Thursday Isolated showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind 7 to 10 mph.
In downtown Manhattan, getting to and from the Brooklyn Bridge will soon be a little easier:
This month we begin safety improvements along Frankfort St between Spruce St & Park Row in Manhattan:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 14, 2019
🚲Install two-way protected #bikenyc lane, connecting #BrooklynBridge path to Park Row bike path
🚗Create standard width travel lane
🚶♀️Add daylighting at intersections pic.twitter.com/MgtolyPPnj
Though getting across it will remain just as difficult as it's always been.
Yesterday protesters gathered on W. 12th St. against the 14th St. Busway lawsuit, and Arthur Schwartz did not disappoint:
Arthur Schwartz is here offering snacks to Transportation Alternatives folks here while asking “where are your crosses? Where are your hoods?” pic.twitter.com/oWMLVCjLRl— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) August 14, 2019
Busway opponents are also against bike lanes because it gets cold in February:
Elissa Stein, of the 14th Street Coalition, which has opposed the busway and bike lanes on 12th/13th: “nobody believed everyone on the L would take a bike. No one is going to bike here in February.” pic.twitter.com/Jy9yIOUPxJ— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) August 14, 2019
Yeah, sure they won't:
But how many of those nearly one million trips were on 12th and 13th Streets specifically? Because everybody knows that, due to seasonal wind patterns, 12th and 13th Streets are generally 20-50 degrees colder than the rest of the city and can often be impassable until the spring thaw. That's why they shouldn't have bike lanes.
It's just a fact.
Watch out for ticketing on your commute today:
Though admittedly there's only so much you can do when the NYPD will ticket you for not having a bell even when you clearly have a bell:
A coworker got a ticket for no bell this morning. He has a bell. He pointed it out to the cop. The cop said “You don’t have a bell” and wrote the ticket. 1984? #visionzero #bikenyc @bikesnobnyc @TheWarOnCars @NYCSpeakerCoJo #orwellian pic.twitter.com/jvV8E24TmO— bikesandbballonly (@bikesandbballo1) August 14, 2019
Yes, it's Orwell meets Magritte.
Evidently the NYPD doesn't see bells like the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association doesn't see color:
The president of the NYPD's second largest police union shared a wildly racist video this weekend likening black people to monsters. He told me this morning that he shouldn't face consequences because it was an "honest mistake" and he does not see color. https://t.co/As78kL1uoQ— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) August 14, 2019
Yet oddly the SBA does see things that aren't there, like an epidemic of "people being killed by bicycles:"
MISSING PERSON ALERT- if seen please return to NYC, it’s the city that had a blackout,has homeless all over the streets,people being killed by bicycles, broken down public housing,& a transit system that’s a mess. Subject is on presidential campaign with plans to destroy a nation pic.twitter.com/UbdMwXt4M7— SBA (@SBANYPD) July 14, 2019
And certainly one color the NYPD doesn't see is green, which explains why they're often found in the bike lane:
"There's no emergency! Nothing is happening! I'm looking around, there's no terrorist threat. There's just you guys jerking off and doing nothing but standing here staring at me. I'm not threatening people's lives—you are! You are the problem!"
Well, in there defense, it does sound like they were doing something in the bike lane.
Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio is "laser focused" on keeping cyclists safe:
Politicians ripped Mayor de Blasio for not doing enough to make streets safer for cyclists. But they offered no concrete solutions to solve the crisis. https://t.co/YLDL5Wyv5w— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 14, 2019
De Blasio spokesman Seth Stein said the mayor is “laser focused” on street safety and pointed to HIzzoner’s recently announced plan to drastically expand the city’s network of protected bike lanes.
Here's what laser focus looks like:
He'd better pick up the pace, because thanks to the inadequate number of bike lanes, riding a bike in New York City feels like playing skee-ball on a machine with no holes:
With more people cycling than ever before, setbacks are leading to accidents. According to the NYDOT, the number of daily bike rides more than doubled between 2012 and 2017. Today, nearly half a million cycling trips are made every day.
More people are choosing to cycle for a variety of reasons — concerns about their impact on the environment, frustration with public transit and desire to improve their physical health. The city has also been instrumental in encouraging people to bike, including the massive rollout of Citibike bike shares.
Over the last few years, the city has on average built 62 miles of bike lanes each year — the largest increase anywhere in the country. But, in a city with more than 6,000 miles of streets, fewer than one in five has a bike lane.
Only you're a lot more likely to get hit by a bus:
Somebody buy that guy a drink. (And hopefully a lawyer sees to it that the MTA buys that guy a house.)
And let's not forget there are cops who think you're not allowed to ride on a street that doesn't have a bike lane on it:
A cop told a cyclist he's not allowed to ride down any street without a bike lane. Experts — and the city — say that's wrong. https://t.co/uYBmk8ColW— New York City Patch (@NYC_Patch) August 14, 2019
An NYPD spokesperson acknowledged the cop's mistake and said the bike lane summons will be voided, but added that Goldmark was properly ticketed for using headphones.
"The Commanding Officer is aware that the bike lane summons was issued in error, that summons will be voided and the officer will be instructed on proper summons-able traffic offenses," Det. Sophia Mason, the NYPD spokesperson, said in an email.
Limiting cyclists to streets with bike infrastructure in 2019 would be like limiting shoppers to online retail in 1995.
Yes, bike news in New York City often sounds like the Onion, which is why it can be so hard to tell the difference: