Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

July 25th, 2019: Patchwork

Another warm and sunny day:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind around 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 70. South wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Sunrise 5:46am

Sunset 8:19pm

At Columbus Circle the bike lanes are going in:

Though the patchwork approach to bike infrastructure is clearly not enough:

Even Councilmember Eric Ulrich, who once called for mandatory bicycle registration, now wants a bike lane network in his district, so the political will is there:

The city's "action plan" is imminent:

And as we wait for the details of the DOT component the plan, the NYPD has announced that enforcement on reckless drivers will now be permanent:

The NYPD has confirmed that it will seriously step up enforcement of reckless drivers as part of Mayor de Blasio’s “bicycle safety” plan that will be announced this week — an announcement that came hours after Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for just that in an article on Streetsblog.

“Yes, confirmed,” NYPD spokesman Phillip Walzak told Streetsblog on Wednesday afternoon after being asked if the mayor would announce that a permanent extension of the NYPD’s three-week enforcement blitz against bike lane blockers and drivers who fail to yield would be part of the mayor’s announcement this week.

Permanent enforcement of reckless driving?  What a concept.

Also, Assembly Member Joe Lentol will throw a cool million at the problem, so there's that:

Of course, another approach the city could take would be to address the frequency with which its own employees park in the bike lanes:

Then maybe they could move onto creating more loading zones:

Surely there must be a way to balance human lives and our undeniable need for cold cuts.

And surely Access-A-Ride must be accountable to somebody, right?

Ah, if only there were a magical foam hat that could make all these problems just disappear:

If you're wondering what happened, no response to this inquiry was forthcoming:

And the original tweet has since been deleted.

In any case, if the NYPD is truly committed to enforcing reckless driving, maybe they can pull a few officers off e-bike detail:

Seems like a slightly better use of resources.