Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 5th, 2019: If I Had A Hammer...

Cloudy, a bit warmer, and a possibility of showers today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Sunrise 6:31am

Sunset 4:48pm

Today is also election day, and after you vote you can head to the Mott Haven Library in the Bronx for a Citi Bike expansion meeting:

The 70th Precinct is making a show of ticketing drivers in the bike lane:

Midtown South is ticketing cyclists:

And the 20th Precinct needs help finding the owner of this VanMoof:

No, the Grand Larceny is not a VanMoof model.

Sunnyside, Queens will get cyclist-friendly signal timing in 2020:

Cyclists and drivers on 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside will be seeing some changes to traffic flow some time in 2020 in what the city is promoting as a major benefit to bikers and the Vision Zero program.

The city will institute “Green Wave” signal timing which is aimed at setting traffic lights to accommodate bicycles at about 15 miles per hour as opposed to the 20 mph speed limit that motor vehicles can travel on the thoroughfare.

State Senator Jessica Ramos's new street vendor bill is generating lots of discussion:

Ramos did admit that the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian and cycling footpath is a disaster thanks to vendors — one that the city Department of Transportation refuses to fix.

“I walked the bridge just the other day and saw how the vendors leave very little room for pedestrians and cyclists,” she said. “And there were also four police vehicles blocking the pathway. But, as I said, the bill leaves that up to each city. I certainly empathize with the sentiment that it is difficult to walk or bike over the Brooklyn Bridge. But that’s the city’s responsibility. We need to rethink the way we use our streets.”

And look at that!  It's the return of the Dyckman St. bike lane:

Back in 2017, after nearly a decade of prodding from safe streets advocates, the city installed a protected bike lane on Inwood's Dyckman Street. Less than a year later, at the urging of Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, they ripped it out—making it the first protected bike lane to be uninstalled during the Vision Zero era.

But like a Phoenix rising from the ashen exhaust pipe of an idling double-parked car, the Dyckman Street bike lane is back once again.

Basically it's back only in slightly different clothes in the hopes it will now pass the dress code.

Meanwhile, the Streets Master Plan is still generating headlines:

And Daily News Editorial Board is officially on board:

Bicyclists thrill at the plan’s requirement the city develop long-overdue plans for a network of connected bike lanes. We join the applause, not because we want to “break the car culture,” as Johnson does, but because we must rationalize what is now a haphazard and disjointed lane maze.

Though they seem to be maintaining a polite distance from cyclists:

Bicyclists get the headlines, but pedestrians are far larger in number, and far likelier to fall victim to cars and trucks. Johnson’s plan gives them significant attention, requiring thousands more square feet each year for pedestrian-friendly spaces and mandating accessible intersection signals. Good.

Good indeed.

Of course, not all their readers agree.  Take this letter writer from Scarsdale who says bicycles don't belong on "our" streets:

New York City is a city of commerce. Our businesses rely on trucks to transport parts and supplies, to deliver products and services. Consumers rely on cars to access businesses. Adding bicycles into the mix is a recipe for disaster. The most reasonable approach to this problem is to ban bicycles from New York City streets. 

Maybe if he didn't go home to Scarsdale every night he'd know which vehicles really doesn't belong on our streets.

Lucky cyclist avoids being run over cuz driver crashes into tree pit first from r/NYCbike

If all you have a hammer everything looks like a nail, and if all you have is a car everything looks like a parking spot.

Or a target.