Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 10 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North wind 6 to 8 mph.
Looks like a perfect day to stay above ground:
I know you’re angry about the subways, and I’m angry too. Delays made you late yesterday, and they made me late to a Council hearing. Our transit system is in crisis and we need to fight to save it - I hope you’ll fight with me. https://t.co/EdzrVkqLVA via @amNewYork— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) September 18, 2018
Or head to the park if you can get away with it:
Yesterday we #bikenyc from #EastHarlem to explore improved bike connections to Randall’s Island Park. Thanks to @CitibikeNYC, @WTS_Org, @apanewyorkmetro, and @randallsisland for a fun bike tour 🚲of Randall’s Island! pic.twitter.com/fRJh9u7h4L— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 18, 2018
But don't worry, because the subways may already have been saved:
Still thinking about the guy at the L train shutdown town hall meeting who said they could pay for everything the MTA needs by ticketing cyclists and the NYPD liaison said it was a "great point."— Aaron W. Gordon (@A_W_Gordon) September 18, 2018
Now that's the kind of thinking that keeps New York City at the forefront of urban planning.
That, and adding more Gridlock Alert Days:
New #GridlockAlert Days have been added for 2018: 9/24-10/1. Whether traveling for work, errands or recreation, please consider walking, #bikenyc or taking public transit whenever possible. https://t.co/retl9SIrwV pic.twitter.com/Fd64jO6BOJ— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 18, 2018
Motorists are routinely surprised and/or undeterred by road closures that have been announced weeks in advance, so the idea that they'll heed polite requests not to drive at certain times of the year seems optimistic at best.
Nevertheless, the DOT will also sweeten the pot with various discounts:
Plan ahead: #GridlockAlert discounts available with @CitiBike & @ridewithvia , park outside of #Midtown at @mets @CitiField , or plan your subway, bus, Metro North or LIRR trip with https://t.co/Y3MPxTTwwo. More info: https://t.co/retl9SIrwV pic.twitter.com/tFaxyy6FiQ— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 18, 2018
I dunno about parking at Citi Field, but the Citi Bike one seems like a good deal:
To help you beat the gridlock nightmare, Citi Bike is proud to offer 50% off our popular 3 Day Passes during those dates! For only $12, the same price as a 1 Day Pass, you will be able to take unlimited 30-minute rides over a 3 day period.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) September 18, 2018
Of course the current gridlock culprit is the UN General Assembly, and it looks like a portion of the 1st Avenue bike lane will be closed starting this Saturday:
The bicycle lane on 1st Avenue will be closed from approximately East 40th to East 51st Streets beginning sometime Saturday evening September 22nd, reopening Saturday morning September 29th.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) September 18, 2018
The Times has more on how UN traffic is so hot right now:
In fact, United Nations gridlock is now worse than holiday gridlock for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center or the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. It took an average of 19 minutes to drive just one mile in Midtown Manhattan on a Monday during the United Nations session last year, up from an average of 10 minutes the rest of the year, according to city data. The only time it took longer last year — 20 minutes — was in a blizzard in March. By comparison, the mile-long drive took 14 minutes the day of the Rockefeller Center tree lighting.
“U.N. week is the most challenging traffic time in New York City and I’m not even sure people know that,” said Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner. “If you are in the traffic, you are the traffic.”
At no point did the article imply bike lanes are somehow to blame, so that in itself is progress.
I can't vouch for its accuracy, but potentially that could be extremely useful.
Nice Ride, instead, will create “virtual stations” to support the transition to dockless. “Virtual station” is essentially a fancy name for a designated drop-off and pick-up zone for dockless bikes, which could be little more than just some paint striped onto a sidewalk or public pathway to delineate where the bikes should go. It’s a solution that’s so astonishingly simple that one wonders why Minneapolis is among the first to try it–until you consider that making even such basic changes to the public right-of-way requires the authorization of the city, which startups like Lime often do not have.