Friday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 9 to 16 mph.
Friday Night Showers, mainly after 10pm. Low around 56. South wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
And the rain is threatening to take over the weekend:
Therefore, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With a pitched battle between sun and rain ahead, we’re recommending Brooklyn Defender IPA to lend a hand. Our heroically hopped golden IPA packs plenty of bright tropical notes to make you forget the drizzle, and the approachable 5.5% ABV makes it possible to have a beer and still squeeze in a surprise ride when the sun peeks out.
Who needs umbrellas when there's beer?
Precipitation notwithstanding, spring is here, and if you could use a refresher course be sure to RSVP:
Are you taking your bike out of hibernation now that the weather is getting warmer? Get a #BikeNYC refresher with @BrownBikeGirl at an upcoming free Urban Road School class or Group Bike Ride. 🚴🏿♀️🚴🏼♂️🚴🏻♀️🚴🏿♂️— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 10, 2019
More info and RSVP at https://t.co/Y8k1x9LcVk #GetThere pic.twitter.com/f12zzZW0Qe
But nobody needs a refresher course more than drivers, and yesterday the NYPD began a campaign to educate drivers about the dangers of left turns:
There are 10 cones in this crosswalk, but how many do you see when making a left turn with the “A frame” in the way? @NYPDTransport wants to remind you to go slow when turning left, it could save a life. #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/NJYUReiMru— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 11, 2019
And ever since the infamous (and now deleted) "Love 'em or hate 'em" tweet their tweets about bicycles have been fairly benign:
As the warmer weather approaches, we will see more bicyclists on our roads. With over 1,000 miles of bike routes, #NewYorkCity is home to the largest network of #bicycle lanes in North America! #Safety is paramount! Please be aware of your surroundings at all times! #Summer pic.twitter.com/LjSsGuwBPR— NYPD Queens North (@NYPDQueensNorth) April 11, 2019
Thank you to all who attended our #BuildTheBlock meeting in #Gowanus last night. We will continue to address your concerns of illegal narcotics use and reckless bicycles. Thanks to @NYPDPSA1 for joining us too! pic.twitter.com/ojDtZUvCaO— NYPD 76th Precinct (@NYPD76Pct) April 11, 2019
Nothing destroys communities like drugs and bicycles.
Then again, you can't really blame the NYPD for what people complain about at those meetings, but you can go and complain about something else:
#bikenyc: Find out when your police precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officer is having their next community meeting. Go! And speak up. Very few people show up to these meetings. But their concerns are heard and addressed. https://t.co/QWqdXHahLl— Aaron Naparstek (@Naparstek) April 11, 2019
In infrastructure news, the Broadway Bridge will see intermittent closures on Saturday:
*UPDATE: #BroadwayBridge (over the Harlem River) work has been rescheduled & will require FULL intermittent 15-minute closures on 4/13, 8AM-12PM. Additional tests may occur throughout the day.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 10, 2019
Any queued traffic will be allowed to dissipate in between closures. pic.twitter.com/sIglacRIdn
And the Williamsburg Bridge could have partial closures as well:
#WilliamsburgBridge work will require single lane closures:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 10, 2019
4/13-4/14: Mn-bound outer roadway, 7AM-3PM
4/15-4/19: Mn-bound & Bk-bound outer & inner roadways, 10AM-3PM
Partial pedestrian/#bikenyc path closures will be necessary, but the path will still be accessible pic.twitter.com/GRhdQ50Cqt
Speaking of bridges, you may have noticed the NYPD stationed at, well, all of them yesterday. Here's why:
If you're wondering why @NYPDnews is at all of the bridges, it is because @NYCDoITT didn't prepare for the GPS reset that happened over the weekend. #DOH #govtech #bikenyc #smartcity https://t.co/P9c0cy0Kp1— noel hidalgo 🌹 (@noneck) April 11, 2019
As a result, transit officials can’t remotely control the Big Apple’s 12,000-plus traffic lights, and many of the city’s traffic cameras and NYPD license-plate readers are down, sources said.
“This is a big screw-up, even for the de Blasio administration,” said a source familiar with the matter.
Well that's comforting.
Anyway, the upshot is that the NYPD were out scanning license plates by hand:
About 40 of NYPD’s license-plate readers have also been knocked out of service, sources said. The department says it has “hundreds” of readers.
As a stopgap measure, cops have been sent to those spots with vehicle-mounted readers that don’t rely on the broken network.
Though the silver lining was that they had fewer resources to devote to ticketing cyclists.
And if the fragile nature of our signal control system worries you, then won't want to read this:
Liciaga’s lawyers said crews were performing rail replacement work on the line, and did not properly barricade the area of the street where they were dumping debris.
“There was a 12-foot opening that looked like a travel lane,” said attorney Daniel O’Toole. “He goes into this area and the next thing he knows he wakes up in the hospital.”
As if riding under elevated tracks wasn't stressful enough.
Turning to policy, Councilmember Antonio Reynoso wants less
parking preservation council community board involvement in bike lane projects:
“What happens here is that bike lanes literally get delayed for years over community board opposition, and the DOT puts aside safety for anecdotes and personal experiences that people have on community boards." @CMReynoso34 telling it like it is. https://t.co/e2AcXCOCIz— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) April 11, 2019
Recently in Manhattan, a woman was killed in a hit-and-run on a street where the community board had rejected the removal of traffic lanes, leaving the road wide enough to encourage speeding, according to traffic experts. In Kensington, a pedestrian was struck by a driver on Ocean Parkway and Church Avenue, a roadway for which the community board rejected DOT safety upgrades earlier that week, citing concerns over a loss of parking spaces.
Though not everybody agrees.
“Let’s be honest, we’ve lived all these years without the bike lanes,” Fidler said. “If it takes an extra couple of months to include all the stakeholders in the process so that we get the best results, so that we put bike lanes where they belong, and when we do it we know that they’re going to be as safe as possible, it’s just another couple of months.”
Yeah, the problem is that too many people haven't lived all these years without the bike lanes, genius.
But of course the real problem with bike lanes is that the people who use them don't live in the neighborhood:
Scavo told the Eagle that not every neighborhood needed a bike lane and that the DOT should study their installation with that in mind. “The majority of the people on the bike path in this district on Ocean Parkway are not from this district. They’re coming from the north usually or from the south, but the people that are there are not really from Southern Brooklyn,” Scavo said.
A surprising number of people refuse to understand that the whole point of riding a bike is to go from one place to another. By this logic the bike lane network should just be a series of non-connecting circles:
Finally, the local news really went to town with the Riverside Park incident, and there was a story on seemingly every network yesterday:
Funny how they show the speed bumps on the path but don't mention them, even after saying the path should have speed bumps.
None of this is to excuse the cyclist, who should be suspended from bikes for six months, or to dispute the need to ride slowly in shared spaces, but when it comes to running down kids it's important to maintain perspective:
Of course the driver was behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger. Take a look at how that model is advertised. Victims’ attorneys should go after Dodge for abetting reckless driving. https://t.co/vIE5reCiby— StreetsPAC (@StreetsPAC) April 11, 2019
Someone should ask Theresa Scavo if the driver was from that district.