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Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

February 12th, 2018: Park As I Say, Not As I Do

Looks like we're finally going to dry out today:

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Monday Cloudy, then gradual clearing during the afternoon, with a temperature falling to around 39 by 9am. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph.

Monday Night Clear, with a low around 25. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. North wind around 10 mph.

Sunrise: 6:54am

Sunset: 5:27pm

And with Valentine's Day coming it's time to start planning that bike date:

The green lane is your red carpet--assuming it's not blocked, of course:

I wonder where drivers get the idea that this sort of thing is okay:

Meanwhile, apparently the traffic lights went on the fritz over the weekend:

Usually this is an improvement, since it forces drivers to slow down, whereas when the lights are working properly they give themselves a five second grace period after the light turns red.

Of course in Amsterdam, traffic engineers are experimenting with removing traffic lights altogether in order to improve the flow of bicycle traffic, and here in America many advocates endorse the "Idaho stop".  Unfortunately the concept hasn't caught on widely beyond Idaho, and one such bill recently died in the Colorado state legislature:

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Dave Hall, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol, said he believed many cyclists can safely perform a rolling yield at stop signs or red lights — but that didn’t mean it should be legal.

“We don’t make our traffic laws in this state or in most states (based on) what the majority of people can cognitively accomplish, particularly in life and death matters,” Hall said.

Yes, why make laws based on what the majority of people can accomplish when instead you can stick with ones that work poorly and result in conflict, injury, and death?

Sure, changing these laws would probably be demonstrably safer, but it's the principle of the thing.

Also, someone might scratch your Hummer:

Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins, recalled being flipped off by a cyclist who rolled through an intersection when she had the right of way in her Hummer.

“Had I not slowed down he could have T-boned me, and I would’ve felt absolutely devastated,” she said.

Yes, in any collision involving a 6,000lb automobile and a 20lb bicycle, it's always most important to consider the feelings of the driver--though when it comes to getting the power dynamic backwards nobody beats the former mayor of San Luis Obispo

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Who objects to a new bicycle boulevard there because...well I'll just let him tell you:

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Wow.

For some reason, in America, bike lanes serve as the green screen upon which people feel free to project their most feverish delusions.

Finally, police have identified a suspect in the latest mass wheelie-popping:

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Interesting headline.  So how did the "cycling mob" hurt the cop again?  Oh wait, they didn't, it was an angry 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.

Nevertheless, sounds like the NYPD is closing in on their suspect, so just imagine what they could do if they put similar resources into catching hit-and-run drivers:

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Most of those crashes involve damage to property, not people. But in 2017, more than 5,000 hit-and-runs resulted in injury, a 14 percent increase since 2013. At least one person was killed in a hit-and-run crash each week in 2017, according to figures cited by the New York City Council.

But even more surprising is how few of these crashes result in arrest.

Overall, police are only making arrests in about 1 percent of all hit-and-run crashes each year, a rate that has not budged since 2013. Summonses are issued in some of the cases involving only property damage, but still only in about 1 percent of such cases.

Priorities, priorities.