Wednesday A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 87. South wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Northwest wind around 8 mph.
Hopefully it doesn't stop the Bike Train:
ALL ABOARD THE #BIKETRAIN EXPRESS!— Chelsea Skye (@pekochel) August 20, 2018
RSVP Required: https://t.co/QlWx4IoIYO
Wednesday August 22nd @ 8AM
Hope St & Union Avenue Citibike Station
For the first time in #bikeNYC's bikeshare history take a electric @CitiBikeNYC bicycle into Manhattan and beyond. @TransAlt @NBk_TA pic.twitter.com/YtpCKcBhih
Note closures on the Roosevelt Island bridge today:
#RooseveltIslandBridge routine monthly test will require full 15 minute closures to all vehicular, #bikenyc & pedestrian traffic on 8/22, 10AM-2PM. A second test may occur only after the first full test is concluded and any queued traffic has dissipated. @NotifyNYC pic.twitter.com/1F8Tr6uXV0— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 21, 2018
And speaking of trains, the mayor rode the subway!
Mayor de Blasio rides the L train. “God bless you, Mr. Bloomberg. I mean Mr. de Blasio.” pic.twitter.com/Sb4ybthKt6— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) August 21, 2018
Good to see, though he looks almost as awkward as he did when he ate that pizza with a knife and fork.
Also too much to ask for is big companies paying their parking tickets:
You’ve heard how @FedEx @UPS @FreshDirect and other delivery companies say they’re good corporate citizens, but at a big City Hall meeting this week, they said they still just want to keep parking in your bike lane without penalty. Our scoop: https://t.co/VvrQUUAtpJ @TransAlt— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) August 21, 2018
“We shouldn’t have the Stipulated Fine program at all,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police officer and a candidate for mayor. “The top cause of accidents and congestion is double parking. These companies must do business, of course, but they shouldn’t get a break when they violate rules that govern traffic safety. If they want more loading zones, we can talk about that. But we can’t let up on safety.”
But last Thursday, at the City Hall meeting — attended by Deputy Mayor for Operations Laura Anglin; officials from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Finance; lobbyists for Fresh Direct, Fed Ex, United Parcel Service and other big firms; and a coalition of smaller delivery companies — the industry pushed back hard against any increase in fines.
Yes, not only are our bike lanes full of delivery vehicles:
A @FedEx driver parked in the Rivington St #bikenyc lane in Manhattan regardless of the illegality and threat to human life of his actions. We will not stop shaming this company until they resolve to control their employees. pic.twitter.com/B42QfxxYqk— FedExInBikeLanes (@FedExInBikeLane) August 20, 2018
But even when they are ticketed their owners only end up paying pennies on the dollar, which is why employees have no problem running up tabs like this:
#NY_46521MC has been queried 1 time.— How's My Driving NY (@HowsMyDrivingNY) August 21, 2018
Total parking and camera violation tickets: 1694
412 | Blocking Bike Lane
373 | Double Parking - Within 100 Ft. Of Loading Zone
277 | No Standing - Day/Time Limits
121 | No Parking - Day/Time Limits
113 | Double Parking
412 bike lane tickets? That's astounding given how reluctant the NYPD is to write bike lane tickets in the first place.
Then again, we are the city that doesn't let big corporations tell us what to do...
New Yorkers don't let big corporations tell us what to do. pic.twitter.com/l6ugTYAcfq— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 16, 2018
...unless of course they don't feel like paying their parking tickets, in which case we're happy to negotiate.
That being said, apparently when it comes to not blocking bike lanes Shake Shack will "look into it:"
In other news, Dean Meminger of NY1 goes for a ride with the NYPD's Strategic Response Group:
👮♂️🚴♀️Watch @deanmeminger train with the NYPD bicycle unit down stairs! Also known as the Strategic Response Group, the unit was formed to respond to emergency situations quickly. #MorningsOn1 pic.twitter.com/vqfcaUzJtk— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) August 21, 2018
When there's a protest the Strategic Response Group is there, but don't expect them to stop that scofflaw motorist:
"No, we don't get into the individual enforcement for the vehicle and traffic laws. I don't know if they would pull over for a bicycle."
Wait, a minute. I had no idea pulling over was at our discretion. Also, I've been pulled over by a cop on foot which makes this even more baffling.
Finally, if you frequent the upper portion of the Hudson River Greenway you'll be sad to learn that the curator of the "Sisyphus Stones" is retiring:
But in the end, Gryka decided to end the project on its one-year anniversary. At first he said he’d level it himself — to leave the place as he’d found it. But as the date neared, he said, “I've spoken to many people about the idea, and many people are like ‘You don't have to do that. Like you literally don't do it. Because you are going to, that is going to be very violent.’”
So, he decided he’d simply walk away and let nature take its course.
Though if you're that sad you could always take up the position yourself. Sure, it doesn't pay well (or at all) but it's no more Sisyphean than getting drivers out of the bike lane.