Tuesday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11am and 2pm. Patchy fog before noon. High near 83. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.
Yesterday's weather was glorious however, and we've got ourselves a real bicycle rush hour now:
That's a lotta bikes:
Though my own Hudson River Greenway commute featured heavy trucks both coming:
Just after that last truck I passed someone carrying a young passenger on an ebike and marveled over the irony that the ebike rider was breaking two laws simultaneously (no ebikes on the greenway, no child passengers on ebikes) while the Port Authority drivers taking up the entire pathway are are just "doing their jobs."
Speaking of pathways, if you ride Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn you'd better work on your bunnyhops:
Can’t believe the city spent however many millions to build the Flushing Ave bike lane and there are zero ramps or curb cuts allowing people to connect to or from side streets. pic.twitter.com/oVVT1qBwr4— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) June 24, 2019
And on 2nd Avenue the dance continues:
Our officers back out on 2nd Avenue this afternoon ensuring the new stretch of #UpperEastSide #BikeNYC lane is being used by 🚴🏾♂️ only.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) June 24, 2019
Thankfully it’s free & clear of cars. We will continue to monitor to ensure cyclists safety. pic.twitter.com/tW2z2Wksja
It's safe to say that this endeavor is now officially Sisyphean--especially when you consider what's going on pretty much everywhere else:
This is hilarious. Here’s 87/2ave at 327pm TODAY pic.twitter.com/Brmqf9tcTD— MJB (@WigglesPalmer) June 24, 2019
It also seems hollow as New York City is reeling after yet another senseless cyclist death:
The 12th #bikeNYC-er killed in just six months, two more than all of last year; another pedestrian killed, this time in Flushing*. And nary a peep from @NYCMayor: Is he too busy prepping for the debate, or does he just not care? https://t.co/zQTRKwY18C @StreetsblogNYC @TransAlt— David Herman (@DHermanStudio) June 24, 2019
A direct result of the fact that the entire length of Manhattan is basically ten parallel interstate highways that carry heavy truck traffic all day long:
Why the FUCK are we still moving freight through the middle of Manhattan in giant trucks at 9:30am on a Monday morning?https://t.co/T5Uiik56vP— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) June 24, 2019
“I didn’t see her. A taxi waved me down a block away and said I hit someone,” said the distraught trucker, who only gave his name as Antonio. “I looked and I didn’t see anyone.”
And a crushing blow to a community that is still raw from another unprosecuted killing:
Roughly 20 bike messengers raced to the scene as word of the fatal smash-up spread, and demanded justice in the wake of this and other recent cyclist deaths, threatening to “shut down” the city in protest.
“There’s no accountability for drivers,” said one courier, Mario Sepulveda. “How many deaths do we have to have for something to be done?”
Completely wrecked by grief... the messenger killed this morning was a bright star, an up and coming racer who served us all around @kissenavelo, last I saw her— Big Justice Mood. (@CamilleRaneem) June 24, 2019
I don’t think I can handle another #cyclofemme coming to my city to be murdered in traffic, #bikenyc. I cannot take it pic.twitter.com/sQGqzRTgLt
Anguished crowd cant understand why cops and city govt won't protect cyclists. pic.twitter.com/AmGPAb5T6X— Steve Vaccaro (@BicyclesOnly) June 24, 2019
No ticket, drove away. You can get away with killing someone as long as you're on the driver's seat of a car in this city. pic.twitter.com/Aib9HfX7oE— Erwin Figueroa (@TransitErwin) June 24, 2019
Just another day in a city where neighborhoods go without crosswalks due to the twisted agendas of selfish and narrow-minded officials and community boards:
Councilmember Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx) has been asking since May 3, when a State Supreme Court judge on imposed a temporary restraining order to block the thoroughfare’s reconfiguration by the city Department of Transportation.
Gjonaj joined as a plaintiff in the case, vying to stop DOT’s proposed “road diet”: left-turn lanes, a median zone and other engineering moves intended to more tightly control traffic and discourage speeding.
Now, with the Morris Park Avenue layout in limbo, part of a prime commercial strip in Gjonaj’s district is left with more hazards than before. Crews already had repaved about a half mile of the strip before the judge’s decision, covering existing crosswalks and lane lines in the process.
Anything to stop a bike lane.