Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 13 to 15 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. North wind 7 to 10 mph.
In Brooklyn, the 66th Precinct wants you to stick to the correct side of the Ocean Parkway Malls:
Pedestrian safety: 🚶 🚲— NYPD 66th Precinct (@NYPD66Pct) April 9, 2019
The west side of Ocean Parkway has a designated bicycle path pictured below. The east side of Ocean Parkway prohibits bicycle riding on the pedestrian path. Please keep this in mind while biking around Ocean Parkway in the Kensington area. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/l9nl9UHnQ6
Okay, fair enough.
After all, people do need to be able to play chess in peace.
Also watch for ticketing on the
Triborough RFK Bridge, where you're technically supposed to walk your bike:
If you do choose to walk your bike, be sure to set your alarm an hour later than you usually do, because you're gonna need the extra time.
Out on the streets, retired hockeyist Sean Avery continues to unleash his vengeance upon the bike lane blockers of NYC:
Your Tuesday morning NYC bike ride with Sean Avery. pic.twitter.com/922dwNfVU4— Big Heat (@DanyAllstar15) April 9, 2019
This must be why Senator Liz Krueger "does not feel that Manhattan streets and bike lanes can handle throttle e-bikes or e-scooters:"
Seems strange to say city streets can handle single-occupancy Cadillac Escalades and Lincoln Navigators but not e-bikes or scooters. https://t.co/50fP0WppWK— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) April 9, 2019
Incredibly, the ebikes delivery people are using right now are still illegal, yet legally speaking there's absolutely nothing stopping them all from switching to SUVs in order to make their deliveries instead.
Yes, when it comes to accommodating anybody who's not in a car, we've got no spatial intelligence whatsoever. Not only is the
Tappan Zee Mario Cuomo Bridge shared path still not open:
Funny how bike paths are like that last bit of moulding the contractors never get around to installing.https://t.co/tfB6vDPlju— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) April 9, 2019
The new bridge's “shared-use path” promises a seamless pedestrian and bicycle link between Rockland and Westchester. But it's not finished yet.
The New York State Thruway Authority, which owns the $3.98 billion bridge that replaced the Tappan Zee Bridge, will only say that the SUP, as it is called, is scheduled to open in the “second half of 2019.”
"All I've heard is September," said Michael Hays, president of the Rockland Bicycling Club. "Just judging from where they are in construction, it's probably not going to make the summer."
But they're still deciding whether or not to allow people on bikes to use it at night:
As construction continues, Givner said, the agency has been meeting with bicycling advocates, state and local officials and the state police, weighing policies for everything from who will patrol the path (state troopers) to whether pedal-assist e-bikes will be allowed (undecided) to the operating hours (undecided) to whether your dog can walk the path with you (also undecided).
Also undecided is if there will be a speed limit for cyclists, what percentage of the path will be earmarked for bikes, and exactly how state troopers will patrol the path, on bikes or motorcycles or cars.
Why? Because everybody knows people on bikes like to make noise and litter in the middle of the night, of course:
The Thruway has yet to announce what hours the path will be in operation, a topic of concern to residents who worry about noise and litter and to bike advocates who see the path as a potential Thruway for cyclists.
South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian has called for the path to be open from dawn to dusk.
"I think it's a safety issue," Christian said. "We don't need people out there in late in the early morning hours. Nothing good happens in the early morning hours."
Presumably then the bridge will be closed at night to drivers as well.
Finally, in Queens, the DOT isn't yielding to the NIMBYs of Sunnyside.
Keehan-Smith was doubtful whether the redesign had made Skillman and 43rd Avenues safer, saying that it appears that there are more pedestrians and cyclists being injured.
O’Neill countered that the DOT doesn’t have data to support Keehan-Smith’s observation and that “the designs are based on crash data provided by the NYPD. There is no other way to track it.”
He said redesigns are not based on Facebook or Twitter posts.
Sorry, NIMBYs, it takes a full-blown backroom deal to get the mayor to rip out a bike lane.
But nice try.