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(Gothamist)   Two good ways to deal with city traffic is to use a CitiBike or take the Subway. But NEVER take a CitiBike ONTO the Subway   (gothamist.com) divider line
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2021-09-21 8:12:36 PM  
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2021-09-22 12:07:14 AM  
I saw Keith Olbermann retweeted this today. Looks like it was intentional from what I saw.
 
2021-09-22 12:19:16 AM  
There really should be a license required to live in NYC.
 
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2021-09-22 12:20:30 AM  

king of vegas: I saw Keith Olbermann retweeted this today. Looks like it was intentional from what I saw.


Really?  It was intentional that someone brought a rental bike through the gates and down into the subway station?
 
2021-09-22 12:21:47 AM  
This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.
 
2021-09-22 12:22:20 AM  
CSB: once I was on an LIRR train at night that hit a shopping cart someone left on the tracks. Talk about a farking inconvenience.
 
2021-09-22 12:23:00 AM  

foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.


You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.
 
2021-09-22 12:25:37 AM  
I'm guessing this is one of the electric mopeds (aka ebike) and it shorted the third rail to the rail at about the same time the battery got hit.
 
2021-09-22 12:26:30 AM  

IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.


Not that there's a point in doing so with a share bike or share moped like CitiBike.
 
2021-09-22 12:27:11 AM  
This headline violates the triangle inequality.

/why yes, I have been reading about computer algorithmic theory lately. Why do you ask?
 
2021-09-22 12:31:31 AM  
It's inevitable that equipping bicycles with computers and AI would eventually lead to some small number of them becoming depressed enough to commit suicide.
 
2021-09-22 12:33:15 AM  

Baloo Uriza: I'm guessing this is one of the electric mopeds (aka ebike) and it shorted the third rail to the rail at about the same time the battery got hit.


I'm not sure the battery is even needed for a lump of metal getting crunched around the third rail turning into a flaming shiatshow.
 
2021-09-22 12:33:47 AM  

Baloo Uriza: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

Not that there's a point in doing so with a share bike or share moped like CitiBike.


Maybe you want to bring your own bike rather then renting one?
 
2021-09-22 12:34:56 AM  

IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.


No, I mean that there's a set of doors between the platform and the gap, and the train doors on the train.  People on the platform never have direct access to the tracks.
 
2021-09-22 12:37:38 AM  
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2021-09-22 12:38:04 AM  

foo monkey: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

No, I mean that there's a set of doors between the platform and the gap, and the train doors on the train.  People on the platform never have direct access to the tracks.


Like a lot of airport trains.
 
2021-09-22 12:44:59 AM  

shroom: Baloo Uriza: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

Not that there's a point in doing so with a share bike or share moped like CitiBike.

Maybe you want to bring your own bike rather then renting one?


Sure, but that doesn't involve taking a share bike like the one in the video into the station.
 
2021-09-22 12:47:39 AM  

foo monkey: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

No, I mean that there's a set of doors between the platform and the gap, and the train doors on the train.  People on the platform never have direct access to the tracks.


The term you're looking for is "platform edge doors".  I think NYCMTA is a little farked on ever being able to do that simply because they have too much rolling stock with too many varying door configurations on stations with too many different lengths.  City Hall, for example, if it ever reopens, will almost certainly always be a strange beast given the gap fillers to deal with the sharp curve as well as it's a short enough station that even when it was open, only the first 2 (or was it 3?) cars of trains served the station, the rest of the train doors remained closed and in the tunnel.
 
2021-09-22 12:50:56 AM  

shroom: foo monkey: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

No, I mean that there's a set of doors between the platform and the gap, and the train doors on the train.  People on the platform never have direct access to the tracks.

Like a lot of airport trains.


Also verytypical in China where almost all metro systems use identical rolling stock and arrive at stations built from the same blueprint.  Most unusual example would be in Quito, whose rapid transit system is bus based, but also uses platform edge doors.  Most common example can be found in almost every multistorey building with ADA (or regional equivalent) worldwide at the elevator landings.
 
2021-09-22 12:56:13 AM  

Surpheon: Baloo Uriza: I'm guessing this is one of the electric mopeds (aka ebike) and it shorted the third rail to the rail at about the same time the battery got hit.

I'm not sure the battery is even needed for a lump of metal getting crunched around the third rail turning into a flaming shiatshow.


I'm not sure about that.  Sure there'd be sparks but you really need something reactive to get the level of drama seen in that video.  I'm fairly confident NYC Subway uses a 600vDC positive third rail, with the opposite rail being a low voltage DC for signaling and the center being a common DC negative/ground.  Compare to the Portland Streetcar and MAX Light Rail systems, which the rails on the ground are a low voltage signal positive and a common negative/ground, with the overhead pantograph line being a 750vDC positive.
 
2021-09-22 1:00:21 AM  
Clearly this was a case of bike suicide.
 
2021-09-22 1:02:34 AM  
Shocking!
 
2021-09-22 1:30:53 AM  

Porous Horace: It's inevitable that equipping bicycles with computers and AI would eventually lead to some small number of them becoming depressed enough to commit suicide.


You can't spell "moped" without "mope".
 
2021-09-22 1:34:41 AM  

Baloo Uriza: foo monkey: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

No, I mean that there's a set of doors between the platform and the gap, and the train doors on the train.  People on the platform never have direct access to the tracks.

The term you're looking for is "platform edge doors".  I think NYCMTA is a little farked on ever being able to do that simply because they have too much rolling stock with too many varying door configurations on stations with too many different lengths.  City Hall, for example, if it ever reopens, will almost certainly always be a strange beast given the gap fillers to deal with the sharp curve as well as it's a short enough station that even when it was open, only the first 2 (or was it 3?) cars of trains served the station, the rest of the train doors remained closed and in the tunnel.


Those too.
 
2021-09-22 1:51:24 AM  

foo monkey: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

No, I mean that there's a set of doors between the platform and the gap, and the train doors on the train.  People on the platform never have direct access to the tracks.


I see. We have that on the AirTrain at JFK with that kind of thing but that's another story, it's relatively new.
 
2021-09-22 2:46:27 AM  

shroom: Baloo Uriza: IHadMeAVision: foo monkey: This is why many subway/train systems have a double-set of doors.

You're allowed to take bikes on trains in the NYC area.

Not that there's a point in doing so with a share bike or share moped like CitiBike.

Maybe you want to bring your own bike rather then renting one?


Most of the time the stations have a docking station. 

Granted, I've only operated one of those in Boston, can't speak for NYC
 
2021-09-22 3:21:26 AM  

Baloo Uriza: Surpheon: Baloo Uriza: I'm guessing this is one of the electric mopeds (aka ebike) and it shorted the third rail to the rail at about the same time the battery got hit.

I'm not sure the battery is even needed for a lump of metal getting crunched around the third rail turning into a flaming shiatshow.

I'm not sure about that.  Sure there'd be sparks but you really need something reactive to get the level of drama seen in that video.  I'm fairly confident NYC Subway uses a 600vDC positive third rail, with the opposite rail being a low voltage DC for signaling and the center being a common DC negative/ground.  Compare to the Portland Streetcar and MAX Light Rail systems, which the rails on the ground are a low voltage signal positive and a common negative/ground, with the overhead pantograph line being a 750vDC positive.


I'm guessing you work in transportation?  Or just really like trains lol.
 
2021-09-22 3:27:13 AM  

king of vegas: I saw Keith Olbermann retweeted this today. Looks like it was intentional from what I saw.


Intentional?  It's bicycle mating season in NYC.

They get into everything and many get injured or killed attempting to spawn this time of year
 
2021-09-22 3:37:37 AM  
Officials said "this was an attack on our transit system" but what they meant to say was "this was the work of some bored kids."

Attack? Not really. Maybe against common sense.
 
2021-09-22 8:16:24 AM  
"This was an attack on all of New York City that took place in the transit system and the miscreants who threw that bike in the path of an oncoming train should be prosecuted for their reckless disregard for the safety of subway drivers and workers."

Jerk off motion, my soul, etc
 
2021-09-22 9:52:44 AM  

woodjf: Baloo Uriza: Surpheon: Baloo Uriza: I'm guessing this is one of the electric mopeds (aka ebike) and it shorted the third rail to the rail at about the same time the battery got hit.

I'm not sure the battery is even needed for a lump of metal getting crunched around the third rail turning into a flaming shiatshow.

I'm not sure about that.  Sure there'd be sparks but you really need something reactive to get the level of drama seen in that video.  I'm fairly confident NYC Subway uses a 600vDC positive third rail, with the opposite rail being a low voltage DC for signaling and the center being a common DC negative/ground.  Compare to the Portland Streetcar and MAX Light Rail systems, which the rails on the ground are a low voltage signal positive and a common negative/ground, with the overhead pantograph line being a 750vDC positive.

I'm guessing you work in transportation?  Or just really like trains lol.


I majored in Civil Engineering with a specialty in cartography and transportation planning.  I work in healthcare IT and volunteer for OpenStreetMap.
 
2021-09-22 9:54:02 AM  

veale728: "This was an attack on all of New York City that took place in the transit system and the miscreants who threw that bike in the path of an oncoming train should be prosecuted for their reckless disregard for the safety of subway drivers and workers."

Jerk off motion, my soul, etc


Would you say the same thing if the stunt shut down the streets for half the city instead?
 
2021-09-22 10:41:43 AM  
...and this is why we need walls/doors between passengers and subway trains

Heck - plaster them with ads to pay for it. Turn them into giant, sparkling billboards. But it does seem like a basic and needed safety feature.
 
2021-09-22 10:50:42 AM  

ElecricalPast: ...and this is why we need walls/doors between passengers and subway trains

Heck - plaster them with ads to pay for it. Turn them into giant, sparkling billboards. But it does seem like a basic and needed safety feature.


That's great if your rail cars are all the same size, shape, and door configuration, and your stations are also similar enough to make it work, and you have the budget to retrofit the rolling stock with the technology to line up the train with the doors at the platform.  Large systems with many types of designs built over many decades that are incompatible with each other, is a problem.

tl;dr: If you have a spare $100 billion or so and can redesign the entire NYC/MTA system from scratch, then go for it.
 
2021-09-22 1:02:01 PM  
Guessing videographer has never seen Sean William Scott's death scene in the first Final Destination? I would have been much further away...

/debris on train tracks scares me now
//especially metal debris
 
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