Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. North wind 14 to 16 mph.
Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 6 to 9 mph.
Tuesday looks even better, but I don't even want to talk about what they're predicting for Wednesday:
We'll just hit the snooze button on that for now. Anyway, last Friday was bad enough, though it could not halt the advance of bicycle infrastructure:
Today’s winter weather did not stop our crew from preparing #ParkRow for the upcoming safety improvements that will expand pedestrian space & add a two-way protected #bikenyc lane between the Lower Manhattan & #Chinatown pic.twitter.com/0k6Tsv48Y9— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 2, 2018
It sure took out a lot of trees and power lines north of the city though, as I noticed on my ride yesterday:
Speaking of which, in addition to power outages, they're also been fending off coyotes up there. Further to Friday's post, the Yonkers police have killed the main attacker and it's since tested positive for rabies:
Over a 24-hour span starting Wednesday night, coyote or coyotes bit or attacked several people, including a postal worker and a county police officer, killed a small dog and possibly mauled three sheep in Muscoot Farm, killing one of them.
A second coyote that was seen traveling with the one that tested positive for rabies is still on the loose and is presumed to be rabid, Yonkers police said.
I'm pleased to announce I didn't run into the accomplice yesterday, but I did see plenty of signs:
Meanwhile, in Queens, riders marched in support of protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues:
Truly enjoyed marching with Queens @transalt committee today at the #StPatsforAll parade! I ride Skillman and 43rd Ave everyday, and I'm looking forward to @NYC_DOT installing protected #bikeNYC lanes in Sunnyside! pic.twitter.com/nNMGpDtNoW— Derek Magee (@sketchatlas) March 5, 2018
A fringe group of bicycle advocates who want protected bike lanes on 43rd and Skillman Avenues in Sunnyside have stepped up the rhetoric, with one taking to twitter yesterday to intimidate Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer.
Members of the group have been lashing out at Van Bramer in recent weeks for not being an outspoken supporter of the protected bicycle lanes. One tweet directed at Van Bramer, however, stood out from the rest.
“The next time someone dies, and they will, can someone please throw fake blood (or real) at @jimmyVanBramer” reads the tweet sent.
It's somewhat depressing that in 2018 newspapers are trying to characterize people who want bike lanes as a "fringe group," though tweeting about throwing blood on people is uncool and can undermine your cause:
Van Bramer said that he was disappointed by Transportation Alternatives. “I think hijacking the parade and disrupting the parade is not going to work,” he said. He was concerned that the individual who sent the tweet might be in attendance.
“The parade is a joyous event…and while it is their right to protest…it is poor form to say the least,” Van Bramer said.
While I don't see how marching for bike lanes in an "all-inclusive" parade is "bad form," I do think the only thing he should have to worry about at a St. Patrick's Day parade is someone throwing up on him.
Finally, out in the San Francisco Bay Area, car-loving officials are threatening to renege on a major bicycle infrastructure project:
Bicyclists now have reason to wonder whether they should have trusted BATA and MTC to keep their word. With the opening of the new car lane imminent, some Marin County officials such as Supervisor Damon Connolly of San Rafael, who is also one of MTC’s commissioners, are now asking that the planned bike path be scrapped and an extra westbound car lane be built instead, or that the bike path be closed during morning commute hours to provide extra driving space. As a result of an earlier compromise that increased the project’s cost, the bike path will be protected by a moveable barrier, making a part-time bike path technically feasible.
“Perhaps of no surprise to many in the room, we have heard significant criticism, not unjustified in my view, about the westbound bike lane on the bridge in terms of what is being perceived as a hefty price tag for the project versus likely usage by bikes. There seems to be a question mark about what that usage would likely to be.
“At the same time clearly the vehicular congestion through this corridor has grown in the past five years. We need to serve folks who are on the bridge now.”
Really? Well, if you never let cyclists have access to the bridge then how do you expect to figure out how many...oh never mind.
Anyway, the bridge is here, and for perspective on how big a deal this would be for the area just imagine the MTA opened a bike lane on the Throgs Neck Bridge:
No matter which coast you're on, being denied access to bridges unless you're in a car is something we all share in common.