June 24th, 2019: Sidewalks Are For Trash, Not E-bikes

Last week was all about the rain, but today you should only get drenched with perspiration:

Monday Weather

Monday Increasing clouds, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night A slight chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Patchy fog after 2am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunrise 5:26am

Sunset 8:31pm

Expect partial bike path closures on the Queensboro Bridge this week:

And say hello to the 19th Precinct as they engage in New York City's longest-running bike lane-themed performance art installation:

"With this deftly deployed act of the satire the 19th Precinct has convincingly articulated the need for the physical protection of New York City's vital bicycle infrastructure."--The New York Times

Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio is plugging the Dutch Reach:

And on multiple channels no less:

Though a Dutch Reach still doesn't cancel out a de Blasio Stop:

Governor Cuomo, on the other hand, could veto the new e-bike bill:

“I have heard a number of concerns from safety advocates who don’t believe we should allow scooters, e-bikes on sidewalks with pedestrians,” Cuomo told reporters Friday in Albany, citing advocates who want a helmet-wearing requirement added to the law.

Current state and city law prohibits e-bike and e-scooter riders from streets and sidewalks. Violators face a $500 fine.

Since e-bikes and e-scooters are already not allowed on the sidewalk, presumably the the helmet-wearing requirement would apply to pedestrians.

Also, it's 2019, e-bikes aren't "new:"

“When does a bike with an engine become a bike that should be registered as a motor vehicle and licensed? Remember mopeds? At one point it’s a motor vehicle…what point is that?

“These e-bikes are new, but I think that’s gonna be a broader conversation,” Cuomo added.

These people need to do a Dutch Reach and get out of the car every once in awhile.

Speaking of the "dangers" of e-bikes:

The stretch of Southern Boulevard where this occurred is next to the Bronx Zoo, close to the pedestrian entrance and also right by a school.  And as I've previously addressed, Bronx CB6 is :

Southern Boulevard

Here's their "reasoning:"

As a matter of fact, even Clarita Bailon, who serves as the CB6 Transportation Committee chair, spoke out against the DOT’s plan.

Her position carries major significance since it was coming from someone who is bound to a wheelchair after being struck by a car herself.

Bailon’s main objection comes from her own personal experiences with cyclists not adhering to traffic rules in, on top of the reasons already given by the community.

Amazing.

But to be fair, they're not just worried about those reckless bicyclists.  They're also worried that the neighborhood will no longer be overrun with cars from the suburbs:

“Most of Arthur Avenue’s patrons drive in from Westchester, Connecticut and elsewhere,” Sanchez said fearing the plan would hurt the small businesses if customers can’t park in close proximity.

Ah yes, if only there were a commuter rail network that provided frequent service from those very suburbs to a station just a short walk away from the heart of Little Italy so you could drink all the Chianti you wanted without having to worry about parking or driving back to White Plains:

Fordham

Imagine also if you will that there were pedal-assist bicycles available to those visitors all over the neighborhood:

Jump

Now what if I told you that all of these things already exist, and that safer streets would make the neighborhood more walkable and more bikeable, which would in turn benefit both local residents and all the businesses that cater to suburban day-trippers.

The appropriate response to all this, of course, is "Ridiculous!  This isn't Amsterdam."

By the way, the DOT also wants to bring the redesign all the way up to Mosholu Parkway, which could potentially connect both the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens to the Mosholu-Pelham Greenway, both of which are lamentably difficult to reach by bicycle:

While the DOT has not established a timetable for the redesign of Southern Boulevard, there will be another component of the plan that spans as far north, to Mosholu Parkway from Southern Boulevard.

Finally, while Cuomo wants e-bikes off the sidewalk, Antonio Reynoso wants trash off the sidewalk people can actually use them:

If they are upset, just let them keep parking, but also make it legal to pile trash onto parked cars.

That seems like a workable compromise.