Letters to the editor, Apr. 18

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Stats show where bikes are a problem

The 13th Precinct has said that they view bike violations seriously but with limited resources, they do targeted enforcement based on data.

While NYC Opendata for Vehicular Accidents shows that 6th Avenue from 14th to 29th is quite a problem, our area has its problems too. Pedestrians were injured in bike incidents in 2019 at 1st Avenue and 15th Street in 2018 at 2nd Ave and 22nd Street and in 2016 at 1st Avenue and 18th and at 1st Avenue and 27th Street.

With an aging population in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village and so many bikers breaking laws on 1st and 2nd Avenues, our situation is likely to get worse. In addition to seeing red lights cut constantly from 15th Street to 22nd, from 21st to 23rd, we’ve seen motorized and non-motorized bikes, skateboards and scooters being ridden right on the sidewalks.

I’ve been told that the above concerns have been given to the traffic division. Have not heard any concrete plans. Thirteenth Precinct community affairs meetings occur on the third Tuesday of every month. It helps if folks share anecdotal information and express their concerns. Would hate to see more bike statistics added to the data for our area.

Barry Shapiro, PCV

How to celebrate Earth Day in ST

For 50 years the world has observed Earth Day. That means celebration, appreciation and commitment to our Planet Earth. So get outside and enjoy our earth. Stroll around the PC/ST grounds and admire all that’s blooming right now.  Gather family and friends to go for a hike, have a picnic, do some gardening.  Turn off all electronics for a while, commit to LED lights.

Special PC/ST initiatives this year include:

  • April 22 (Earth Day): “One Hour – No Power” residents are invited to turn off all lights for an hour.
  • April 26: Film “An Inconvenient Truth,” based on Al Gore’s book showing at the Community Center at 1:30 p.m. (free)
  • May 4: Goodwill and Textile recycling trucks will be on site.
  • May 4: Environmental Table at Stuy Town Flea Market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rain date May 5.
  • May 10: Important Presentation on PC/ST recycling program featuring representatives from various ST/PCV departments including Environmental Services, Landscaping and Engineering among others. Community Center, 11 a.m. to noon. Become informed.
  • Solar Kids will offer workshops for residents’ children throughout April.

 If you want to venture further afield to Union Square, the Earth Day Initiative, there will present the Art Action Center and Art Installations around the topic of “Green New Deal,” Tuesday, April 23 from noon to 6:30 pm.

 Or visit a National Park nearby. It is National Parks Week from April 20 to April 30, free admission.

Irmgard Taylor, ST

Preen less, listen more on congestion

While our erstwhile mayor was in Las Vegas contemplating a run for the White House (I hope he runs out of town), his Department of Transportation was running commercials showing a car with a man and his child slowly driving and admiring the work the transportation department is doing.

Are we really drinking the Kool-aid? No one that I have spoken to seems to think that the DOT (or for that matter the pretend mayor) have a clue as to what is going on in the city!

The de Blasio administration has created more traffic and congestion than at any time in my lifetime! Is it me or has the amount of traffic increased substantially.

The amount of lanes for cars have been drastically reduced thereby (obviously) causing more traffic and congestion.

The DOT has made driving in NY an absolute nightmare with no relief in sight.

Even when they are faced with evidence that their policies are misguided or flat-out wrong they put their heads in the sand!

They don’t even have meetings with local residents or officials to hear what their changes will do to the affected communities. It must be great to be a despot without anyone to question you or your ulterior motives.

It is time to hold him and his administration accountable.

Name withheld, ST

Clean clothes, filthy manners

Dear T&V,

I would like to make a complaint that I put clean clothes in the washer and then put in clothes and money for 45 minutes in the dryer. When I went back down, the clothes were in a cart, half wet.

I don’t know if someone who doesn’t have any respect and was raised in a low-class home took out my clothes before 45 minutes was up, but I had to put them in the dryer again.

This is not done in Stuyvesant Town. We are decent people and whoever did this has no consideration and is low class.

Ainsley DeSalazar, ST

4 thoughts on “Letters to the editor, Apr. 18

  1. I’m not sure what the stats about bicycle collisions are showing… were there just four reported incidents? Apparently tens of thousands of bicycle commuters use the First and Second Avenue corridors every day. If this is correct, that’s an extremely low rate of incidents & is the least of the transportation safety concerns in the area. (Isn’t someone getting killed at the First Ave L train station once a month now?)

    • You never give up, do you? Again, accept my challenge. Sit in Gracefully and watch how many bicycles break the law on 1st Ave and 19th Street. And I repeat: break the law.

  2. The NYPD exacerbates the problem by parking their tall police vehicles and officers personal vehicles in the protected area before and directly in the crosswalk. You cannot see oncoming cyclists. The NYPD is aware, they just don’t give a damn. Worst neighbors in the entire neighborhood.

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