Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind around 10 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
And so is the foliage:
As [hashtag] Biketober draws to an end, be sure to take the NYC bike map survey:
How do you get there via #bikenyc? Please take a minute to answer our brief #Biketober 🍃 survey and let us know how you plan your bike route in NYC. Your feedback will help us improve the NYC Bike Map (survey closes soon!): https://t.co/FP5emoArdu pic.twitter.com/HuWAtjWZ7V— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 29, 2018
If you've been dreaming of seeing the official NYC bike map in shower curtain form now's your chance to make that happen.
Hey, they have one for the subway, so why not?
Also, be extra considerate when riding through intersections:
While enjoying #Biketober 🍂 throughout the city, please be mindful of #blind & #lowvision New Yorkers as they might not see you coming. #bikenyc please remember to watch 👀, wait 🛑, & warn 🔔📣 #CyclEyes pic.twitter.com/VvsZ9UcCMJ— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 29, 2018
And while passing:
Now that was some searing hot Cat 6 action.
Recently, the 19th Precinct unleashed their Bicycle Safety Officer on the Upper East Side:
Meet the 19th Precincts newly established Bicycle Safety Officer! 🚴🏾♂️— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) October 25, 2018
Officer Tuohey will be patrolling #UpperEastSide bike lanes & streets, ensuring safe passage for pedestrians & cyclists. Where do you want to see him patrol? Let us know below, we’ll follow your suggestions! pic.twitter.com/No9InAZXMU
And according to a commenter yesterday he's already hard at work:
I witnessed the the Bicycle Safety Officer in action on Friday. At least, I'm pretty sure it was the same strapping officer as above. He was standing in the 2nd Ave bike lane on Friday afternoon ticketing cyclists. He was standing underneath the cyclists signal at 79th and 2nd and ticketing cyclists who crossed when the cyclist signal was red but the 2nd ave light was green (i.e. 2nd Ave SB is green, 2nd Ave EB turn lane is green, Cyclists SB light is red). So, thank god the scourge of cyclists merging into the turn lane and continuing south has been eradicated. #Priorities. Seems relevant to note that there was a car crash at that intersection the day before on Thursday.
So much for that.
Meanwhile, here's the 10th Precinct reminding people on Citi Bikes that the speed limit is 25mph:
If you can sustain a pace of over 25mph on a regular Citi Bike for any length of time you deserve a pro contract, not a ticket.
Speaking of Citi Bike, note these station deactivations for the Halloween parade:
⚠️: These stations will be deactivated on 10/31 for the Halloween Parade:— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) October 29, 2018
- 6 Ave & Canal St
- 6 Ave & Spring St
- Carmine St & 6 Ave
- Washington Pl & 6 Ave
- W 11 St & 6 Ave
- W 15 St & 6 Ave
- W 18 St & 6 Ave
They'll be reactivated on 11/1. Check app/map for other stations.
Also, they're giving free rides on Election Day:
Of course one of the most frustrating aspects of cycling in New York City is the abundance of parcel trucks in the bike lane:
And while we have yet to do much about it (besides giving companies like UPS bulk discounts on parking tickets), Seattle is trying something new
Scott Phillippi, a senior project manager with UPS, said the trikes can maneuver in tighter spaces more easily. Truck drivers, meanwhile, must search for large enough parking spaces where their trucks can sit while deliveries are made.
In the new system, cyclists will pull a trailer from UPS’ distribution center to a vehicle parking spot downtown. They’ll drop off the trailer, then ride on sidewalks and in designated bike lanes to make deliveries in narrow and congested areas, like Pike Place Market.
I guess that's why they're the Number One Bike City in America while we're only number nine--though according to this press release I recently received they're the worst city in which to find love:
Using a formula that considered the opinions and demographic data from over 92,000 singles who have attended the tour's shows over the last 5 years, and the millions who have listened to the top-rated Great Love Debate with Brian Howie Podcast; Seattle singles earned low marks across the board for their lack of communication, confidence, and optimism.
Finally, there's a long and rich history of commuter racing here in the metropolitan area, and today four New Jerseyans will see who can get from the 'burbs to Midtown fastest:
For many otherwise happy Garden Staters, there is no greater sorrow than the commute to New York City.
If the almighty dollar were not calling us, there’s no way we would spend up to four hours or more a day — every weekday — making our way to the city and back. Whether we choose to drive ourselves, carpool with office “friends,” or attempt to traverse the wilds of NJ Transit, we have to be honest with ourselves: most of the time, commuting is miserable.
I guess that's why they're always blocking our bus stops:
This happened Sunday morning in Washington Heights. The bus operator blasted the horn a few times and the driver looked at her incredulously like, “who cares if I’m blocking the bus stop?”— Joe Cutrufo (@JoeCutrufo) October 29, 2018
So she got off the bus, looked at me and said, “start recording.” https://t.co/sJhU0fCXAY
Anyway, they'll be racing to the library:
In an effort to ease that pain (or at least provide a little entertainment while you’re going through it), we have commissioned four of our most cunning reporters to take part in a commuting experiment. Tuesday morning, they will all depart from the same spot in New Jersey and, taking different methods of transportation, race to the New York Public Library.
As they try to get into NYC, you will be able to follow along, as we catalogue their journeys on NJ.com.
And here's who will be representing the cyclists:
Name: Steve Strunsky
Method of transportation: Bike
Rules: Strunsky will take his bike all the way from West Orange, but is allowed to take it onto the ferry to cross waterways into Manhattan.
The odds: Not pretty. Any way you slice it, biking is a tough way to commute from New Jersey into New York. But, if the traffic and NJ Transit gods are on Strunsky’s side Tuesday, you never know.
Ordinarily I'd put my money on the bike but that is a pretty long way, and it's either a ferry or a bunch of extra miles to go to the GWB.
If I were him I'd just bail and ride up to Nyack or something.