Tuesday Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 2pm and 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. East wind around 7 mph becoming south in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
We're also experiencing "unusually high tides:"
We are carefully monitoring conditions of Hurricane Florence, which is causing unusually high tides along the Eastern Seaboard. The #StatenIslandFerry may experience weather-related delays this week. Please allow extra travel time. #SIFerry https://t.co/dwNdhVtwE2— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 10, 2018
Something to keep in mind if your commute involves a boat:
Either way, its officially time to get your bike into fall/winter mode by installing fenders:
Out on the streets, drivers continue to come up with inventive excuses for parking in bike lanes:
Me: Do you realize you're parked in the #bikenyc lane?— Bike Commuting NYC (@driversofnyc) September 10, 2018
H: I paid for parking.
Me: Sure, but the parking lane is this adjacent space, not the green lane.
H: Oh, sorry! I'm from Westchester, I didn't know.
Pleasant fella, moved his car right away. But... Green + 🚲 weren't a hint? pic.twitter.com/fvayGOcOHv
When interacting with suburban rubes who have never seen a bike lane, it can also be lucrative to challenge them to a game of three card monte--or else simply offer to valet park the car for them.
The new 9th Street bike lane in Park Slope is also proving to be a respite for drivers:
So good to be back in the city and see the new 9th Street "protected" #BikeNYC lane in action. Of course, @NYPDnews is not writing a ticket, and the ambulance is not saving a life - the driver was just eating breakfast. pic.twitter.com/s0fOQWkJgc— vlado 🚲 (@mejs) September 10, 2018
Hey, you can't save lives on an empty stomach, so scarfing an egg and cheese on a roll is ipso facto a life-saving act.
Of course it's also risking your life, but ultimately it all cancels out.
I think that's why they call it Vision Zero.
And just keep in mind before you confront a motorist that sometimes they're harmless suburban saps, but other times they're raving lunatics:
#psychodrivers episode 23,874. Saw this guy verbally attack a traffic agent and tear his ticket up yelling "do you not see the f*cking placard" I defended the agent and said dude, he's doing his job, your placard doesn't matter. Sped away, pulled up ahead and attacked me. pic.twitter.com/GElPeXvcta— Chesney Parks (@chesneycheckers) September 10, 2018
I have a feeling I know what placard he was using.
Of course one of the greatest ironies of cycling in New York City is that one of the most pleasant places to ride is also one of the least accessible:
A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation (DOT), emphasized the importance of safe street infrastructure around the park: “Safe bike infrastructure provides improved access to Central Park and other destinations in the area for both residents of and visitors to New York City, and can be especially important for encouraging less experienced cyclists to get around the city by bike.” Department proposals point to increased ridership and decreased pedestrian and motorist injuries on streets with protected bike lanes.
Yet the slow pace of street safety improvements has continued in a patchwork fashion. Infrastructure is frequently implemented several blocks at a time with years between projects, resulting in “disappearing” bike lanes on almost every avenue. Furthermore, the DOT confirmed that community board presentations for crosstown lanes servicing Hell’s Kitchen and Midtown on W. 55th and 52nd Sts., originally slated for this summer, have been delayed until fall.
And it affects locals and tourists alike:
A father-daughter duo from Spain, David and Alba, braved the traffic on Sixth Ave. with only “a little bit of fear of the cars and trucks.” Trailing David and Alba as they rode on Sixth yielded several situations where the riders were overtaken by impatient drivers, honked at, or forced to stop and wait for a red light to go around turning vehicles.
Zoe and her family, from Belgium, opted to walk their bicycles on Seventh Ave. rather than ride in traffic. “We don’t want to ride them on the street. It’s a bit crazy. There’s no path for bicycles on the road,” she said.
Finally, speaking of tourists, if you can't avoid tourists on the Brooklyn Bridge then then it might be you who's the clueless turd:
Asked the tourists for money? Yeah, right. The tourists should have demanded money from you.