December 14th, 2017: Bikes Mean Business

It will be cold again, and you may be waking up to snow this morning:

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Thursday A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 9am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 33. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

Sunrise: 7:12am

Sunset: 4:29pm

There could be accumulation of up to two (2) inches:

...ACCUMULATING SNOW EARLY THURSDAY MORNING...

Light snow is expected to develop overnight and continue into portions of the morning commute. Around 1 to potentially 2 inches of snow is forecast. Roadways may become snow covered which may create a slippery morning commute. Motorists are urged to use extra caution if traveling Thursday morning.

Rest assured motorists will not use extra caution.  It's also a scientific fact that motorists are even more resentful of cyclists in adverse weather conditions.  See, they think you're crazy for being out there and feel as though they need to discipline you.

WARNING: via the tipline, I've received reports of ticketing on 1st Avenue between 69th and 70th.

If you're an Astoria commuter, Citi Bike is your friend:

And the MTA and DOT have finally announced their plans for L train shutdown:

Which include a two-way protected bike lane on 13th street:

Moving on, a study indicates bikes are good for business, who'da thunk it?

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Brooklyn restaurants with Citi Bike stations close by saw sales rise 0.2 to 0.5 percent over a three-year period, while those in neighborhoods without the bikes saw sales stagnate or slightly drop.

Those percentages might seem small, but they mean a lot in the context of local economies, said Stanslav Sobolevsky, an associate professor at NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress who led the study.

"That's a substantial amount of money, not only in earnings for the businesses, but also in the taxes that they pay to the city," Sobolevsky said.

I'm shocked--shocked--that the ability to undertake short trips quickly encourages people to visit neighborhood establishments.

Meanwhile, GoldenGate continues to take local media by storm, and the Village Voice have an interview with Brian Howald:

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What do you hope New Yorkers take away from this story?

Several other people filled me in on the litany of violations committed by the car [Golden] was in. I mean, this is somebody who is likely to commit multiple infractions, [who] drives aggressively. There were many people who commented on the Twitter thread that they had personally been almost hit by Senator Golden while walking the streets in Bay Ridge. I want New Yorkers to realize that this happens a lot. That people do this all the time to cyclists and pedestrians.

While NY1 spoke to the Golden boy himself:

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His excuse?  That driving into the bike lane was a selfless act to spare his fellow citizens the scourge of gridlock:

But Golden, who spoke exclusively with NY1 on Tuesday, said they drove into the bike lane to avoid blocking the box, and that he never pretended to be a police officer.

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He further enhanced his credibility by using a schoolyard taunt:

"I think he's gotta get a life.  I think he's gotta move on.  ...and if he's doing it to other drivers he's-and other vehicles, ah, he is, uh, leading towards cyclist road rage..."

And while he should have stopped there, he then took to Twitter:

Which backfired spectacularly as he was excoriated in the replies.  Even Rabbi Howald stepped in:

Uh-oh.

And finally, back in June we heard about a cyclist who received a criminal summons for knocking on the window of the police car that almost hit him:

Well, now it's December, and a judge has thrown out the case:

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Stengel said the biggest lesson for cyclists to take away from this case is that they shouldn’t be afraid to assert their constitutional rights and force the government to make their case. He also said there needs to be a culture change in the way police relate to cyclists, echoing the message Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams sounded at a vigil for Edwin Ajacalon last month.

All it took was half a year and two appearances in criminal court.

The window of the police car is still on paid leave.