Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

March 28th, 2019: Springing the Trap

Behold...spring!

Thursday Weather

Thursday Sunny, with a high near 57. South wind 5 to 13 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind 8 to 11 mph.

Sunrise: 6:47am

Sunset: 7:16pm

Just note there has been LOTS of ticketing reported recently, so you can count on even more today.

Also note that this Sunday there will be intermittent closures on the Broadway Bridge:

And a Citi Bike e-bike station blew up this past weekend, no big deal:

Maybe it was just really excited about the Lyft IPO.

Here's something that will make you mad enough to burst into flames:

In an email, Approved Oil attorney J. Bruce Maffeo said, "There is no evidence that Ken Jackson was driving negligently or aware that he had hit the bicyclist who was dressed in dark clothes and traveling at night. As a result the police who investigated the incident declined to arrest him at the time and correctly saw the tragic incident as an accident—nothing more or less."

You'd think killing someone in the most brightly lit place on earth would be sufficient proof that he was driving negligently, though if simply being out at night in the middle of Manhattan is so dangerous then clearly we need to ban oil trucks from the streets at night.  

Meanwhile, e-bike delivery workers have killed nobody, and yet the crackdown continues:

Despite evidence to the contrary, the de Blasio administration has repeatedly assured New Yorkers that the NYPD's crackdown on illegal e-bikes is targeting businesses, not the delivery cyclists who use the devices to do their jobs. “Those at the top of the food chain need to be held accountable," the mayor told reporters in October of 2017. "That’s why instead of merely targeting riders, we’re going after businesses that look the other way and leave their workers to shoulder the fine.”

Yet in at least three cases this year, the NYPD has taken legal action to confiscate bikes and impose $500 fines on working cyclists, even after city legal officials initially tossed out the penalties.

This, despite no data, save for whatever anecdotes the mayor heard at those town hall meetings:

The de Blasio administration has not provided any evidence to show that throttle-powered e-bikes, which are favored by delivery workers, are any more dangerous than the electric pedal-assisted e-bikes used by Citi Bike, that are legal.

"Well it may be true there has not been a definitive study," de Blasio told Brian Lehrer in August. "But I will tell you having talked to people all over the city, I’ve been to 57 town hall meetings, and talked to police leaders in a number of precincts there is a very consistent view that they’re too fast for what they are being used for."

Did he really say "too fast for what they're being used for?"

Cars, incidentally, are the same vehicles he said delivery people should use when he announced the crackdown in the first place:

Finally, guess who's not interested in stopping placard abuse?

No one — not Mayor de Blasio, not the NYPD, not city DOT — has indicated any plans to reduce the number of placards, which Chernyavsky said are “central” to law enforcement activities because they allow officers “to not spend valuable time … circling streets … in search of an unrestricted parking spot.”

So how many placards are we talking about, anyway?

Wow.  A car is about 15 feet long.  144,000 cars lined up end to end is 2,160,000 feet, which means we're talking about well over 400 miles of parallel-parked cars.

In other words, cars with city-issued placards take up four times the street space that protected bike lanes do.

And those are just the placards issued by the city.  Presumably it doesn't even include the ones from the state, or the federal government, or of course the All-Powerful Fish Lobby:

Famous Fish

But sure, let's keep blaming the bike lanes.

Finally, if you suspected that drivers don't see you as human when you're on your bike, you're right:

We hypothesize that these hostile attitudesand behaviours are caused, in part, by the dehumanization of cyclists among some individuals. Dehumanization refers to any situation where people are seen or treated as if they are less than fully human. This paper presents a pilot studyapplying two validated dehumanization measures to a road user group for the first time. 

That sure explains a lot.