Wednesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. West wind 8 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Let's hope that "slight chance" turns out to be rain so it will wash away the last of the snow.
Here's something exciting!
Inbox: City DOT plans to make a “major transportation announcement” regarding fighting congestion. Press advisory has “cargo bikes advisory” in the doc title. pic.twitter.com/8fXyqYFdwZ— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) December 4, 2019
Optimistic speculation: replacing certain city fleet vehicles with cargo bikes.
Pessimistic speculation: cargo bikes to be subject to congestion pricing.
Note that tomorrow is a [hashtag] Gridlock Alert Day:
Tomorrow, 12/4, is a #GridlockAlert Day. Your trip in Manhattan will be 3x longer, especially around Rockefeller Center during the tree 🎄 lighting. Plan ahead and walk 🚶, #bikenyc 🚴♂️ or take public transportation 🚌🚇 whenever possible.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 3, 2019
More info: https://t.co/jHnL23ueuE pic.twitter.com/SngRjBmnWc
When doesn't driving in Manhattan take 3x longer than riding a bike?
Speaking of the snow, it wasn't too much of a problem yesterday:
Or it was, depending on who you ask:
Either way, now that winter conditions are here that Hudson River Greenway detour seems downright absurd:
Just rode the Hudson River Greenway. The new detour is slushy w/ tons of leaves. Risked a ticket and biked along the river. Not a single pedestrian in sight, but I passed two other cyclists. @NYCParks please officially re-open this safer path to #bikenyc in icy weather. pic.twitter.com/FICNxQpkyg— Joe (@urbaneoptics) December 3, 2019
If the conditions don't get you then the NYPD will:
The women braved the 33F cold (26 real feel), the 120 foot Willy B climb (and possibly slippery descent), only to be collared by this badge-enabled martinet. Time to start new hashtag, #NYPDsadism. https://t.co/AT2VqoLOuM— Charles Komanoff (@Komanoff) December 3, 2019
This sort of ticketing is absurd at best, and cruel at worst:
The upshot is that cycling in an urban environment involves performing a sort of mental calculus by which you weigh your odds of getting hit with a ticket against your odds of getting hit by a driver and then act accordingly.
If the street was quiet enough for the officer to park in the middle of it while writing the tickets then it's hard to imagine those two Citi Bikers were posing any kind of threat to either themselves or others by making a right on red onto it.
But it's not about safety, is it?