Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 28th, 2019: Won't Somebody Please Think Of The Parking

Here comes the rain:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. East wind 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunrise: 5:29am

Sunset: 8:18pm

At least it had the decency to wait until after the weekend:

Citi Bike is celebrating its sixth birthday:

They should really release a special limited edition begrimed Citi Bike to mark the occasion.

The DOT is actively closing the 2nd Avenue bike lane gap by the Queensboro Bridge is finally shrinking, but there are growing pains:

Sounds like the pork chop is way undercooked.

In other new infrastructure news, the Bayonne Bridge bike and pedestrian path is finally open:

They're committed to green transportation alternatives, but not between 12:01am and 5:49am.

Funny how that works.

Meanwhile, in Harlem, another day another dooring...only this time it was the NYPD:

And finally--surprise!--a community board doesn't want a bicycle lane on Southern Boulevard in the Bronx because parking:

Southern Boulevard

“Up to this point we’ve supported what the DOT has wanted to do in the area, but this is something that the community board unanimously voted against,” Sanchez said, mentioning he was skeptical about the proposal when Lopez and his staff wouldn’t specify the number of accidents that occurred in the corridor that apparently prompted the change, during the town hall meeting.

“Not to mention no cyclists spoke up in support of the plan at the meeting,” the district manager added, drawing a comparison to the DOT’s ongoing battle with residents and elected officials over a similar plan for Morris Park Avenue.

Right.  And you can be sure if they had shown up they'd have been well-received, because this is how much they don't like bikes:

As a matter of fact, even Clarita Bailon, who serves as the CB6 Transportation Committee chair, spoke out against the DOT’s plan.

Her position carries major significance since it was coming from someone who is bound to a wheelchair after being struck by a car herself.

Bailon’s main objection comes from her own personal experiences with cyclists not adhering to traffic rules in, on top of the reasons already given by the community.

Wow.  Now that's commitment.

Anyway, this portion of Southern Boulevard runs alongside the Bronx Zoo, which like most popular destinations in New York City is surrounded on all sides by roadways that are hostile to anyone not in a car.  Currently the only remotely bike-friendly way to get there is via the Bronx River Greenway on the east side of Bronx Park, and the west side is virtually inaccessible.  But a bike lane won't help because...

Another point that Sanchez and the board raised was that adding bicycle lanes wouldn’t solve the issue of congestion on Southern Boulevard.

The main traffic problem is generated by the many buses going to and from the Bronx Zoo, according to Sanchez.

I've taken the bus to the Bronx Zoo many times.  The traffic is not generated by the buses.  It's generated by the cars.  Cars, cars, and more cars.  In fact the last time I took the bus there the cars were generating so much traffic the bus couldn't move and the driver just gave up and let everyone off in between stops.

But of course the most important reason not to have a bike lane on Southern Boulevard is that it might inconvenience suburban daytrippers:

Other concerns coming from the community are over the effect of losing so many parking spaces. Some feel the parking loss would impact on the Arthur Avenue Market shoppers who primarily use their own cars.

“Most of Arthur Avenue’s patrons drive in from Westchester, Connecticut and elsewhere,” Sanchez said fearing the plan would hurt the small businesses if customers can’t park in close proximity.

Don't worry, nobody from Westchester and Connecticut is parking on Southern Boulevard and walking to Arthur Avenue.