Friday Sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
Alas, conditions appear set to deteriorate somewhat by Sunday:
So take note of the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast and pick up some...
With Halloween inconveniently placed on a weeknight, we’re declaring this weekend and next equally spooky. Get in the spirit with our Post Road Pumpkin Ale, brewed with real pumpkins and a touch of baking spices. Our take on the style is gently warming, but still crisp and refreshing enough for a post-ride refresher.
This is the last Friday of the month, and you know what that means:
New York city's critical mass tomorrow night last Friday of the month.come on out and help make the city's streets a little safer. #Urbandesign #bikenyc— Time's Up! (@nyctimesup) October 24, 2019
On Saturday in the Bronx kids can learn to ride at Williamsbridge Oval:
But on Sunday the Tour de Bronx has been cancelled:
Due to forecast of one inch of rain and 12 mph winds, out of an abundance of caution, the Tour de Bronx on October 27 has been cancelled. There is no rain date.— The Bronx Tourism (@TheBronxTourism) October 24, 2019
Hey, at least nothing's stopping you from coming to the Bronx and riding anyway. (If you don't mind getting wet.)
Next week, on Tuesday, you can reimagine the curbs of the Upper West Side with Manhattan CB 7:
Hundreds of parking spots in the neighborhood have been replaced with other uses in the past few years — for bike lanes, Uber/Lyft/Juno drop-off spots, and other uses — and the Community Board 7 Transportation Committee has already proposed eliminating all free curbside parking in the neighborhood.
“The forum will cover different possible uses of curbside space including: various parking options, street seats, bike corrals, pedestrian friendly opportunities, dedicated bus lanes, and other potential uses. Please come with an open mind and with questions for the panelists,” according to the flyer from Community Board 7.
Currently much of this space is used almost exclusively for sitting in cars while waiting for the streetsweeper to pass...
...and then flinging the door open the moment the clock strikes whatever time alternate-side is over:
When exiting your vehicle, remember to reach across. You could save a life.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 24, 2019
1⃣ Reach with your far hand
2⃣ Turn & look for cyclists or other vehicles
3⃣ Open slowly - dooring can be deadly#VisionZero #Biketober pic.twitter.com/gC2tdLaQ2W
Yesterday the City Council held a cycling safety hearing, and if you couldn't be there the next best thing was following along on Twitter:
We’re getting started shortly at a City Council hearing on cycling safety. Here are the bills being discussed, including one to require drivers provide three feet of clearance while passing a cyclist. Currently law just requires “at a safe distance.” https://t.co/gbANpKeGP4 pic.twitter.com/nJsLpZ3Zy1— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) October 24, 2019
New city council hearing thread. Beaton says adjusting signal timing deters cyclists from running red lights. https://t.co/d9gfaRhcbB— David J. Meyer (@dahvnyc) October 24, 2019
"We want to use those at places with very high volumes of cyclists, pedestrians and turns," he says.
I’m sorry but this is just dumb. https://t.co/HK48O9knTy— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) October 24, 2019
Also, Mayor de Blasio doesn't know the last time he rode a bus:
"We can let you know last time I road a bus" - @NYCMayor says at press conference. Wait, Mr. Mayor, YOU don't know when the last time was?— Julia Marsh (@juliakmarsh) October 24, 2019
Perhaps he can appoint some sort of committee to help him figure it out.
Here's a distillation:
My dispatch from today's city council transportation committee hearing: https://t.co/BxfnEbQ9aW— David J. Meyer (@dahvnyc) October 24, 2019
Trottenberg, speaking at a City Council committee hearing, noted that of the 25 cyclist fatalities so far this year “the vast majority of them have been in Brooklyn.”
“One thing we’re seeing particularly … in areas that were formally industrial – lot of trucks, lot of heavy construction activity – that are becoming residential where cycling is more popular, we’re unfortunately seeing a lot of collisions with cyclists and trucks,” she said at the joint hearing held by the transportation and public safety committees.
And here's another way to look at it:
Which is worse? Trottenberg's refusal to implicate NYPD's anti-bike culture in the cyclist-fatality epidemic, or NYPD Transpo Chief Chan's fatuous (& counter-factual) attribution of the epidemic to more cycling? Latter, I guess. (Useful background here:) https://t.co/8td6w6Opl5) https://t.co/NkWIPrTkzb— Charles Komanoff (@Komanoff) October 24, 2019
Moving on, the Riverdale Press looks beyond parking and talks to some local crank who thinks people could drive less if it were easier to use buses and bikes:
Anyone tuned into city council news has likely heard Speaker Corey Johnson talk about “car culture” this past summer.https://t.co/265PrCHKam— The Riverdale Press (@riverdalepress) October 24, 2019
Yet Eben Weiss doesn’t believe the community board meetings really represent the larger picture of the needs of people in Riverdale, Marble Hill and Kingsbridge. A blogger with a popular social media moniker as the “bike snob,” Weiss has pushed for transportation officials to think more about pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit users, and less about the cars clogging up the roads.
“CB8 has a knee-jerk reaction to saying no to anything that involves a bus or a bike,” Weiss said. “Nobody’s talking to the bus riders. It’s the same thing with the Broadway bike lanes. There’s a galvanized group of people who go to shout it down.”
And on the opposite end of Broadway Manhattan CB1 will vote on a new bike lane:
When is the vote on the car lanes?https://t.co/5w95r419AJ— Joe Cutrufo (@JoeCutrufo) October 23, 2019
Broadway currently has a bus lane, two travel lanes and loading lane for trucks. The Department of Transportation plans to replace the loading lane with a bike lane, which will reduce the street to one travel lane and a loading lane.
There will also be an expansion of the sidewalk of about 10 feet in width.
The Whitehall-Broadway bike lane will go to CB1’s transportation committee on Nov. 7 and the full vote will take place on Nov. 21.
Ridiculous, everybody knows those lower Manhattan streets were built for cars:
This isn't Amsterdam.