Thursday Sunny, with a high near 50. Northwest wind 13 to 16 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.
We can argue about which season is best for cycling, but fall is the only time of year you can wear exactly the same clothes both on and off the bike.
Yesterday Carlina Rivera announced her new bill to maintain bike lanes in a city that is under unrelenting construction:
Joined advocates & local cyclists to announce the introduction of my bill to ensure that bike lanes stay clear of construction. This is a public safety issue for cyclists & pedestrians & we know it’s critical to codify protections for how we move & commute #BikeNYC pic.twitter.com/AZYFrelVl1— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@CarlinaRivera) October 17, 2018
If you are wondering how the #bikeNYC lane is doing?! Well, it's still still the same mess. @NYC_DOT is asking me to contact @MTA, MTA blames the contractor... and New Yorkers on bikes suffer. pic.twitter.com/WBQzF98rLN— Shmuli Evers (@Shmuli) October 17, 2018
Riders should also note that there will be weeknight closures of the Pulaski Bridge:
Pls be advised due to vehicular & pedestrian improvements being made, the Pulaski Bridge will be closed to vehicular, pedestrian & bicycle traffic during the week from 12am-5 am. There will be no weekend closures. Pls see the @NYC_DOT notice below for more info as well as detours pic.twitter.com/9CLPaaN7GC— NYPD 94th Precinct (@NYPD94Pct) October 16, 2018
Here's more from the DOT:
#PulaskiBridge work continues requiring weeknight closures through 11/2. Work will take place daily on Tuesdays-Fridays, 12:01AM-5AM. Closure affects vehicular, pedestrian, & #BikeNYC traffic, including the B62 bus. Detour signs will be posted. Work is weather dependent. pic.twitter.com/F2zmDYOspP— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 17, 2018
In my experience, most cyclists didn’t suddenly decide to start biking to work. Something—whether it’s a particularly nightmarish subway commute or moving apartments or jobs—pushes them to make the change. Chelsea Yamada, the Manhattan organizer for Transportation Alternatives, says many of the group’s longest-tenured members started cycling during the transit crisis of the 1980s.
In 2019, for thousands of New Yorkers, that change may be the L shutdown.
And if we've got scooters by then they'll be playing a big role too, so the city will need to catch up:
🙌 Some 🐫-day gospel from @JSadikKhan “It’s not that these riders are a bunch of outlaws, it’s that the infrastructure hasn’t kept up with the changes on the street, and the street is forcing people to wing it.” https://t.co/Tv3gKZYIN8— Caroline Samponaro (@carolinesampo) October 17, 2018
So cities will have to design their way toward a solution. This is no small task, as more than a century of urban design championed the car above all else, leading to public spaces where the majority of the space is devoted to private vehicles. This has meant that most cities find themselves in an awkward phase: designed for one form of transportation, but increasingly serving as a stage for newer, unexpected forms of mobility.
There's also the matter of trucks blocking the
bike small vehicle lanes:
The presence of delivery trucks double-parking or occupying space in bike or scooter lanes is a major contributor to urban congestion (or, worse, collisions). Creating a policy that gives trucks an incentive to make their deliveries during off-peak hours has been tried in cities from New York to Stockholm, and the results are promising.
Sounds better than encouraging them to park illegally, which is what we've been doing:
By ending the Stipulated Fine Program, everyone will have to follow the same traffic rules that other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists abide by. Traffic congestion, noise pollution, and emissions will be reduced and we’ll see less bike lanes and handicap spots illegally blocked. pic.twitter.com/zwGGZ6k3Jd— Ydanis Rodriguez (@ydanis) October 17, 2018
If only there were some other smaller and more efficient vehicle we could use to deliver stuff...
It all comes down to one sentence: “Cities would be better served by lighter, smaller vehicles.” https://t.co/AF9LJtsXqF— David Wagoner (@dfwagoner) October 16, 2018
E-cargobikes fit the bill. Their 350kg capacity is not weedy – in the Netherlands, the average van carries as little as 130kg per trip. And e-cargobikes are nimble, which will become increasingly important as more and more of us opt to live cheek by jowl in cities, where road space will always be in short supply.
Alas, we won't even adopt the metric system, so coming to terms with the commercial potential of cargo bikes might take awhile.
Or, when it comes to the inevitable growth of scooter and bike share, you can always just stick your fingers in your ear and go NONONONONONO! like Huntington Beach:
The ordinance would make it illegal for any operator to provide, place or offer shared mobility devices in any public right of way. People also would not be allowed to ride such scooters or bikes in the city, and the devices could be impounded.
Offenders would be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second and $500 for each additional violation within a one-year period.
How forward-thinking of them.