Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 2nd, 2019: The NYPD Giveth, The NYPD Taketh Away

Welcome to December!  Time to wrap your head around winter:

Monday Weather

Monday Rain before 2pm, then rain and snow likely between 2pm and 4pm, then snow likely after 4pm. Temperature falling to around 33 by 5pm. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. North wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Sunrise 7:01am

Sunset 4:29pm

Manhattan Bridge work that will narrow the bike path is scheduled for today, though the weather could change that:

Last week, the NYPD ticketed a motionless dooring victim:

In yet another instance of life imitating Onion:

Subsequently, the NYPD voided the ticket--and all it took was video of the event and an intense social media backlash:

ABC News spoke to the 20-year-old delivery cyclist, Hhossain Rabbi, who said he found the summons in his pocket while he was being treated for a concussion, leg pain, and bruised arms. "I just see the pocket, what happened? I don't know, because I got accident they gave me ticket."

Going viral appears to be a prerequisite when it comes to getting justice.

Meanwhile, avid driver and helmet enthusiast sat down for an in-depth discussion with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg:

Kramer touched on subjects such as:

  • How she sees ambulances stuck in car traffic and so that's the bike lane's fault somehow
  • Helmets 
  • How cyclists think they're above the law

Trottenberg handles the helmet line of questioning with aplomb, though her response to the "cyclists think they're above the law" trope was less resolute:

Funny how when you ride a bike the law's never on your side, even when you follow it to the letter:

The initial police report failed to indicate that the bike lane directs cyclists to do exactly what Martinez did — to make a left turn in front of oncoming traffic or after it has passed. (The intersection is captured in a video taken by her family’s attorney Daniel Flanzig, who is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city.)

“That is the path of the bike lane. Segregated and flows against traffic. What she did was legal and the design of this lane,” said Flanzig.

But sure, Marcia Kramer, keep asking about helmets and license plates.