Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.
Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind 5 to 7 mph.
The 19th Precinct continues to ingratiate themselves to cyclists:
Nope, not in our precinct! Ticket issued & tow truck was requested, as we waited & provided safe passage for #BikeNYC around this illegally parked car.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) November 13, 2019
Just before the tow truck arrived the motorist returned & we had her move the car immediately—warning her not to do it again. pic.twitter.com/qmgOKSf9qW
You know when it's almost like someone likes you too much and it starts feeling weird? We may be getting into that territory:
When our community has issues we have issues.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) November 12, 2019
The #BikeNYC 🚴🏽 lane & crosswalk🚶♀️continuously blocked by delivery trucks 🚚 on East 72nd Street & 2nd Avenue was cleared tonight by your Neighborhood a Coordination Officers, with ticket issued. To be continued... #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/t4Wlvo7Ws2
Or maybe it just feels like that because of the comparable neglect from other precincts.
Starting next spring, Staten Island will have a new bike share provider:
In Spring 2020, @BerylBikes will introduce over 1000 bikes for use #onStatenIsland.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 13, 2019
“This next exciting phase of our #BikeShare pilot will allow us to work with a promising company to deliver a great and convenient transportation option to ALL of Staten Island,”Cmsr Trottenberg. pic.twitter.com/rnzff9LkEb
The Beryl system is dockless, but relies on incentives to get users to return the bikes to “bays” — parking spaces that are painted on the ground and which appear in the Beryl app. In the United Kingdom, users are charged 2 pounds if they do not return the bike to a bay — “a strong incentive” to avoid street clutter, said a company spokeswoman.
In a statement, DOT spokeswoman Alana Morales said, “Beryl presented a robust proposal to cover the whole island and has a proven track record overseas particularly in regards to their ability to limit sidewalk obstruction and clutter.” (She did not provide additional information about the track record of a company that apparently only operates 1,500 bikes in two small English towns and a small portion of London.)
Ideally we'd have Citi Bike in all five boroughs, but it looks like Staten Island will remain quarantined for the foreseeable future.
Meanwhile, Citi Bike celebrated its new Brooklyn stations yesterday:
“DOT is thrilled to see @CitiBikeNYC expand deeper into Brooklyn. Broadway Junction brings together so many eastern Brooklyn neighborhoods -- and with bike share now added to extensive bus and subway service, it will become even more of a transportation hub." -Cmsr Trottenberg https://t.co/Sayc1Cwsd5— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 13, 2019
Alas, still no word on when ebikes will return to the system:
Good news for people who like bike news, certainly. But sadly lost in all that cheering is any mention of pedal-assist. That fleeting, glimmering shooting star of the cycle-share cosmos, you'll recall, disappeared without warning more than six months ago. Time and time again we have asked the people at Lyft, which now owns Citi Bike: Where have all the e-bikes gone? Time and time again, they have said: nothing.
Though shots do indicate the city may be piloting porta-potty share:
These 4 port-o-pottys in the crosswalk on 26th and Broadway seem like they aren’t in the best spot. Whats the policy for placing temporary public lavatorys in the middle of a busy intersection?🤔@NYC_DOT @ManhattanCB5 @FlatironNY got any ideas? #bikenyc #walk #betternyc #flatiron pic.twitter.com/pBlu2WyErR— Dean Simms-Elias (@DS_Elias) November 13, 2019
Hey, they're in the best possible spot to relieve yourself after the fraught act of crossing a New York City street.
And beyond the city limits, the Yonkers electric car charging network is coming along nicely:
Lotsa talk about tripping over scooters, just wait 'til we're tripping over car chargers. pic.twitter.com/lIy3KKSarR— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) November 13, 2019
If it proves successful it'll be extension cords and power strips for everybody.
Yesterday, Hudson River Greenway commuters got a preview of the sort of fun they can expect this winter:
Parks officers blocked HRG path for cyclists in one section because of ice forming. @RiversideParkNY we need to remove the cycling detour when it gets this cold. Those hills will ice over and cause more crashes for cyclists.#cb7 #bikenyc pic.twitter.com/7pPbjMjfGQ— Joe (@urbaneoptics) November 13, 2019
It's only been a year since lights finally came to Cherry Walk, and now the new detour is plunged into darkness:
@bikenewyork evening commute footage of @nycparks Riverside Park detour great if you like roller coasters. Not so great as a key piece of infrastructure for everyday New Yorkers trying to get to & from work safely by #bikenyc. https://t.co/mkKotwPsuk @cb7manhattan @HelenRosenthal— Streetopia Upper West Side (@StreetopiaUWS) November 13, 2019
State Senator Robert Jackson wrote a letter to the Parks Department raising a “grave concern” about the path around the 79th Street Boat Basin section, where the roundabout puts vehicles and cyclists in closer contact. The bollards separating cyclists from cars in that section are not substantial enough, he writes. And the angle of the roadway at the southern part of that bypass is steep and not well-marked, creating new problems for pedestrians and cyclists. See the full letter here.
Should be lots of fun when it's icy.
Finally, one New York Times writer needs to work on his closing arguments:
Exhibit A: What percentage of bike riders do you see ignoring traffic lights, riding the wrong way in traffic, using, or not using, bike lanes at their discretion? And Exhibit B: How many times have you seen a police or traffic officer stop and ticket a bike rider for a traffic violation? I rest my case.
But who's counting?