September 5th, 2017: Back To Work

That's it, summer's over (colloquially speaking), and it's time to start taking life and work seriously again--though as far as the forecast is concerned you should be headed to the beach:

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Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 9 to 15 mph.

Tuesday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. South wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

There's also no getting around the fact that the days are shrinking rapidly:

Sunrise: 6:27am

Sunset: 7:21pm

Which means it's time to start thinking about lights again for the evening commute:

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Speaking of lights, Queens borough president Melinda Katz doesn't like the 111th Street redesign in Corona because it requires you to drive carefully at night:

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The borough president noted that she herself experienced some difficulty on 111th Street after a recent event at the New York Hall of Science within the park.

Pulling out of the venue’s parking lot, she nearly collided with a cyclist in the bike lane, as she had trouble seeing the man through the darkness.

Then, she had to inch forward into the street in order to peer around the parking lane.

Because she was extra careful, Katz said, she didn’t pull out onto the roadway after a quick glance. If she had, she may have struck an oncoming vehicle.

Yeah, that's not being "extra careful," that's just being the basic level of careful you need to be when operating a heavy machine at night.  Sadly, checking for oncoming traffic while driving is now considered going above and beyond, and having to do so is a source of resentment.  Then on top of all that you've got to watch out for kids?  Where does it end?!?

At least our PSAs have come a long way from the victim-blaming of yesteryear:

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Thanks to decades of this sort of propaganda kids now have to wear helmets to so much as look at anything with wheels, and you can't send them to the store for you until they've got a driver's license and can go in something with airbags.  It's also just a small part of the reason why there are places in this country where teenagers can get charged for not wearing reflective clothing after being hit by a driver on a street with no sidewalks:

A Ville Platte man and two teenagers are recovering after all three were hit by a truck. However, they are facing charges, and the driver isn't. Police have fined the three for not wearing reflective clothing at night and charged them with obstructing a public passage.

Twenty-one-year-old Deonte Williams, 19-year-old Cody Mayes and 17-year-old Tevin Wilson have scrapes, bruises and even staples after being hit by a truck on North Chataignier Street.

After you pick your jaw up from off the floor make sure to sign the petition:

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The Ville Platte, Louisiana, Police Department (VPPD) and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) was found by the Department of Justice in December of 2016 "to engage in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution" and instead of its politicians condemning the police and sheriff for such behavior they support and encourage it and actively use the police and sheriff for punitively enforcing mobility limiting and Civil Right violating policies, such as the walking curfew and mandating reflective clothing when walking.

Regardless of where you're Black, whether it be in the metropolitan cities of Los Angeles & New York or in rural Ville Platte, Louisiana, you deserve justice. You deserve #TransportationEquity #BicycleEquity.

Give Transportation Equity to Ville Platte. Help the citizens of Ville Platte walk home without fear of being run over by a truck and charged with a crime. Tell Mayor Vidrine to drop the charges against Deonte Williams, Cody Mayes, and Kevin Wilson.

Lastly, on my way back to town from our summer family getaway we stopped for lunch in our glorious state capital:

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(Our state capitol is Albany, in case you were wondering.)

Where I was surprised to learn there's now a bike share system:

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Which I didn't try, mostly because I didn't have time but also because the nearest rack happened to be empty:

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The rates do seem reasonable though:

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And after a month or so it seems to be doing pretty well:

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ALBANY, N.Y. >> The Capital District Transportation Authority recorded more than 4,500 trips in the first month of its new bicycle-sharing service, CDPHP Cycles!

In its first month of operation, the service, sponsored by local health insurer CDPHP, recorded 4,568 trips in the four cities where the service is being offered: Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs, according to a news release from CDTA.

Good for them.

Now just wait until they get that gondola.