Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 13th, 2017: Winds of Change

Cold and gusty today:

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Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Breezy, with a west wind 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.

Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.

Sunrise: 7:12am

Sunset: 4:29pm

And here's some exciting news!

Today at 6am the George Washington Bridge south sidewalk will be open once again:

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Let the roadie procession commence.

You'll just have to brave some icy winds to get there.

Over on Staten Island the DOT has installed a two-way bike lane at the ferry terminal:

And it's already a hit...with drivers:

Christmas trees make great seasonal parking placards.

Speaking of placards, Streetsblog has a thorough rundown on GoldenGate:

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After Howald posted his story, open data sleuths found that the driver of the Cadillac was cited for: three school zone speeding violations and one red light violation in 2017, three school zone speeding tickets in 2016, and four school zone speeding tickets and one red light violation in 2015.

No wonder he hates speed cameras so much.

And Golden himself appeared on NY1 last night:

Claims of "cyclist road rage" aside here's the bottom line:

So if there was ever any doubt we can safely assume it unfolded exactly like Brian Howald said it did.

Meanwhile, CB7 in Brooklyn has voted unanimously for a protected bike lane on Fourth Avenue:

And CB8 in the Bronx continues to thwart any attempt to improve anything:

They're OK with plantings and benches though:

Not all the merchant association’s plan was rejected, however. Some residents attending last week’s meeting supported suggestions like beautifying the area with plantings and benches. However, reducing the lanes along Riverdale Avenue was the major sticking point for many. 

“There is no way traffic will run smoothly in each direction with one lane,” Daub said. “It will create noise pollution, air pollution and a lot of irate drivers.”

Hey, gotta preserve that wonderful status quo:

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Heaven forbid motorists should have to slow down on the way to Yonkers, they might be tempted to stop and spend money in the neighborhood and we wouldn't want that.

Of course in New York City there's preserving the status quo and then there's historical preservation, which is basically NIMBYism in period costume.  Consider this recent NY1 story on the city's Belgian block streets:

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While undeniably enchanting, these streets present difficulties for both bicyclists and the disabled.  Nevertheless, preservationists object to upgrades purely on aesthetic grounds:

"It's like putting linoleum in a historic district," said Doreen Gallo of the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance.

Gallo is upset about a street repair project in DUMBO where the city is replacing the hand-cut stones with smoother laser-cut blocks, which comply with rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

They also argue that crosswords should be narrower because that's how they did it in the old days:

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But Gallo says the new blocks belong in Disney or the suburbs. And she says the city is further destroying the character of stone streets by how they are remaking the crosswalks.

"The sidewalks, the crosswalks, could have been more historically done by not making them as wide," Gallo said.

Yes, there's a lot that was narrower and less accessible back then.  Suffrage leaps immediately to mind.  Just because it's the old way doesn't mean we should go back to it.