Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
Today is also election day, and after you vote you can head to the Mott Haven Library in the Bronx for a Citi Bike expansion meeting:
Join our Ambassadors tomorrow at the Mott Haven Library from 11:30am-4pm to learn more about our expansion to the South Bronx! 🚲 📣— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) November 4, 2019
Share your thoughts and ideas and help decide where new stations will be placed.
Learn more: https://t.co/WAy9z8nY9O pic.twitter.com/fr2RaQw7I6
The 70th Precinct is making a show of ticketing drivers in the bike lane:
Midtown South is ticketing cyclists:
Bicycle sting operation at 31st Street and 8th Avenue. Don’t go through the red light on your bike and take your headphones off!— Jimmy Hutchinson (@JimmyHutchin8on) November 4, 2019
And if you have a few extra minutes, stand on the south west corner and warn the cyclists! @travis_robert @bikesnobnyc pic.twitter.com/Vagc849EBW
And the 20th Precinct needs help finding the owner of this VanMoof:
We need your help! This morning, as one of our sergeants was parking his car at W83 & Columbus on his way in to work, he caught a perp using an electric grinder to steal this bike! It's worth over $1K-a Grand Larceny. We need to find the owner to help the @ManhattanDA prosecute. pic.twitter.com/u3UY6rSaS1— NYPD 20th Precinct (@NYPD20Pct) November 3, 2019
No, the Grand Larceny is not a VanMoof model.
Sunnyside, Queens will get cyclist-friendly signal timing in 2020:
In what it calls the “Green Wave” program, the city is retiming traffic signals on select streets including 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside so that bicycle riders will enjoy more continuous green lights. https://t.co/EVmBxr2psm— Queens Chronicle (@QueensChronicle) October 31, 2019
Cyclists and drivers on 43rd Avenue in Sunnyside will be seeing some changes to traffic flow some time in 2020 in what the city is promoting as a major benefit to bikers and the Vision Zero program.
The city will institute “Green Wave” signal timing which is aimed at setting traffic lights to accommodate bicycles at about 15 miles per hour as opposed to the 20 mph speed limit that motor vehicles can travel on the thoroughfare.
State Senator Jessica Ramos's new street vendor bill is generating lots of discussion:
Many #bikenyc-ers were confused by State Sen. @jessicaramos bill to help street vendors. So we got her on the phone to clarify — and the savvy pol has dispelled the myths:https://t.co/0vouL4Ql4t@bikeloveny @Naparstek @buttermilk1 @BrooklynSpoke @HildaBikes @ODouglasPrice pic.twitter.com/0W7qigCLvs— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 4, 2019
“I walked the bridge just the other day and saw how the vendors leave very little room for pedestrians and cyclists,” she said. “And there were also four police vehicles blocking the pathway. But, as I said, the bill leaves that up to each city. I certainly empathize with the sentiment that it is difficult to walk or bike over the Brooklyn Bridge. But that’s the city’s responsibility. We need to rethink the way we use our streets.”
And look at that! It's the return of the Dyckman St. bike lane:
Back in 2017, after nearly a decade of prodding from safe streets advocates, the city installed a protected bike lane on Inwood's Dyckman Street. Less than a year later, at the urging of Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, they ripped it out—making it the first protected bike lane to be uninstalled during the Vision Zero era.
But like a Phoenix rising from the ashen exhaust pipe of an idling double-parked car, the Dyckman Street bike lane is back once again.
Basically it's back only in slightly different clothes in the hopes it will now pass the dress code.
Meanwhile, the Streets Master Plan is still generating headlines:
Remember, seven million people in this city don’t own cars. *Seven million.*— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) November 4, 2019
The Streets Master Plan isn’t a punishment for the relative few who do. It’s a way to make sure everyone is safe on our streets. https://t.co/qcuSn1hMcI
And Daily News Editorial Board is officially on board:
Street smarts: Corey Johnson’s new street plan law aims to bring strategic thinking to roads, bike lanes and sidewalks https://t.co/j85hfXxbqV— Laura Nahmias (@nahmias) November 4, 2019
Bicyclists thrill at the plan’s requirement the city develop long-overdue plans for a network of connected bike lanes. We join the applause, not because we want to “break the car culture,” as Johnson does, but because we must rationalize what is now a haphazard and disjointed lane maze.
Though they seem to be maintaining a polite distance from cyclists:
Bicyclists get the headlines, but pedestrians are far larger in number, and far likelier to fall victim to cars and trucks. Johnson’s plan gives them significant attention, requiring thousands more square feet each year for pedestrian-friendly spaces and mandating accessible intersection signals. Good.
Of course, not all their readers agree. Take this letter writer from Scarsdale who says bicycles don't belong on "our" streets:
The picture makes the opposite point to the one the letter writer is unsuccessfully attempting to make ... pic.twitter.com/WLhUJbA6dn— Nicole of Hell's Kitchen 🎃👻🦉🦇🕷🍁🍂⛸ (@nicolegelinas) November 4, 2019
New York City is a city of commerce. Our businesses rely on trucks to transport parts and supplies, to deliver products and services. Consumers rely on cars to access businesses. Adding bicycles into the mix is a recipe for disaster. The most reasonable approach to this problem is to ban bicycles from New York City streets.
Maybe if he didn't go home to Scarsdale every night he'd know which vehicles really doesn't belong on our streets.
If all you have a hammer everything looks like a nail, and if all you have is a car everything looks like a parking spot.
Or a target.