Wednesday A slight chance of showers between noon and 3pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday Night Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 67. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Lots of ticketing happening out there:
And the NYPD are not relenting when it comes to ebike confiscation:
🚨E-bike confiscations going on under the Queensboro Bridge right now 🚨— macartney (@macartney) June 4, 2019
FIVE @NYPD19Pct out to steal the bike and harass the immigrant worker. This is @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio’s “working people first” policies in action. #DeliverJustice #LegalizeEbikes pic.twitter.com/lLwBKePOPo
Though apparently in order for them to take your electric conveyance it has to be both illegal and essential for your livelihood:
Its incredibly arbitrary. In the video that's part of the linked thread, you see 5 NYPD officers stopping an ebike riding in the bike lane (no indication of recklessness) and an (illegal) electric skateboard literally rides right in front of one of the officers, w/o being stopped— Bike Commuter NYC (@driversofnyc) June 4, 2019
But while you can't make deliveries on an ebike, you're more than welcome to use a truck:
Paint and flexible posts can only do so much. In fact, the city acknowledges as much in their response to the complainants in the Bronx Vision Zero lawsuit:
...the current Morris Park Project plan features a flush painted center median (meaning no physical barrier will be constructed), left turn bays, bicycle lanes, and a truck loading zone between Colden Avenue and Paulding Avenue. These proposed features add no physical impediments to the Corridor whatsoever; rather, they are merely changes in street markings.
Clearly we could use more physical impediments.
More encouragingly, NYPD Transportation Bureau Inspector Dennis Fulton says they're "trying to change the culture" when it comes to traffic enforcement:
"We have a long way to go to get to our overall goal, and the truth is we're trying to change the culture," Fulton said.
In this exclusive interview, Fulton laid out the troubling numbers.
Through May, 10 people have died while riding bikes in the city. That's up from five during the same time in 2018, a 100% increase.
Despite that trend, police say cycling in the city is safer than ever.
"Because the trips have went up, in 2000, we had approximately 54 million bicycle trips," Fulton said. "And in 2018, we had approximately 178 million bicycle trips."
crushing blow small dent has been dealt to the placard abuse epidemic with the arrest of the now-infamous "Dashboard 8:"
Eight people found themselves in a holding cell after officials accused them of forging parking placards to get tickets dismissed.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 4, 2019
The city has focused on placard abuse after fielding complaints that employees misuse them by parking in unauthorized spots.https://t.co/fVodRgGpBI
All eight suspects attempted to beat city parking tickets by presenting the faux parking placards to the Department of Finance — although only one was successful, authorities said. The city DOT referred the cases to DOI for investigation.
So basically to get in trouble for BS placards you have to not only use them, but also present them as evidence when you're disputing the ticket you got anyway.
They should have been more subtle and made something understated, like this:
As for parking your bike, Corey Johnson has pledged support for Ooneepod:
My office spoke w/ @ShabazzStuart of @ooneepod. We’ll work with him & @NYC_DOT to try to keep the Water-Whitehall Plaza bike parking.— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) June 4, 2019
If we’re going to break the car culture in NYC, we need a complete network of protected bike lanes as well as convenient & secure bike storage. https://t.co/xZHVN8FDAJ
And finally, in micromobility husbandry news, Bird have successfully bred an ebike with a sooter:
If this Bird Cruiser comes to New York, should it be treated like a Revel scooter (needing a license plate and driver's license to use) or like a pedal assist e-bike (no plate required)? I'd say the former. https://t.co/YYogX9ixMg— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) June 4, 2019
According to Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden:
“Bird’s introduction of shared e-scooters spurred a global phenomenon and mode shift away from cars. To further accelerate progress on our mission to make cities more livable, we are providing additional environmentally friendly micro-mobility alternatives—including Bird Cruiser. Starting this summer, people can move about their city and explore new neighborhoods together, without a car. Designed and engineered in California, Bird Cruiser is an inclusive electric-powered option that is approachable, easy-to-ride and comfortable on rough roads.”
That all sounds great, but where do you put the pogo stick?
"Cangoroo, based in Malmö, Sweden, plans to launch its app-based pogo stick service this summer in Malmö and Stockholm, and branch out to London and San Francisco by fall."https://t.co/aoxgEryzPe— Peter Flax (@Pflax1) June 3, 2019
Imagine these in the mix on the Brooklyn Bridge.