Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

July 11th, 2019: Clearing The Blockage

There could be thunderstorms for your return commute today so plan accordingly:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 7 to 11 mph.

Thursday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 8pm and 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise 5:35am

Sunset 8:28pm

There will also be closures on the 9th St. Bridge in Brooklyn:

Queens Community District 7 bike network enhancements start this month:

And the DOT will begin installation of crosstown protected bike lanes on 52nd and 55th Streets:

Meanwhile, with the Bicycle Safe Passage Plan in effect, some NYPD precincts want you to know they are in fact ticketing drivers for blocking bike lanes:

While in others it's business as usual:

Then there are the bike lanes that are obstructed for other reasons:

So are New Yorkers turning to cars out of fear and frustration?

Since 2010, the city’s per capita car ownership has increased as private vehicle registrations have climbed. Meanwhile, the number of licensed vehicles under the Taxi & Limousine Commission has ballooned by almost 52 percent since 2015, fueled by the rapid growth of Uber and Lyft.

During that growth at the TLC, its drivers’ traffic injury rate worsened. TLC vehicles were involved in 6,629 crashes that caused injuries in 2015, compared with 10,600 of those crashes last year, a 59 percent increase, according to city data.

Cars have a direct role in causing cyclist collisions: getting struck by an opening car door, known simply as “getting doored,” is the leading cause of bicycle injuries, according a recent tweet from the DOT. The city did not elaborate on those figures when asked for comment.

The bike lanes are blocked, the bus lanes are blocked, there aren't enough of either the subway stations are plastered with service change notices, car doors are flying open everywhere, and Citi Bike has yet to expand beyond the city's wealthier neighborhoods;

The report, which was funded by New York Communities for Change (NYCC), looked at publicly available data on the city's primary bike share system. It found that New Yorkers living inside Citi Bike's service area have a median household income of $90,400, compared to an average of $54,700 for those excluded.

According to the study, more than 75 percent of neighborhoods that experience extreme poverty lie outside Citi Bike's service area, and only 16.5 percent of people of color have access to any of the city's bike sharing services.

And that's why people still lease Hyundais...which block the bike lanes and the bus lanes, and door people, and thus the cycle continues.

Of course getting the most dangerous drivers off the road would be a good start, and here's the latest on the Reckless Driver Accountability Act:

We are working to define the right threshold for defining recklessness. Because the city is dramatically expanding the speed camera program to help reduce speeding, the number of tickets will rise. So we need to leave room for the DOT to adjust the threshold as the program evolves to continue to target the top 1 percent of reckless drivers. We are also discussing what to do about those who take the Driver Accountability Program but do not change their behavior — and at what threshold we should take those cars permanently.

Through these meetings, I am optimistic that we are near consensus with the de Blasio Administration on how to move forward. We will have a new draft of the bill in the coming weeks, and I believe we will be able to move forward to pass it this fall.

And there's always your local hardware store:

Yes, not only will plungers unclog your toilet, but they'll get an intersection moving pretty smoothly too:

Amazing what you can do when you don't have to consult a community board first.