"It's about building the kind of city we want to live in."
Plazas, bus lanes, bike lanes, sidewalk ramps are all addressed by Johnson's bill.
Johnson called @Pollytrott "one of the best commissioners in the city of New York."
She's arguing that people w/ disabilities need safe streets. She was personally injured in a car crash.
"We believe this... will make an enormous difference in our daily lives."
“Our bus system is the slowest of any big city in the United States," he says.
The current process is consumes time and personnel. Trottenberg says enacting Johnson's five-year plan "would require a new, re-envisioned public engagement model with fewer mandated requires for work with [community groups."
Says other cities have less outreach.
"Our process now can be very long & involved."
This map of Brooklyn's protected bike lanes REALLY contradicts that
Polly: "There is no question that our curb is very under-priced." Says the city has removed a lot of parking for bike lanes.
Johnson presses on whether there's too much free parking.
"We have too much free parking in New York City." Says the city estimates it has 3 million free parking spots.
- not a lot of snow this winter, meaning more people driving
- people are moving away from sedans to SUVs
"When you have collisions with SUVs, unfortunately, they tend to be more fatal."
"Have you considered a Vision Zero campaign to communicate to NYers how every benefits from" bike lanes & street redesigns?
Trottenberg lobs it back. "The council has put a lot on us in terms of reporting and other things." She's referring to this bill: nyc.streetsblog.org/2011/09/26/cit…
Polly: "I think the city was facing a crisis in the not-so-distant past," but Byford is making "real progress."
"NYPD is stepping up their enforcement," she says, but they can't be everywhere at every moment.
DOT official Sean Quinn says "it definitely feel different," but argues that there are sufficient buffers on non-parking-protected 'protected' bike lanes.
Johnson retorts: "Definitely -- but people are dying."