x10″ plots of public space in which to store their vehicles. Stop hating on bicycles, its about as low-impact as it gets.

  3. Homie says:

    Why not get rid of those free parking anywhere plaques issued to city workers?

  4. johnny says:

    I’m all for reducing or elminating alternate side parking. Most streets don’t need it and feel it’s just a ploy to hand out tickets to unlucky drivers who forget to move their vehicles.

  5. Cassidy says:

    This article seems to me to be completely misguided. Manhattan does not have a parking problem, it has a car problem. Too many people driving in too little space. I’m all for tolls on the east river bridges. I’m also in favor of congestion charges; a fee for driving into the section of Manhattan below 59th st, for example. Really, when it comes down to it, I’m in favor of banning cars as private transportation from Manhattan completely. The time when the rest of us New Yorkers let the car-driving minority dictate the terms is over.

    1. DanTe says:

      The problem is not too many cars. The problem is too many people. And people causes the most pollution and death. Want to solve the problem? Retire all those people in Manhattan.

    2. Suzie says:

      I say no more trucks in Manhattan, no more deliveries in Manhattan, no exceptions in Manhattan

      1. karlson says:

        Ok Suzie – no more trucks in Manhattan? You better get used to not getting any deliveries in your borough and that includes food delivered to your food store, be it bodega or supermarket. Get yourself used to driving to one of the outer burbs to do all your shopping.

        Get real.

      2. SAN MAN FROM QUEENS says:


      3. Devenio says:

        Oh Suzie. Poor little stupid Suzie. Do you plan to go to the Brooklyn to by food and clothes and whatever you consume everyday? How do you think all that stuff gets there? The magic delivery elves?

    3. Nancy says:

      Something like 80% of the public space in Manhattan is…ROADS! So no wonder they are an obvious place to use as plazas. Cars don’t belong in Manhattan…People do! And the 2 just dont mix

    4. Joe R. says:

      I’m with you 100% on banning cars from Manhattan. They’re totally unnecessary there given the extensive public transit network. It would reduce congestion for delivery trucks, buses, and emergency vehicles. While we’re at it, let’s require every vehicle used in NYC to be zero emissions by 2020. It’s bad enough the congestion and dangers motor vehicle use causes. The foul air adds insult to injury.

  6. Rich Scorce says:

    I don’t buy Quinn’s ideas for a NY minute. She is pandering for votes and has been Bloomie’s lap dog for all these years.

  7. mobi says:

    Listen folks! These are the stats, facts, rants even; I should not all this but . . .

    Fact: People with cars are in the minority in this city and their cars take up an unfair amount of space.

    Fact: Cars kill between 200 to 300 people a year in this city which is about 200 to 300 times more than bicycles.

    Fact: Car congestion (not bike congestion) costs $13 billion each year.

    Fact: Most cars are huge and take up way too much space. If you do not think they are huge just look at them; even try to pick one up.

    Fact: Cars make the city filthy. Go follow underneath the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, take lots of pictures; show them to your friends to laugh hysterically at all those beautiful zoom zoom zoom car commercials in the pristine countryside straight out of George Orwell’s 1984. Oh yeah, lots of companies that make cleaners, air purifiers, etc. would probably go out of business in this city — I am not sure this is a fact because of trucks, no. 6 heating oil, etc — if there was no car-caused filth.

    Fact: Cities are made to solve the transportation problem by bringing everything close together. Just go outside the city and see how far apart everything is.

    Fact: There are much better, safer, more practical & less costly ways to get around the city than using cars.

    By-the way; attend the event at the New York Academy of Science March 2 on transportation resilience and climate change to find out how transportation systems based on cars will respond to ongoing and accelerating inevitable extreme weather events to come; do remember that little blizzard a while back.

    Fact: Last year about 850,000 cars were put on the streets of Beijing China. This year there is a lottery limiting the number to 240,000. Take a guess why!

    Fact: The high price of food globally has in part been caused by the devastating heat wave in Russia last summer and in part because ethanol is being produced instead of food; and, subsequent accelerating starvation rates. If that massive heat wave had been centered over Chicago the food crisis would be much worse now since the United States produces a lot more food for global consumption and the equivalent amount lost to the heat would have been a lot greater.

    “The great thing about science is that it works even if you don’t believe in it.”
    — Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

    1. bf says:

      Fact: Bloomberg did not get his way with congestion pricing. So, Fact, He cluttered the streets with bike lanes so very few people could ride to work with smelly sweat all over them. Fact many cars and trucks service people in the city like cabs and delivery trucks. Think before you twist the facts

      1. Cuckoo McGoo says:

        FACT: I ride my bike 5 miles to work every day from BK to manhattan, and I show up smelling like roses. Maybe a bike ride is too strenuous for you, fat ass, but its all the more reason to get on one.

  8. Bill says:

    Are you kidding? I own a car and I live on the Upper East Side. It’s some of the most valuable real estate in the world, and I can park right in front of my building for FREE! You can’t do this in most cities. I keep expecting this perk to go away especially considering the budget crunch, and one day it may, but in the meantime NYC is awesome for parking!

  9. Roger says:

    There should be no free parking – and I say that as a resident who parks my car on the street. Most cities require residents to have a permit to park on the street in their neighborhood (only) Why not Manhattan?

    This will free up spots while still catering to residents who will pay a reasonable annual fee. There should be only commercial parking in streets with commercial store fronts so that deliveries can be made easily and without blocking traffic.

    There is then sufficient space for trucks, bicycles, pedestrians and car owners in the city (like myself!) will pay a market fee for the space we take from others.

    Sounds fair to me; I honestly don’t know what the city does not implement. How can anyone argue with it

  10. Judy says:

    On Sunday, we parked on 8th Street between 5th and University. We walked a half-block to the munimeter, put the reciept in the car, went to dinner. When we returned, there was a ticket on the car and the time was one minute after the timestamp on the munimeter reciept. The metermaid printed out the ticket while we were at the munimeter, but didn’t put it on the car until we had placed the reciept on the dash and walked away. What a coward! We are not going to pay this.

    1. Tommy says:

      yes you are !!!

    2. karlson says:

      The meter maid nazis! How they can get away with this is not to be believed.

      1. Allan says:

        (Ignore report comment. I hit the wrong button accidentally.) My friend just got a ticket when he still had two minutes left on the meter when he returned to his car. He paid it because he didn’t want to bother fighting it. How could he prove there was time left? This isn’t the first time it happened. I read about a person who confronted a meter maid wanting to know why he received a ticket when there was still five minutes left. The meter maid told him that he didn’t think anyone would return within the 5 minutes.

    3. Michael H. says:

      Mail in a copy of the MuniMeter ticket with the disputed parking ticket and you should be able to get it dropped.

  11. Fed UP says:

    NYC officials should be indicted for RACKETEERING. They reduce the amount of FREE parking within the city and thus directly benefit by the HIGH Tax they collect off all parking garages. If you decide to park on street, they increase the fines for minor violations. ANY violation is a tow-able violation. If they were Italians, you would have a sequal to the Godfather.
    You have GOT to be kidding me with these Bike Lanes and spandex clowns. NYC should close schools and firehouses, but construct more Bike Lanes? I see Auto congested roads everyday-ALL day, but NEVER a backup in a single bike lane – yet the clueless in NYC office continue to reduce driving space throughout the city. Bike lanes = smooth, highways=full of potholes.
    I have to agree with these dimwits. I want all EMS workers on bikes. I want UPS and Fedex on bikes. Oil deliveries – yep made by bike. HVAC workers – bike it. Liquor, food and pet supplies – delivered by bike. New York the New San FranSicko………..

    1. Equality says:

      This comment attacks Italians. Its hate speech, so why hasn’t it been removed???

    2. Cuckoo McGoo says:

      Bike lanes = smooth because bikes are low impact. Cars create potholes dummy.

  12. New-york-101 says:

    I have lived in the city for 10 years – We did not have this parking issue, until Bloomberg came in power. He is doing everything to balance the budget of the back of the New Yorkers – Specially drivers. I’d like to tell bloomberg, fix the MTA – then he will find spare cash to fix the budget issue. Giving out parking tickets is just robbery.

    1. Chris says:

      Bloomberg isn’t in charge of the MTA; it’s a state agency. And giving out parking tickets isn’t robbery. If you’re breaking the law, you deserve the punishment.

  13. eveostay says:

    bugjackblue: Economics 101 tells us that if there is too much demand for something, it is underpriced. Charge a market price for parking and the market will take care of the problem.

  14. Woody says:

    The majority of all New York households do not even own a car. In Manhattan it’s more like 3 out of 4 residents do not own cars. Instead of CBS newsreaders reporting in favor of parking for Westchester residents driving into the City — like themselves — how about real journalism? CBS could get out of their cars and report on the real New Yorkers who walk the sidewalks, ride buses and subways, and fill and enjoy the public plazas along Broadway where cars used to take the space.

    Or for something really challenging, CBS could try to explain how “free”parking is paid for. There’s no such thing. The “free” parking is paid for by taxes on all New Yorkers, that’s how. Why should the people in the City living very well without cars pay for paved and cleaned “free” parking spaces for drivers?

  15. bugjackblue says:

    It has NOTHING to do with bike lanes. This is all nonsense. The problem is too few spots for too many cars, period. And unless the plan is to somehow get people to give up their cars, the only solution is to provide more spots. Multi-level parking structures in neighborhoods where parking is tightest is the only solution that will ever ameliorate this endemic disease. And not in Manhattan either– parking there sucks but that’s not the problem; anyone who drives into the city in the daytime expects the headache. The problem is the overnight alternate-side shuffle in the boroughs, especially in neighborhoods which have a lot of commercial activity.

    Considering the streets are so incredibly filthy and trashed-out anyway, what difference does it make if alternate-side regs are four days a week or two, or even once a month? People’s expectations regarding quality of life in this city are so diminished and degraded that it likely wouldn’t matter if the streets were ever swept at all, however circling for hours looking for a spot to avoid the alternate-side ticket is something which afflicts (and affronts) every driver in the busiest borough neighborhoods four days each and every week. I am surprised we don’t see more road-rage incidents because of this.

    1. Woody says:

      Agree that we should try reducing the number of cars coming into the City. Put tolls on the “free” bridges — where on-going repairs are paid for by taxes on all of us, when the majority of us don’t own cars. The drivers have gotten a “free ride” long enough. With tolls, the drivers who need to be in the City will pay their fare share. Drivers who don’t really need to use their cars will leave them at home and take transit like most of us city citizens do.

      1. Maryanne says:

        Oh great, so some want more tolls on the bridges….sure punish the people in the boroughs. It’s enough we have to pay $13.00 to cross a bridge. These bridges have been paid for a long long time and now I’m paying your your public transportation.

        I know Manhattanites have wonderful public transportation, so now, come to the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens & S.I. Take our public transportation for a week and it won’t be long before you’ll decide to drive in. The subway line I have to use has been consistantly the worse line. We have had local and express buses eliminated or reduced. Heck we can’t even get our local streets plowed when there is a major snowstorm….and you want me to pay a toll to come into Manhattan…you gotta be joking.

      2. Chris says:

        Maryanne, I’m paying a lot more for your driving than you are for my public transportation. NYC subways are not nearly as heavily subsidized as driving. My fares cover more than half of the cost to run the subway system.

        Meanwhile, while you pay nothing to drive over the Queensboro, I’m still paying for it in the form of city taxes even though I don’t own a car. What are you contributing to it? Nothing more than I am, since it’s maintained by the city, which doesn’t receive any revenue through the state or Federal gas tax.

        If you don’t want to pay for my public transportation, that’s fine! Just don’t make me pay for roads you drive on.

    2. Stan says:

      The parking problem will be solved by charging more. 2 or 3 dollars an hour is way too cheap for parking in Manhattan. Make it 10 or 15 dollars and you will magically find that parking isn’t a problem any more.
      Driving in the city is a luxury that the majority of New Yorkers can’t afford. Why shouldn’t the elites and entitled have to pay for parking?

      1. Devenio says:

        But then the City will go broke.

  16. chicklet says:

    No leadership here! Thousands of parking spaces have been sacrificed to bike lanes and plazas, so-called official permits are abused, phony organizations issue placards giving people rights to park illegally and she’s talking about an iphone app, please!

    Tell me why schoolyards are now teachers parking lots? Tell me why giant food trucks can stay parked in front of a business all day long, blocking traffic?

    Let’s see parking spots increase, show us the numbers, thats the only thing drivers want to see!

    1. Woody says:

      chicklet, to put in the left turns lanes along with the new protected bike lane on a mile of Columbus Ave, a total of 19 parking spaces were removed. As a bicycle rider, I don’t need these left turn lanes; I’m fine with letting drivers who want to make a left just wait and wait and wait for grandma and the woman with the baby carriage to clear the crosswalks, sitting in the left lane of the avenue blocking traffic.

      To put in the plazas at Times Square and Herald Square, few parking spaces were eliminated, because there were so few spaces along Broadway in any case

      So calm yourself. “Thousands of spaces eliminated” is simply hysterical and in no way close to the truth.

  17. Rose Vecchio says:

    Automobiles are a hazard, drivers do not follow the rules of the road. They are not ticketed for killing pedestrians when they go through the lights, illegally back up, etc. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

  18. Michael H. says:

    The REAL story here is absurd meter maid practices. It’s been the norm for the meter maids to ticket cars while the owners are at the MuniMeter paying for parking? What moron bureaucrat thought that was a good idea?

    1. Allan says:

      No one thought it was a good idea. It’s just easier for them to meet their quota the more tickets they issue. It’s only about revenue not fairness.

  19. Maryanne says:

    Since bikers are getting a special lane, they shold be required to have a horn on their bike and for their bikes to be registered. They should also be ticketed for traffic violations and especially for riding on teh sidewalk.

    I can see the mess bike lanes have caused in my area. Since King Bloomberg has installed a bike lane close to the sidewalk and a “parking” area whichis basically in the middle of the street, trucks, including firetrucks can not make the right to turn up the block.

    Bike lanes are a disaster.

  20. Steve Scofied says:

    Why does CBS insist on taking another absurd, gratuitous swipe at cyclists in a news story that has NOTHING TO DO with cycling or bike lanes? While I will be the first to admit that the behavior of some cyclists is reckless, their behavior pales by comparison to the countless examples of reckless, dangerous, and life-threatening behavior that I see car and truck drivers engage in daily. As far as I know, there were nearly 200 pedestrians killed by cars last year, and 18 cyclists. As far as I know, there were ZERO bike-ped fatalities last year. Let’s get our priorities straight. If we’re going to enforce traffic laws by-the-book, enforce them against EVERYONE.

    Bike lanes make streets safer for EVERYONE – witness the huge drop in speeding and accidents on Prospect Park west and 9th Avenue. I fail to understand how eliminating bike lanes would make things safer. The bikes are still going to be there, only they’ll be out there with traffic. If you’re a driver and a pedestrian, even if you are fearful of bikes, don’t you at least want to know that they are segregated and separated in their own dedicated lane?

    I suspect that if Trek Bicycles sponsored this websaite, rather than Honda Odyssey, that CBS would be 100% pro-bike lane.

    You are the heirs to Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow. This idiotic, sensationalist, and pandering non-journalism is a disgrace to your profession, your network, and your legacy.

  21. nw says:

    Bike infrastructure (ie bike lanes) makes bike riding safer and more appealing which may mean more people will be looking to bikes as a new way to get around which may mean less cars, which may mean more parking. And less spewing toxins into the air.
    There are just as many poor drivers driving cars as there are riding bikes. Bike regulation probably still needs development but so does driving. Its a process!
    Finally, food for thought- I’d rather not get hit, but I choose getting hit by a bike over a car.

    1. Allan says:

      So why is it that as more bike lanes are being built, the more bike accidents there are? And don’t think you can’t get killed from being hit by a bike, or nearly die just from falling off one as happened to my sister.

  22. Rel Bochat says:

    It’s juvenile and poor reporting, and lazy, to present the issue as an either-cars-or-bikes one. There are poor drivers, and there are poor bikers. There are areas where a bike lane might cut into street parking, but there are large areas of the city where there are no bike lanes – is the parking really that much easier there? Parking in midtown has never been easy. Hey, sidewalks take up space that could be used for driving and parking – get rid of them, too! Jesting there, obviously, but really, how about some responsible reporting rather than glib allusions.

    1. Jamey says:

      Also, where in the city charter does it say that there has to be enough public parking? Space of any kind is the most valuable commodity in NYC. Why do motorists feel entitled to it? It seems that many of the city’s problems are tied into the public’s “belief” that driving around the most congested city in North America has no external costs or consequences; that only their direct cost (for vehicle ownership and maintenance, parking, tolls, etc) are what matter.

      If a sincere effort were made to build transportation solutions around more than one type of conveyance (and let’s face it, since Robert Moses’s salad days, it’s been automobiles), none of this “I hate dirty, hippy bikers” nonsense that masquerades as public policy prescriptions would ever have seen the light of day.

  23. J beck says:

    I’d say CBS2 is fueling the deep divide between bikers and drivers.

  24. T R. says:

    CBS 2 should be ashamed. Since so few NYC residents use a car to get around daily (like 20%) why do you continue to run stories like this?

    1. Steve says:

      Because that 20% represents 90% of CBS2’s ever-shrinking audience.

  25. Steve says:

    Right. Because parking in New York City was absolutely easy before all these bike lanes were put in! Why, just a few years ago driving was a breeze!

    Must be fun to come up with these conspiracy theories in the CBS2 newsroom.

  26. Steve says:


    What a racket you’ve got going! The car manufacturers are paying you to advertise in connection with these ridiculous bike hate segments you keep churning out, and you charge them more because of all the page hits generated by the cyclists coming to see what new false and hate-filled spin you’ve cooked up against them. The outraged cyclists aren’t buying any Odyssey vans, but you’re laughing all the say to the bank!

  27. Sammi says:

    Bike lanes aren’t nearly as problematic as everyone – including the press – wants us to think they are. Come on – really? I’m a driver, and aside from the initial confusion they’re still not as bad as all the horrible or missing street-signage, the total disappearance of any non-commercial parking spots (deal with the devil of Parking Lot operators Bloomie?) in Midtown that’s occurred since the mayor came in, and NO ASSIGNED PERMITTING AREAS. All the major metropolitan areas, like Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, have assigned parking in their neighborhoods. You pay $150 a year, and you can park in your neighborhood with a sticker on your car. Instead, I have to vie for spots with the livery cab companies, and move my car 4 times a week for sweeping. It’s ridiculous and very unfriendly for driving in this city. And no, NOT because of bikes!

  28. Nativeny says:

    On the other hand you have pedestrians who completely disregard the bike lane green light and practically step in front of an on coming bicycles. I have seen it and experienced it myself many of times. It works both ways. Biker vs Pedestrian is the new East vs West.

  29. richiano says:

    First: If biles are allowed to have lanes than they should be registered and have horns and lights just like automobiles. Bloomy cant have it both ways. The malls should be located in long Island and Jersey not NYC. NYC is a commerical transportation hub for business. Lets put the bikes in Central Parl and parks all over the city not the roads or lets have them be registered by the DMV.

    1. Woody says:

      I sure agree that we should get the cars out of Central Park. They are noisy, polluting, and most of all dangerous.

  30. Fred says:

    Bikes should be registered, cyclists should be licensed and required to carry insurance.

    1. Homie says:

      Fred fir mayor!

  31. singh says:

    In some avenues I have never seen bikes,so what is the use of giving one lane to bikes . One lane given to bikers is creating congestionin the city because motorist before were driving in five lanes and now they have to adjust in four lanes.if you watch the bike lane for one day you will find out how many bikers ride in bike lane.I think city will do better without bike lane.city is commercial place if you want to ride bicycle go to central park.

  32. Jason Rowland says:

    1. Cars do not rule the road.
    2. There where zero bike on person deaths last year.
    3. If lazy, overweight Americans that do not need to use a car to commute stop, we would see less congestion.

    1. Allan says:

      I’m not sure about number two. I saw a lady on TV whose husband was killed when he was struck by a bicycle while crossing the street. He fell down and hit his head.

  33. Rob says:

    Seen many bikes over the last few months? Except for the food delivery guys who bikes on ice? Stealing traffic lanes (I thought Bloomie was for LESS congestion?), removing parking, confusing turn lanes…. Bike lanes are a FIASCO. Tear ’em up.

  34. guest says:

    I agree with Rose 100%. But then what happens when a biker seriously injures or kills someone? Motorists are required to have insurance. How come bikers are not? I like the DOT commissioner and those who support the bike lanes to address this rationale behind this policy. I bet they will sing a different song when one of their loved one is injured or killed by one of these irresponsible bikers and they find out they have no recourse or can be compensated fro their loss.

  35. Rose Vecchio says:

    Bike lanes are a hazard, the bikers do not follow the rules of the road. They are not ticketed for their traffic violations when they go through the lights, ride against traffic, etc. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.

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