Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 15th, 2018: No Man Is An Island...Well, Almost No Man

Could be rainy for your commute today so be prepared:

Monday Weather

Monday Showers likely, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 7 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday Night A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunrise: 7:07am

Sunset: 6:16pm

Don't believe our streets are getting safer?  Check this out:

Thanks to a pedestrian island in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, an extremely addled man was able to stand in the middle of the street ranting about said pedestrian island, as well as the adjacent bike lane:

The disturbed gentleman indicates he's going to be meeting with Polly Trottenberg, and if this is true she should probably bring a security detail because not everybody who meets with him emerges unscathed.

Then he and someone from the Department of Sanitation discuss the seemingly insurmountable spatial challenge of plowing around this island:

Spatial Issues

At no point does it occur to either of them that if we're going to design streets for maximum plowability excluding all else we're going to have to get rid of all the cars.

All in all, it's a compelling demonstration:

He's like a crossing guard directing traffic around his own irrelevance.

In any case, should the electorate fail to recognize his urban planning acumen he could always reach out to this guy and start a consulting firm:

In other news, the DOT talked to students at the City and Country School about the new bike lane:

Is the school administration coming around?  Because this was what they thought back in December:


Some of the safety concerns for residents living on the block include that the one lane of traffic would be backed up by people getting into or out of cabs or unpacking groceries from cars, that crossing the two-way protected bike lane could be dangerous, and that children who attend City and Country School, at 146 W. 13th St., would be endangered by cyclists.

The school’s principal, Scott Moran, said that his biggest concern is for the safety of his students. “Losing an area for children to easily be dropped off is unnecessarily dangerous,” he said. “Our children range from age 2 to 14, and you can imagine the chaos of having those children crossing an active roadway to get to school.”

Currently, the school’s drop-off zone is directly in front of the building, and according to the city’s proposal, the bike lane would run right through that spot.

It's hard to draw any conclusions until the bike lane is complete and Marty Golden stands in the middle of it while pontificating.

Finally, this past August, Madison Jane Lyden was killed on Central Park West after a livery cab driver pulled into the bike lane in which she was riding.  This was in the 20th Precinct, and as of July here's how many bike lane tickets they'd issued:


Subsequent to her death, Captain Timothy Malin had this to say after Cy Vance chose not to bring charges against the livery  cab driver:

“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.

As far as I can tell, the August stats never appeared on the city's website (I've been checking periodically), but here's the latest tally as of September [PDF]:


This would seem to indicate that between Lyden's death and September the 20th Precinct issued six (6) bike lane tickets, which is quite a bit less than 260.  

Now I'd certainly never discount the possibility that the drivers were "flagged" under some other category, such as "disobey traffic control device."  I'd also certainly never discount the possibility that I'm an idiot who doesn't know how to read a chart.  

Still, it makes you wonder.