Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 11 to 14 mph.
Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 49. West wind 7 to 13 mph.
On the streets, the NYPD and the DOT are out hand-selling Vision Zero:
Our #VisionZero Street Team is on Bedford Ave in #Brooklyn this week with @NYPD77Pct/@NYPD79Pct reminding drivers to #Drive25, #Turnslowly & always watch for pedestrians & cyclists. pic.twitter.com/t0iCVIEOch— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 21, 2019
At this rate it's never going to scale.
In Bay Ridge, there will be a "bike lane adjustment" in the name of art:
#DOTArt, @newyorkcares volunteers & students from IS 259 will beautify the new #bikenyc lane barriers along 7th Ave Southbound between 67th St & Bay Ridge Pkwy in #BayRidge Brooklyn, requiring a bike lane adjustment Wednesday from 10am-4pm. #Biketober pic.twitter.com/F40psL7yeo— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 22, 2019
The latest Citi Bike expansion workshop takes place tonight in the Bronx:
HELP WANTED!— City of New York (@nycgov) October 21, 2019
We're expanding Citi Bike to Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx, but we want YOU to decide where the stations should be. Find a community meeting in your neighborhood and voice your opinion!https://t.co/5YBEFGZ5QH
Bronx Community Board 1-- Wednesday, October 23
BronxWorks Betances Community Center (547 E 146th St)
Hopefully everyone doesn't get stuck on the subject of you-know-what like they did in Harlem on Monday:
“If parking spots come up and they take the spots, people are going to fight them because they already feel enough parking spaces have been taken from the community,” the board executive, Carolyn Thompson, told Streetsblog, without specifying where curbside had allegedly been reclaimed for public use. “So that would be problematic, because there’s such a scare amount of parking spots, people are going to scream and shout.” [It should be noted that Citi Bike reimburses the city for street parking.]
Imagine all we could accomplish if we didn't waste so much time talking about parking.
Speaking of parking, guess how everyone's going to get to the new Wegmans in the Brooklyn Navy Yard:
Cool - mailer for the new Wegmans doesn’t even acknowledge that transit exists. Just bring another metal cage onto the BQE or race through Ft Greene everyone!— Travis R. Eby (@travis_robert) October 21, 2019
Congrats NYC: we essentially just subsidized construction of a suburban Walmart a stone’s throw from Manhattan pic.twitter.com/1dphit7QgN
Though they do have bike parking too:
Thanks for asking! The free bike room in our parking garage has space for 46 bikes. There are also 15 additional bike racks, which hold two bikes each, surrounding our store.— Wegmans Food Markets (@Wegmans) October 19, 2019
Presumably there wasn't any room to mention that on the flyer.
In Manhattan, the Union Square West bike lane was fully of NYPD scooters yesterday:
Presumably they wanted to be closer to the hot dogs.
Further uptown, the Columbus Circle bike lane is also a repository for NYPD vehicles:
Since @NYC_DOT put down the new #bikenyc lane on Columbus Circle, I = never = saw it free of @NYPDnews vehicles. Pictures👇 were taken between mid-September and last Friday. This is just insane... pic.twitter.com/8AFpCOKM3O— Reasmus (@Reasmus2) October 22, 2019
And the 6th Ave. bike lane was simply full of glass:
Of course you never know when you're going to need the services of an officer of the law. For example, let's say you're parking your Jaguar in the bike lane and one of those pesky cyclists gets in your way:
Lol lady who was parked in the bike lane is now calling the police on me because I'm standing in front of her. She literally has 4 lanes of space to go around me. This could be interesting.— Bike Commuter NYC (@driversofnyc) October 22, 2019
But hey, at least she had a good excuse:
Cop was friendly enough, didn't seem to take the lady seriously, but told me to just move on. Lady says she was having a panic attack which is why she had blocked the bike lane, that she has some rare lung disease b/c of 9/11...Still not sure why she couldn't just go around 🤷♀️— Bike Commuter NYC (@driversofnyc) October 22, 2019
Between the "panic attack" and the tickets perhaps she shouldn't be driving.
Bicycling talks to actor Michael Kelly, who rides a bike in New York City:
How often do you ride these days?
I ride every day. I ride everywhere I need to go, as long as it is below midtown New York. It is my main mode of transportation...
And finally, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at "How To Hack Your New York Commute," and one was is apparently to buy yourself a really tricked-out skateboard:
The 37-year-old rides in the bike lanes whenever possible between Greenpoint in Brooklyn and Soho in Manhattan. The commute takes exactly 20 minutes, he says, compared with 40 on the train.
And it’s economical. So far he has spent $3,280 on gear including $2,300 for his custom board, $870 for upgrades and fixes, $90 for a helmet and $20 for lights. That averages out to $126 a month, he notes, compared with $127 for a 30-day unlimited ride MetroCard.
I'm not sure that qualifies as "economical," but good for him anyway.
Hopping on a road bike and joining a paceline from the 'burbs is also not without its costs:
The cyclists debate whether their strategy saves money. An unlimited train pass between Ridgewood and New York Penn Station costs $298 a month, or $3,576 a year. But cycling costs can also add up. Members have spent anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 for their bicycles. One spends $65 a month on a Manhattan gym membership so he can shower and change his clothes, plus $6 a day to park his bike in a garage. Some admit to spending more on a head-and-tail-light set than many people would spend on a bicycle.
But hey, it's cheaper than skateboarding.