Wednesday Increasing clouds, with a high near 29. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Wednesday Night A chance of flurries after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Wind chill values between 10 and 15. West wind 8 to 11 mph.
Note that on Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be partial late night closures on the Brooklyn Bridge:
Update: #BrooklynBridge will continue to undergo walkway maintenance during the month of March on Tuesday & Thursday nights, 11PM-5AM. A portion of the walkway will be closed. Access to #BikeNYC & pedestrians will be maintained. pic.twitter.com/dGKcd7OXQl— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 5, 2019
And there could also be partial closures on the Williamsburg Bridge bike path starting Saturday:
#WilliamsburgBridge work will require single lane closures:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 5, 2019
3/9: Mn-bound outer roadway, 7AM-12PM
3/11-3/15: Mn & Bk-bound outer & inner roadways, 10AM-3PM
Partial pedestrian/#bikenyc path closures will be necessary, but the path will still be accessible pic.twitter.com/LSQOFcnBIF
On Monday evening, the DOT presented their proposal for new crosstown bike lanes in midtown, citing big increases in ridership on 26th and 29th streets since lanes were installed there:
ICYMI: Last night at @cbsix, @NYC_DOT shared some awesome & promising data on new crosstown bike lanes in Manhattan.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) March 5, 2019
The numbers speak for themselves — we can’t wait for more upgrades like these that make our streets safer for all. https://t.co/xRsWE6PI6V
And while we've certainly seen improvements to the streetscape in recent years:
Offset Crossings separate bicyclists from turning vehicles by providing a #bikenyc lane set apart from the intersection, an advanced stop bar for cyclists & a defined turning path for vehicles. Studies show these crossings reduce the probability of vehicle-bicycle crashes by 45%. pic.twitter.com/FdlLFgNIfS— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 4, 2019
Corey Johnson says it's time to "break car culture""
Smart street design saves lives. We need to break the car culture and make our streets safer. Let’s make New York City a City for people, not cars. #LetsGoNYC— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) March 5, 2019
Yes, Corey Johnson wants a "Master Plan" for the city streets that makes our current approach look like a bunch of hastily-applied Post-it notes:
My Master Plan legislation would require:— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) March 5, 2019
• 50 miles of protected bike lanes – real, protected bike lanes, not a green stripe - every year.
• A fully connected bike network covering the city by 2030.
• New York City to dramatically increase the amount of pedestrian space. pic.twitter.com/boWNcEetuc
As well as city control of the transit system:
#MunicipalControl means saying goodbye to the MTA. We’ll have a new system with a new name. I’m calling it Big Apple Transit. BAT for short. Accountability will fall squarely on one person - the Mayor of New York City.— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) March 5, 2019
Which is tremendously exciting, though "BAT" does sound too much like "BART" spoken with a Boston accent.
In the meantime, when it comes to breaking car culture, we're gonna need a pretty big sledgehammer:
Amazing story: NYPD puts up “No Parking” signs and tows 30 vehicles - so its officers can use the parking spots for big NYPD flag football game https://t.co/OkBvzAr5Hc by @mikescotto @ny1 cc: @placardabuse— Joel Siegel (@joelmsiegel) March 5, 2019
The NYPD said it relocated 30 cars by tow.
And yet they won't tow cars out of the bike lane, go figure.
But hey, in fairness to the NYPD, Columbia's sports complex is only within easy walking distance of two subway lines and the Metro North:
What other choice did they have?