Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 12th, 2018: Watching Paint Dry

Another cloudy and wet day:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northeast wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 72. East wind around 6 mph.

Sunrise: 6:34am

Sunset: 7:10pm

Remember that school starts again today:

And it's never too early to start thinking about the UN General Assembly:

You may not be boating but it always wreaks havoc in the vicinity of the United Nations.

Also, just because the weather's been kinda lousy doesn't mean you're safe from ticketing:

You will find smooth going on the South Street bikeway:

And your dreams of riding between Staten Island and New Jersey will soon come true, as the new Goethals Bridge will have a bike and pedestrian path:


However, traveling between the Garden State and the Empire State by foot or on two wheels will soon get a lot easier as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) prepares to open the pedestrian walkway and bike path on new Goethals Bridge. Steve Coleman, a spokesperson for the agency, told Jersey Digs that the pathway, which will be 10 feet wide, is now expected to open this fall. It will connect Elizabeth’s Bayway neighborhood with the Old Place section of Staten Island and be located on the north span, allowing for views of the Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn, Downtown Newark, and the Watchung Mountains in the distance.

In road rage news, in yesterday's post we saw this:

And the very next day this happened:

If only there were some prior indication that the assailant was not a responsible vehicle owner and road user:

Sadly, until such time as the city actually goes ahead and acts on the data it has readily available, the best course of action is almost always not to say anything.  I'm in no way victim-blaming here, but too many drivers are on the verge of total mental collapse, driven mad by impotence in the face of the traffic jams they themselves create.  Sure, it's infuriating to find them in the bike lane--especially a new one put there after a driver killed two children--but unlike then we're not restricted by the girth of our vehicles and can at least go around them.

This doesn't mean blocking the bike lane is in any way excusable, it's just that pressure is probably better applied to the people responsible for keeping them clear...though of course the people responsible for keeping them clear are usually the people blocking them in the first place, so there is that:

Of course not all cyclists are perfect either:

To him I've had said something.

Speaking of people on the verge of mental collapse, the green paint isn't even dry in Sunnyside but the anti-bike lane cranks are already complaining:

“While the project is only partially complete, many of our worst fears have already come to fruition,” said Roque Rodriguez, co-owner of Suryaside Yoga on Skillman Avenue, speaking on behalf of Queens Streets For All, a group that opposes the city’s plans for the avenues.

Rodriguez claimed that there’s been “massive confusion” for cyclists and drivers, along with more traffic backups. Some areas of the corridor, according to people he’s spoken to, also feel less safe than before, he said.

Wow, it's almost like roadwork requires an interim period during which things are incomplete.

Also, there haven't been enough notices, even though this has been the subject of about a thousand meetings and local news articles:

For Melissa Orlando, president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, the implementation was done too rapidly and in a “haphazard way.” She said “no standing” and other signs have gone up without notice, and that cars have been towed and ticketed as a result. She was also disappointed that the project had yet to be finished despite the start of school.

Dear Melissa Orlando: the sign is the notice.  Should there have been a sign that they were going to put up a sign?  Just how much notice do you need here?

Most importantly beware the dangers of precedents:

Rodriguez, for instance, said the neighborhood should continue to fight for their removal. He pointed to the DOT’s recent announcement to remove the protected bike lane on Dyckman Street in Manhattan as evidence that it’s not too late.

The mayor had better make a decision and stand firm.

Meanwhile, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer was interviewed yesterday in the Commercial Observer:

I don’t think there’s anything more contentious in the city right now than bike lanes, which I think is shocking on some level because bike lanes are good. I believe bike lanes make it safer for everyone: pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. I supported the protected bike lane and safety enhancements along Queens Boulevard. Between six and 18 people would die every year getting hit by a car along Queens Boulevard. The city came to me with the idea of safety enhancements including a protected bike lane on Queens Boulevard. I knew it would face some opposition; it did. But I supported it, made it happen, and not one person has died in almost four years on Queens Boulevard since we installed the bike lanes. No matter what happens in my political career, that will be one of the things I’m most proud of. 

Just imagine your biggest problem was that the city wanted to build a bike lane in your neighborhood.

We should all have such problems.

Finally, obviously having a bike lane in a neighborhood is a living hell, but it beats having a Tesla dealership:


The situation is so bad that Duchac brought in the big guns: Council Member Carlos Menchaca and Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White. After the June crash, White said he tried to convince the store’s managers to address the problem. They refused, arguing that they couldn’t control the actions of delivery truck drivers.

“They have been extremely bad neighbors,” White said of the dealership, which opened in 2016. “Apparently, they are telling people just to open it up where the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. [It’s] completely inappropriate, especially right next to the greenway.”

The proprietor of the establishment was not available for comment.