December 3rd, 2018: Smooth Sailing Ahead

Things have dried out for your commute today:

Monday Weather

Monday Mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 53. Breezy, with a southwest wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind 11 to 14 mph.

Sunrise: 7:03am

Sunset: 4:29pm

And the next few days are looking good:

Next Few Days

Though if you've been waiting for upgrades to the East River Greenway you'll have to wait a little longer:

DOT originally presented the project to Community Board 6 two years ago in November 2016 with plans for the bike lanes north of Stuyvesant Cove Park leading up to Waterside Plaza, past the United Nations International School and the Water Club, up to the heliport at East 34th Street, reconfiguring the lanes to make them more visible and separate cyclists from vehicle traffic.

The delay is due to "coordination with local stakeholders:"

Town & Village first learned that the plans were being postponed at a recent CB6 transportation committee meeting, with committee chair Sandra McKee confirming with a DOT representative present that the project will be implemented later than initially announced. McKee surmised that the reason for the further delay was that the DOT wanted to focus on plans for the L train shutdown but a spokesperson later told Town & Village that the schedule change is the result of coordination with local stakeholders that control part of the Greenway area where DOT is working to make improvements. No further information was available about any design changes to the plan since September.

And we all know what's going on further uptown.

We're almost 19 years in to the 21st century and it's still easier to circumnavigate Manhattan by car than by bike.

It's also Gridlock Alert season, which of course means it's time for motorists to drive right into the belly of the beast and then complain that they can't get anywhere:

It really is a profoundly satisfying thread.

Then later that evening she tweeted this:

Some people never figure out that it's better to throw a leg over a bike than to curse the traffic.

Speaking of people who are slow to come around, with a Citi Bike expansion imminent and legal e-scooters and e-bikes on the table, the mayor still maintains they're a "safety problem:"

I am seeing too many problems with e-bikes already. … There is a safety problem. The only way I’d be comfortable is if we can address that safety problem. … If we can’t become convinced that it’s safe, we can’t support it.

Given this, no doubt he'd appreciate Israel's new mandatory e-bike licensing program:

As part of the new effort, a new driver’s license category — dubbed A3 — will go into effect on January 1, 2019, for electric bicycle riders only. Unlike other licensing categories that can only be granted from age 17, the new license will be available to Israelis from age 15.5.

The written exam for the new license was made available at the country’s 45 driving test centers starting Sunday. It consists of 30 questions on traffic laws, bicycle safety, and pedestrian rights.

Then again, maybe we shouldn't give him any more bright ideas.

In other international news, a lobbying group is quietly working to undermine London's wildly successful bicycle superhighway:

Even on a wet, cold November night, London’s flagship cycle superhighway along the Embankment is thronged. Across the whole 24 hours, it is used by 10,329 cyclists, an average of seven a minute. But at this time of day, it is one every three seconds. In the rush hour, the bike track – which takes up one lane of this four-lane road – carries more traffic than the other three lanes put together.

It’s an extraordinary success, and it looks like a permanent fixture. But it might not be. Behind the scenes, a powerful property company, Canary Wharf Group, is working with a political lobbying firm and major road organisations on a campaign to get it ripped out.

Because cyclists don't count:

On which subject, Unblock The Embankment has claimed the cycle track costs businesses £5.3m a year. This figure considers only the claimed disbenefits to motorists and ignoring all the safety, travel time and health benefits to cyclists, presumably on the grounds that they don’t matter.

Finally, "Uber for helicopters" isn't waiting for e-scooters to become legal in New York City:

To remain competitive recruiters of emerging tech talent, Blade —— a Manhattan-based aviation start-up known as the “Uber for helicopters” —— is offering employees a new perk to help them navigate one of the nation’s most hectic commutes: shareable electric scooters.

The devices won’t be available to employees for another week or so, but Simon Mclaren, Blade’s director of communications, said recruits have already raved about the possibility of zipping to work on the popular devices that have swept the country this year in what has been dubbed “the micromobility revolution.” Mclaren cautioned, however, that Blade still considers their new e-scooter fleet an experimental pilot program and has no plans to offer scooters to outside customers.

"Uber for helicopters" employees using scooters to get around?  That's like a cutting-edge car company's workers being forced to resort to bicycles.

Oh, wait...