The Next Traffic Plan?
July 18th, 2007

With the defeat of congestion pricing, whats next for fighting traffic and for Mayor Michael Bloomberg?

Get on your bicycle, advises David Haskell founder of the New York Bike Share Project in todays Times. Bike sharing, a program that allows riders to pick up and drop off a bicycle anywhere in the city by swiping a card, offers a relatively easy and inexpensive way to reduce auto trips, Haskell says.

Streetsblog looks back by at an article by Transportation Alternatives executive director Paul Steely White that appeared in Gotham Gazette last spring. It proposed a three-part effort to reduce parking on city streets: raising prices for parking meters, charging residents for street-parking permits and cracking down on misuse of parking privileges by city employees. This plan makes sense, White wrote, because As any transportation expert will tell you, the carrot of free parking is too irresistible for drivers to refuse, even when they have decent transit options.

Other traffic fighting schemes outlined in AMNY today include requiring commercial buildings to offer bicycle parking; offering incentives for carpooling and even, in a throwback to the days of gasoline restrictions, allowing cars only with specified license numbers to enter congested areas on certain days (odd numbers Tuesday, on even Wednesday?), a scheme floated by congestion pricing foe Assemblymember Richard Brodsky.

But its too early to give up on congestion pricing, writes Newsday. Bloomberg should press ahead, the editorial says: No obstacles to this smart, progressive plan are too onerous to be overcome — if reasonable leaders are willing to put aside their own agendas and think of the greater good.

But the Sun thinks Bloomberg should just fuhgeddaboutit: He has bigger fish to fry. The paper says, It would be better for New York for Mr. Bloomberg to walk away from the feuds with Mr. Silver and the legislative gridlock in Albany. Leave that to Eliot Spitzer. Let the mayor step up to the national stage.

By on July 18, 2007, 9:03 am
In category: Albany,Electoral Politics,Environment,Gotham City,Transportation | 3 Comments »

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3 Responses to “The Next Traffic Plan?”

  1. arthu springer Says:
    July 18th, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    If the utopian fantasies of the bicycle lobby are back on the agenda, then we must add that bicycles must be subject to the laws governing all other vehicles, including mandatory medical, damages and punitive damages insurance for all those the cyclists propose to injure and disable.

  2. Douglas Willinger Says:
    July 18th, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    Congestion pricing with new subway-highway infrastructure.

  3. Little Blue PD Says:
    August 11th, 2007 at 1:05 am

    He has no traffic plan, its just a scam to raise money. Will Mayor Bloomberg do anything about Park Ave. being blocked off at 42nd street? If he cares he will.

    I think Mayor Nanny Bloomie is a very arrogant man. I also highly doubt he rides the subway that much. Hes the mayor, I want someone driving him around so he can work and make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldnt want him wasting all that time on the subway.

    We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in concern for the environment, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

    If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesnt he do anything about that?

    Its true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

    But apparently it does not bother NYCs Nanny-in-Chief Mike Congestion Pricing Tax Bloomberg?

    It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

    Check out the map! Tell your friends!

    Check it out!



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