Tuesday A 40 percent chance of light rain, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.
Tuesday Night Rain, mainly between 9pm and 3am. Low around 53. East wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
The DOT wants drivers to turn carefully:
Turning in NYC? #SlowDown. Always look for/yield to pedestrians & cyclists.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 21, 2019
Offset crossings separate a #bikenyc lane up to an intersection, creating clear sight lines for turning drivers & cyclists, with markings & speed bumps to define & slow drivers turning path. #Biketober pic.twitter.com/I8VZc4JhDy
Good illustration, but they left out the placarded vehicles parked in the pedestrian islands.
In Manhattan, University Place gets a bike corral:
Crews recently installed a #bikecorral on the new University Place #SharedStreets. Enjoy this #bikenyc parking all #Biketober and beyond. 🚲☀️— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 21, 2019
More info on this project: https://t.co/dTFTm7wffK pic.twitter.com/7CBqAmguNW
And there will be intermittent closures of the Roosevelt Island Bridge later this week:
#RooseveltIslandBridge work over the East Channel of the East River will require intermittent 15 minute FULL bridge closures to all vehicular, #BikeNYC, & pedestrian traffic 10/24 & 10/25 10AM – 2PM. pic.twitter.com/iUfs1rcuvN— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 21, 2019
It shouldn't be a big deal, but of course this is America, so presidential candidate Andrew Yang is getting lots of attention for riding a bicycle:
This being America, Yang also engaged in the obligatory helmet-shaming:
Asked for comment, Yang’s campaign spokeswoman Hilary Kinney said, “Andrew often bikes to NYC interviews, events, and the campaign’s Manhattan headquarters. He enjoys taking his youngest son to school on the back of his bike, especially since his oldest son (age 7) has outgrown the child bike seat. Andrew and his wife Evelyn also enjoy biking together as a family. Andrew would definitely recommend that other candidates consider biking more, but only if they wear a helmet.”
The last comment is a clear ding on O’Rourke, who doesn’t wear one.
Though some are questioning Yang's bike cred:
Standard bike repair tag indicates he just got it out of the shop to do this photo opp. So.... pic.twitter.com/yIhnNXsJBU— Adobe Screamative Clout Services (@DavdRangel) October 21, 2019
Hey, it could be a bike room tag, you never know.
Regardless, you can expect bicycles, helmets, and repair tags to eclipse issues such as health care as the primaries draw near.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for City Hall says the bike lane on Queens Boulevard is "moving forward," though he wouldn't say when:
Street safety advocates are calling out Mayor de Blasio for delays on a project to redesign Queens Blvd., which was once known as the “Boulevard of Death.” Some advocates believe the project was held up by politics.https://t.co/1LuNXMayzl— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 21, 2019
The safety improvements have been added between Roosevelt Ave. and Yellowstone Blvd., but work has ground to a halt on the project’s final phase, which would extend the bike lane and safety features to Union Turnpike.
“I was so delighted when Mayor de Blasio came forward with his Vision Zero plan,” said Lizi Rahman, whose son Asif was killed while riding his bike on Queens Blvd. in 2008. “But now we have come to a point where it seems like the mayor has abandoned us.”
City Hall spokesman Will Baskin-Gerwitz said the city is "moving forward with the redesign and working with the community. We’ve completed four miles of redesign on Queens Boulevard, driving fatalities to a record low, and will continue working through this last, most challenging section.” He didn’t provide a timeline for its completion.
We were promised a Green Wave, yet here we are still paddling around on our surfboards and watching the horizon. And the shores of Staten Island remain virtually untouched:
I stood in the home of Alex Cordero's grieving family less than 24 hours after the 17-year-old died while riding his bike on Staten Island. It was heartbreaking. Here's @ISpezzamonte's story about the borough's six 'ghost bike' tributes for @siadvance https://t.co/HtHHAVosSl— Joseph Ostapiuk (@OstapiukJ) October 21, 2019
The Ghost Bikes organization places a white bike -- also known as a "ghost bike" -- at the scene of the crash to remember the riders who tragically lost their lives.
Over the years, six such bikes have been dedicated for people who died on Staten Island.
These are their stories...
Of course there are some who say we need to think bigger:
In the 1930s, big auto dreamed up freeways and demanded massive car infrastructure.— CityLab (@CityLab) October 18, 2019
Micromobility needs its own Futurama—one where cars are marginalized, writes @Terenig, founder of @haveago. https://t.co/9x2bjmC0Ck
For infrastructure projects, the larger you make it, the bigger the engineering and construction firms vying to get lucrative contracts, the more jobs are created, and bigger ribbon-cutting ceremonies politicians can go to. Expensive projects get media coverage, fire up the imagination, and grab hold of valuable mind share.
Our tweets and op-eds may vaunt the vital virtues of car-free mobility, but our infrastructure demands and budget sizes sadly do not. By lowballing our demands, we micromobilists are pitching ourselves as a niche, special-interest group: We are tacitly agreeing that cars are and should be the dominant mode of transportation, making our near nonexistent position in the budgetary pecking order inevitable. We also leave billions on the table by doing little to go after state and federal transportation funds.
Sure. We should demand bigger projects. And perhaps we should use bigger vehicles with four wheels and motors while we're at it. Then we'll finally get those billions.
Finally, this traffic agent has seen some things:
Battle scars (& tattoos) for traffic cop vet— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 18, 2019
A tattooed traffic officer with the NYPD for 26 years is set to retire. He's seen vehicles crash into buildings, bicycles hit by traffic, horrible highway crashes.
“My life was always in the streets."https://t.co/uubaBIxyW3
“I’ve seen cars jump on sidewalks, vehicles crash into buildings, bicycles hit by oncoming traffic, horrible accidents on the highway,” said Abrotsky, a married father of a daughter and stepdaughter. “I’ve had a good career … now I’m ready to hang out, (wake) up at 11 o’clock and eat Pop Tarts and fish sticks.”
Hmmm, it's almost like there's one particular type of conveyance behind all that mayhem...