In the final hours before Election Day, underdog Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota held another tele-town hall with what he said were thousands of Democrats across the city, hoping to make up some much-needed ground against front-running Bill de Blasio.
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After more than 11 years of new bike lanes and public plazas, pedestrian advocates are getting nervous.
Few of the mayoral front-runners, they fear, have openly embraced the issues they care about: more traffic-calming speed bumps, neighborhood slow zones, plazas, bike lanes and more thorough crash investigations.
“I think a lot of the candidates have sort of danced around the question of complete streets and plazas and bike lanes and things like that,” said Park Slope community activist Eric McClure, one of the board members of the newly-registered political committee StreetsPAC, which officially marked its launch Thursday with an event on the Flatiron Plaza.
It is not hard to imagine that four years ago, if a few thousand Iowans had decided to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton instead of Barack Obama, Howard Wolfson would now be at the front podium of the White House briefing room, whacking the Washington press corps for their supposed slights against President Clinton, or flying around the world on Air Force One, given a seat in a sweet spot near the Leader of the Free World, whispering into her ear about the political and historical ramifications of whatever crisis of the moment was unfolding.
After telling a constituent to “#getalife” on Twitter, Councilman Eric Ulrich called to explain.
In short, he said the message was directed at a bike lane advocate who he said had long been harassing him.
It was sent in response to a woman who said Ulrich’s Queens district needs more bike lanes after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. The added bike lanes could have slowed traffic, thus, reducing the likelihood of an accident, the woman on Twitter, HangingbyaStrap, argued.
A new Q-poll out this morning shows that 56 percent of New Yorkers back the city’s bike lane expansion, while only 39 percent say that the new lanes are bad because they leave less room for cars and traffic.
Support for the bike lanes is highest in (unsurprisingly) in Manhattan, and lowest on Staten Island, Read More