Thursday Sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind 7 to 10 mph.
But watch out for ticket stings. Yesterday's hot spot was at E. 28th St. and 1st Avenue in Manhattan, and the NYPD was even giving out bonus lectures:
Though I suppose being told a foam hat is somehow going to save you from a charter bus beats getting written up for disorderly conduct:
Mmmm, that scenario wasn't covered in that NYPD cycling video featured here a few weeks back:
I guess you're just supposed to let them run you over:
Speaking of ticketing, in an alternate New York City governed by logic you'd see signs like this all over the place:
But in this case it was merely a fleeting glimpse of what could be:
A Transformation Department spokesperson told us the signs were put up on the intersections of Flushing Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue, Claremont Avenue, Carlton Avenue, and N. Oxford Street. Those T-intersections were specifically chosen because, despite the fact that they're "intersections with little, if any pedestrian traffic and no cross vehicular traffic" the group says that the "NYPD has been known to set up ticket stings here" to give cyclists tickets for running red lights.
And yes, I had the same question that you do:
What happens when a cyclist gets ticketed for following the sign?— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) June 21, 2017
Fortunately the Transformation Department took them down before we could find out:
Also, we only kept the signs up for a short amount of time to show that this practice is common and safe. We do not plan to reinstall them.— Transformation Dept. (@NYC_DOTr) June 21, 2017
Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, a telecom company has created a bicycle lock that keeps people from using their phones while cycling:
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A telecom company in the Netherlands has teamed up with the country’s traffic safety authority to develop a bicycle lock that also blocks its mobile network, in a move aimed at protecting young riders who regularly pedal through busy streets while looking at their phone, the developers said Wednesday.
An app opens the lock and simultaneously blocks the KPN cellular network, meaning that the cyclist’s phone can only be used to call emergency services. Once the bike is locked using the app, the cellphone will work again.
At this point you may be asking, "Do the Dutch actually need something like this? Seems like they're pretty good at multitasking:"
Fietsplaining: When someone who hasn't visited the Netherlands tries to tell a nation of 16 million cyclists they're somehow doing it wrong. pic.twitter.com/Wc32CBh4Qe— Chris Bruntlett (@modacitylife) June 18, 2017
Maybe so, but apparently the company was motivated by this statistic:
The association said that one in five bicycle accidents involving children is caused by smartphone use.
Funny then how nobody in America seems interested in making an app that will shut down your phone when you're driving:
What's more disconcerting, that Dutch bicycle crash statistic, or this?
Yet instead of apps that keep us from using our phones while driving we're getting new technology that keep the screen in our line of sight at all times:
What could possibly go wrong?