Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 14th, 2019: Bus Time!

Should be drier today, but you should still be prepared for the possibility of rain:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 83. North wind around 7 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunrise 6:05am

Sunset 7:56pm

Cypress Hills, Brooklyn is getting new bike lanes:

And of course tonight there's a party on Schwartz's block:

Tomorrow is today, by the way, and that's 6:30-7:30pm, W. 12th St. between 5th and 6th Aves., across from The New School:

Late last Friday, a judge ordered New York City to halt plans for a much needed busway on 14th Street in response to a frivolous lawsuit.

The West Villagers who filed the suit have used every dirty trick in the book to delay needed improvements along New York’s slowest bus line. For them, it doesn’t matter how slow and unreliable our buses are for working New Yorkers, or how straightforward and obvious the fixes are. Their only concern is preserving parking for themselves and keeping anyone else off their street.

Their lead lawyer, Arthur Schwartz, has asked publicly “who uses the bus?” and he has flippantly acknowledged that his clients gladly chipped in “a thousand dollars here, a thousand dollars there” to perpetuate his capricious lawsuits.

What's happening today on 14th Street of a hyper-empowered minority using their wealth to deny better bus service for 27,000 working commuters. It's as simple as that.

New Yorkers aren't going to put up with it. So on Wednesday evening, we're going to congregate on Schwartz’s block to demand he drop the lawsuit. Every day this 14th Street bus-priority plan is delayed, working New Yorkers collectively lose two weeks of their lives to needless delays. No more.

None of that is particularly funny, but here's why everyone's laughing at him:

Masterful timing on the banner unfurling.

More specifically:

"I was trained by lawyers who were schooled in civil rights," said Schwartz. "This is just like white lawyers representing black people in the South having crosses burned on their lawn."


Also this:

He's throwing around the "F" word even more wantonly than the protester in the crop top is throwing around that bicycle.

Meanwhile, the 13th Precinct is doing "education:"

This is no doubt due to the death of Michael Collopy, though educating cyclists doesn't begin to address the issues plaguing that area:

Streetsblog visited the intersection of 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue on Friday at noon — around the same time Collopy was struck — and observed a sea of pedestrians trying to maneuver past cars and trucks, as some of the drivers inside them inched up into the crosswalk, selfishly forcing pedestrians to walk around and between their 3,000-pound machines.

In other news, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams took to the streets for cyclist safety:

Though his comment on community boards and bike lanes was questionable.

And Mayor de Blasio has finally spoken out about Sunday's crash on Coney Island Avenue:

"If you kill someone through your negligence, maybe that's not murder one, I'm not a lawyer but I'd say it should be a serious, serious charge with many years in prison. Because it's negligence. It's not that something unavoidable happened and the driver was put in a horrible situation. He blew through a red light at high speed, and someone is gone now, a family is grieving, there should be a much higher consequence," Mayor de Blasio said.

He usually reserves strong words like this for ebikes--which have now reached a new level of mainstream adoption even as the bill to legalize them sits waiting on the governor's desk like a slice of cold pizza:

Domino’s said Tuesday that tests at company-owned stores earlier this year showed that e-bikes improved overall delivery and service. Additionally, stores were able to hire delivery employees from a wider pool of candidates because they did not need a car or a driver’s license.

The pizza chain tested e-bikes in Houston, Miami and New York, three densely populated cities that are strongholds of third-party delivery services. (DoorDash dominates food delivery in Houston, UberEats in Miami, and GrubHub’s Seamless in New York.)

It's great to see a national chain shifting from cars to bikes, and this also means their bottom line won't be affected when cities across the country fall victim to the inevitable car-hacking attack:

Cars are increasingly linked to the Internet and, like any computer, are vulnerable to hackers. To study the threat, Peter Yunker at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and his colleagues simulated the movement of cars in multi-lane traffic. The team modelled various densities of cars and proportions of vehicles that are suddenly and simultaneously disabled, as would happen in a hacker attack.

Just one more reason to ride a bike.