December 6th, 2018: Push Comes To Shove

Another crisp cycling day, with a chance of some snow later tonight:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. West wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday Night A slight chance of snow showers between 1am and 4am. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 34. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Southwest wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunrise: 7:06am

Sunset: 4:29pm

But don't worry, we should be snow-free for tomorrow:

Friday Weather

Williamsburg is getting more bike lanes:

And Queen Plaza's bike lanes are attracting more drivers:

Maybe it was David Byrne himself and he's so used to riding his bike he just forgot.

In a story that perfectly distills the current state of cycling in New York City, a cyclist swerving to avoid an NYPD van parked in the Jay Street bike lane in Brooklyn was hit by a driver:

The officers had this to say:

When this newspaper asked Bravo if the cops blocked the bike lane with their four-wheeler — which was parked on the street outside the lane by the time this reporter arrived — he turned off his radio and replied, “no comment.”

And let's not forget who the real victim is here:

And the motorist, who identified himself as Naem Ulaah, claimed he did nothing wrong, and blamed the collision on the cyclist since she was riding in traffic, he said.

“She hit my car,” he said. “She hit me.”

Then, another cyclist reported being shoved by officers from the same precinct who were parked in the same bike lane:

If this sounds too convenient to be a coincidence, that's only because it is:


Nevertheless, Captain Lashonda Dyce responded to point out that this particular location is not in fact in the 88th Precinct:

Though as of press time she has not addressed why their officers and van were:

Perhaps they've gone on a rogue shoving spree.

In more bike lane news, the mayor says he will add more of them, but he's not ready to put a number on it:

De Blasio

“On the question of enforcement, I’ve said very publicly, we intend to do more and we need to do more on bus lane enforcement,” he said on Tuesday afternoon. Pressed about building 100 miles of protected bike lanes — up from an average of about 25 per year, and growing slightly — the mayor defended his prior work.

“We obviously are continuing to build a lot of bike lanes and it’s a high priority for the administration,” he said. “I like to go by actions first. We have been steadily increasing the number of bike lanes including in areas as you noted earlier where there is controversy. We intend to continue. The number, the amount — we will always report what we think is needed and can be done in the time frame we have, but the directional reality is quite clear under Vision Zero.”

Certainly his administration has defied a number of retrograde community boards recently and moved forward with some significant bike lane projects, so the "directional reality" is indeed there, though situations such as the still-fallow Dyckman Street could benefit from more of that direction.

Meanwhile, there's a sound argument to be made that the taxi congestion surcharge is unfair, but one TLC board member is putting the blame for congestion where it doesn't belong:

TLC board member Nora Marino agreed to Joshi’s opposition to the current congestion-pricing plan and vowed to help put a stop to it.

“I’m horrified by the whole idea,” she said. “For the state and the legislature to blame congestion on taxis is absurd in light of the high volume of people shopping online and delivery truck and bus lanes and bike lanes. How you can possibly pin this on taxi drivers is ridiculous.”

Wait a minute--bus lanes and bike lanes actually reduce congestion by moving more people more efficient--oh, never mind.

In exciting scooter tech news, a start-up has invented a self-repairing scooter:

Superpedestrian — a Cambridge, Mass.-based micro-mobility company known for making electric bicycles — told The Washington Post that it plans to begin producing an “industrial grade e-scooter” capable of operating on a single charge for several days, self-diagnosing mechanical problems and removing itself from circulation using “vehicle intelligence.”

It also has bigger wheels for coping with potholes and other road surface irregularities:

“When it comes to mechanical design, there’s no magic bullet,” he said. “Are your wheels bigger than potholes? That’s question number one. Can your wheels deal with average road texture while keeping the rider safe? These are things that were figured out in the 1970s, and there’s no other way to answer those questions than putting your vehicles through torture before they hit the market.”

Actually, I think they may just be slowly inventing the bicycle.

Either way, the self-protesting bike lane can't be far off.

And finally, this food delivery worker should probably resign from his self-appointed post as spokesman for the industry:


Heavily pregnant people on the sidewalk!?!  How irresponsible!