This is good news:
Since 2007, New York City has added 31 miles of protected bike lanes — that is, lanes protected by a physical barrier, such as a row of parked cars or a curb.
The main point of building protected lanes was to make biking in the city safer. But when the NYC Department of Transportation recently studied the impact of the lanes, they found a secondary benefit: on several different avenues in Manhattan, the lanes actually helped speed up car traffic.
“on columbus and 8th ave., car speeds increased significantly after bike lanes went in”
The new report, spotted by Eric Jaffe at CityLab, found that on Columbus and 8th avenues, the time it took a car to traverse a specific distance dropped significantly after the installation of the lanes, while on 1st Avenue, it increased only slightly. At the same time, rates of bicyclist injuries declined steeply on all three streets, along with Broadway, 8th, and 9th avenues.
So how did the bike lanes speed up traffic? It seems that two factors were important.
I’d like to see more bike lanes in urban areas. Hell, I’d like to see more sidewalks in suburban areas. I’m not a car hater, as they are a simple necessity for many Americans, but some things just make me wonder wtf is wrong with people:
What will $1 million buy you in New York City?
A diamond-encrusted Cartier men’s watch. A small fleet of 2014 Bentley Continentals. Or maybe your very own parking spot in SoHo.
A new development, 42 Crosby Street, is pushing the limits of New York City real estate to new heights with 10 underground parking spots that will cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold upstairs.
The million-dollar parking spots will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to buyers at the 10-unit luxury apartment building being developed by Atlas Capital Group at the corner of Broome and Crosby, itself the former site of a parking lot. At $250,000 a tire, the parking spaces, to be housed in the building’s underground garage, are more than four times the national median sales price for a home, which is $217,800, according to Zillow.
Why? I don’t understand the allure of a car in a dense urban setting to begin with, but if you have that kind of scratch, you can afford a limo. A million bucks will buy you a dedicated limo service for years and years. Even if you need to have a limo available 12 hours a day every day of the year, you can have that for 300k a year and ride in a nice Lincoln Town Car. You don’t have to worry about parking, maintenance, drinking and driving, and you can do actual things while riding as a passenger.
If you are paying a million bucks for a parking space, you aren’t paying for parking. You’re buying a status symbol.