Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 68. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Take your time out there, move that bag off your bike, and stop for refreshments as needed.
In response to the latest spate of cycling deaths in the city, TransAlt will stage a mass die-in tomorrow evening in Washington Square Park:
Three cyclists were killed last week. Drivers have killed 15 people on bikes this year — more than double the number killed this time last year. pic.twitter.com/VLYOSEaYJm— Transportation Alternatives (@TransAlt) July 2, 2019
Citi Bike is lending their endorsement:
Our riders depend on safe streets each and every day, and the sharp rise in cyclist deaths this year is heartbreaking.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) July 3, 2019
We support this important action and encourage all of #BikeNYC to show up in solidarity next week.
Full event details: https://t.co/Kb3O60P4Jn https://t.co/j91cMrz7Rm
And also providing valet service at their nearby station:
In support of Tuesday's event, Citi Bike will have Valet Service at the MacDougal St & Washington Sq Citi Bike station from 6-8:30pm (or while supplies last) to assist those attending the event by Citi Bike!— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) July 7, 2019
Meanwhile, if you're wondering how the "Bicycle Safe Passage Plan" is going...
Introducing the Bicycle Safe Passage Plan, a citywide initiative focused on preventing hazardous parking & infractions that interfere with the safety of cyclists, specifically:— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 2, 2019
❌ Speeding, Red Light, Fail to Yield to 🚴♂️/🚶♂️and📱usage.
❌ Obstruction of 🚲 lane.
❌ Double Parking. pic.twitter.com/DYIj5JB4aC
...here's your answer:
Aparent #bikenyc sting at Rivington & Bowery and Bowery & Prince 🙄— Big Justice Mood. (@CamilleRaneem) July 7, 2019
St. Nick at 135th, NYPD ticketing bicyclist. 5:20. I asked if they new about the new "bicycle safety" initiative. They said yes, and that there had been a report of a cyclist getting hit after running a red light. #bikenyc— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) July 6, 2019
Of course, ticketing cyclists at dawn for rolling through red lights at t-intersections on totally barren streets is positively charitable compared to running them off the road:
Clearly when it comes to cycling enforcement the NYPD are not abandoning their tried and true "stop hitting yourself" approach:
According to the police officer wearing headphones while bike riding is reckless driving and reason to run the rider off the road for running a red light @NYPDnews #citibike #bikenyc pic.twitter.com/SOWnRDhiUn— Garvey Rich (@Garvey_Rich) July 6, 2019
Though here's the "official" account of what happened:
Here’s what happened - Officers observed cyclist running through 2 red lights, wearing headphones while biking, & failing to comply w/ a lawful order. When approached by cops, cyclist jumped the bike & it became wedged between the police vehicle and a parked vehicle.— NYPD DCPI (@NYPDDCPI) July 6, 2019
In other words, the cyclist jumped off the bike, and to save the public from the runaway ghost-ridden Citi Bike the officer was forced to ram it into a parked car.
As for the rider's alleged failure to comply, if only police cars were equipped with some sort of technology to make them audible even over a Citi Biker's Spotify playlist...
I was across the street In the park when this police ran this bike rider off the road and definitely did not hear any sirens or police loud speaker ordering the biker to stop. @NYPDnews #citibike #NYC #nypd #newyorkcity pic.twitter.com/tyrUuBXdMo— Garvey Rich (@Garvey_Rich) July 6, 2019
In any case, this incident doesn't bode well for the latest crackdown, and even the Daily News Editorial Board is skeptical:
EDITORIAL: No matter how many tickets NYPD officers hand out in the short term, surges in bike riders and erratic enforcement will almost surely mean more deaths around the bend.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 7, 2019
A far better answer is sustained enforcement coupled with street redesign.https://t.co/POoThOhUDp
Alas, Mayor de Blasio’s proposed solution, a three-week surge of enhanced traffic enforcement, is tragically half-hearted. No matter how many tickets NYPD officers hand out in the short term, surges in the numbers of bike riders and erratic law enforcement will almost surely mean more deaths around the bend.
Though how are cyclists supposed to ride in blocked bike lanes?
Not every street needs a bike lane, but where they exist, they must function properly. Cops must consistently punish trucks, buses and cars — including police cars — that block them. Wherever possible, lanes should be protected, with barriers preventing heavy vehicles from encroaching on bicycles’ space.
The burden is not on drivers alone. Too many cyclists ride outside of bike lanes even where they exist. A shocking number of city bicyclists was recently counted flouting traffic laws.
"Shocking"? That's the study that found that about 50% of cyclists stop fully for red lights, about 20% do an "Idaho stop," and about 50% do a right on red. As for this observation:
Even though those breaches don’t typically threaten lives as the bad behavior of drivers does, they shouldn’t be tolerated. Why aren’t highly visible bike safety campaigns as ubiquitous as other city sponsored public health ads?
Don't give them any more bright ideas: