A Sunday in Pictures: Accidents Happen

I walked up to 14th Street and Eighth Avenue today because I was excited to bring you the first look at the brand new buffered bike lane that Transportation Alternatives announced last week. (Aaron Naparstek isn’t celebrating.) When I got there, I discovered that the bike lane doesn’t quite exist yet, as you can see.

After inspecting the pavement for signs of a future bike lane, I looked up to see that construction is well underway for Renzo Piano’s New York Times headquarters at 40th and Eighth. Things seem to be moving along quite nicely there.

Next I caught the crosstown bus to head over to the East Side. The M14D creeped along with about half the seats filled until we got to Union Square. We waited at Fourth Avenue for longer than usual, and a bus supervisor got on and started speaking with the driver. Then the driver gets on the P.A. and says “Everyone has to get off. Someone hit the bus.” So we all filed off and looked at the accident’s aftermath, if you can call it that.

Ouch. Fortunately, nobody seemed to be injured. In fact, nobody on the bus even seemed to be aware that we’d been hit. A cursory inspection of the bus revealed no sign of damage. Another bus was already waiting, and everyone started piling in there.

I decided to carry forward on foot. As I was leaving, a woman standing at the vehicle was talking on her cellphone. I took her to be the minivan’s driver. She asked some people nearby: “What street is this?”

Big Win! Here Comes the 8th Avenue Bike Lane [TransAlt]
She Deserves a Vacation, Chuck [Naparstek]

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5 Responses to A Sunday in Pictures: Accidents Happen

  1. Anonymous says:

    It’s unfortunate that the 8th Avenue bike lane will not pass Piano’s new Times building. I assume that they didn’t put a lane there due to the congestion and existing taxi lanes in front of the PABT. That is somewhat understandable, but it seems like a part of the city that could really use a dedicated lane for safety reasons.

  2. AD says:

    Agreed on both points. I’m sure it is due to the Port Authority taxi mayhem, and you’re right. That’s a confusing spot to be on a bike. The lane would be great there too.

  3. peakguy says:

    Yeah, it sucks to not have a bike lane continuously through – but that is a crazy taxi location. Perhaps they should have a bike detour lane? LOL.

    I’ve always thought that taxi stands are a relatively efficient way of having taxis and their riders find each other, instead of the endless circling and desparate attempts to flag them down which if successful result in a taxi cutting over 4 lanes of traffic. While it’s great to be able to walk out your door and flag down a taxi, it would also be great to have many more dedicated stands. Then they could also combine trips if the passengers agree.

  4. AD says:

    Taxi stands are a really efficient way for passengers and taxis to find each other. That’s a great point. But I’m not sure the drivers feel that way. Basically they replace driving around with waiting in a line. I’m not sure which takes longer, but there’s still a time delay. It’s certainly better to wait standing still than wait and drive around. They’ve only been accepted in front of major rail and bus terminals, airports, and a few select locations on the Upper East Side as far as I know.

  5. jpr says:

    It will be interesting to see if higher fuel prices lead to more taxi stands. When fuel is relatively inexpensive, the drivers would probably rather take their chances driving around looking for a fare. However, driving around empty costs them increasingly more money.

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