Wednesday Winners (& Losers)

A weekly roundup of good deeds, missteps, heroic feats and epic failures in the tri-state region and beyond.

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman | Photo: nysenate.gov

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman | Photo: nysenate.gov

WINNERS

New York State Senator Brad Hoylman – In response to Senator Hoylman’s letter challenging improper fines issued to cyclists, New York State’s DMV’s Commissioner conducted an internal audit and stated that she is pursuing an overhaul of the agency’s practices with regard to bicycle violations.

North Hempstead, NY Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio – To help alleviate parking woes at LIRR train stations, the councilwoman has proposed a ride-sharing app for Port Washington commuters.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy – For the first time ever, off-peak and weekend Metro-North trains will soon run every 30 minutes between New Haven and New York City, with additional scheduling improvements to prevent crowding on trains.

Green Brook, NJ – Somerset County is the recipient of a NJTPA grant to redesign a dangerous stretch of Washington Avenue in Green Brook with road safety improvements, including bicycle-friendly infrastructure.

AAA – AAA New York has joined Tri-State’s call to dedicate revenue generated from Albany’s proposed red light camera enforcement program to traffic calming projects.

LOSERS

New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski – The Assemblyman is preventing progress on PANYNJ reform bills that have been put before his committee.

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey – The agency rejected Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich’s proposal to turn an unsightly gravel lot near new development into a pedestrian, bicycle and carpool rendezvous plaza for those headed over the George Washington Bridge.

New Haven City Plan Commission – The Commission overwhelmingly voted against a new Marriott Residence Inn because the developer has requested a permit to build less parking.

 

1 Comment on "Wednesday Winners (& Losers)"

  1. Having actually ridden a bike on this stretch the road diet is severely needed and long overdue. But sorry Somerset County and NJTPA. Bicyclists have no special permission to ride in the shoulder according the Title 39 and the NJ Supreme Court*. As proposed this project CAN NOT legally make Washington Ave “bicycle compatible” since a bicycle by law MUST ride in the traffic lane. Get with up to speed with California and most other states in the mid 1990’s and put a real bike lane on this street!

    * – http://walkbikejersey.blogspot.de/2012/03/op-ed-polzo-vs-essex-county-decision_16.html

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