August 7th, 2019: Moving Ahead

Lots of rain in the forecast today so plan accordingly:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Wednesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. South wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunrise 5:58am

Sunset 8:05pm

Soon you'll be able to ride past the Port Authority Bus Terminal in a bike lane, imagine that:

Be alert for ticketing as always:

And hey, look at that, the Central Park West bike lane is coming along:

Meanwhile, in other big legal victories, the 14th St. busway is happening!

Streetsblog has more:

Justice Eileen Rakower ruled that additional evidence submitted by the DOT — a traffic analysis submitted by Deputy Commissioner for Traffic Eric Beaton — met a state requirement that the agency take “a hard look” at the impact that banning most private cars from 14th Street would have on nearby residential streets.

As a result of that proof, Rakower lifted the restraining order that kept the busway from getting fully implemented.

Hey, that lawsuit only cost us over 8,000 hours.

Think of all the TV you could have streamed.

Of course time--and lives--are merely a pawn when it comes to parking preservation and door-to-door driving.

On Staten Island, advocates and mourners gathered to place Alex Cordero's ghost bike:

Alex, who came to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2017, where he previously lived with his mother, was the 16th cyclist killed in New York City in 2019 -- a number that has since risen to 18.

Cordero’s step-mother and father could not attend the vigil. His family departed for the Dominican Republic on Sunday to bury his body in the country he was born -- with plane tickets purchased months ago for a family vacation.

And a Streetsblog study confirms what you already knew:

For our test, I took 10 rides between Park Slope’s Seventh Avenue and Fort Greene’s Vanderbilt Avenue, and the other 10 between the Lower East Side’s FDR Drive and the East Village’s Avenue A — chosen by Streetsblog because they all have painted (not protected!) bike lanes. In all but one of the 40 trips*, the driver either blocked the bike lane or blocked the street when picking me up or dropping me off — even though in many instances there was space to avoid the dangerous maneuvers.

For-hire drivers know it too, or at least some of them.  On Monday's Bike Snob radio show, at the 21:18 minute mark, one driver called in to offer the following:

"When you hear from a taxi driver saying we are the problem, believe it, we are the problem."

So there you have it.

Finally, from New York Magazine, a writer tries a Revel and surprise, surprise, bikes are better:

I own a bike and, when the city isn’t the temperature of the surface of the sun, I like to use it to get around and commute to work. Biking, as evidenced by the alarming number of bike deaths in New York this summer alone, presents its own set of safety concerns and defensive-riding requirements. But I feel far safer riding my bicycle, something I’ve been doing for decades, in city traffic than I do on this moped. The 200-pound Revel does not feel like an extension of me and I don’t ever feel totally in control of it.

But you already knew that.