Monday Sunny, with a high near 40. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. North wind 7 to 10 mph.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North wind 5 to 7 mph.
And as of now it looks like the theme will continue through the week:
Citi Bike is expanding into Bushwick:
#BikeShare is headed to #Bushwick this winter ahead of #LProject. Last night we presented the first @CitiBikeNYC expansion plan to Brooklyn CB4, including proposed valet stations during #LProject. 🚲 More to come. #BushwickBikes #bikenyc https://t.co/ekMBIXN1qk pic.twitter.com/OEI00XWTjD— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 7, 2018
And the city wants you to carry an "in-car emergency supply kit:"
It practically fits in the glove compartment.
This tweet does raise a question though:
Should you carry an on-bike (or in bag) emergency supply kit?
On one hand, between a MetroCard and a phone there's really no way to get truly stranded in New York City.
On the other, arguably at a bare minimum you should always carry everything to repair a flat, including the pump.
This is especially true with the Sunnyside Saboteur on the loose, and here the Queens Chronicle manages to simultaneously denounce the act and the bike lane at the same time:
Opposing #bikelanes is one thing, trying to hurt #bikenyc riders is something else altogether. We hope @NYPD108Pct @NYPDnews catch whoever scattered tacks in a lane in #sunnyside. @JimmyVanBramer hopes so too. https://t.co/Z4Q4E8xGCX— Queens Chronicle (@QueensChronicle) December 7, 2018
It’s disgusting and we hope surveillance video helps cops find the perp. We hate the bike lanes’ negative impacts, on business and, ironically, safety. We hate this act even more.
It's true, bike lanes do tend to have a negative impact on safety when there are thumbtacks in them, funny how that works.
Something else that has a negative impact on safety is intoxicated NYPD sergeants:
Sgt. Louis Guglielmo, 42, a 16-year NYPD veteran, was arrested at 2:20 a.m. after he struck a 35-year-old man on a bicycle on the corner of First Ave. and E. 16th St. Medics took the cyclist to an area hospital in stable condition.
Guglielmo was headed north in his Jeep Wrangler when he blew through a red light and hit the cyclist in the crosswalk, according to a criminal complaint. The impact knocked the man to the ground, and the bike wound up underneath Guglielmo’s Jeep, according to the complaint.
"I had a few drinks, and I just did not see him in the crosswalk,” said the sergeant, who slurred his words, was unsteady on his feet, and smelled of booze, according to the complaint.
He should have just said he wasn't responsible because the victim was more than three car lengths away:
A police spokeswoman told the Brooklyn Paper on Wednesday that the police weren’t involved in the collision because it happened “three car lengths behind” where the officers were blocking the lane.
Can't wait to see that employed as a new standard for blameworthiness.
Sometimes though the most frustrating thing about a blocked bike lane is wondering why it's blocked:
Can you explain why a police car was parked (and blocking) the protected #bikenyc lane to the Madison Avenue bridge this morning, @NYPD40Pct? It creates a dangerous situation for cyclists. cc: @NYC_DOT @NYCMayorsOffice @StreetsblogNYC @TransAlt @NYCSpeakerCoJo— John (@bronxitenyc) December 7, 2018
And extending the courtesy of an explanation can go a long way:
Well unfortunately there was an on going investigation that led to the sector car stopping and unfortunately blocking the lane you speak of for a few minutes. However we are doing the best we can to eliminate this issue in our community as a whole. Thank you for your tweet!— NYPD 40th Precinct (@NYPD40Pct) December 7, 2018
Certainly beats a denial any day.