March 6th, 2018: "Redouble Our Efforts"

Palisades

(Riverdale, Bronx)

Today looks like a good day to ride, but the week is set to go awry starting tonight and into Wednesday:

Tuesday and Wednesday weather

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Wind chill values between 30 and 40. North wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night A chance of rain and snow, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 37. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 3pm. High near 38. East wind 11 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Wednesday Night Snow likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Sunrise: 6:22am

Sunset: 5:53pm

Enjoy the favorable conditions while they last.

Of course the biggest story on the streets right now is the driver who slaughtered two children in Brooklyn:

Streetsblog

A driver struck and killed two children, ages three and five, on 9th Street at Fifth Avenue in Park Slope this afternoon, according to police. At least one other person was injured in the crash. The driver is currently in NYPD custody at the scene of the collision.

The Post reports the ages of the children differently:

NYPost

They also report that the driver, Dorothy Bruns of Staten Island, has a "medical condition:"

Bruns told police she had a medical condition, and she was taken to Lutheran Hospital.

And claims that she was innocently trying to get a jump on the light like a drag racer when--oopsie!--she hit the gas by mistake and tore two families apart:

She told officers that she was creeping up a bit at the intersection in anticipation of the red light changing and then accidentally hit the accelerator, sources said.

Police sources said Bruns would not be held and was free to go, at least for now.

Yes, that's right, free to go after admitting guilt--though reports from the scene tell it differently:

And video shows her driving right through the red:

red light

The Times handled the story a bit differently, making it sound like the driver was at the mercy of "the Volvo," as though the Swedish automobile had somehow attained sentience:

The 44-year-old woman who was driving the car that hit the people did not flee, Mr. Davis said. She suffered minor injuries, officials said, after her 2012 Volvo continued onward after hitting the pedestrians until it struck some parked cars.

Police will examine both the driver and "the Volvo," presumably to determine if either of them have a brain:

He said there was video of the Volvo, either stopped or rolling very slowly on Ninth Street, “inexplicably” beginning to move forward at Fifth Avenue, though the light was still apparently red.

“All of a sudden, it looks like it just starts to accelerate, striking the people in the other side of the intersection,” said Mr. Davis. “They’re going to do a mechanical check of the car; they are doing a physical check of her. It’s going to take a while to figure it out.”

"Inexplicably," really?  "Figure it out," you say?  Wow.  Well here's a clue:

Perhaps there's a connection between her running a light and her established history of running lights.

Anyway, given where this happened it was hard not to consider the possible proximity of the mayor:

Who had this to say:

I'm not sure even quadrupling them would be enough, since you're welcome to speed through school zones and run lights just as long as you're willing to pay a modest premium.  That's why drivers feel entitled to do things like this:

On top of all this, advocates have been calling attention to this deadly intersection for years:

Now you can join the growing group of people who will confront the mayor at the Y this morning:

In other news, people marched for protected bike lanes on Skillman and 43rd Avenues in Queens last Sunday and unsurprisingly nobody threw blood on Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer:

"Fringe group" indeed.