Monday A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Monday Night Showers, mainly before 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 59. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
You did put some fenders on your bike for the fall, right?
Sure you did.
Here's where the latest round of street milling will be taking place:
🚧Find out where crews will be milling & paving next week 10/6-10/12: https://t.co/rROOoSgKzl— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 4, 2019
MN: Morningside Heights, East Harlem, Upper East Side
QNS: Maspeth, Whitestone, Howard Beach, Flushing, Jamaica, Bayside, Little Neck
SI: Arrochar, Heartland Village, Arden Heights pic.twitter.com/90bXrAYkMY
The new section of bike lane on 8th Ave. is coming along:
Flex-posts & kwik curb are going in along the new 8th Ave protected #bikenyc 🚲 lane & expanded ped 🚶♀️ space in Mn. Planters will be filled by @GarmentDstrctNY 🌱 soon. #Biketober— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 4, 2019
DYK? 85% of street users on this corridor are pedestrians!
More info: https://t.co/zmU6Nl7QtF pic.twitter.com/bcaSMIuu4L
Wow, 85% pedestrians! So why isn't 85% of the street a sidewalk then?
Certainly when it comes to allocating street space the balance is shifting in your favor down on 14th St.:
Truck thru-traffic is allowed on 14th St in Manhattan, along w/buses. 14th St is a designated truck route, helping to limit truck traffic on side streets.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 4, 2019
Short-term commercial loading zones are provided along the corridor every day, 6AM-10PM; meters in effect Monday-Saturday. pic.twitter.com/QdDwxqdeMt
Where a veritable who's-who of New Yorkers have been joyriding:
Just rode the 14th Street Select Bus from 9th to Union Square and it was crazy fast. pic.twitter.com/vpSVYVQIWM— Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) October 4, 2019
Wondering how Arthur "Yuba Full Of Sadness" Schwartz feels about it all? Tune in to WBAI later today to find out:
But while there was celebrating in Manhattan, there was mourning in Brooklyn:
Today while we were helping kids learn to ride bikes in Gowanus, an unlicensed driver killed a 10-yr-old boy in Kensington who was riding his.— Brad Lander (@bradlander) October 6, 2019
Could have been my kid or yours. Our families who were devastated.
Our priorities that need to be reset.https://t.co/gNjd7asgIe
Unlicensed, and in a car registered in Illinois that has been accumulating tickets in New York City for years:
#IL_ZZ26518 has been queried 1 time.— How's My Driving NY (@HowsMyDrivingNY) October 5, 2019
Total parking and camera violation tickets: 22
6 | No Parking - Street Cleaning
3 | No Standing - Day/Time Limits
3 | Fire Hydrant
2 | Double Parking
2 | No Parking - Day/Time Limits
2 | Failure To Stop At Red Light
The mayor had little to offer besides "thoughts:"
Horrible news out of Brooklyn this afternoon - a 10 year old boy died after he was hit by a car while out riding his bike. The driver is in custody and charges are pending. Reckless driving will NOT be tolerated in this city.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 5, 2019
I’m keeping this child and his family in my thoughts.
And reckless driving is certainly being tolerated under his watch:
Shameful.— Michael Kimmelman (@kimmelman) September 24, 2019
Mayor Says ‘Reckless Driver’ Bill Is Not ‘Most Urgent’ – Streetsblog New York City https://t.co/oXujt2OmUC
Brooklyn Council Member Brad Lander proposed the so-called Reckless Driver Accountability Act in June, 2018, but on Monday, the mayor suggested he is slow-walking the bill, which would allow authorities to impound any car that is caught on camera speeding or running red lights more than four times in any 12-month period.
The mayor first said he was unfamiliar with the 15-month-old bill, even though he has been asked about it many times and his own Law, Transportation and Police departments have negotiated with the Council. Then he said he will devote his attention — and limited tenure as mayor — to other bills that are “pending most urgently.”
Even the NYTimes Editorial Board agrees:
“Adding more protected bike lanes is a good place to begin. Rethinking the city’s car culture entirely would be even better.” https://t.co/JVqA9r4tWR— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) October 6, 2019
Meanwhile, when it comes to the penalty for driving without a license, killing someone is merely incidental:
Just checked the law and must confess I am flabbergasted. Apparently there is no heightened penalty in NYS for an licensed driver who kills or injures, as opposed to simply driving unlicensed without incident. Unbelievable!— Steve Vaccaro (@BicyclesOnly) October 6, 2019
And certainly people drive without fear of reprisal:
Adventures in the Lower East Side: this guy drove out of his parking space into the bike lane, where he lightly hit my partner. We yelled, he backed up, accelerated, & drove INTO MY LEG (I’m ok). Refused to engage when we asked to talk. #bikeNYC does this sticker mean anything? pic.twitter.com/0pZWr27FZ4— Meghan Morris (@MeghanEMorris) October 6, 2019
However, there's evidence of a change of consciousness taking place, with not just one:
I’m not so naïve to think we can get rid of cars altogether, but we have so many tools to eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities right now. Banning all passenger auto-driving vehicles above a certain weight and front grill height would be a great start. Other solutions run the gamut from the quick and easy fixes — like reducing speed limits, eliminating right turns on red, building protected bike lanes and instituting congestion pricing — to major and necessary commitments like funding new transit projects (upgrading, maintaining and expanding existing transit systems) and rethinking land use to encourage walkable development rather than sprawl.
But two recent op-eds about moving on from cars:
We can make Manhattan its own Central Park. Keep the avenues and the “extra-wide” streets (14th, 23rd, etc.) for vehicular traffic, but turn every other street into a pedestrian thoroughfare. Take the money that would have been spent on keeping those streets viable for cars and invest it in public transit, dedicated bus lanes—even ferries. No street would need to be completely cut off from vehicular traffic; emergency services could get through and transport for the disabled, just as they do in places like Ghent, Belgium, where the city center has been car-free since 2017.
Finally, if you live in Brooklyn CB8, there's an interesting question on their recent survey:
We know the answer's "no," and we know plenty of people will still say "yes," ...but who's answering "maybe"?
In a way it's the most vexing response of all.