Thursday Sunny, with a high near 47. Wind chill values between 25 and 35 early. West wind 10 to 13 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
On Friday there will be a bike lane shift on the Mill Basin Bridge:
On 12/8, between 8PM & 10PM, the current pedestrian/#bikenyc lane on the #MillBasinBridge will shift onto the newly constructed lane. Those using the path will be guided to the new lane by barriers and signs. @NotifyNYC pic.twitter.com/JDo3BsBuJM— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 6, 2017
And it will also be a "Gridlock Alert Day," unlike all the other days when rush hour motor vehicle traffic runs freely through the city:
Crazy idea: rather than letting car traffic totally gum up the works (not to mention kill people) day after day, why not charge drivers for entering Manhattan during peak times? Just a thought.
By the way, that looks like the FDR Drive not too far north of the mayor's place, and I wonder if he'll be heeding the Gridlock Alert by using #bikenyc or mass transit to get to the gym in Park Slope.
Probably not, but maybe he'll use the chopper instead.
The DOT will also hold a public session on December 11th regarding the BQE Atlantic to Sands project:
Join us for a #BQE Public Session on 12/11, 5-8PM at @nyupoly for a project update, including DOT’s continued efforts on #DesignBuild authorization, development of outreach plan & next steps for 2018: https://t.co/VbVevCHwiR pic.twitter.com/HCTifbIW9q— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 6, 2017
Looks like a great opportunity for some sort of terraced, hanging garden.
And in Queens, another politician has joined the Northern Boulevard bike lane pile-on:
Braunstein Joins Calls To Remove Northern Boulevard Bike Laneshttps://t.co/eyg42hdLXT @TonyAvella @edbraunstein @qnsbike @bikenewyork @transalt #bikenyc #BikeCommute #Queensbikes pic.twitter.com/WuX9qiWyWN— Queens Tribune (@QueensTrib) December 6, 2017
The bike lane, which runs along Northern Boulevard between the Douglaston Parkway and 223rd Street, allowing for connections to Joe Michael’s Mile, was constructed in response to the death of cyclist Michael Schenkman in 2016. The two-way protected bike lane replaced one lane of vehicular traffic. And while Community Board 11 initially supported the plan, it reneged a few months later and instead supported its own version, which would retain the vehicular traffic lane and move the bike lane to the sidewalk.
“Joe Michael’s Mile will be closed for reconstruction, thus reducing the need for a bike lane to connect to it,” Braunstein said. “In the interim, DOT should remove the bike lane and explore Community Board 11’s plan, which would have a drastically reduced impact on vehicles traveling on Northern Boulevard.”
When drivers hit people there's little to no outcry, but when they hit jersey barriers it's an outrage.
Of course what we really need is a network of bicycle highways, from eastern Queens to the hanging gardens of Brooklyn and beyond:
Thinking about the RPA's plan and regional transportation planning in general, I'm surprised there isn't more of an outcry for something resembling a cycle superhighway in NYC. Plenty of routes/roads for it.— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) December 6, 2017
This is true, and I thought of this yesterday as I made a loop through the Bronx:
The Bronx River Greenway is a great north-south route through the borough:
Though it does feature some formidable forced-dismount gates around the Parks Department headquarters:
They seem inappropriate for a greenway, but there are a few t-intersections elsewhere in the city where I would totally support these.
There are also some unfortunate gaps and detours in the Greenway:
And ideally you'd be able to ride uninterrupted from the North Bronx to the incredible Randall's Island Connector:
Which even boasts a repair stand:
In fact, from here, if the MTA were to legitimize riding over the Triboro (ok, RFK) Bridge you could then continue on all the way to Red Hook almost entirely on protected bike lanes.
Plus if we ever get a complete bike path on the east side of Manhattan you could easily connect to that as well.
And there's your superhighway.
Also inspiring was the new bike lane on the Grand Concourse:
This is a considerable improvement over the previous state of affairs, but unfortunately the lack of full protection means double-parked cars force traffic--including buses--into the lane, which is rather disconcerting:
There's the culprit by the way:
Anyway, as a result I was buzzed by two buses in a row:
Double parking and bus bunching: the twin scourges of urban planning.