Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph.
You can now finally stop complaining about how it's too cold and start complaining about how it's too hot.
Milling and paving continues throughout the city, so check the schedule:
Check out where crews will be milling and paving in your borough with this week’s resurfacing schedule: https://t.co/rROOoSgKzl #smoothstreets— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 30, 2018
Please DM @nyc311 if you would like to report a pothole or street in need of resurfacing. pic.twitter.com/RDi1hSMVth
Fair weather also means lots of cyclist, and lots of cyclists means lots of ticketing, so be careful out there:
Of course the arbitrary punitive behavior of the NYPD rarely has anything to do with actually being considerate of your fellow New Yorkers, and while mindless adherence to the law will help you avoid the former, here's something that underscores the importance of the latter:
As warmer weather ☀️🌷 has finally arrived and more cyclists 🚲 are riding #nycstreets, please be mindful of #blind and #lowvision New Yorkers as they might not see you coming.#bikenyc: remember to watch 👀, wait 🛑, and warn 🔔📣. #CyclEyes pic.twitter.com/TdsfgjFnrY— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 30, 2018
Crosswalks are sacrosanct, so be respectful:
There's also a car-free Central Park victory ride this morning:
Join us tomorrow to celebrate car-free Central Park and the first day of #BikeMonth with Council Member @HelenRosenthal in an epic victory ride! We'll be bringing @ChameleonCoffee and breakfast snacks to get your May started on the right wheel. RSVP: https://t.co/xJr6qIMkIA— TransAlt (@TransAlt) April 30, 2018
And speaking of sacrosanct, this Saturday you can even get your bike blessed:
@BicycleHabitat Join us the day before the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, on Saturday, May 5th at 11am for the Blessing of The Bikes! We look forward to greeting new friends as we advocate for bicycle culture and a greener New York. #bikenyc #nyc #nycevents https://t.co/g7JZsRO9Em pic.twitter.com/sLZyYlyfpn— St. Luke's NYC (@stlukesnyc) April 30, 2018
If your bike is made of carbon fiber just be sure the priest uses a torque wrench.
Moving on, as I rode past a pile of illegally dumped car tires in Van Cortlandt Park this past weekend I thought about how ironic it is that dockless bike share gets so much negative media coverage for being "messy," so this tweet really resonated with me:
Scrolling headline on CBS News This Morning "Scooters and Bikes Litter Streets of Big Cities", of course no mention of cars which "litter" both sides of nearly every street daily! Sadly, I see the phrase "bike litter" is starting to gain traction in the media as acceptable.— Streetfilms (918 videos!) (@Streetfilms) April 30, 2018
Here's the story:
Yes, dockless bikes and scooters are winding up in all sorts of inappropriate places, such as:
"In the middle of a busy walkway in the National Mall..."
Yes, you'd never find a shared car on the sidewalk like that:
"Up a tree in Seattle..."
A car in a tree? Unthinkable!
"On the shoulder of a highway in Virginia:"
I'm not even going to bother with that one, there are enough parts on the shoulder of any given mile of the Major Deegan Expressway to build an entire car.
"Or...in the water!"
Right. Go ahead and google "Cars in pools" and you'll be busy for days:
Then of course there was the guy who threw a bike share bike onto the DC Metro tracks:
Something nobody would ever do with a car:
The westbound LIRR train struck the minivan at Franklin Ave. in Malverne, near the Westwood station, around 7:13 a.m., according to the MTA. The driver apparently steered around the lowered gates around the tracks, according to MTA spokesman Shams Tarek.
Nevertheless, even though our streets, parks, and public spaces are strewn with cars and their body parts, we're supposed to recoil at the sight of this San Francisco hellscape:
On the spectrum of sidewalk obstacles this falls somewhere between "trash collection day" and "smokers outside bar."