Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. West wind 13 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. West wind 11 to 14 mph.
As of yesterday evening when the storm was at peak intensity the Bike Forecast Chopper revealed a tourist-free Brooklyn Bridge:
Quiet on the Manhattan Bridge bike path (which appears to have been receiving some visits from Mr. Plow):
And bike tracks in the snow at Queens Plaza:
On the west side, bike traffic appeared to be of the commercial variety:
Though in the run-up to the storm plenty of people were squeezing in Citi Bike trips:
Classic New Yorkers. There's a #noreaster and you've already hit 5,000 Citi Bike trips today. Stay safe you hardy souls!— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) March 7, 2018
Regional transit was a mess:
The second powerful storm within a week crippled commuter transportation out of New York City on Wednesday https://t.co/0dnM7P3PKk— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) March 8, 2018
But that didn't stop dinner:
Expect a big mess if you choose to ride today, and while historically the East River crossings are clear in the aftermath of a snowstorm you can expect many greenway sections (particularly those lying uptown) to be difficult or impassable. The GWB sidewalk was also closed yesterday so be sure to check the status if you plan to attempt it:
The GWB Sidewalk is closed due to adverse weather. Updates will be posted as they become available. — GWB Sidewalk Alerts (@PANYNJ_GWBWalk) March 7, 2018
Moving on, families will march in Brooklyn on Monday for safer streets in the wake of the tragedy on 9th Street:
We march for Kevin Flores and Joshua Lew and Abigail Blumenstein -- children who died on streets that could have been safe, and in crashes that could have been prevented.— TransAlt (@transalt) March 7, 2018
NYC March for Safe Streets
Monday, March 12 at 6 pm
9th St & Prospect Park Westhttps://t.co/CezNGVgVbx
And on Saturday March 10th there will be rally at Union Square for a Bike Messenger's Union:
Meanwhile, here's how they do it in Paris:
The city will reimburse residents who buy e-bikes and cargo bikes for up to €600. https://t.co/LD8Wz2T6NT— Bicycling Magazine (@BicyclingMag) March 7, 2018
Subsidies on the table include: up to €400 ($495) for e-bike purchases; €600 ($744) toward both electric and conventional cargo bikes; and €400 for residents who upgrade their conventional bikes with electrical assists. Each subsidy applies to only one bike per person.
The city will also offer €600 for residents who get rid of their personal cars. Furthermore, any Parisian obtaining their driver’s license will also get a €50 ($62) credit toward Vélib', the city’s bike-share program.
If you think about it, the timing's perfect. Anne Hidalgo's term as mayor of Paris is six years long, and it began in 2014. That means once it ends she's got two years to set up residency here. In other words, here's what I'm saying:
Hey, pourqoi pas?
But sure, it's important to remember how dangerous ebikes are, especially when private garbage haulers are driving into subway stations:
I'm not sure I'm impressed by the level of this company's attention to detail:
Oh, and the driver ran away:
According to police, the driver of the garbage truck fled the scene and has not been arrested.
Authorities were waiting for a tow truck that can carry heavier loads to remove the garbage truck.
I'm sure the truck will be there as soon as they get an even bigger truck to extract it from the Dunkin' Donuts.