Friday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 69. South wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Friday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 56. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Fortunately it's going to stop...eventually:
Whatever the weather, you'll be covered just as long as you heed the Brooklyn Brewery Beer Forecast and stock up on plenty of...
For a classic fall weekend, we’re recommending our classic Brooklyn Lager. It’s the perfect companion from bright, cool afternoons outside to testing out the heavier blankets at night. It’s also a great comfort if you’re squeezing in some last-minute horror movies before holiday music comes out in force.
Also, don't forget that we set our clocks back this weekend:
Which means the roads get even more dangerous:
For the third year in a row DOT, @NYPDTransport, & @nyctaxi remind drivers that after daylight saving time ends, crashes involving peds dramatically increase ⬆️, especially during evening hours. Obey the speed limit, #slowdown, & always yield to🚶& 🚲 #VisionZero #DuskandDarkness pic.twitter.com/kF0rpok0t1— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 1, 2018
To that end, the DOT is telling ferry commuters to drive more safely:
We’re catching commuters coming off the #StatenIslandFerry at Whitehall to remind them that when they’re driving a 🚗 they should always #TurnSlowly and always watch for pedestrians. #DuskAndDarkness pic.twitter.com/z9i17NWWNS— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 1, 2018
Which seems counterintuitive as it's been awhile since you were able to drive onto the Staten Island Ferry.
Though it's not as counterintuitive as this:
Lowering the limit just makes it harder to get to any place on time as there is more congestion. California has a higher limit and pedestrians there know not to cross the street while a car is in motion. What about the stupid bike riders causing accidents as well? Smh— DarkTempTrez❤️ (@darktemptrez) November 1, 2018
Meanwhile, it looks like this whole "smartphone" fad might just catch on, so the DOT is finally offering a NYC Bike Map app:
#Biketober🍂 News: NYC Bike Map now available in beta via smartphone! Find a #bikenyc route, bike shop, or rate your ride using the interactive map available from @RideReportApp . Data from Ride helps DOT learn more about where people bike & how they feel. https://t.co/71x6pddkNQ pic.twitter.com/hYxehhYQy4— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 31, 2018
Beats waiting for that giant PDF to download.
And a tipster reported ticketing yesterday at Vanderbilt Ave. and Bergen St. in Brooklyn:
And blames bike lanes for all their hardships:
The new bike lanes are excellent for New York's population of bike users. They're not so great for delivery truck drivers.
What about people who deliver stuff by bike?
Regardless, the driver is understandably flustered by how difficult it is to make deliveries, but he conspicuously overlooks all the cars:
Miguel Santiago has been a Coca-Cola delivery truck driver for 20 years. I recently spent a day with him and his delivery helper Louis Gonzales.
"Ten years we're all gonna be on the sidewalk — the cars, the people," Gonzales joked. "It's horrible when it comes to parking."
Um, the cars are already on the sidewalk.
Anyway, the upshot, according to the article, is that delivery drivers "have" to park in bike lanes:
Commercial vehicles are allowed to double park in the street for 30 minutes, but that's not always an option. Sometimes, truck drivers have to park in bike lanes.
But people rarely give them a break in New York:
Yes, nobody gives them a break...except for the City of New York, which gives them discounts on the fines (if they even fine them in the first place).
Plus, when you park in a bike lane nobody confiscates your truck:
NYPD seizing e-bikes from immigrant delivery workers in 21st and 2nd as I write this, can you speak against this @KeithPowersNYC @CarlinaRivera ? @TransAlt @BikingPublic @dosik pic.twitter.com/UODxVkuKWY— Sean Basinski (@SeanBasinski) November 1, 2018
In bike share news, the Daily News is calling for more dockless bikes:
While the city hasn't said yet whether it will expand the pilot program beyond its current coverage areas, there's already one large roadblock to the spread of dockless bikes: Citi Bike.
Citi Bike claims to have a monopoly on bikesharing in all the areas in which it operates. But while Citi Bike has had a contract with the city since 2012 for docked, pedal bikes, Citi Bike's agreement does not — and should not — prevent the city from allowing other bike share services, particularly dockless bikes and e-bikes, including in the areas where Citi Bike currently operates.
A subsidy for citywide Citi Bike would be even better.
That may come just in time to save public transit. The number of riders on public transport has fallen for seven straight years, declining by 2% to 4% quarterly since the second quarter of 2016. The loss of riders comes despite a growing urban population drawn to cities’ job and cultural opportunities. The Congressional Research Service (PDF) blames the ridership decline on cheap gas, more cars, and the rise of ride-hailing and bike-sharing services.
Well, Cuomo ain't gonna do it, so why not?