August 9th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Not bad...

Friday Weather

Friday Sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.

Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Sunrise 6:00am

Sunset 8:02pm

Not bad at all:

Weekend Weather

Make it even better by heeding the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast and stocking up on plenty of...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Summer Ale!

Brooklyn Summer Ale

With a beautiful summer weekend ahead, we’re recommending Brooklyn Summer Ale for your adventures. Take our sunny pale ale to the beach, pool, or couch, no matter your plans. Keep an eye on the sky while you drink it—with the days starting to get shorter, there’s only so many Summer Ale weekends left before fall.

Yep.  Did you notice sunrise isn't until 6:00am now?  That's your summer slipping away.

Before it does, make sure you get out to Summer Streets:

Or at least a Weekend Walk:

This month the DOT turns its attention to South Brooklyn and the Spumoni Gardens vicinity:

If you use the Roosevelt Ave. Bridge note that there will be lane closures next week:

And crosstown bike lanes are finally coming to midtown:

As for NYPD bike enforcement, look for that here:


And everywhere:

59th and 1st could easily be the hottest bike ticketing spot in the whole city.

Moving on, TransAlt has issued a statement concerning the pedestrian killed by a hit-and-run cyclist:

"All New Yorkers deserve safe streets and the ability to navigate our city without fear of injury and death. Every person killed on New York’s streets is one too many, regardless of the type of vehicle by which they’re struck.
Michael Collopy’s death is a tragedy and could have been prevented. Our hearts go out to his family. New Yorkers who bike have a duty to always yield to pedestrians, the most vulnerable users of our streets. 

Although Collopy is the second New Yorker to be struck and killed by a cyclist in 2019, these types of crashes account for less than one percent of total pedestrian deaths in the Vision Zero era. Since January of 2014, five pedestrians have been killed by cyclists in New York City, while more than 700 pedestrians have been killed by drivers of cars and trucks.”

Though now it looks as though the cyclist may not have killed the pedestrian after all:

“The medical examiner determined the cause of death was a result of the pedestrian being struck by the bicyclist,” the NYPD said. That statement was not true.

A spokesperson for the medical examiner told Streetsblog on Thursday that police were “incorrect.”

“The ME has not yet made a determination (decided cause/manner of death) in this case,” Aja Worthy-Davis said. She added that she would begin reaching out to local reporters who had also published the NYPD’s version of the events.

NYPD spokesman Sgt. Vincent Marchese could not explain the discrepancy on Thursday.

Curbed looks at what the city needs to do to keep cyclists safe:

Will the “Green Wave” help? The jury is still out. Some safe streets advocates have praised the program, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson—who’s proposed his own comprehensive master plan to address road safety—called it a “major step forward” to making New York’s streets more equitable.

But others argue that it won’t eliminate the biggest danger to cyclists and pedestrians: cars. “The mayor’s plan offered nothing to proactively reduce car driving in this city,” Streetsblog’s Dave Colon wrote in an analysis of the plan. “Instead, he expects that congestion pricing (and the better transit system it is supposed to fund), more bike lanes, and the tripling of the Citi Bike fleet will result in more cycling and less driving. But nothing in his plan specifically seeks to reduce the pernicious effects of the automobile.”

And the mayor has discovered a new way to rationalize his much-maligned gym routine:

Someone else should really read those tweets before he sends them out.

Also vexing is the Times's report on the 14th St. Busway:

Though they've since changed the headline, which they seem to be doing a lot of nowadays:

Nevertheless, the story does contain some head-scratchers:

Today, the soaring popularity of bicycling, an influx of newcomers, a thriving economy, the explosion of ride-hailing apps like Uber and a surge of delivery trucks carrying Amazon packages are strangling many communities.

Which communities are bicycles and a thriving economy strangling exactly?

Finally, kids in East Flatbush are learning bike safety:

At Meyer Levin, the program is a hit with students, who are taking their knowledge beyond the school yard.

"They started going online and looking up bike routes because in East Flatbush, they have some but they're not as plentiful as maybe downtown Brooklyn, Central Brooklyn, so the kids started going on their own and they're off and they're riding," Patterson said.

Get these kids some more neighborhood bike routes!

Though it could be worse--they could live in Levittown:

Good to see they're protecting the poor motorists from the scourge of kids on bikes.

Gotta have priorities.