*[Ride your bike, if that wasn't clear.]
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 44. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. North wind 10 to 14 mph.
Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 30. North wind around 9 mph.
Also, you know what fair weather means:**
**[It means ticketing, if that wasn't clear.]
Meanwhile, here's some good news from the NYPD:
Neighborhood Coordination Officer Hunt and Detective Condon from the @NYPD84Pct apprehended a serial bicycle thief in Brooklyn. After a thorough investigation and help from local bike shops, they were able to locate the owner of this stolen 🚲 and reunite him with his property! pic.twitter.com/FlwUsRbwkj— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) March 25, 2019
More bike recovery and less bike confiscation is exactly what this town needs.
Do you have opinions about dockless bikes? Of course you do. So instead of firing them off into the Twitter void why not share them with the DOT?
Have you taken a dockless bike for a spin in NYC? 🚲 Whether you've tried a dockless bike yet or not, make sure your voice is heard before our survey closes at the end of the month. #bikeshare #bikenyc— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 25, 2019
Survey available in English & Español: https://t.co/GyEF2NOPJl pic.twitter.com/ewddoZLx2J
Of course the big transportation policy news is that congestion pricing is getting closer to reality:
Though so far the Fun With Placards! show is still on the air:
MTA board member Moerdler, who has a documented history of misusing his parking placard (https://t.co/LHDCcD6YHP), rails against "freeloaders" who steal bus rides— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) March 25, 2019
Charles Moerdler waved an MTA police-issued parking placard at the club's doorman before slapping it on the dashboard, assistant manager Craig Lasnier said.
"You see this?" Moerdler said, according to Lasnier. "You're lucky I'm only going to be here an hour to an hour and a half."
Moerdler then walked off — with his wife and grandson in tow, Lasnier said. He left the Mercedes S550 for several hours in what is marked as a hotel loading zone on E. 44th St., Lasnier said.
And if you thought bicycle placard abuse wasn't a thing, think again:
This isn't the first time an MTA board member and his wheels were at the center of a dispute. MTA vice chairman Andrew Saul in February trespassed with his bicycle at a Westchester reservoir near his $3.5 million estate, refused to stop for a Department of Environmental Protection police officer — and falsely claimed he was a police chief, according to Bedford police.
Actually, bicycle placard abuse would be locking your bike to a subway station and draping a reflective vest over the handlebars:
Speaking of the MTA, unsurprisingly they've got plenty of excuses for why they can't let people ride bicycles over the Verrazano Bridge:
Citing 200,000 crossings per day, the MTA said there is no room to reduce capacity without disrupting traffic flow. https://t.co/Z5a6bu0m39— Brooklyn Daily Eagle (@BklynEagle) March 23, 2019
For one thing, they say it's too dangerous:
“The ‘Summer Streets’ proposal on the bridge is not feasible as it presents numerous safety and operational issues,” said an MTA spokesperson in an email.
According to the agency, it would be unsafe “to have cyclists and pedestrians in a lane next to two lanes of traffic only separated by portable/temporary barriers.” Though many bike lanes in the city use only paint or plastic bollards to separate cyclists from cars, the MTA expressed concern about adequate protection from “high-speed” vehicles on the bridge, where the speed limit is 45 mph.
They basically just described most streets in the city, and those don't even have bike lanes or barriers.
Also, cyclists don't pay tolls, and we wouldn't want to inconvenience the paying customers, now would we?
Citing 200,000 crossings per day, the spokesperson said there is no room to reduce capacity without disrupting traffic flow, which would in turn “severely inconvenience [the] customers who are paying to use the facility.” On March 31, the toll to take the bridge into Staten Island will be $19, which cyclists wouldn’t be expected to pay.
If they're concerned with loss of revenue they should just away Charles Moerdler's placard and they'd probably recoup the money in a matter of weeks.
Finally, we're still deliberating over e-scooters, but Portland is re-introducing them, and they're incorporating new policies to encourage responsible use:
E-scooters to return next month with tougher regulations on riders and operators https://t.co/oueJBKFqsJ— BikePortland (@BikePortland) March 25, 2019
- @PBOTinfo's challenge is to promote ridership, while ensuring that people use them safely and legally. pic.twitter.com/sTD2nljcrN
PBOT will mandate a 25 cent “street use fee” be added to each scooter fare. Revenue from that fee will be added to a 5 to 20 cent “right-of-way fee” (based on where the rental takes place) charged to scooter companies in order to “generate funding to build safe places for people to use e-scooters, such as protected bike lanes and neighborhood greenways.”
The more a company does to prevent riders from riding and parking on sidewalks, the more scooters they’ll be allowed to release (and the more money they can make). PBOT is offering a 20 percent increase in the size of a company’s fleet if they, “implement innovative technology or business practices that eliminate sidewalk riding.” PBOT will also award more points to a company’s permit application if they offer scooters that can be locked to public bike racks (instead of sidewalks or ADA ramps).
Plus, they'll even have scooters with seats:
When it comes to accessibility, PBOT will allow operators to introduce scooters with seats.
This is a great idea. Sadly, they'll never work in New York City, since if they NYPD catches you on one they'll steal it from you and then crash it.
Unless you have a placard, that is.