(Henry Hudson Bridge)
Thursday A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night Rain. Low around 41. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
And given the favorable weather I'm keeping the ticketing advisory in effect:
Looks like they were at it yesterday too:
Hopefully you avoided all that and managed to bask in the azure skies:
And obstructed bike lanes:
*(When it comes to bikes, three or more is an epidemic.)
Partially because the guy was arrested for carrying a "dagger," but mostly because they can't get over his name:
On Tuesday around 6 p.m., a bicycle deliveryman for a food app joined the 43,000 cars, buses, and trucks that travel into the tunnel daily, police said. Even though every entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel displays a sign showing that no bicycles are allowed, cyclist Bruce Lee, 19, entered on his bike.
He told them that he's named after the legendary martial arts actor, police sources told PIX11 News. Lee also told them that he was following the GPS directional app on his mobile phone in order to make his delivery. It had directed him into the tunnel, the bike deliveryman from Staten Island said.
Even the Post was on the story, though astonishingly they refrained from making an "Enter The Dragon" pun:
Anyway, the TV news report featured the obligatory interview with an incredulous motorist:
"It's clearly marked that it's a tunnel. It's clearly marked. There's something going on."
Is it really that clearly marked though? Those signs are pretty small, and probably easy to miss when you're chum in the water of Jersey-bound traffic:
Still, you can't slip one by our alert motorist eternally on the lookout for "something going on," and indeed later that evening in Jersey he came home to this:
"It's clearly marked that it's my sandwich It's clearly marked. There's something going on."
Indeed it was, and indeed there is:
Indeed there is with the tunnel too, and Andrew Young at Breakaway says it's these damn navigation apps:
"It's always about the app," Young said.
He said that one of his employees had driven his bicycle into the tunnel last year, and that "it took three hours" to get the man released from Port Authority Police questioning. Young said that it was understandable that officers wanted to take every precaution.
At the same time, Young said, that he's seen how misunderstandings can happen.
"Especially with immigrants here," he said. "They follow an app" to the letter and because it says so, they do what they think they're supposed to be doing."
I'm sure it is the app. However, that bewildering tunnel floodplain couldn't be helping either. It's worth nothing that nobody wants to blame the tunnel itself for sucking in cyclists like fish in a drainpipe, but when drivers drive into the bike lane it's always the bike lane's fault:
And what about the actual epidemic of people driving into stores?
(Old story pulled at random, there are a million of 'em.)
Can't blame the navigation apps for that, and they can't all be mistaking these stores for drive-thrus.