Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 6 to 8 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
But look what might happen later in the week:
Maybe it's time to sign up for that winter cycling class:
🚲Hey #bikenyc! Winter is coming!!!! ❄️☃️🌨️ Are you ready? We can help:— Bike New York (@bikenewyork) November 5, 2019
❄️🚲 Winter Cycling Class
🗓️ Thurs. Nov. 21, 6 PM - 7:30 PM
🎒 Manhattan Portage, 258 Elizabeth St. Soho
📝Sign up here:https://t.co/QAo3WNHCqN
The DOT is proud of the city's latest strides towards helping people get around more safely and efficiently without cars:
#VisionZero. #bikenyc lanes. Congestion pricing. #Carfree 14th St busway. #nycplazas. Micro-Mobility & much more. Cmsr Trottenberg had a lively exchange in Chelsea last night with @OHNY’s Exec Dir Gregory Wessner & audience members as part of Open House NY’s #MovingCity series. pic.twitter.com/Tbiwf70BSP— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 5, 2019
But let's pause for a moment to consider how much more difficult it will be to stop for a soda after you decide to hop in the car for a whimsical pleasure cruise around Manhattan:
Found: the mythical customer, oft cited by those opposed to bike and bus lanes but hitherto never seen in real life, who parks in front of stores in Manhattan in order to purchase small items.https://t.co/0aO8PbpHj1 pic.twitter.com/W2RW3Uv5VR— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) November 5, 2019
It's the end of an era.
Oh well, if you're nostalgic for the days of driving in order to pick up a beverage in Manhattan there's always "Seinfeld" reruns.
Speaking of busways, let's do Fordham Rd. now!
An arterial route (like 14th Street), Fordham Road is a gem of New York’s northernmost borough, drawing millions of visitors annually with its local fashion outlets, cheap food, and a famous university. The Fordham Shopping District is the city’s third-busiest, boasting more than 300 stores. Some 80,000 pedestrians arrive daily, with 88 percent coming by foot or public transit. In recognition of Fordham’s importance as a shopping and transit hub, the city spent $34 million remaking Fordham Plaza in a splashy project that it unveiled in 2016.
Yet the constant congestion, a danger to life and limb, hurts the plaza’s economic potential. From 2014 through 2018, the Fordham neighborhood experienced 6,549 reported crashes (an average of four per day!) that killed four pedestrians and a motorist and injured 2,009 people total, according to city data, with the Fordham Road corridor shouldering most crashes. This year through the end of October, the corridor has produced 886 crashes injuring 312. Basically, someone is injured in a crash there every day.
Seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it?
Meanwhile, despite tabloid op-ed screeds about how cyclists are basically asking for it, most bicycle crash fatalities in the United States are the result of "a motorist overtaking a bicyclist:"
Most #bicycle fatalities involve a motorist overtaking a bicyclist. Focusing safety countermeasures on that type of crash scenario can seriously reduce injuries and fatalities overall. https://t.co/m6rspe9L5j pic.twitter.com/T4eqI9pCO9— NTSB (@NTSB) November 5, 2019
Though a more accurate description would be "a motorist ramming a cyclist from behind."
And for all the talk about how those pesky cyclists don't stop for red lights, that doesn't even register:
Naturally, given this information, the NTSB is doubling down on...
This sounds scary, but one Twitter user put it in perspective:
Considering 30+ states don’t require helmets for motorcycles, I’d not worry too much. (Btw, I’m 100% for helmet laws for motorcyclists, and I’m a life long rider)— redgreenblue (@redgreenbluergb) November 5, 2019
Plus, it wasn't all about helmets:
"As we conclude our presentation the most important thing is a comprehensive approach," Dr. Cheung with the @NTSB says. While helmet use has come up, it's important that infrastructure, better road design, and improved motor vehicle safety systems lead these conversations.— League of American Bicyclists (@BikeLeague) November 5, 2019
And there are still reasons to be optimistic on a national level:
"For too long, activists maintain, safety dollars have too often gone to safety just at car crash sites, ignoring the corridors where pedestrians and bicycle fatalities happen." We're committed to changing the status quo on safety spending. https://t.co/mvPGw31ri8— League of American Bicyclists (@BikeLeague) November 5, 2019
Finally, here's a question nobody should have to ask:
Here's a suggestion: slow down and shut up.