Monday, March 4th, 2019: Winter Finally Offloading All That Snow It's Been Saving

Well, it looks like this winter is finally getting around to filling its snow quota:

Monday Weather

Monday A 30 percent chance of snow before 7am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Northwest wind 14 to 16 mph.

Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph.

Sunrise: 6:26am

Sunset: 5:50pm

And with cold and clear weather ahead for the next few days the snow is gonna stick around:

Tuesday Wednesday

Even before last night's snow plenty of lanes still had snow in them, so we can expect significant portions of the bike network to be offline today:

Bike Lane Snow

So if you do ride, keep extra supplies on your bike in case of an emergency:

Or, you know, a lock and a MetroCard.

Meanwhile, on Friday the 90th Precinct did some enforcement in the Grand Street bike lane:

Never underestimate the power of complaining:

And riders all over the city grappled with the death of Aurilla Lawrence:

Lawrence’s friends and fellow delivery cyclists gathered Friday afternoon where she died, placing flowers, balloons, and candles at the city’s newest white ghost bike — and they also sent a message to city officials that even the most experienced riders are roadkill to reckless drivers.

“She was a really good biker. The world is fucked up, you can lose people everyday, but biking in New York City, we shouldn’t be dying,” said Ryan Kuonen, an avid cyclist and member of Community Board 1’s transportation committee. “She was experienced.”

A memorial ride took place on Sunday;

Let's hope the NYPD is putting as much effort into investigating her death as they are into following the ride:

I think I even hear a helicopter:

In micromobility news, this may blow your mind, but scooters and bikes can help people get to subway stations:

recent report by the Regional Plan Association found that roughly a third of New York residents do not have a subway stop within walking distance of their homes, and the problem is especially acute in dense areas that are lower-income—places like Canarsie, in Brooklyn, and many parts of central and northeast Queens. (City buses serve many of New York’s transit deserts, but service has suffered from both falling ridership and agonizingly slow speeds.)

But the problem isn’t limited to subway service: Lime, the dockless bike and scooter company, recently commissioned its own study on transit deserts throughout the city, and its findings echo those in the RPA report—namely, the New Yorkers who need robust transit options the most are those most underserved by the current systems.

Here are the neighborhoods Lime says could benefit most from dockless bike and scooter deployment:

Lime’s study recommends prioritizing a roll-out of dockless bike and scooter service in five specific areas, which are both densely populated and poorly served by current transit options:

  • East Flatbush/Flatlands/Canarsie
  • Middle Village
  • Whitestone/College Point/Clearview
  • Kew Gardens Hills
  • South Jamaica

They should add some small electric snowmobiles.

And finally, the city isn't adding bike racks as quickly as it's adding cyclists:

As cycling has grown more common in New York City, the de Blasio administration has decreased the pace at which it adds racks — despite setting out to increase the installation rate. The city set up an average of 1,633 new bicycle racks over the last four fiscal years under Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to figures in the Mayor's Management Report. That is 42 percent less than the average of 2,808 racks per year during the previous four fiscal years — a period that predominantly fell under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's tenure, the reports show. 

Under the de Blasio administration, even your own personal bike is effectively dockless.