Thursday Rain before noon, then showers between noon and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog after 2pm. High near 69. Northeast wind 9 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Thursday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Patchy fog before 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
The big news is that Corey Johnson doubled down on breaking the car culture at the City Council Transportation Committee meeting yesterday:
Today I’m continuing the transportation vision I laid out for all New Yorkers at my State of the City address. New York City can be safer for bike riders and pedestrians, easier to get around, and have spaces dedicated to PEOPLE not cars.— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) June 12, 2019
He wants to do it with MORE bus lanes, MORE plazas, and yes, MORE bike lanes:
Today I’m proposing:— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) June 12, 2019
🚌🚦 30 miles of new bus lanes & transit signal priority in 1000 intersections
⬆️ expand the city’s plaza & shared streets program
🚲 installing at least 50 miles of bike lanes with physical protection & completing a fully connected bike network by 2030
And of course LESS honking:
We’re not doomed to have a city dominated by constant honking, pollution, and near misses with cars.— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) June 12, 2019
We control our streets. And we know how to fix them. Now we just need the will to get it done. 🚲🏃🏻♂️🏃🏾♀️
And less reliance on paint and paint alone:
For her part, commissioner Trottenberg said the agency needs both restructuring and more money:
Here we go: Trottenberg is testifying and, unsurprisingly, she says the five-year plan bill "would require a significantly refigured agency" and "necessitate significant additional funding."— David J. Meyer (@dahvnyc) June 12, 2019
And that dealing with community boards is time consuming:
The other issue: community boards.— David J. Meyer (@dahvnyc) June 12, 2019
The current process is consumes time and personnel. Trottenberg says enacting Johnson's five-year plan "would require a new, re-envisioned public engagement model with fewer mandated requires for work with [community groups."
Sounds great! Watch this video and wonder why the city goes through this process when lives are on the line:
Some in attendance last night suggested cyclists routinely break traffic laws. 🚲 https://t.co/QRa3GxdRi4— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 7, 2019
In the meantime, we are seeing some incremental improvements out on the street:
Great to see @NYC_DOT introduce green #bikeNYC lanes through the intersections on 1st Avenue in Manhattan.— North Brooklyn TransAlt (@NBk_TA) June 12, 2019
Can we expect to see this treatment on Grand Street in Brooklyn? Also, when will work resume? #GrandStPeopleWay #PeopleWay pic.twitter.com/ui2tlA1T7M
Though we need some major changes in policy as well as in infrastructure:
"She feels that in Manhattan in particular, we're already overcrowded in the sidewalks, the bike lanes, and the streets, and the situation is different in other localities," Justin Flagg, a spokesperson for Krueger, told Gothamist. "But that's been her observation in Manhattan and that's what she's hearing from her constituents."
Famously detail-oriented when it comes to issues like illegal short-term apartment rentals and marijuana legalization, Krueger's office could not provide any hard evidence to back up their assertions.
Seems like reducing cars and the parking of cars would free up a lot more room.
Plus, more importantly, legalizing ebikes would free up a lot more people:
Police say that Djelloul Boulkhrachef, a Queens resident, was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and driving without a license. A witness reportedly said that police pulled him over for not being in the bike lane.
"A Chinese food deliveryman is the only guy who'll ride a bike on the Major Deegan at night with no helmet, no lights, to delivery ten dollars worth of Chinese food," a person named "Jimmy," who called into Bike Snob's WBAI show, said on Tuesday. "Jimmy" said he was from Orange County, and identified himself as a 30-year veteran of the NYPD's Highway Patrol Unit.
"It's not a stereotype if it's the truth," Jimmy added.
In other news, Sean Avery is clearly not the bike advocate some people hoped he would be:
Remember when we were all excited about Sean Avery giving people shit for blocking bike lanes? [Sigh...] pic.twitter.com/0kzyZfJvvs— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) June 12, 2019
Yeah, if there's one thing we need it's definitely more ticketing:
Here is your dose of morning NYPD bullshit. Cyclist summoned VTL 1236(c) told summons is being issued for no front brake. Stock rear brake present and functional. Law requires “a brake”. Bike then seized by NYPD. Bike back of cyclist and we WILL get this ticket dismissed! pic.twitter.com/3giVO9ihCt— Daniel Flanzig (@NYbikelawyer) June 12, 2019
Just imagine being 15 and getting hit with $300 in fines:
I’m 15 year old a minor and while riding a citibike a cop pulled me over he said I ran a red light and had headphones in I respectfully waited and when he gave me my ticket he said it was 50 dollars but after checking it thoroughly at home the total is over 300 from r/NYCbike
I mean he technically wasn't allowed to be on that Citi Bike either, but I won't tell if you won't.
Finally, we've all thought it, but someone actually went out and did it:
I've been waiting to see reports of civil disobedience in response to parking placards, and it seems that some Tribeca residents are now leaving dog poop on city-owned vehicles that have long been abusing parking privileges. https://t.co/VxbQsmF90T— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) June 12, 2019
Desperate times take desperate measures. In a move that was effective commentary without crossing the line to plain-old-gross (ie, minus the bags), residents have left fecal messages on the roof and windshield of permanently parked city-issued cars that have been camped on Greenwich for what one reader said is two months now...
It's more of a response than you'll get from 311.