Wednesday A chance of drizzle or light rain before 2pm, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Areas of fog before 2pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday Night Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Today is Senator Zellnor Myrie's Bike Equity roundtable:
Research indicates that the majority of cyclists in Central Brooklyn are people of color, and more and more POC are beginning to #BikeNYC.— Senator 不要开门 / no abras la puerta Myrie 米维 (@SenatorMyrie) October 28, 2019
Join us this Wednesday to talk about #BikeEquity and how we can make our streets safe for everyone. #SD20Eventshttps://t.co/1jOrkCXYEJ
On the streets, the NYPD is increasing "nighttime enforcement" in anticipation of the clocks changing:
DOT & @NYPDTransport street teams will be engaging with drivers & other New Yorkers at different #VisionZero priority areas this evening. NYPD will begin increased evening/nighttime enforcement focused on the most hazardous violations. pic.twitter.com/FNm3kssO5z— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 29, 2019
Though drivers commit some of the worst offenses in broad daylight:
Driver of NY:FHV5162 drove three blocks in the protected 11th Ave Bike lane. @NYCSpeakerCoJo why does NYPD pretend they can’t summons based on this video evidence? @HowsMyDrivingNY @NYPDMTN pic.twitter.com/LQvtWzEKcK— Jehiah (@jehiah) October 29, 2019
We'll see how much of this nighttime enforcement they direct at cyclists. You could get a ticket, or you could get a free light:
NYPD is handing out free #bikenyc lights at the Manhattan side of the WillyB. Also got a card with the usual bike safety tips and a card for motorists about not blocking bike lanes & avoiding dooring people @NYPDnews pic.twitter.com/078pCpLfKR— ☠️Student Loan Debt☠️ (@Ollie_Cycles) October 28, 2019
But whatever they're dispensing, they gotta park somewhere:
Of course the big news is the Streets Master Plan:
Today in New York Today— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) October 29, 2019
• The city is getting 250 miles of protected bike lanes
• The demise of the bouncing bridge
• What have you always wondered about NYC? https://t.co/TikeAKNIPm
The city has already taken bold steps to begin progressive reconfigurations, such as closing 14th Street to most traffic to prioritize buses. The change infuriated many drivers, who complained that cars would be pushed to smaller nearby streets. The city is also retiming traffic lights to give priority to cyclists instead of motorists.
The story doesn't mention that so far cars haven't been pushed to those nearby streets. It also doesn't mention who these infuriated drivers are, though we can assume Steve Milloy is one of them:
LOL "unparalleled individual freedom" pic.twitter.com/zTE4LlBAsD— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) October 29, 2019
Certainly Jeff Jacoby would also like to be able to hop in his freedom machine and drive down from Boston:
$1.7 billion — billion! — to "break the car culture" and force even more bicycles onto New York's busiest streets. Madness.https://t.co/Jx7PkCYaQp— Jeff Jacoby (@Jeff_Jacoby) October 29, 2019
It is madness, we probably need a few more billion to undo a century of damage and poor planning.
Meanwhile, yesterday Corey Johnson discussed the Streets Master Plan at City Hall:
We're live at City Hall to talk about my Streets Master Plan. Join us! https://t.co/hRrGZoLpMz— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) October 29, 2019
He pledged a placard abuse crackdown:
The Speaker just said, "We are going to crack down on placard abuse and parking on the sidewalks...We are going to build on the success of the 14th St. Busway."— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) October 29, 2019
He just runs circles around the mayor on communicating about streets. https://t.co/jWPszNDSic
And said saving lives will come first:
Responding to a reporter who asks, “What do you say to people who don’t want bike lanes in their neighborhood?”— Transportation Alternatives (@TransAlt) October 29, 2019
“It’s very simple: This is about saving lives,” says @NYCSpeakerCoJo (to applause from @NYC_SafeStreets members in attendance). pic.twitter.com/c8Sy7ylzpd
The bill also changes the definition of a "protected bike lane":
Corey Johnson recently changed the definition of "protected bike lanes" in this bill to include "off-road or raised pathways."— Clayton Guse (@ClaytonGuse) October 29, 2019
He said today that he made the change after I questioned him about the proposed standards at a press conference last month.
Though Marcia Kramer also tried to change the definition of "transit desert":
At a press conference today on @NYCSpeakerCoJo street master plan bill, @MKramerTV of @CBSNewYork continued to parrot misinformation about cars, including calling Washington Heights a "transit desert" where residents "need" cars. Let's examine that (a thread). pic.twitter.com/xsEnjV2Nvg— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) October 29, 2019
Maybe she meant to say "oasis."
New York City isn't the only place embracing the future, either:
Car-free zones could be the future of cities https://t.co/xDhDS6mYWL— The Goods by Vox (@thegoods) October 28, 2019
Citizens enjoy having a variety of options to fulfill their transportation needs, and cities are realizing that. In the past, before vehicles like electric scooters or city bikes were widely available, people were limited to cars, buses, or the subway. With more diverse transit options, cities are forced to plan for improved safety and access, to build streets that accommodate all types of transportation. And that means scaling back on what they’ve built themselves around for decades: the car.
Though just outside the city things seem to be moving backwards:
Nassau Lawmakers New Bike Laws Target Ride-Outs, Chicken https://t.co/fNmqA7c6qJ— Long Island Streets (@LIStreetsNY) October 29, 2019
Children under 18 are now legally required to wear helmets while riding bikes, scooters, motorized scooters, motorized bicycles, roller blades and skates. The law — which includes any passengers on bikes — states violators could face a $50 fine. The county is now stricter than the state, which mandates that children under 14 wear bike helmets.
Yes, the streets of Nassau must be rid of the scourge of "chicken:"
As Patch previously reported, the second piece of legislation is aimed squarely at increasing reports of children playing "chicken" with cars in traffic. Under the new law, Nassau County police officers can now impound their bikes. They'll only be returned to parents. The offense is a considered a misdemeanor and family court judges would handle cases.
Too bad punishing kids for intentionally avoiding cars will do nothing to keep drivers from hitting them anyway.