March 7th, 2019: Disjointed

Cold again today with wind gusts and maybe even some snow:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. West wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light northwest after midnight.

Sunrise: 6:21am

Sunset: 5:54pm

This weekend, note that last Sunday's Broadway Bridge closures have been rescheduled for this Sunday:

Which basically means that last Sunday I went out of my way for no reason.

Also remember there will be partial closures on the Brooklyn Bridge:

As well as the Williamsburg Bridge:

This evening you can join a ride to the L Train Open House:

And further uptown, Community Board 6 has approved the DOT's plans for protected bike lanes on 52nd and 55th Streets:

Which will help make a disjointed bike network just a little more jointed:

Even more disjointed is our approach to traffic enforcement:

Meanwhile, in Queens:

Fulton was also clear that pedestrians and cyclists were not to blame for the boulevard's scary statistics.

“When you see a bicyclist slow down… give them room,” he said to drivers. “Before you open your car door, make sure a bicyclist isn’t coming up.”

And it's good to see credit where credit is due:

Much of the improvements to Queens Blvd. can be chalked up to additional infrastructure like protected bike lanes and safer pedestrian crossings.

A two-way protected bike lane was installed on Northern Blvd. in 2017, sparking outrage among some members of Queens Community Board 11.

Finally, in ebike crackdown news, this happened:

Video of the fall — recorded by another cop — shows the police officer riding the red motorized vehicle without a helmet past a Bronx school in the Melrose section of the Bronx on Monday.

The helmet-shamers have become the shamed.

A second video shows the cop standing up and limping away from the bicycle.

A source with knowledge of the case said the cops had pulled over a guy for riding an electric bicycle and seized the bike as evidence.

But instead of waiting for a tow truck to pick up the vehicle — which is department policy — the officers decided to drive it back to the command themselves, the source said.

Though once you get past the "instant karma" aspect the implications of the NYPD driving around and filming themselves playing with people's livelihoods isn't particularly amusing:

In fact it's quite the opposite:

Really, nobody wins here--though arguably dignity is the biggest loser.