December 4th, 2018: Crisp and Clear

Crisp and clear today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a steady temperature around 38. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunrise: 7:04am

Sunset: 4:29pm

And for the rest of the week:

Rest of Week

If you need some help getting your winter cycling wardrobe dialed in here you go:

After all, you don't want to have to resort to the subway:

Though riding isn't without its problems:

And let's not forget Christmas Trees In The Bike Lane season:

Christmas trees in bike lane from r/NYCbike

Plus, Citi Bike had more than its share of trouble yesterday:

Citi Bike admitted that Monday was a particularly challenging day for the nation’s largest bike share system. But a source at the company said the Lyft-owned bike company had suffered a perfect storm: unseasonably warm morning temperatures led to high ridership on a Monday, which because of odd weekend patterns, are always tricky for Citi Bike, as bikes end up in unpredictable areas.

Which means they've got their work cut out for them with this big expansion:

Monday’s crisis comes just three days after Lyft officials announced a large expansion of the system, which will grow to nearly 40,000 bikes from the current 12,000, and double its coverage of the city from the current 30 square miles in mostly Manhattan and Brooklyn to serve far more neighborhoods. That announcement came with the promise that many of the new bikes would be pedal-assist electric bikes — and that Lyft would, by the end of February, fully repair the existing fleet, which suffered a horrific service crisis this fall that idled almost half the fleet for weeks.

They'd better work to stay ahead of their corporate arch-nemesis:

"For now, Jump's bikes are only in 13 cities around the country, with scooters in an even smaller subset, but the company has big plans for its expansion. It's got plenty of catching up to do if it wants to beat Lyft, which now owns the US' largest bike and scooter system through its acquisition of Motivate and its systems in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C. and others.

"It all comes down to building necessary tools in cities for bikes and scooters to augment cars," according to Rzepecki.

Augment cars...or destroy them?



Finally, Broadway in the Bronx got a much-needed protected bike lane this past summer:

Broadway Bronx

It's been a great success.  Sure, there's the odd anti-bike lane flyer:


And sometimes people use it for car maintenance:

Car Maintenance

And detailing:

Car Detailing

But hey, still no thumbtacks so who am I to complain?

Anyway, elsewhere in the neighborhood, some time ago the North Riverdale Merchants Association presented a streetscape plan for a redesign of Riverdale Avenue:

Riverdale Avenue

Riverdale Avenue is overly wide street with multiple schools on it where people speed and back into tutoring centers:


(And you thought it didn't get worse than "accident.")

However, Dan Padernacht, the chair of the Bronx Community Board 8 traffic and transportation committee (he also opposed the bike lane), dismissed the plans, claiming they would "effectively shut down" the street:

The “road diet” would close down Riverdale Avenue in many sections. There are five public bus routes, three schools, a college, two faith-based institutions, numerous residential buildings and businesses between West 254th Street and the city line. 

If there were only one traffic lane in each direction, the roadway would be effectively shut down each time a car, delivery truck or bus double-parked in the traffic lane. 

Any person who has been on Riverdale Avenue knows how often that would occur. These are facts an engineering study is not required to consider — simply common sense.

Then he quoted W.E.B Du Bois for some reason:

W.E.B. Du Bois said, “Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched — criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led — this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society.”

Well, over the weekend this happened:

Woman Killed

Beatrice Kahn, 89, was reportedly crossing Riverdale Avenue  near West 263rd Street around lunchtime, when she was hit by a 2015 GMC Terrain, driven by a 35-year-old woman who was making a left turn on Riverdale Avenue from West 263rd.

I wonder if Dan Padernacht has a quote for that.