***After today The Bike Forecast will be off for the Thanksgiving break. See you Monday and have a great holiday!***
Wednesday A 50 percent chance of showers after 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. East wind 5 to 14 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight.
Though conditions should be favorable for riding off that turkey, at last until Saturday night:
Gridlock Alert season is officially upon us:
Sure, there's gridlock every day, but for some reason only now do they feel compelled to warn us about it.
Secure bike parking is coming to Atlantic Center in Brooklyn:
And be on the alert for ticketing because they are not messing around out there:
This happened to me on Adam Clayton Powell between 111 >>> 114. Grey unmarked car from 28th precinct. Cost me $1,800 https://t.co/p6hGLwz1Gw— Henry Rinehart (@HenryRinehart) November 26, 2019
Yesterday, the City Council passed bills to reign in placard abuse:
Today, the @NYCCouncil passed a package of bills to:— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) November 26, 2019
☑️require mandatory enforcement sweeps for placard abuse
☑️create an electronic database to track all City-issued parking permits
☑️create a standardized application process for City-issued parking permits 1/
And Ydanis Rodriguez and Carlina Rivera announced legislation to create both a pedestrian mayor and a bike mayor:
Now, Rodriguez and Council member Carlina Rivera announce their legislation to be introduced today to create a pedestrian and bike mayor and establish the Office of Active Transportation and the Office of Pedestrians. pic.twitter.com/pRVOo1lBny— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) November 26, 2019
Unsurprisingly, there were some who attempted to dismiss this as an extravagance:
Here’s @ydanis after a TV newser said there were “more important” things to spend money on than a bike mayor: "People who make such comments want to maintain the city of New York as a city where inequality is the definition of who we are.” @CarlinaRiverahttps://t.co/jNTx4vObdF pic.twitter.com/PG7pkmlMap— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 26, 2019
And from Carlina Rivera:
“This is someone who will work to champion safe infrastructure, coordinate efforts among key stakeholders and agencies, develop policies to improve education, safety, enforcement and equity for bike users; [and have] a seat at the table when long-term planning is being done,” Rivera said. “There has not been someone who could directly talk to the mayor about this vision. Commissioner [Polly] Trottenberg has been phenomenal, but the DOT has a lot of issues to take care of. And this is urgent. The cyclists’ deaths is a public health crisis. This new person can shake up a culture that is way too reliant on cars.”
Indeed, anyone who doubts that this legislation is both essential and urgent should read the story of Matt Travis:
According to an NYPD statement, the crash that killed Travis occurred around 2:30 a.m.
The dump truck driver was traveling south on First Avenue then made an illegal left U-turn onto East 125th Street, before getting on the Willis Avenue Bridge. Travis was just coming off the bike path on the bridge when he was fatally struck.
Travis died less than 72 hours after the 27th cyclist to die on city streets this year, Yevgeny Meskin, was killed in Midwood.
Travis’s mother spoke of a police response that feels disturbingly in line with the seeming disregard shown for cyclists by the NYPD as the deaths have mounted.
“After the first day, things changed,” Nieves said. “They no longer want to give me information or updates.”
Not to mention this:
Time for some accountability.