Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 12th, 2019: Right Of Way? What's That?

Your commute could be wet today so be ready:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. North wind around 8 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 10 mph.

Sunrise 6:34am

Sunset 7:10pm

The 19th Precinct continues to Roto-Rooter the bike lanes in its domain:

Though of course the clogs just move on down the line:

In the Bronx, the Putnam Trail through Van Cortlandt Park is officially closed off for paving:

When that work is done, the Tappan Zee Mario M. Cuomo Bridge bike path is open, and the Broadway Bridge is upgraded, this will be the premier weekend cycling route in New York City, you heard it here first.

(Of course it'll be 2050 by the time all that happens and half the city will be underwater which will lower the bar somewhat, but hey, a win is a win.)

And in Brooklyn, cyclists are getting hosed:

Though the hoses may be traffic counters:

So fall down and be counted.

Ooneepod's latest installation at Journal Square is showing that people want secure bike parking, who knew?

And the Right Of Way Law proves no match for old-fashioned victim blaming:

Other factors may have been at play as well:

Anyway, you can't expect a Right Of Way Law to work when nobody enforcing it believes in the concept of pedestrian and cyclist right of way.

In the media, the New Yorker covers the London die-in, but misses the story right under its bespectacled nose:

Hey, John Cassidy loves bikes!

And finally, the New York Times Real Estate section looks at Central Park West:

The talk of the neighborhood these days is the installation of new bicycle lanes along the park side of the street. They are intended as a safety measure, but some residents fear for the safety of people emerging from cars and are upset over the loss of 400 parking spaces by the end of next summer. Helen Rosenthal, the City Council member representing the area, said: “The Department of Transportation will come back to make sure everything is working smoothly, and will make changes if needed.”

Though oddly not in the "Commute" section:

The B and C trains make several stops along Central Park West, and the 1, 2 and 3 lines run under Broadway.

Seems like the bike lane would be more relevant in this context.