Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

July 23rd, 2019: One Step Closer To A Head Start

Plan for a rainy commute today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a steady temperature around 71. North wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. North wind 3 to 5 mph.

Sunrise 5:44am

Sunset 8:20pm

You might want to bring a submersible:


The Columbus Circle bike lanes are materializing, and the NYPD isn't wasting any time:

Being the first to park in a new bike lane is both a thrill and an honor, like being the first person to scrawl your initials in a patch of wet cement.

Councilmember Carlos Menchaca's LPI bill also went before the City Council's transportation committee yesterday:

It passed, and will move on to the full council today:

And Polly Trottenberg touted the city's for-hire vehicle cap in a Daily News op-ed:

New York City will be the first city in the world to institute a cap on cruising, requiring FHV companies to more efficiently use public streets. Under the proposed rules, each company is required to decrease the amount of time vehicles on its platform spend without passengers while driving in Manhattan south of 96th St. from 41% to 31%.

With fewer empty cars in the CBD, we expect the total time FHVs spend in the core to decrease by 25%, unclogging traffic and increasing travel speeds. The policy also benefits drivers, who will spend more time transporting paying customers, enabling more vehicles to serve outer boroughs, where demand is growing fastest.

Remember the Bicycle Safe Passage Initiative?  You know, the one that ended like two days ago?  Well, it resulted in a 96% increase bike lane-blocking tickets versus the same time period last year: 

Between July 1 and July 14, the police issued 5,673 summonses for vehicles parked in bike lanes, a 96 percent increase compared with the same time last year, said Sgt. Mary Frances O’Donnell, a Police Department spokeswoman.

Also, the police issued 1,921 summonses to drivers for failing to yield to a cyclist or pedestrian. That was 53 percent of the total number issued last year (3,611).

Which sounds great until you consider that overall the NYPD has issued 14% fewer bike lane-blocking tickets so far this year:

Officers had issued 35,089 summonses to vehicles parked in bike lanes this year as of July 7 — a 14 percent drop from the 40,802 tickets written in the same period in 2018, according to data the NYPD provided to Patch.

Ticketing for bike-lane blocking has lagged even with NYPD cops targeting traffic violations following the deaths of 15 cyclists so far this year, up from 10 fatalities in all of 2018.

It's the Lucy-in-the-chocolate-factory approach to bike lane enforcement.

Speaking of hurrying up just to stand still, Citi Bike is expanding, but the Rockaways and Fordham will lose their dockless bike pilot programs:

Tamera Jacobs, the director of operations at Rockaway Youth Task Force, said that the bike-share pilot had helped bridge the gap in an area she says is a “transportation desert.”

“Lime bike has provided our area with an inexpensive mode of transportation,” Jacobs told THE CITY. “It is very surprising that the Department of Transportation isn’t going to be continuing the program.”

“It just seems that black and brown communities aren’t getting the resources we need and are being denied these programs that are actually working in our community,” said Jacobs.

At the current rate of expansion the Rockaways can expect Citi Bike to reach them by 2075.

That's still less time it will take for the New Yorker to get a clue about bikes:

In their defense, when you're juggling so many tropes at once it can be tough to keep track of the details.