March 6th, 2019: Breaking Car Culture

Another cold day so watch out for ice and lingering snow:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Wednesday Night A chance of flurries after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. West wind 8 to 11 mph.

Sunrise: 6:23am

Sunset: 5:53pm

Note that on Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be partial late night closures on the Brooklyn Bridge:

And there could also be partial closures on the Williamsburg Bridge bike path starting Saturday:

On Monday evening, the DOT presented their proposal for new crosstown bike lanes in midtown, citing big increases in ridership on 26th and 29th streets since lanes were installed there:

And while we've certainly seen improvements to the streetscape in recent years:

Corey Johnson says it's time to "break car culture""

Yes, Corey Johnson wants a "Master Plan" for the city streets that makes our current approach look like a bunch of hastily-applied Post-it notes:

As well as city control of the transit system:

Which is tremendously exciting, though "BAT" does sound too much like "BART" spoken with a Boston accent.

Here's more:

In the meantime, when it comes to breaking car culture, we're gonna need a pretty big sledgehammer:

The NYPD said it relocated 30 cars by tow.

And yet they won't tow cars out of the bike lane, go figure.

But hey, in fairness to the NYPD, Columbia's sports complex is only within easy walking distance of two subway lines and the Metro North:

Inwood

What other choice did they have?