Friday A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South wind 9 to 13 mph.
Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. West wind 8 to 13 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
Nobody likes riding in the rain, but we could sure use some to clean up the streets a bit for the weekend--which is looking pretty good so far:
And which the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast suggests you pair with...
...the Black Chocolate Stout!
Ride the post-Valentine’s Day wave this weekend with our legendary Black Chocolate Stout. Decadent and powerful notes of espresso and dark chocolate make this an unbeatable treat, and brings plenty of warmth to drive away the chilly weather outside. We don’t necessarily recommend drinking it out of a heart-shaped box of chocolates, but we’d applaud your commitment to the holiday.
If your bike's all gritty from the messy weather you can also use it as a degreaser.
Out on the streets, the NYPD was handing out tickets in lieu of Valentines to the working cyclists of he city:
And in City Hall, Corey Johnson wants to take on placard abuse:
In part, legislation calls for requiring #NYC traffic agents to call to tow any vehicle with a placard blocking a sidewalk, crosswalk, fire hydrant, bike lane, or bus lane. #NY1Politics https://t.co/GPrzgMu3n4— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) February 14, 2019
Johnson has announced the council will take up five bills that are even tougher than a package first proposed last year.
The measures would require traffic agents to:
Conduct at least 50 enforcement sweeps each week targeting parking placard abusers.
Call for the towing of any vehicle with a placard blocking a sidewalk, crosswalk, fire hydrant, bike lane, or bus lane.
In addition, drivers assigned to official city vehicles no longer could use placards to park in a bike lane, bus lane, crosswalk, sidewalk, or by a fire hydrant except in emergencies.
That sounds positively dreamy. But in the meantime, the NYPD are refusing to ticket cars parked in the bike lane because there aren't enough signs:
This is unacceptable, @NYPD90Pct . Instead of actually doing their job and protecting cyclists in Williamsburg I’m told that they will not penalize drivers parking in the clearly marked protected bike lane because “there needs to be better signage by @NYC_DOT” pic.twitter.com/0GeMEl8xCV— Eric Helms (@EricPHelms) February 14, 2019
Come to think of it, I've ever seen a "Do Not Rob" sign in a bank, so presumably they'd be cool with that too.
Meanwhile, in Queens, Amazon isn't the only one abandoning LIC:
Disappointingly, @NYC_DOT is not currently working on building out the #protectedbikelane network in #LongIslandCity. 44th Drive and 11th Street are crucial #bikenyc routes between the #PulaskiBridge and the #QueensboroBridge. #LIC https://t.co/jvdxbSVWh1— FixQueensBlvd (@FixQueensBlvd) February 14, 2019
“Shared bike lanes that are supposed to connect the bike lanes on Queens Boulevard, which I’m still waiting to see more people use, connecting to Flushing Meadows Park,” he said at Tuesday’s CB 4 meeting.
One of the places the proposed shared bike lane would pass is right in front of LeFrak City on 57th Avenue, which Walker said has a lot of congestion with both express and local buses and driveways.
Walker said it is “very dangerous” both for the cyclists and pedestrians to think they would be seen easily.
Yes, imagine the audacity of thinking someone might see you.
That's the spirit.