Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 8 to 10 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
If you're headed out towards the beach in the next few days note the following:
#MillBasinBridge on the #BeltParkway bike shift date has been revised. Rehabilitation will require a section of the current pedestrian/bike path to shift onto the permanent path, 8/22. Signs will guide pedestrians & #bikenyc on the new path. pic.twitter.com/oH0FsJ4MT1— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 21, 2018
Of course the big news is that we could be getting scooters:
Bird, an e-scooter firm operating in U.S. cities and in Paris, has been lobbying Council members to allow these rides in New York.
“...There are already other places where many riders, they’re using electrical scooters,” Rodriguez, the Transportation Committee chairman, told the Daily News. “It’s important not to leave New York City behind.”
Don't worry, you're gonna like 'em. Sure, San Francisco couldn't handle them, but if anything that's a selling point.
In the meantime, New York City is quickly embracing a pedal-assist future. Yesterday the Bike Train went electric:
What's more thrilling than a high-speed chase? A high-speed chase that incorporates a Select Bus!
In hot pursuit, I hopped on the next M15 SBS—one of New York’s bus rapid transit routes—headed towards the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Tight on time, I was grateful for all door boarding. I checked the app again, watching my location inch closer towards the elusive bike. It moved three times in 20 minutes, heading north in 5-block leaps.
That's pursuit so hot it'll melt your MetroCard.
As for why electric delivery bikes are still illegal, nobody has a good answer:
In a statement, Seth Stein, a spokesperson for Mayor de Blasio, said, “In order to increase the transportation options for New Yorkers, including delivery workers, the Mayor clarified DOT rules that pedal-assist bikes are legal in the City. The Administration is currently considering additional actions to help delivery workers transition their throttle e-bikes to pedal-assist.”
The NYPD has yet to present any evidence to suggest that throttle-controlled e-bikes are more dangerous or harm New Yorkers more than traditional bicycles.
Though at least one delivery worker is simply using Citi Bike instead:
shiiiiiit rode my 1st @CitiBikeNYC ebike just now!!! 1) wow amazing #bikeNYC game-changer 2) met Caviar delivery cyclist using them so he didn’t get pulled over by nypd 3) basically zero difference b/w this & throttle. 1/4 turn pedal gets motor going & u r zooming #legalizeEbikes pic.twitter.com/qTvvH6GabK— macartney (@macartney) August 22, 2018
If you can't join 'em, beat 'em.