Monday Sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind around 9 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
Citi Bike has announced that ebikes will return this winter, later than originally promised:
UPDATE: Ebikes will return this winter. We apologize for the delay, but we're taking extra time to make sure they’re safe & ready for NYC streets. And when they return, ebike pricing will be lower than previously announced.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) November 22, 2019
More details in blog & below: https://t.co/6in6ao7aTK
Though not everyone's counting their chickens just yet:
Citi Bike will blow its promised deadline for the return of pedal-assist bikes. The company now says they'll be back at some point this winter, but declined to give a specific date. https://t.co/BEm1SpcFlc— Gothamist (@Gothamist) November 22, 2019
There is currently no official return date for the bikes, beyond the seasonal target of winter—assuming, that is, you still take the company at its word.
A spokesperson for the Mayor's Office and the Department of Transportation, which is in theory responsible for overseeing the bike share system, did not immediately respond to Gothamist's inquiries.
NY1 covers the need for better cyclist protections on 4th Ave. in Brooklyn:
Good coverage on @ny1 of @GoFourthAndRide issues in 4th Ave in Bklyn. Cyclists need safe passage 2 Atlantic Ave transit options and safe bike lane 2 get kids 2 school. #Complete4th @bblytherss @BrooklynSpoke @bradlander @NYCCouncil38 @agounardes @JimRockaway @sunflr85 pic.twitter.com/PDuMWudKLQ— melodie bryant (@bikeloveny) November 24, 2019
And you know reckless driving is a problem when people can't even avoid a cop on a horse:
We’re happy to report that 🐎 Otis and his human partner Officer Kalaj are in “stable” condition after they were hit by a distracted driver near Central Park last week.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 23, 2019
Both are doing fine, but the vet ordered a few days off just in case.
Please, drive safely! pic.twitter.com/mTY771ykGW
No word on whether the horse was texting at the time of the incident, but expect a ticketing blitz on equestrians shortly.
Speaking of ticketing...
OPINION | A bicyclist-eye view of NYC’s unequal streets— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) November 22, 2019
Cops issued red light tickets to 16K cyclists and 56K vehicles. That's $3.1M. Everyone should obey traffic laws, but dangers posed by cyclists are minuscule compared to cars, yet penalties are equal. https://t.co/0wtFCJRKaJ
Five minutes later, Nealon emerges from his cruiser, handing me two tickets. “Here ya go. One’s for not yielding to pedestrians and the other for a red light. They’re like 50 bucks.” Despite that casual estimate, only the failure to yield citation cost $50. Running the red light carries a $190 fine.
In 2018, police officers reportedly issued red light tickets to 16,254 cyclists and 56,086 motor vehicle drivers. At $190 per cyclist red light ticket, that totals nearly $3.1 million. Police also issue tickets to cyclists for failing to yield to pedestrians, lacking lights and not riding in the bike lane (which is not illegal) amongst other things.
Don't forget riding without a helmet!
But while a ticket can be financially ruinous for a delivery cyclist, they're just a cost of doing business for companies like FedEx, who generate so many they get a bulk discount. Even so, they may have figured out a way around it, because how do you ticket a robot?
First of all, @FedEx, never get a robot to do a New Yorker’s job. We have the finest workers in the world.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 23, 2019
Second of all, we didn’t grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see ANY of these bots we’ll send them packing. https://t.co/XxJIrIW9vr
Seems like there are larger and more dangerous vehicles to deal with first, and that we should at least be open to the potential upside of tiny ones:
We know cities need FEWER cars. What if the cars that remain, instead of getting bigger & more dangerous, were actually the right scale for dense cities?— Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) November 24, 2019
Design your cars to fit cities, not your cities to fit cars.
Great #Amsterdam video via @schlijper pic.twitter.com/2E3jZgCnFW
Finally, ever wonder why it's so hard to ride between New York and New Jersey?
Recently, we asked readers what they had always wanted to know about New York City. Mr. Loring, an urban planner in Manhattan who has friends in New Jersey, questioned why the George Washington Bridge was Manhattan’s only West Side river crossing built with bicyclists and pedestrians in mind.
At least there's always boating...