Monday A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. North wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northwest wind around 8 mph.
But hopefully not until after this morning's ride to work with Eric Adams:
Join @BPEricAdams to ride to work on Monday morning and launch **Missed Connections!** #BKmissedConnx A campaign to close the gaps in Brooklyn's #bikenyc network. Read, sign & share the full petition here: https://t.co/ioh3WaxjFr pic.twitter.com/CaBaYzOcem— Bahij Chancey (@Bahij) April 17, 2019
And before you head out, check the DOT's milling and paving schedule, because this was 1st Avenue from E. 3rd St. to E. 7th St. this past Saturday:
Milled streets are even worse in the rain.
On Friday, CBS New York aired an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Polly Trottenberg:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Transportation Commissioner @Pollytrott sees a future for pedestrians with more foot traffic plazas and more bike lanes on New York City's streets: https://t.co/ubqvgaShtl @davecarlintv #congestionpricing— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) April 19, 2019
Here's the YouTube version if you prefer a video player that actually works:
Highlights include reporter Dave Carlin chasing an Uber driver down the street to taunt him about bike lanes, as well as referring to the bill to add 100 miles of new bike lanes a year like it's the slaying of the firstborn.
Then he asks her:
"You make more bike lanes, more pedestrian plazas, does that add the congestion back?"
Obviously the answer to that is "No," for the same reason the answer to "If I stop eating meat and instead eat more vegetables, does that add the meat back?" is also "No."
Instead she answers, "“It’s interesting...," giving Dave Carlin exactly what he wanted.
In other news, NYPD apparently devoted considerable resources this past weekend to keeping kids off the steps in Union Square:
And ridding the streets of a threat even more deadly than ebikes, which is of course bicycles without bells on them:
Crackdown on bikes in Union Square and Tompkins today. Cops confiscated bikes for not having bells.— Liam Quigley (@_elkue) April 20, 2019
Brandon, Chris, and Marc just left the 9th pct after being here since 1:30pm. They all got tickets for no bells, though people offered them bells to install while getting tickets. pic.twitter.com/M7AfJgMgmj— Liam Quigley (@_elkue) April 20, 2019
So basically the NYPD are driving to work, parking on the sidewalk, and then taking bikes away from people because they don't have bells on them:
@NYCMayor: "You don't see cars drive on the sidewalk a whole lot."— 𝗥𝗘𝗕𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗗𝗥𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚 (@RebrandDriving) April 19, 2019
Walk just about anywhere in NYC you can see #carsonsidewalks in a few minutes. Some neighborhoods it is brutally dangerous to walk!@BrianLehrer gotta #AskTheMayor
Here's a very small % of what I have seen. pic.twitter.com/AucF3QJ4vf
Sounds about right.
Finally, the Queens Chronicle found a bike lane it can get behind:
Though they still found a way to say something ridiculous:
Our only caveat — and this is one place where we so often differ with cycling activists — is that there must be no loss of space for cars. The walkway can be narrowed a few inches if necessary to maintain the bike lanes’ width; the travel lanes must not be.
Yeah, that would be a real shame if the cars lost any space:
If the walkway were any narrower you'd have to walk across the bridge sideways, but that's a small price to pay for driver convenience.