Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Of course you know what good weather means:
NYPD bicyclist harassment appears underway right now in the SB Broadway protected bike lane at E 22 St. Cruiser parked next to bike lane, officers are standing in bike lane. Use alternate routes such as 5 Av, especially if you’re a person of color or riding an e-bike. #bikenyc— Rich Mintz (@richmintz) March 19, 2019
If the NYPD doesn't get you then the Dumpsters will:
Speaking of the NYPD, the 72nd Precinct has an APB out on a bakfiets:
INFORMATION NEEDED: we are asking #brooklyn residents to help locate this bike, it’s an Urban Arrow black and white cargo bike. It was taken from the vicinity of Windsor Place & Prospect Park West on 3/3/19 - 3/4/19. If you see please call 72 Detective Squad 718-965-6336 or 911. pic.twitter.com/TOydr2qSZk— NYPD 72nd Precinct (@NYPD72Pct) March 19, 2019
And the 70th wants you to know you can register your bike:
Certainly couldn't hurt.
If the ticketing and the Dumpsters are getting you down, you can always head to Haven Cycles in Bushwick for a stand-up comedy benefit:
BROOKLYN, NY -- Bushwick bicycle shop Haven Cycles (1546 Dekalb Ave, Bushwick, BK) will be hosting a stand up comedy benefit show on Wednesday, March 20 @ 8pm to raise money for RIP Medical Debt, a New York-based organization that buys medical debt for pennies on the dollar and then forgives it. Spearheaded by comedian Danny Felts (who has appeared on HBO’s High Maintenance and IFC’s Portlandia), Stand Up! At Haven Cycles will feature a lineup of comics who all commute primarily by bicycle. The show is pay-what-you-wish.
“I wanted to combine two of the things that I do the most: cycling and comedy,” said Felts. “I can’t explain the number of times I’ve almost been caused bodily harm by cabs, Ubers, people texting, etc… and the idea that this fund has the potential to help alleviate some of these injuries is something I strongly stand for.”
Sometimes you feel like you're the butt of the joke when you're riding out there, so a little intentional comedy could be a welcome change of pace.
But things are getting better out there, and the DOT will move forward with more bike lanes on Queens Boulevard:
The controversial plan to add bike lanes and other safety improvements to a stretch of Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills stalled last summer. https://t.co/7UwsDK3kr1— Queens Patch (@QueensPatch) March 19, 2019
The Department of Transportation will move ahead with a controversial plan to redesign a portion of Queens Boulevard from Yellowstone Boulevard to Union Turnpike in Forest Hills, according to the Forest Hills Post.
The street safety project stalled after the local community board voted down the plan last June in a toothless but symbolic show of opposition against the plan to replace more than 200 parking spots with bike lanes.
Of course by "controversial" they mean some people were upset about parking:
The Forest Hills redesign is the last step in the DOT's four-phase effort to make the notorious "Boulevard of Death" safer. The agency plans to add crosswalks, slip lanes and other safety measures along the 1.2-mile stretch of Queens Blvd. from Yellowstone Blvd. to Union Turnpike in Forest Hills.
The plan's most controversial aspect is the elimination of 220 parking spaces to create protected bike paths. In Rego Park, where the DOT already finished its Queens Boulevard redesign, business owners said the loss of parking spots has cost them customers. Forest Hills residents have argued the change will hurt seniors and people with disabilities.
Yes, Rego Park is a veritable ghost town now, and you can't even ride a bike for all the tumbleweeds.
In more good news, the state legislature passed an expanded speed camera law:
“We thank the Senate & Assembly for their incredible leadership today, passing what is now the nation’s strongest speed camera law," -Cmsr Trottenberg— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 19, 2019
The bill expands the number of speed cameras in NYC from 140 to 750, & extends the hours & locations of operation. #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/dpHhQtnwxX
We've come a long way since last June.
Finally, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker wants camera enforcement for blocked bike lanes:
I introduced A6674 to create a bicycle lane enforcement program using photo devices to enforce vehicle restrictions in certain bicycle lanes. Drivers illegally using these lanes must be held accountable.— Michael DenDekker (@mgdendekker) March 16, 2019
But it could all be an elaborat ruse:
Given his past comments, it is very difficult to trust Assemblyman @mgdendekker on anything related to cycling safety, but @Julcuba grilled this guy to get the truth about his new bill that would put enforcement cameras in protected bike lanes.https://t.co/EVY8W2Jrlg pic.twitter.com/99KAUHMoL3— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) March 19, 2019
If DenDekker’s name is familiar to Streetsblog readers, it is because he is the same lawmaker who once blamed “distracted pedestrians” for their own deaths and who, in 2011, wrote a bill that would have required bikers to get a license and would have set up cameras in bike lanes to keep an eye on them.
That time around, the purpose of the cameras was to catch scofflaw cyclists for not a wearing helmet — which is not against the law — or to make sure they had lights. He also told Gothamist that he was concerned that cyclists were “riding in a manner which is accustomed to the lane or … being reckless and endangering and hurting others.”
So cycling advocates are naturally weary of DenDekker’s new bill.
Well, more wary than weary, but point taken.
He also wants to prohibit green lights during the walk cycle, which seems like it make sense:
I have introduced A5242 which Prohibits traffic control signals from displaying a green light for vehicles while a pedestrian-control signal indicates a green walk sign for pedestrians. #peoplewalkcarsstop— Michael DenDekker (@mgdendekker) March 18, 2019
Hey, people can change...