Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 27. Wind chill values between zero and 10. West wind around 14 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. West wind 7 to 14 mph.
If you're getting back on the bike this morning for the first time since the holidays brace for frigid conditions watch for ice and for residual snow in some bike lanes and greenways:
(Fort George Hill, Manhattan)
And if your'e venturing back into social media for the first time since the holidays you'll doubtless find the inanity more jarring than the cold. For one thing, Senator Golden's been up to his old tricks:
Spotted @SenMartyGolden parked in the crosswalk on 93rd Street during his workout at Harbor. It’s really getting too easy to catch T327SD in the traffic violation act. Also, his registration recently expired and he hasn’t paid the ticket yet. @NY1 @NYDailyNews @BayRidgeDrivers pic.twitter.com/FY6KGKZtR5— Charlie O'Donnell (@ceonyc) December 31, 2017
For another, a Canadian journalist reminded us all that yes, drivers still resent us, especially in adverse conditions:
U have to be a real knob to ride a bike on a day like this. pic.twitter.com/H4NTiroX8S— Alex Pierson (@AlexpiersonAMP) December 22, 2017
Though the response from the local police warmed all our hearts:
Bicycles have every right to be on the road all year round. For many, it's their only mode of transportation. Give them room. If you don't have room to give them at least 1 metre of distance, wait until you do before you go around them.— Ottawa Police (@OttawaPolice) December 22, 2017
Various tweeters also called her out for using a phone while driving, but she claimed it was a dash cam.
You know, a really high resolution dash cam that somehow also included the dash in the photo.
Then there was this guy, who hilariously dubbed cars "liberty machines:"
If you don't see that cars are liberty machines allowing people to habitate, socialize, work, and recreate where they like, i don't think I have the skills in 280 chars to convince you otherwise.— Michael Robertson (@mp3michael) December 24, 2017
On the other hand, lightweight machines that are immune to congestion and virtually free to operate on the other hand are apparently a ball and chain on the ankle of society:
It seems like there's a pack of cyclists on Twitter who dream of a world where everyone is on a bike. To join the pack you need to be oblivious to physics and human nature.— Michael Robertson (@mp3michael) December 25, 2017
Yes, students of physics will no doubt recall the law that explains how bigger things somehow take up less space:
Then he showed that the only thing he knows less about than physics is Native American culture:
How about we walk everywhere and drag our stuff around like Indians did?— Michael Robertson (@mp3michael) December 26, 2017
Robertson was soon overtaken however by Amy Alkon, LA road diet opponent, who took the Twitterverse by storm...muting storm:
This Person Has Tweeted [X] Seconds Without Muting Someone pic.twitter.com/GR0PpjN77P— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) December 31, 2017
Muting's kind of her trademark apparently:
Twitter really needs to add a "Mute All" button for her... pic.twitter.com/mVHG3ISOiK— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) December 31, 2017
In addition to believing people who cycle with children are "assholes," Alkon also holds some rather retrograde views on matters such as race:
If you enjoy Amy Alkon's take on cycling, check out her views on race. pic.twitter.com/EtMVIt4uts— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) December 31, 2017
If you enjoyed Amy Alkon's takes on cycling and race, check out her views on harassment: pic.twitter.com/eH3PnLVyXp— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) December 31, 2017
Her muting spree continues into the New Year unabated:
Retweeting a picture to illustrate a concept counts as being part of a mob trying to intimidate her into silence. This, apparently, is worthy of SHAME. pic.twitter.com/HTGj8Xz5s7— Bicycle Lobby (@BicycleLobby) January 1, 2018
But why import anti-bike cranks from out west when we can grow our own? And when it comes to saying dumb stuff about bikes, Steve Cuozzo is an evergreen:
Limo-favoring Mayor de Blasio wants even more bike lanes. As a result, the 86,000 New Yorkers who pedal to work every day — most of them young, lithe and athletic, and to hell with everyone else — have more say than the 3.6 million who go to work by other means.
This is like saying there shouldn't be libraries because you think only smart people use them.
Yes, Cuozzo really hates the lithe, and evidently he thinks they're part of a trim, fit, and tidy conspiracy to destroy the city:
NYC dept stores now cater to pencil-thin men. All shirts at all prices are "slim" even tho most men are not "slim." This is why retail dying— Steve Cuozzo (@stevecuozzo) December 18, 2017
And of course all this traffic, which consists entirely of cars, is somehow caused by bikes:
In an attempt to “remedy” all this, the city has more than doubled the reach of bike lanes from 513 miles in 2006 to 1,133 miles today. But anyone who believes the lanes, and proliferating pedestrian “plazas,” don’t hold up traffic for everyone but cyclists has never been behind the wheel. They cause drivers to slow down, force trucks to double-park and make life miserable for everyone on foot.
Right. This bridge-and-tunnel blogger has been driving here for almost 30 years, try again Steve.
Speaking of home-grown kooks, meet Bob Friedrich:
The closest subway station to Bob Friedrich’s home in eastern Queens is 10 miles away, so he drives to work in Manhattan at least three times a week.
Evidently the Times's fact-checking department were off for the holidays, because this is simply not true:
Glen Oaks is 4.6 miles from the 179th St Station on the F. How does the NYT let him get away with claiming he lives 10 miles from the nearest subway and not checking that?— Matthew McLaughlin (@mattmcl84) December 31, 2017
In fact the whole story's flimsier than a Target cable lock:
Good catch. Plus, Friedrich, who gets to wrap the Times story saying "We don't have a choice, we need to take the [free] bridges," lives a couple of miles from the LIRR Little Neck Station on the Port Washington Branch. 'Nuff said. https://t.co/jUOffKFELc— Charles Komanoff (@Komanoff) December 31, 2017
Nevertheless, Bob Friedrich's opinions on city planning somehow made in into print in one of our most august publications:
He said there were other ways to reduce congestion in Manhattan besides tacking on a new fee, such as by, say, eliminating bike lanes on major thoroughfares that are lightly used in cold months but contribute to year-round gridlock or by reducing fares on the Long Island Rail Road, which runs through Queens, to the same areas as the subways.
Remember that Fort George Avenue bike lane from earlier in the post?
That's a 10% grade in sub-20 degree weather, and it sure looks like people on bikes are using it, even if nobody's seen fit to clear it yet.
If we're looking to free up street space, how about removing some of those lightly-used cars that only move for alternate-side parking instead?
Perhaps the Times should run that one by Mr. Friedrich.