Tuesday A chance of drizzle or light rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. East wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tuesday Night A chance of drizzle or light rain. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
And it's planning to hang around:
As the month draws to a close the DOT has lots of #Biketober PSAs to get off their desk:
Driving in NYC? Remember to share the street:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 28, 2019
👀Look carefully & let cyclists pass before turning.
🚫🚗 Do not accelerate to pass a cyclist.
🚫🅿 No Parking in bike lanes.#VisionZero #Biketober pic.twitter.com/NUnoeLVTEk
💡Stay safe, seen & street legal with bike lights!— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 28, 2019
⚡Be sure to charge your lights or stop by your favorite bike shop to get a pair. And keep an eye out for our pop-up team with giveaways.
📷Last week our #Biketober team gave free #bikenyc lights to cyclists in Crown Heights. pic.twitter.com/LTCvqzthea
And the NYPD wants drivers to watch for bicyclists in bike lanes:
A good way to avoid bicyclists in the bike lanes is to not drive your car in them--though given the paucity of bike lanes in the vicinity of the 105th Precinct the whole issue may be moot.
There's also a lack of bike lanes in Central Brooklyn, where New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie will hold a Bike Equity roundtable on Wednesday:
Research indicates that the majority of cyclists in Central Brooklyn are people of color, and more and more POC are beginning to #BikeNYC.— Senator 不要开门 / no abras la puerta Myrie 米维 (@SenatorMyrie) October 28, 2019
Join us this Wednesday to talk about #BikeEquity and how we can make our streets safe for everyone. #SD20Eventshttps://t.co/1jOrkCXYEJ
Join Senator Myrie for his first of multiple transportation roundtables in the community! At this first forum, we'll discuss how to make cycling safe and accessible to low-income, communities of color.
RSVP today to join the conversation.
Now that Corey Johnson's Streets Master Plan is expected to pass perhaps we'll finally fill these bike infrastructure voids:
The bike lanes are a key part of Mr. Johnson’s so-called Streets Master Plan, a bill that is expected to be approved by the City Council on Wednesday. Mr. de Blasio’s administration had expressed concerns about the bill, but the mayor is now on board and says he will sign it.
“We know redesigning New York City’s streets will help us end tragic, preventable traffic deaths,” Will Baskin-Gerwitz, a mayoral spokesman, said in a statement. “Mayor de Blasio and his team have worked hard with the Council to hone ambitious new goals that will save lives.”
Though we'll have to wait for Mayor de Blasio to leave office first:
To gain Mr. de Blasio’s support, Mr. Johnson’s office agreed to push back the start date for the first streets plan, from this month to December 2021, around the time the next mayor takes office. Until then, the city will keep its current commitment to build 30 miles of protected bike lanes each year.
Lives may be on the line, but we wouldn't want to move too quickly:
Speaking with WNYC's Brian Lehrer last month, de Blasio said that he broadly agreed with Johnson "on his analysis of needing to reorient our society away from cars."
But, the mayor, added, "The dissonance here is about how we figure out achievable goals...This amount as sort of a mandate is something we have to really think through: is it achievable on this kind of timeline? Does it create a dynamic where there would not be sensitivity to valid community needs? How do we balance those things?"
In de Blasio speak, "community" means drivers and "needs" means parking.
It's hard to square this sort of delay with his urgent climate rhetoric:
The planet is on fire. Our children are growing up in a world that suffers one environmental catastrophe after another and it will NOT end until we confront climate change.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 28, 2019
@NYCFirstLady and I are keeping California in our thoughts tonight. https://t.co/Mv1Zupw9Hb
His sense of urgency when it comes to environmental matters seems to be inversely proportional to his power to actually do something.
Finally, the Brooklyn Paper has more on the sanitation workers who built bicycle barricades in Park Slope's 9th St. bike lane:
A #ParkSlope lawyer says he witnessed workers from the Department of Sanitation creating barricades out of garbage cans along the Ninth Street bike lane to protest cyclists. https://t.co/y2dFNgZLkU pic.twitter.com/YmkqSkcEIR— Brooklyn Paper (@brooklynpaper) October 28, 2019
The cyclist at first chalked the hazards up to simple negligence — until he spotted municipal trash haulers deliberately placing the cans in the lane. When he confronted them, White says one of the waste collectors went on a long rant about cyclists, who he accused of riding recklessly and wreaking havoc on city streets.
“He was going ‘you bicyclists this’ and you ‘bicyclists that,’” White said. “That’s when I realized this was an intentional act.”
White tried reasoning with the saboteurs, saying he respected them and their work, but the garbage men refused to clean up their mess.
So much for respect.