(Hudson River Greenway)
Columbus Day Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Steady temperature around 73. South wind 9 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 2am. Low around 70. South wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Today's a good day to hedge your bets by going with a Citi Bike, especially if you could use some good PR:
And of course the Columbus Day Parade starts at noon today on 5th Avenue, so if your commute takes you that way be sure to check those street closures.
Hey, the local news is good for something.
Moving on to enforcement, is the 10th precinct actually busting cyclists for speeding in Chelsea?
Bicycles and traffic safety also generated much discussion at the meeting, when an older resident expressed her concern about the speed of bicycles going down the street (there are designated bike lanes on both Eighth and Ninth Aves., the source of most complaints). Traffic/Youth Sergeant Paul Mondone said the command has already given out 815 summonses this year to speeding and other unlawful bicyclists. There are also auxiliary officers handing out flyers to every bicyclist they see.
“These people are flying through the bike path,” Sgt. Mondone noted.
Well, given that the 10th precinct has only written a total of 68 speeding tickets in 2017 so far [PDF] then obviously no, they are not ticketing hundreds of cyclists for speeding. However, we can infer that the 10th precinct writes roughly 10% of its tickets to cyclists, since the total number of moving violations for this year is 7,969. Of course its hard to say what any of this means without knowing what the total number of cyclists and motorists who drive through the 10th precinct is, so pending receipt of that information I'm just going to throw my calculator in the trash.
I feel much better now.
In other bike lane news, a state senator wants a bike lane project halted because a driver ran into it:
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling on the city to halt construction of a bike lane on Northern Boulevard after a car drove onto a Jersey barrier Thursday morning. The incident occurred near the Alley Pond Golf Center in Bayside; however, Avella’s office was unable to provide more detail on the incident.
Of course we all know that whenever drivers hit something it's always the fault of whatever they ran into, and naturally this is no exception:
Avella’s letter reminds the Mayor and Commissioner that “community members, along with myself, forewarned against the proximity of the bicycle lanes with the heavily congested traffic lanes for fear of accidents similar to this one. The bicycle lanes, and cement divider, create a dangerous merging situation.”
We also know that drivers are nothing if not attentive:
Given all of this, the DOT's response to Avella's letter is rather satisfying:
“Do the police reports say anything in support of the conclusion Avella has drawn and is broadcasting? Is there evidence that the bike lane was the cause?” a DOT spokesperson asked in response to the letter. “This project is a direct response to a cyclist being killed on this section of Northern Boulevard, a Vision Zero Priority corridor. These barriers did their job to protect those in the bike lane from accelerating turning vehicles. When a motorist drives up on a barrier at a conflict point with cyclists or pedestrians, it shows how important our work is. ...
Finally, maybe I shouldn't be mentioning this immediately after the previous story, but what the hell:
Assuming most people ride there, hopefully there will also be some human bike racks.