Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 31st, 2018: Never Mind the Bollards

Lovely cycling weather today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Light south wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Sunrise: 7:25am

Sunset: 5:54pm

Today also marks the end of [hashtag] Biketober:

And of course Halloween:

Which is America's favorite holiday for victim-blaming:

They even recommend putting glowsticks on the dog.

The marathon is this Sunday, which means road closures are imminent:

And check the status of your favorite Citi Bike station:

There will also be closures for today's Halloween parade.

On Monday night the driver of a private garbage truck hit a cyclist in Midtown:


Which was a fitting start the NYPDs crackdown on private waste haulers:

The truck driver remained on the scene.

An investigation is ongoing.

The accident happened the same day the NYPD launched a crackdown on the city’s private garbage truck industry.

And Gothamist looks into whether or not the West Side Greenway bollards make sense:

Basically, they don't:

But in the year since New York’s deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11, the city and the state have taken expensive, clumsy, and sometimes nonsensical steps to “harden” target areas. Most of these efforts boil down to placing thousands of bollards around high pedestrian areas, with seemingly little foresight on how it will forever alter some of the most crowded and vibrant places in New York City.

Nor does there seem to be any steps to re-imagine how increased security can be tied into larger Vision Zero efforts that reduce pedestrian risk not just from terrorists, but from everyday motorists.

Because if it's safety you're after, the best thing to do is lose the cars altogether:

Better to fully pedestrianize high-target areas, Gelinas suggests, which would not only reduce the amount of physical barriers required to keep it safe—fewer roads means fewer bollards—but also create an opportunity for a more coordinated effort between transportation officials at DOT and the NYPD to find barriers that not only perform a security purpose but also fit in with the city.

Though the state is mostly happy they slow down cyclists:

A spokesperson for NYS DOT told Gothamist, “We conferred with numerous federal, state and local officials to develop a permanent solution to prevent future attacks, enhance safety, and enable both cyclists and pedestrians to enjoy this very popular facility.” The spokesperson noted that the four-foot bollard placement was a feature, not a bug, because it will have the “added benefit of encouraging cyclists to proceed with caution and slow down at the many intersections where pedestrians are crossing.”

So basically a terrorist killed a bunch of people on bikes one year ago, and now we've got a bunch of bollards to slow down the cyclists.

Sounds about right.

Meanwhile, in Denmark, kids get to play with axes, fire, and bikes:


At a forest playground on the outskirts of Copenhagen, kids are encouraged to build fires. At an urban playground in the city, kids cycle around a mini-version of Copenhagen with kid-sized bike lanes, pint-sized street lights, and mini-walkways. As a school principal told Nielsen: “We are trying to embrace the child in an adult world.”

Here we prefer to treat our adults like children by shaming them for not wearing helmets and slowing them down with awkwardly placed bollards.

Finally, the New Jersey commuter race went down yesterday, and the cyclist didn't win:

Here's a post-race interview:

Even the winner took 90 minutes?  

The real lesson of this race is never move to Jersey.