Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North wind 8 to 11 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
If you're headed north this weekend, note that there will be intermittent closures on the Broadway Bridge on Sunday, March 3rd:
#BroadwayBridge work over the #HarlemRiver will require intermittent 15 minute FULL daytime bridge closures to all vehicular, pedestrian, & #bikenyc traffic on 3/3, beginning at 10AM. Any queued traffic will be allowed to dissipate in between closures. pic.twitter.com/XgNfNPH4FW— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) February 27, 2019
But don't worry, because you can always use the Henry Hudson Bridge.
Oh wait, no you can't, the pedestrian path is closed for like 20 months:
Fortunately, the High Bridge offers a scenic alternative.
As always, watch out for ticketing--yesterday's hotspot was at Broadway and 27th:
Meanwhile, sidewalk driving is so hot right now, but it's great to hear that the NYPD have made an arrest in one of the cases:
Driving on the sidewalk to avoid a stopped school bus is every kind of wrong. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the driver has been found and arrested for Reckless Endangerment & other charges. Great work by the @NYPD66Pct Detective Squad. #FullStop pic.twitter.com/HpRS52pQsG— Chief Dermot F. Shea (@NYPDDetectives) February 27, 2019
It's always fun reading the replies:
"Horn safety"...words to live by.
In policy news, the Onion looks at congestion pricing:
And it says a lot that their their take on it is eminently more sober and reasonable than many of the ostensibly "serious" opinions out there:
Long Island senators opposing congestion pricing because it "heavily" funds the subway, which, I guess they take jetpacks to work after getting out of Penn? pic.twitter.com/fzMz6GJF0n— Dan Rivoli (@danrivoli) February 27, 2019
Hey, maybe they're all riding Citi Bikes.
LA is also looking at taxing Uber and Lyft to tax congestion, though that could also include taxing shared bikes and scooters:
Transportation officials are considering a tax on Uber and Lyft rides in Los Angeles County, saying the Bay Area tech companies don’t pay their fair share to maintain public streets and exacerbate congestion in a traffic-choked region. https://t.co/EjQJBQQqhf— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 26, 2019
To raise money, Metro also is considering a fee on bicycles, electric scooters, and other devices that can be rented per trip. Agency estimates show a $1 daily fee for each device could collect $580 million over a decade.
Pretty sure you're supposed to tax the thing causing the congestion, not the thing that's relieving it.
Finally, speaking of bad ideas, North Carolina is the latest place in America to propose a bike registration scheme:
I’m guessing @BIKELAWcom and @bikesnobnyc have some thoughts on this?: Proposed bill would require bikes driven on North Carolina roads to be registered | https://t.co/1Gp0xwtgJc https://t.co/1JVllmI7Qv— Ryan (@Skydiver1117) February 27, 2019
Unlike car drivers, cyclists would not be required to apply for a certificate of title. The fees paid would be used by the North Carolina Department of Transportation for bike safety projects, including grants to buy helmets for young cyclists.
"If it goes back to cycling safety, bike lanes, that could be a wonderful thing," said McGrain after reading part of the draft bill.
Sure. When they give every kid a free bike instead of a free helmet then maybe they'll be onto something.