Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 96. West wind 6 to 8 mph.
Thursday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. North wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
But things are looking sunny in Sunnyside:
Meanwhile, uptown, NYC Parks speaks on the subject of the crumbling--and closed--Amtrak bridge on the Hudson River Greenway:
Working with @NYC_DOT, we've found that immediate repairs need to be made to the 181st Street Pedestrian Bridge at Fort Washington Park. Please follow us on Twitter or visit https://t.co/nwZnzdXwQI for updates as soon as we know when the bridge will re-open.— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) September 4, 2018
In the meantime pick your favorite detour and get used to it:
As a detour, please use the 181st Street pedestrian bridge to access local streets and to re-enter the Greenway at West 158th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway or at West 153rd Street and Riverside Drive via the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge.— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) September 4, 2018
In other news, here's a video about the benefits of protected bike lanes:
How do you know how much your city loves you? By how safe you feel when you’re on the street. A street is only as safe as its most vulnerable user.https://t.co/sdS0JzUxqo— Janette Sadik-Khan (@JSadikKhan) September 5, 2018
And here's Dyckman Street, in a state of lane-less limbo as the mayor decides whether or not to save it's protected bike lane:
(Schrödinger's Bike Lane)
Gothamist has now picked up the story:
Complete with everyone's favorite quote:
On Tuesday afternoon, Borough President Gale Brewer appeared to admit as much, telling Streetsblog, “Cars need to be able to stop and get their coffee. Columbus and Amsterdam have more space. You don’t have double-parking like you do on Dyckman. The culture is double parking! You’re not going to change that.”
Funny how when people trot out the usual complaints about how cyclists behave nobody defends it by saying it's "the culture" and can't be changed.
In other Vision Zero news, the 20th Precinct says it wanted to arrest the taxi driver who pulled into Madison Lyden's bike lane, but Cy Vance wouldn't bring charges:
“We took it to the DA, the DA’s office,” Capt. Timothy Malin told Community Board 7 (video). “Everyone on the scene wants to arrest. The Collision Investigation Squad wants to arrest. The DA’s office didn’t want to prosecute.
“A lot of cops took that one very personally,” Malin added, noting that the precinct flagged 260 drivers for double-parking in the bike lane in the aftermath of Lyden’s death.
It will be interesting to see if those 260 tickets are reflected in the August stats when they become available.
Finally, there's apparently something called the National Motorists Association, which I assume is three people in a basement somewhere, and they recently posted a Vision Zero essay that borders on parody:
As a diehard New Yorker, I am tired of motorists being the ATM piggy bank for New York City and the state of New York. It’s time for the NYC DOT to post speed limits based on the 85th percentile of traffic flow. NYC needs to stop being a speed trap and a policing-for-profit center just so that the police department, city hall and state government can balance their budgets on the backs of hardworking New Yorkers.
Hey, as long as that 85th percentile of traffic flow speed is based on the Gowanus at rush hour I'm all for it.
But here's where it gets good:
From my point of view, Vision Zero’s lofty goal of preventing all traffic deaths really means preventing law-abiding citizens from using their own vehicles to move around the city. The ultimate aim of Vision Zero advocates are to get rid of private motor vehicles entirely. Plans are already in the works for city parking spaces for private cars to be turned into pedestrian plazas. Single family houses will likely be knocked down and replaced with tall apartment buildings to create more urban density and a reason to not have a car. Eventually, the only way someone can move around in the city that never sleeps will be by walking, biking or taking public transportation.
He says that like it's a bad thing.