Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. West wind around 6 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night Snow likely, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Wind chill values between 15 and 25. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
As for the snow, that's due to arrive around midnight, and here's a sneak preview of Thursday:
Oooh, 28 degrees! That's positively balmy. And would you look at that, the city is actually embracing people on bikes in the cold as a symbol of fortitude:
We're freezing our way to legitimacy one snotcicle at a time.
Of course the big news is that we're getting 1,500 new security bollards:
We're celebrating the safest year in our city since the 1950s. But we know we have to work to make this city even safer. Today we're announcing a major investment in protective measures for our city – including the installation of 1,500 permanent security bollards. pic.twitter.com/dx7m0dq03m— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 2, 2018
The cost? A mere $50 million:
Clarification on costs of de Blasio’s bollard plan: the $50M will in fact pay for 1,500 bollards. Mayor’s spox said most will be metal bollards, but others might be geometric structures, etc. Costs are high because some bollards will require moving underground ifnra, he said.— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) January 2, 2018
For that kind of money we should be able to completely block off the entire island of Manhattan to motor vehicle traffic.
Speaking of infrastructure fantasies:
Check out this one:
Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture came up with the idea of “the El Bike Lanes,” which would “save pedestrians from the fierce bicycle swarms that run through the city” (and the bikers, of course, from the pedestrians and crazed Uber drivers), while also providing a low, swooping viaduct from the Battery across the harbor to Governors Island. They foresee it being integrated with the Citi Bike system, too.
They must have watched that ridiculous Inside Edition story:
Finally, oil industry lobbyist Lawrence Solomon is back with another installment of his series on how people should get around in Crazytown:
Color me shocked that a guy who works for a think tank that denies climate change thinks that cities don't need bike lanes but do need to license cyclists. https://t.co/BuVTor7FOz— Brooklyn Spoke (@BrooklynSpoke) January 2, 2018
Unbundling the stats shows why — all else being equal — it is a no-brainer that cyclists should share the same lanes as motorized vehicles. Relatively few accidents occur when impatient motorists overtake slower-moving bicycles in their lane: just seven per cent of bike-car collisions occur this way.
Guess who's impressed?
Not surprisingly, Amy is now parroting the views of noted climate change denier Lawrence Solomon, who pretends to be an environmentalist while his conservative think tank takes money from oil companies. pic.twitter.com/i6mLXA7aTV— Skip Pile (@skip_sf) January 2, 2018
Like attracts like, and stupid attracts stupid.
If he keeps this up he'll be head of the EPA in no time.