Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 8th, 2019: Blame The Millennials!

We could have more rain and thunderstorms today:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Sunrise 5:59am

Sunset 8:04pm

Here's the DOT's schedule for the 4th Ave. bike lane in Brooklyn:

Starting Monday, 14th St. becomes a busway:

Sorry, Artie.

Be sure to sign up for Bike East, 20 miles of Brooklyn riding:

Hey, summer will be over before you know it, so take advantage.

In tragic and infuriating news, a pedestrian struck by a hit-and-run cyclist on July 31st has now died:

According to the NYPD, Michael Collopy, 60, was hit by a cyclist at about 11:53 a.m. on July 31 as he stood in the protected bike lane at Sixth Avenue and 23rd Street, a busy corner. The cyclist kept on pedaling.

Emergency responders took Collopy to Bellevue Hospital, where he died on Aug. 5. The city’s medical examiner announced on Wednesday that Collopy’s death stemmed from the injuries sustained in the crash with the cyclist.

The location is ironic and poignant:

The intersection where Collopy was killed was the same location where Robyn Hightman was struck and killed by a truck driver in June. Collopy is the second pedestrian killed by a cyclist this year, and the 62nd pedestrian killed overall in 2019.

62 pedestrian deaths is bad enough, and it's even worse when you consider two of them were killed by bicyclists.  Slow down out there, and always yield to pedestrians.  You should never be going too fast to account for someone stepping into the bike lane.

That sound you hear is the Cuozzos of the city hitting their keyboards.

Speaking of blaming bicycles for everything:

In a raucous street corner rally last Thursday, senior citizens pushed back against the millennial bicycle culture – alleging that young bikers are behind a residential parking ban along Greene Avenue in Clinton Hill without any concern for the elderly.

Hey, what about Generation X?!?  Guess they're overlooked as always.  Sigh.

They were protesting a new city Department of Transporation (DOT) Residential Loading Zone Program, which installed ‘No Parking Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.’ in pre-selected locations across Brooklyn with little community warning as KCP first reported.

So what's the connection between millennials on bikes and a loading zone for automobiles?  Nobody's saying, but they do agree that having to wake up at 7am to move your car is "unconscionable":

“This is unconscionable,” said Linda Maurice Vittal, 78, who has lived on Greene Avenue since 1947. “Because I couldn’t get up at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning and move my car, I got a $185 ticket. Then I got a $60 ticket for parking there. Then, when I went to redeem my car, I got a flat tire because the lady who put my car on the trailer pushed down on it. I spent two-and-a-half hours at the Navy Yard to get my car out. Now you tell me if that’s right.”

Sure, that sounds about right.

Of course, redlining was *actually* unconscionable, and its legacy is apparently...having to wake up at 7am to move your car:

Norma Smith, 78, who has lived on the block since 1971, said she worked in the community when a lot of people of color couldn’t live there because it was redlined, and once she moved in she worked with a bunch of community people to get traffic safety measures installed.

“Now everybody is coming and I don’t think I should have to wake up at 7 o clock in the morning and jump out of my bed and move a car. What kind of bullshit is that?” Smith said. 

Sounds like their real gripe is with daylight savings.  If it wasn't for that they'd have an extra hour.

But no, it's always about the bikes:

“People are not going to come in here at this stage of my life and say I can’t park here. Bicycles shouldn’t be running on this street. It’s two-way and a bus route. Let them go put bike lanes on side streets. And what I don’t like about bicycles is they don’t stop at lights. They go through the lights and nobody’s giving them any tickets.”

Isn't the bus route a reason why you wouldn't need a...oh well, whatever, never mind.

Of course, it's important to consider while reading this article that the writer did, in a now-deleted editorial, compare a loss of parking to the Holocaust:

If New York City cars could talk, I would imagine the following conversation:

“Hear the news, mate? Word in the public parking lots is the city is beginning the final solution,” said the blue Subaru Outback with a strong Australian accent.

“What final solution?” replied the red Ford Focus, whose model is known for their extreme ability to concentrate.

“The pilot program to take away parking spaces on residential streets. It’s the start to the death of us all.”

He's also pretty angry at so-called millennials:


So it is possible his reporting on this issue is not 100% objective.

Moving on from blaming things you shouldn't to crediting things you shouldn't, an SUV hit a journalist on an e-bike in the disaster that is the St. Nicholas Ave. bike lane and his takeaway is that his helmet is awesome:

I was heading south on St. Nicholas Avenue, approaching 124th Street. That's where the avenue hedges slightly left along with most of the traffic. Keep going straight, however, and the road turns into the lesser-used Manhattan Avenue. 

There's a bicycle lane along St. Nicholas, but it's a typical old-school unprotected one, just a painted line alongside the traffic. The bike lane is on the right side of the street, and in order to proceed south on St. Nicholas, one has to cross over in front of the road that becomes Manhattan Avenue. Usually that's not a problem, as most people curve onto St. Nicholas, right alongside the bikes (and e-bikes).

We have no idea what would have happened if he hadn't been wearing that helmet, but we do know for sure that the bike lane completely failed.

Finally, if you missed last week's Beta Talk, here's video:

Darn millennials on bikes with all their gadgetry...