Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 17th, 2018: Outside The Lines

It's another cool day for your commuting pleasure, though it could get windy:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Increasing clouds, with a high near 63. West wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Sunrise: 7:09am

Sunset: 6:13pm

This happens today:

And if you're young here's your chance to submit conference ideas for the Youth Bike Summit:

If you're not young keep your anti-swerving conference ideas to yourself.

If you're wondering when the 2nd Avenue bike lane gap will be closed, here's the latest:

Meanwhile, on the west side, Manhattan Community Board 9 is doing its best to block an Amsterdam Avenue redesign:


The proposal would reduce dangerous speeding and improve the flow of automobile traffic. But CB9’s leadership, which has refused to put the project to a vote for 19 months now, is unwilling to support a street design that has saved lives in many other city neighborhoods.

“All it’s going to do is slow traffic down,” Transportation Chairwoman Carolyn Thompson said at a “town hall” meeting with Council Member Mark Levine and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Monday night. “Every time you say you’re taking out a lane, you’re slowing traffic down. I don’t care what they’re saying, it slows traffic down.”

Yes, when it comes to the facts, she believes what she believes and that's that:

But Thompson was crystal clear in her interview with Streetsblog that her concern was the loss of space for automobiles. She noted — unprompted — that she does not believe census data that shows only 20 percent of households in the district own cars.

“I don’t know what [the number] is, but I know it’s not that,” she said.

You get a similar response when your kid doesn't want to bathe and you inform them that they haven't been exposed to water in three days.  "No way, it was definitely more recently than that!"

Though maybe they should just delete the street markings altogether and call it good:

The city repaved three two-lane regional roads without centerlines, and compared driver speeds before and after. The results did not disappoint: when adjusted for the not insignificant impact of fresh pavement—which notably tends to encourage speeding—drivers on the reconfigured streets slowed down about 7 mph on average.

Seems to be what they've done on Broadway in upper Manhattan, where there's been no sign of lane markings since July:


Beyond the city, the governor is touting his new Tappan Zee Mario Cuomo Bridge bus:

The 45-foot fully accessible buses will provide several passenger amenities on the buses, including free wireless network service, USB charging stations and bike racks on the front of the buses. The buses will be equipped with LED panels to provide passengers with real-time travel information and provide overhead storage and personal lighting for passengers.

Those bike racks could turn out to be the only way for cyclists to get across the bridge if the local mayors get their way:

Tappan Zee

Bonnie Christian, mayor of South Nyack, continues to "have concerns" about people being able to use the bridge at night because it's a "residential area:"

“However, we have, we have concerns. And the Thruway and the state have been listening to our concerns, one being will the shared use path be open 24/7. The state will be patrolling it,” Christian says. “And we are a residential area, so one of our concerns is we’d like it open from dawn to dusk. I know the bikers want 24/7. Maybe somewhere in the middle we can compromise. I don’t know.”

One would think being able to return to one's residence at any time would be essential to a residential area.

Meanwhile, across the bridge, Mayor Drew Fixell astutely points out that Tarrytown is not New York City:

“Having it open at 2 o’clock in the morning just doesn’t seem to be a particularly great idea. It’s not like we’re, it’ not like the [New York] City, where the services are provided at the same level through the night, basically. So, from a security perspective, I don’t think it makes sense to go 24/7.”

What does that even mean?  Do they close the streets in Tarrytown at night too?

Anyway, instead of riding across the bridge when it's late and they just want to get home, cyclists can instead wait around for a bus:

“What’ll be interesting and could be a plus, could be minuses is how much is it truly going to be used by people commuting, and bicycles, and if that will be, if there will be a significant number. There are some people, some bikers who have said, well, what if we bike to the, we bike across, we get on the train, we go to the city and then we come home late from work and it’s closed,” Fixell says. “Now, the, I believe the answer to that is that they have put bike racks on the new buses that are going to be traveling across the bridge. So I think that concern is pretty much alleviated, or should be alleviated. I’m sure the bikers won’t, they won’t feel that it’s satisfactory.”

Problem solved.

Anyway, here's more from Bike Tarrytown:

"Shared" path indeed.