Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 2nd, 2019: Millennials Love This Parenting Hack!

There could be some rain tonight, but unless you're out late it shouldn't concern you:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 51. Wind chill values between 30 and 40 early. Southeast wind 7 to 14 mph.

Tuesday Night A 50 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight.

Sunrise: 6:38am

Sunset: 7:22pm

By this point heavy ticketing shouldn't come as a surprise, especially in midtown and downtown Manhattan:

Speaking of the NYPD, the 103rd Precinct has deleted the infamous "Love 'em or hate 'em" tweet and replaced it with this:

Though the original lives forever thanks to screenshot technology:


And they did stick with that picture.

Of course fixing tweets is one thing, but fixing streets is something else, and this past weekend Queensites called fo rthe city to finish the Queens Boulevard bike lane:

The protest, organized by Families for Safe Streets and Transportation Alternatives, came after Gothamist reported that the Department of Transportation had been prepared to paint the bike lane last summer before City Hall told the agency to stop. A DOT official told Gothamist the agency believed Mayor Bill de Blasio was indefinitely pausing work on the controversial bike lane so he could win support from a local councilmember for an enormous new jail.

No start date has been given for the Forest Hills bike lane.

So fewer bike lanes and more prisons.  

Got it.

In other infrastructure news, the MTA must now figure out how to toll drivers entering midtown:

Cities like London, Stockholm and Singapore use varying methods to toll drivers in their respective congestion zones. London has a less intrusive CCTV system to record license plates of cars — a fairly discreet technology that was installed along with signage and street markings to ensure drivers knew they were entering the tolled zone.

Singapore uses larger gantries with sensors to read license plates or directly charge E-ZPass-like units in cars. Stockholm, too, has installed gantries and cameras, which were placed at all entry points into the tolled zone.

The MTA also is exploring tolling through connected vehicle technology and via global satellite tracking systems, like GM’s Onstar system. Companies looking to offer their options must send their submissions to the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority by the afternoon of April 12, 2019.

Why not just throw a token in a basket like in the old days?

Takes up some room, but harder to thwart with an intentionally defaced license plate.

Finally, maybe it's time for congestion pricing around schools:

In the 17 years Ross Freeman has lived on West 256th, traffic has gone from awful to unbearable, he said. Vehicles on his street are sideswiped regularly. Heated arguments erupt between parents parked in front of driveways and the blocked-in residents several times each school year.

Last year, Freeman hired a recent high school graduate to sit at the end of his driveway to prevent parents from parking there. This year he’s taken to blocking his own driveway to ensure he can leave for work in the morning.

Sounds terrible!  If only there were some other way to get your kids to school...

Oh well.  Guess we'll have to wait for Elon Musk to build us some tunnels.