Friday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 5pm. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 66. South wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night Showers likely, mainly before 8pm. Areas of fog before 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Then the sun returns along with the cold:
Still, overall it's feeling decidedly springy out there, and so the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With some milder temperatures starting to peek through the forecast, we’re recommending our mellow Brooklyn Pilsner this weekend. Its lightly grassy aroma and refreshing finish are perfect for the early days of spring, but still hold up in the face of the dark, cold night. Remember, the key for being prepared for this weather is dressing in layers, and koozies count.
Who doesn't love grassy aromas?
If you're planning to travel between Brooklyn and Manhattan this weekend, take note that Manhattan Bridge path will be closed Sunday morning:
#KnowBeforeYouGo: @nyrr's #UnitedNYCHalf is this Sunday, 3/17. Stay tuned to @NYPDnews' traffic advisory for road closures: https://t.co/Rxvo4oMp68— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 14, 2019
NYPD will close the #ManhattanBridge #bikenyc path on 3/17 from 7AM-11AM. Cyclists are advised to consider alternate routes. pic.twitter.com/4TclrgGNFo
If you opt for the Brooklyn Bridge instead make sure you give yourself plenty of extra time, since it should be crawling with tourists. Or just wait at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge until they open it again, which could wind up being quicker.
And there's also the Williamsburg Bridge, though be aware there could be some partial closures there too:
#WilliamsburgBridge work will require single lane closures:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 11, 2019
3/16-3/17: Mn-bound outer roadway, 7AM-12PM
3/18-3/22: Mn & Bk-bound outer & inner roadways, 10AM-3PM
Partial pedestrian/#bikenyc path closures will be necessary, but the path will still be accessible pic.twitter.com/xPuPL9zZjl
Of course yesterday's weather was beautiful, though it was completely overshadowed by the sixth cyclist death this year, on Borden Avenue in Long Island City:
Few details are available currently, but an NYPD spokesman said the cyclist was near the intersection of Second Street in the industrial part of the booming neighborhood when he was struck by the driver of a black sedan, which remained on the scene.
The cyclist was taken to the hospital, where he died.
“There are no charges at this time,” the spokesman said, “but the investigation is ongoing.”
Where neighborhood residents had been requesting a bike lane:
A local condo association had requested a protected bike lane along the Hunter's Point stretch where a cyclist died March 14. https://t.co/FaHpPNurUS— Astoria Patch (@AstoriaPatch) March 14, 2019
A driver on Thursday struck and killed a cyclist on Borden Ave. at Second St., one of the areas where the condo association requested the protected bike lanes.
"The natural makeup of the long straight sections of road encourages reckless driving," the letter says, referring to Borden Ave. "Due to the changing demographic makeup of the area, now more than ever we have residents with children crossing, driving and biking on this street."
There will be a vigil this Saturday at noon:
ATTN #BikeNYC: We lost someone in #LIC this morning. He was the sixth cyclist killed by a driver in #NYC this year. This is unacceptable. No one deserves to die in the street. Will you join us for a vigil at Borden Ave & 2nd Street on Saturday 3/16 at noon? #BikeQNS pic.twitter.com/xO9oXZ16lX— Laura Shepard (@LAShepard221) March 14, 2019
And there was no shortage of outrage:
This morning, a cyclist was killed in LIC. Another awful tragedy. Another life lost. Another family shattered. We cannot normalize traffic violence and deaths. They cannot be a forgone conclusion. Cyclists deserve safety on our city’s roads like everyone else. 1/2— Jimmy Van Bramer (@JimmyVanBramer) March 14, 2019
But the process of creating bike lanes can seem both interminable and absurd. Consider some of the comments at Monday's Community Board 7 meting in Flushing:
It's always the same shit, and it's always people who think traffic engineers haven't considered that THIS neighborhood is uniquely unlawful and deadly https://t.co/9rsyE5k9gY pic.twitter.com/MDLnKLamhk— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) March 14, 2019
Still, some on CB 7 made clear that they want nothing to do with the project at all.
“If you want to put in bicycle lanes, why don’t you try the service road of the Long Island Expressway?” board member Kim Ohanian said. “See what happens.”
Hey, why not the whole expressway?
She lives on the part of 59th Avenue that under the city’s proposal would get a bike lane. Ohanian said including the street on the project is a bad idea because of the traffic it receives from NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital, though Silvestri tried to alleviate her concern by saying that a bike lane narrowing the roadway would slow cars down.
Ohanian told the people at the meeting that a cyclist had hit her car while it was stationary on 32nd Street in Manhattan. Criticizing the DOT’s proposal, she said “until somebody decides to start enforcing the laws as far as bicycles are concerned, this is all crazy.”
Well, looks like the plan can move forward then:
31st Street? Maybe the sting is because of the cyclist that hit Ohanian's poor car.
Finally, the Daily News says bring on the scooters:
How about legal scooters on the condition that the city install a whole bunch of new bike lanes?
Now that seems reasonable.