Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. West wind 11 to 17 mph.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. West wind 8 to 14 mph.
Hudson Street is getting more bike lane:
New Protected Bike Lane Is Coming To Hudson Street https://t.co/x0qnqJUi7r— Gothamist (@Gothamist) December 4, 2019
Be warned that despite the cold, and the dark, and the ice, the NYPD is still enforcing the Hudson River Greenway detour:
And the big news is the DOT's new cargo bike pilot:
The Commercial Cargo Bike Pilot will bring an estimated 100 cargo bikes from major delivery companies (including @UPS, @DHLUS, & @amazon) to the city’s most crowded streets, focused on Manhattan south of 60th St. pic.twitter.com/OTBwHaOzo9— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 4, 2019
”DOT is excited to announce this pilot to make freight deliveries in NYC safer and greener by encouraging the use of pedal-assist cargo bikes instead of trucks…We are especially interested in the safety benefits this pilot can bring to our streets.”-Cmsr Trottenberg pic.twitter.com/aOo3fFVNMR— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 4, 2019
“Around the world, we have seen how freight companies use cargo bikes to move goods around dense urban neighborhoods more efficiently,” Cmsr Trottenberg in today's @NYTMetro.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 4, 2019
Learn more about our Commercial Cargo Bike Pilot here: https://t.co/nr1EnK3S26
Streetsblog broke the story early:
CARGO BIKES CARGO BIKES CARGO BIKES https://t.co/Nm5aPjwTO3— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) December 4, 2019
Followed by NY1:
And of course the Times:
Huge delivery companies actually needing bike lanes to get around vs. being incentivized to block them with trucks as they are now (city gives them a break on parking tix) sure seems like a good thing.https://t.co/KYRy29k7Lc pic.twitter.com/wDyNzHLhU7— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) December 4, 2019
Who, as is their custom, included commentary from a token naysayer:
But the city’s efforts to promote cargo bikes drew criticism from some truck drivers and business owners who said the cargo bikes would take up already scarce street space and make their work harder.
“It’s a problem,” said Steve Margarella, the owner of a road construction company based on Staten Island with a fleet of eight trucks. “Everything is being put on our backs. You’re further limiting our ability to provide services.”
Mr. Margarella added that what he spends to operate each truck — more than $10,000 annually in registration and vehicle fees and insurance — should give his trucks priority in using the loading areas.
It's hard to see how this limits his ability to provide services, though he could probably save a few bucks in registration fees by adding cargo bikes to his fleet.
Some see limits, while others see opportunity:
E-bike shop on East Broadway is bursting at the seams. Skilled manual labor, with a higher employment density than any mid-century factory. Now imagine if e-bikes were legal in NYC... pic.twitter.com/4SrYJGKQ09— Market Urbanism (@MarketUrbanism) December 4, 2019
As for the delivery companies, DHL ready to throw down with the Cubicycle:
"Cargo bicycles will play an important role in hitting our environmental targets. The DHL Cubicycle has enjoyed great success in Europe, with each bicycle deployed taking at least one conventional delivery van off the road, helping to relieve congestion and increasing our service levels," said Mike Parra, DHL Express Americas CEO. "We are grateful to the City of New York for enabling this pilot and hope to see the DHL Cubicycle have a similar positive impact on the city's transport network."
...look a lot better than this?
This is W 52nd St right now. @FedEx is blocking the sidewalk, bike-lane, and street as though they own at all.— Brad Lander (@bradlander) December 4, 2019
And why not? We enforce nothing here. @NYC_DOT @NYPDTransport why are we complacent chumps?!
Time to follow Paris’ lead and start charging:https://t.co/q8MAdTf7sU pic.twitter.com/b1U4gHw5QT
Skull-Covered Mad Max Amazon Truck Spotted Blocking Crosswalk In Brooklyn https://t.co/Ho0EoG1b77— Gothamist (@Gothamist) December 4, 2019
At the very least, once a package is placed in the bike lane it should legally be up for grabs.