Wednesday A chance of flurries after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 39. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. West wind 13 to 18 mph.
The DOT and DSNY were clearing paths yesterday but that doesn't mean you won't encounter a mess somewhere along your commute:
The Queensboro Bridge was still snowy last night:
And the GWB was closed as of yesterday due to weather so if you're headed to or from Jersey check the status before you go:
If it's cold enough this morning there could be ice, so take your time and don't try to make the light:
Careful out there #bikenyc, it is slick. Go slow, and don't be an idiot like me and try to brake quickly 😅(I'm fine, luckily no one was behind me so the only thing slightly wounded was my pride)— Bike Commuting NYC (@driversofnyc) February 12, 2019
Thought process: I can make this light. Uh, maybe not, I should stop. Oh sh- pic.twitter.com/1qcJG9qXN1
Heading out to Coney Island this summer? You'll be pleased to know the Ocean Parkway bike lane will be getting some attention:
Big #BikeNYC news: @NYCParks will begin renovations this spring to the Ocean Parkway Malls bike path in #Gravesend and #SheepsheadBay. I'm proud to be part of this project with @MarkTreyger718 and the @NYCCouncil, which is powered by our #PBNYC funding. https://t.co/mJ9twneisy— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) February 12, 2019
This is the oldest bike path in the country (it opened in 1894), which you probably already knew, and have also probably pointed out to people at parties as they stifled yawns and then left you in order to "freshen their drinks:"
Of course Davis, CA also claims to have the first bike lane in the United States:
By late July 1967, the very first official bike lane in Davis and in the United States was created on 8th Street between A Street and Sycamore Lane. It was the first time that a lane for the preferential use of bicyclists had been designated as part of an existing roadway meant for vehicles. Other bike lanes soon followed on Sycamore Lane (between Russell Blvd. and W. 8th St.), J Street (between 3rd St. and 8th St.) and on this section of 3rd Street (between the railroad tracks and B St. after work was completed on downtown drainage pipes).
But that's why we don't invite them to our parties.
Speaking of bike lanes, we should really do something about how they slow down emergency vehicles.
WATCH: UPS driver ignores ambulance with lights and sirens blaring on Brooklyn Street during snowstorm on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/cBCW48JLTA— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) February 12, 2019
Sorry, scratch that.
Moving on, the Washington State Department of Transportation has an "Active Transportation Division," go figure. Meet the director, Barb Chamberlain:
Spend a day on bikes w @barbchamberlain & you'll never look @ street design the same way. My profile of Chamberlain, the @wsdot official helping Washingtonians access safe&efficient means of active transpo—which eases car travel in the process. https://t.co/aWmcuytkKm @crosscut— Hannah Weinberger (@Weinbergrrrrr) February 12, 2019
Chamberlain is ordering a network analysis of WSDOT’s transportation surfaces — what planners call ‘right of way’ — to rate them all in terms of Bicycle Level Traffic Stress: a 1-to-4 scale where 1 equals “comfortable” and 4 translates to “heart attack.” If you know the bike lane along a 65 mph road is a 4, Chamberlain explains, planners can start envisioning alternatives and connecting them to the broader system: Is the shoulder the only place to ride? Should you get cyclists off the highway and create a bike lane connecting to a regional trail? The test leads to connected-network thinking across departments. With luck and legislation, money follows and Seattle gets a few steps closer to Complete Streets.
We should probably get one of those.
While we're at it, we should probably also get a bicycle mayor. Meanwhile, Amsterdam already has a junior bicycle mayor:
The world’s first junior cycle mayor Lotta Crok, aged 9, wants to draw attention to the obstacles kids on bikes face https://t.co/pXm7HJV4oX— Guardian Cities (@guardiancities) February 12, 2019
Lotta became junior cycle mayor in June last year when she won a contest in which schoolchildren were asked to come up with plans to make cycling safer and more fun. Her idea was to add children’s bikes and tandems to the popular bike share programme run by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the state-owned railway operator. “My parents don’t have a car, so when we go to another city we always take the train and then a railway-bike,” she says. “But because they don’t have bicycles for children, I have to go on the back of my father’s bike, which is a bit dangerous.”
NS congratulated Lotta on her idea and offered to equip the railway station near where her grandparents live in Haarlem with a child’s bike. But the junior cycle mayor was not that easily satisfied: “I told them it was not enough. I am not bicycle mayor for myself, but for all children in Amsterdam.” NS is now considering a pilot with children’s bikes in one station.
Children's bike share, can you imagine?
Ah, we can dream...