Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 2nd, 2017: Taking The Lane

Warm and cloudy today:


Thursday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. South wind 8 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 7:28am

Sunset: 5:51pm

And the West Side bike path is open once again:

Though watch out for planned closures uptown between 59th and 70th Streets:

Here's the story:

Due to planned construction on the haul road beneath the Henry Hudson Parkway, NYC Parks will close a stretch of the Riverside Park South bike path, from 59-70 streets for three weeks beginning Thursday, November 2. As a part of the Riverside Park South capital project, fine grading and paving will be conducted on the haul road. During the closure, Amtrak will utilize the portion of the bike path to access their property typically accessed by way of the haul road. When the overall project is completed, the bike path will be repaved; construction to begin at a later date.

To accommodate cyclists, Parks will detour them to the pedestrian path from 59-70 streets. Posted signs at related bike path entrances will also provide detour information for cyclists and pedestrians.

As for the attack, it has drawn new attention to the need for bollards to protect our public spaces:


We can’t crazy-proof all of New York, but the city could do a far more thorough job of safeguarding places where cyclists and pedestrians cluster. The solution is a thin steel bollard, strategically placed and quickly unscrewed if necessary. When Richard Rojas gunned his car through Times Square last May, he wound up impaling it on precisely such bollards arrayed around a pedestrian plaza. Had more of them been installed along the crowded curbs, he would never have been able to mow down dozens and kill 18-year-old Alyssa Elsman. He probably wouldn’t even have tried.
Berlin, Barcelona, Nice, London — the roll call of mass murder by vehicle keeps getting longer, yet that simple intervention somehow never seems urgent. Well, almost never: Last summer, spooked by an ISIS video showing the Strip thronged with people on foot, Las Vegas accelerated a plan to install 700 curbside bollards.

And also imbued all the usual bike lane blocking with an added poignancy:

Guess those "low profile delineators" ain't cutting it:

The attack also underscores the absurdity of our fraught relationship with bike lanes:


Much of the DOT bike route is separated from cars by a concrete barrier, but board members agreed the safety precautions are not enough. As an example, Haider pointed to an incident she witnessed on her way to Monday's meeting when she saw a car pull into the bike lane after being pulled over by the NYPD.

"The whole thing has created so many unsafe conditions in so many little spots," Mihaltses said. 

Yes, whether malicious or simply oblivious, drivers simply want to put their cars in bike lanes:

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Unsafe, really?  A barrier that stops a car is the very definition of safety.