Wednesday Increasing clouds, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.
Yes, it's still only February, yet already those winter riding tips are irrelevant:
Of course fair weather means more ticketing, so be mindful, and for good measure I'm issuing a ticket advisory:
Let's get a closer look at that pad:
And if you're wondering if the NYPD is still confiscating ebikes, the answer is of course they are:
Another successful bike operation. pic.twitter.com/pmfDmwGdAS— NYPD 13th Precinct (@NYPD13Pct) February 26, 2018
NYPD bike operation? Sounds like they're just some clown makeup away from reenacting the nightmare sequence in Pee-wee's Big Adventure:
I also checked out their theft prevention tips, but unfortunately there was nothing on how to keep the NYPD from stealing your ebike:
Meanwhile, in L train news, the Village Voice asks whether the DOT is being aggressive enough with its shutdown plans:
There's also an offhanded mention that the proposed 13th Street bike lane will be temporary:
DOT also estimates bicycle ridership will more than double in the area around 14th Street, so it’s proposing removing one parking lane along 13th Street and replacing it with a two-way protected bike lane. This lane, DOT notes, will be used by between 2,000 and 5,000 daily cyclists, but the proposal will eliminate only 236 parking spaces and no vehicular travel lanes. (DOT says it plans to remove the bike lane after the shutdown is complete, but will re-evaluate depending on how things go.)
According to the DOT's analysis [PDF], they expect bike traffic in the area to double during the shutdown:
Of course wherever the primacy of cars is challenged you'll find angsty parking preservationists, and we've already seen opponents invoke Jane Jacobs:
A mere 50 years ago, Jane Jacobs led the fight against master builder Robert Moses and his plan to level our beloved Downtown streets in favor of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, or LOMEX. The ill-planned project was meant to facilitate the free flow of vehicular traffic though Lower Manhattan, at the expense of what would become many historic districts — a blend of residential and commercial use in neighborhood districts co-existing in peaceful harmony. Moses even proposed a traffic lane running south through Washington Square Park.
How ironic, indeed, now to be faced with a city that would once again propose an ill-advised plan to upset that harmony, yet while suggesting a totally opposite tack: to ban the use of cars at all.
The irony that he's calling something ironic while being completely unaware of his own irony is more ironic than a thousand L train riders' mustaches.
But sure, it's the bike lane that makes no sense:
The Citi Bike station at the western end of 13th St. further narrows the roadway. Emergency, sanitation, Access-A-Ride, delivery and other vehicles are delayed — and because they must double-park, cause traffic to back up past Fifth Ave. throughout the day. That the currently proposed D.O.T. scheme will result in an increase of traffic going from 14th St. onto 13th St. will dangerously exacerbate those problems.
And given all that, the proposed two-way bikeway on 13th St. makes no sense at all.
Then there's the inevitable lawsuit:
Asked by The Villager what an E.I.S. lawsuit’s potential impact could be on the entire L shutdown project — and if it could even delay the closing of the East River tunnel for repairs — Schwartz said, it really all depends on the M.T.A. and D.O.T. and how they respond.
“If they fight all the way and lose, they could slow the whole plan down,” he acknowledged. “Or they can compromise and reach an agreement with community leaders.”
While the L shutdown is slated to happen in a little more than a year from now, D.O.T. reportedly wants to install the 13th St. bike lane even earlier — as soon as this coming summer — so maybe the lawsuit and E.I.S. could potentially affect that timetable, too.
It's common practice when opposing a bike lane to explain that you really love bikes, but Arthur Schwartz takes it to another level by dropping brand names like they're charges after a settlement:
Offering up one idea that he said was purely his own, he suggested that parking along 14th St. could be banned during rush hours, so that buses could run in the parking lanes.
For the record, he noted that he is not anti-bike, and that his wife even has a cargo bicycle.
“My wife bikes everywhere,” he said. “We have a Yuba parked in front of our house. She is furious at the plan.”
So Yuba rider doesn't want a bike lane, Jane Jacobs would have wanted more cars in the Village, and we're officially in Crazytown.
They really ought to pace themselves, we've still got a year to go.