Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 8 to 14 mph.
...and now that the Streets Master Plan is official the long-term forecast for bikes in New York City is looking rather robust:
BREAKING: @NYCMayor signs the Safe Streets Bill into law!— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) November 19, 2019
“I’m proud to sign this new safe streets legislation that will further the ambitious commitments we’ve begun under #VisionZero. We thank @NYCSpeakerCoJo for his leadership."
— Mayor de Blasio pic.twitter.com/JZ81sgONik
As for the short-term, expect the current unsettled pattern to continue:
If there is a perfectly good bike lane, why don't cyclists ride in it? pic.twitter.com/iRDj8OO3YX— Bman (@BarmanNYC) November 19, 2019
On Staten Island, officials met to get acquainted with the borough's new bike share provider:
Today we joined @BerylBikes, @HeyNowJO & @Charlesdfall to discuss the future of #bikeshare #onStatenIsland.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 19, 2019
In Spring 2020, Beryl will introduce over 1000 bikes for use across all of Staten Island. pic.twitter.com/r19L285I32
And the DOT wants to know where, why, and how you ride:
This past weekend, the Hudson River Greenway detour through Riverside Park claimed another victim, and Streetsblog has the story:
It’s clear that @NYCParks erred terribly when it created an unsafe cycling detour through Riverside Park. Here’s the latest evidence that @NYC_DOT should build bike lanes and @mitchell_silver should stick to trees, softball and other essentials.https://t.co/R5Of8L0gSB pic.twitter.com/ztF3vjFIDv— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 19, 2019
The latest crash happened on Sunday before dark when cyclist Eliana Hecht was tossed from her bike after an off-leash dog darted out in front of her as she descended the hilly detour near the 79th Street traffic circle — an incident she could have entirely avoided had she still been allowed to use the normal flat bike path instead of the inland up-and-down route.
“As a result of what happened to me I now feel that this route is unsafe and that I shouldn’t bike on it anymore,” the scraped-up Hecht told Streetsblog. “The same thing could happen again.”
It certainly makes sense to separate pedestrians and cyclists, but rerouting the latter along the undulating footpaths of Riverside Park is clearly not the answer. If only there were some long stretch of road nearby that could be partially re-purposed in order to create a bicycle highway...
Yes, highways take a toll on cities far greater than what's reflected on your E-ZPass statement, as Boston is learning:
Ultimately every time we get behind the wheel, we must come to terms with a simple truism:— Boston Globe Spotlight Team (@GlobeSpotlight) November 19, 2019
We are traffic.
And we are stuck in place.
Read part one of the #SeeingRed series here: https://t.co/JupoZflLcs
Gazing optimistically into the future, Mayor John B. Hynes declared on June 25, 1959, that the opening of the Southeast Expressway ushered in “a better Boston.” A freeway that could handle 50,000 cars a day, he said, met “one of the modern challenges of our times.”
How quaint that sounds today.
Hynes may have been right in the moment, but he couldn’t see the hellscape that was coming. Even with added lanes, that same highway gagged last year on a daily average of 200,000 cars. And more keep coming by the day, afflicting Boston with some of the nation’s worst congestion.
That deliberate scratching sound you hear is the Globe's resident avid driver Jeff Jacoby scrawling another column about how bikes don't belong in cities.
Finally, as New York prepares to flood the subway with more police, Washington DC has created a bike lane patrol squad:
A spokesperson for the Department of Public Works says the officers are new hires. Although they will write other tickets as well, they will focus heavily on infractions in bike lanes.
The city says the officers will even have the ability to photograph cars blocking the bike lanes and send a ticket by mail if the driver pulls away before receiving a ticket.
Well, we've got the "cops in bike lanes" part down anyway. At least it's a start.