Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 18th, 2018: Bridge Too Far

Not looking so good today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 79. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. North wind around 7 mph.

Sunrise: 6:40am

Sunset: 7:00pm

Hey, there's always the subway.

Well, okay, not always...

But don't worry, traffic congestion will soon be a thing of the past:

Done and done.

In parking news, it turns out that storing large numbers of motor vehicles together in densely populated cities may not be a good idea:

The conflagration shut down Flatbush Avenue in the vicinity of the mall:

Meanwhile, the UN General Assembly begins today, and any or all of the following streets could be closed at any time at the NYPD's discretion:


In past years we've seen closure of the 2nd Avenue bike lane, so be ready for anything. 

Moving on, Eucario Xelo's killer has been charged:

Sean Martin, 24, is charged with two counts of manslaughter, vehicle assault, criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of assault in connection with the fatal incident last month that killed bicyclist Eucario Xelo.

Horrific yes, bizarre no.

The only thing bizarre about it is that someone's actually being charged for killing a cyclist--though the bus driver who killed Daniel Hanegby is also on trial:

Unfortunately the Times still follows the old style manual that requires gratuitous critiques of cyclists and bike lanes be inserted into any article on the subject no matter how baseless and irrelevant:

Biking has become integral to New York’s commuting culture, with Citi Bike accounting for nearly 65 million rides since its start in 2013. Some community leaders and residents have criticized the city’s expansion of the biking infrastructure, pointing to cyclists who disregard traffic rules, and bike lanes that clog already crowded roadways.

As well as the requisite victim-blaming:

Surveillance videos from two businesses on 26th Street show Mr. Hanegby cycling in a straight line. The street did not have a designated bike lane. A bus traveling in the same direction passed Mr. Hanegby, who was wearing headphones but no helmet, on the left.

North of the city, the Tappan Zee Mario Cuomo Bridge is open, but when you'll be able to use it without a private car is anybody's guess:

Cuomo Bridge

The contractors for the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge have missed two important deadlines for aspects of the project that offer different ways to move people out of their personal vehicles.

A few years ago, a committee of elected and appointed officials met for multiple years to ensure that an intricate network of bus rapid transit routes would be available when the bridge opened. No routes are now available. Later this year, there will only be two routes providing access to the Tarrytown and White Plains rail road stations.

No completion date for the bike/pedestrian path either:

A bicycle and pedestrian path was another part of the project that offers an alternate way to travel without using a car, approach to the new bridge. However, once again, the completion date is not known.

Ironically, the bus rapid transit and bike/pedestrian initiatives had high levels of public participation. But at this time the public has not been informed as to their completion dates.

For a region of bridges we sure don't make very good use of them:

And of course one of those MTA bridges is going to be inaccessible to cyclists and pedestrians for the next two years starting this Thursday:

During this time the MTA will provide a shuttle bus.

Even when open the Henry Hudson Bridge is of limited utility for bicycle commuters given that it's tough to connect to the Hudson River Greenway from Inwood Hill Park.  (Not to mention you're technically supposed to walk your bike.)  However, the path is at least separated from motor vehicle traffic, unlike the more direct yet also more hair-raising Broadway Bridge, which won't see a dedicated bike lane until approximately 2021 [PDF]:

Broadway Bridge

The DOT's Harlem River bridges plan says they will "work with the MTA" on improving the Henry Hudson Bridge path, which  doesn't inspire a huge amount of confidence:

Work with MTA to build out sidewalk and accommodate bicycles on bridge. Install crossing and wayfinding at Henry Hudson Bridge entrance.

And the Broadway Bridge bike lane is pending a "bridge replacement," plans for which have yet to be announced:

Broadway Bridge Enhancements Install on-street, buffered bicycle lanes as part of planned bridge replacement.

In a way, when it comes to traveling between the northern tip of Manhattan and the Bronx, we haven't come all that far from this:

King's Bridge

In fact, I'd rather ride over that than the Broadway Bridge.