Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

February 5th, 2018: Kvetch-22

Gusty today, with some possible snow this morning:

Snapshot 2:4:18, 4:46 PM

Monday A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 7am, then a slight chance of snow showers between 7am and 9am. Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a temperature falling to around 31 by 10am. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday Night Increasing clouds, with a low around 24. Northwest wind 5 to 14 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Sunrise: 7:02am

Sunset: 5:19pm

And over the weekend, another marauding cycling "mob" brought the city to its knees, and this time a cop was injured...:

cop hurt

...by a driver:

At one point, a driver who had been assaulted by a bicyclist made a U-turn against the flow of traffic in an attempt to chase down the group. That's when he or she hit an NYPD officer, injuring the officer's leg and hand, law enforcement sources said. That person wasn't expected to face charges because it appeared to be an accident, according to the sources. 

Wow, so you won't get charged for hitting an NYPD officer while making an illegal U-turn, just as long as you were chasing down a person on a bicycle.

Amazing.

Of course the big news last Friday was that, after an epic kvetch-in, Community Board 5 delayed its vote on the Manhattan crosstown bike lanes:

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Oh sure, people have been killed, but this guy says there's no room for safety:

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"New York is a war between vehicles and pedestrians.  There is no room for bicycles."

Joseph Smith is clearly lacking in spacial intelligence (among other kinds).  Consider that this is a car:

PRF-426

This is a pedestrian:

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And this is a bicycle:

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Which one don't we have room for again?

New York City Gridlock

Bike lanes, meanwhile, can efficiently move people riding with children:

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People riding invisible bicycles:

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And even people yawning:

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Here's Community Board 8 Transportation Chair David Sandler and his haircut explaining the process:

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"There's always going to be someone who's on the other side, and we do our best to try to take everyone's opinion into consideration, and then we make a recommendation and it goes from there."

I'm no efficiency expert, but it seems to me this is a process badly in need of streamlining.  Here's how it works at present:

1) People die

2) DOT draws up a proposal to help prevent more deaths

3) DOT presents it to a roomful of cranks who cry and drag their feet like children who don't want to go to the dentist

4) DOT eventually implements the proposal and the street becomes safer

Which one of these steps do you think we could do without?

Well don't ask Eric Duke, because this is his street, not yours:

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"Maybe I just won't pay my property taxes if my street's taken away from me, I think that's a very fair compromise if it goes that way."

I'd be amazed if he actually lives in the neighborhood, but absolutely, people should keep dying because you don't want a bike lane, that seems fair.  

With that in mind, tonight the DOT presents to Community Board 6: 

And in other important infrastructure news, now's the time to push for better bike access on the new Tappan Zee Bridge:

Not only does the current plan call for closing the path overnight:

The new Tappan Zee Bridge (officially the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge) will have a "Shared Use Path" for walking, biking, etc. Unfortunately, the State's plan is unsafe, and intends to close the path overnight.

Your participation today makes a difference. The project is going out to bid this month.

But the bike path will also have gates.  

Yeah, that's right, you'll have to dismount and open a gate to access the path:

gates

Until drivers are required to exit their vehicles at stop signs and walk all the way around them before proceeding then this is simply unacceptable.

So be sure to tell them how you feel.