Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 9th, 2019: Push Of A Button

Be prepared for the possibility of a rainy evening commute today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers likely, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. North wind around 9 mph.

Sunrise: 6:27am

Sunset: 7:29pm

And be both scrupulous and cognizant on the Hudson River Greenway, where the Parks Enforcement Patrol is ticketing cyclists.

Spring is barely here, and already Citi Bike numbers are into the stratosphere:

This whole "bike share" thing may catch on.

In infrastructure news, the Queensboro Bridge needs way more space for cyclists and pedestrians:

Meanwhile, yesterday I returned from Los Angeles, where I took a (very) brief infrastructure tour:

Just push the button, the lights flash, and--incredibly--the drivers stop!

And yes, those are scooters at the other end of the crosswalk.

They're head over heels for scooters in Los Angeles:


(Professional stunt scooterist, do not attempt.)

There must some kind of inversion going on; Los Angeles is getting button-activated crosswalks, and we're getting people filming themselves not driving Teslas on the Grand Central:

Shouldn't it be the other way around?

Moving on to the controversy du jour, NYPD "Illo-gate" continues:

It is unclear how the NYPD found Hoffman’s image. But, curiously, it shows up prominently if you do a Google images search “cyclists breaking the law cartoon.”

The NYPD declined to comment for this story. The agency had issued a statement last week that failed to answer Streetsblog’s question about who made the image for the NYPD.

Now we know why.

Shocking that the NYPD doesn't have its own in-house design team--though their original point about how cyclists should yield to pedestrians still stands:

Those pedestrians were already in the street before the rider entered the intersection, and there was plenty of time to let them cross:


Their view of oncoming traffic was also probably obstructed by that white car.

Sometimes you just gotta brake.

Finally, it's a good thing the NYPD has an "Aviation Unit" to follow people on bikes around the city:

Wouldn't it be both easier and cheaper to follow a "bicycle gang" while riding a bicycle?