December 7th, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast

Chilly and clear once again today:

Friday Weather

Friday Sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Sunrise: 7:06am

Sunset: 4:28pm

And through the weekend:

Weekend Weather

So the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Winter Lager!

Winter Lager

With cold temperatures and holiday parties ahead, we’re recommending Brooklyn Winter Lager this weekend. It’s full of dark, toasty flavors to keep the cold at bay, but nimble and bracing enough to keep you refreshed under your ugly sweater. Just remember to bring enough to share the joy.

They say one (1) bottle of Brooklyn Winter Lager is equal to one (1) layer of winter clothing, which means you can dress lighter, making it a practical choice.

Big news in the Bronx--the DOT will move forward with a new design for Morris Park Avenue:

This is the same project that inspired Mark Gjonaj's infamous bullhorn rant:

Fortunately, the DOT was undeterred:

Bronx Boro Commissioner Nivardo Lopez has been a strong voice of reason on this and other projects, and Streetsblog has more:

“They see four travel lanes becoming two and they think it will make traffic worse,” Lopez said. “For most people, that’s their concern because, fortunately, most people are not hit by a vehicle or are involved in a crash. Safety is out of sight, out of mind for them. To them being stuck in traffic is more relatable.”

Lopez reiterated that DOT statistics show that traffic-calming plans do not significantly increase travel times. Drivers think they are going slower, but street design often decreases double parking — a real problem on Morris Park Avenue — and, as a result, maintains traffic flow, despite one fewer lane.

But above all, Lopez said the changes on Morris Park Avenue, which will be built in the spring, are a life-and-death issue.

“I am reminding folks that we have a responsibility to reduce the amount of injuries and fatalities on New York City streets,” he said. “For too long, the thinking was, ‘Accidents happen.’ Well, no. That’s wrong. There are things we can do to reduce crashes — and it is negligent not to do them.

On the streets, ticketing continues despite the cold, and the T-intersections of St. Nicholas Avenue remain a hotspot:

In bike share news, the New York Daily News celebrates the upcoming Citi Bike expansion:

New York’s marquee bike-sharing network is working, so it’s growing, and without any public subsidy. This is welcome news.

Under a deal with the city, Citi Bike, which now covers 35 square miles in Manhattan and closer-in parts of Queens and Brooklyn, will spend $100 million to double its area and triple its fleet, stretching to yet-to-be-determined territory that will almost certainly include the Bronx.

And Lyft is moving towards its IPO:

Although much smaller than Uber, Lyft has always been its toughest competitor and has largely avoided the kind of regulatory scrutiny and bad publicity that Uber has experienced around the world.

Both companies are working on self-driving vehicles and are also moving into bike and scooter rentals as a way of growing. In July, Lyft acquired Motivate, the owner of Citi Bike, which operates bike-sharing programs in New York and New Jersey, for a reported $250 million.

The question of who will benefit from all this financially is an interesting one.

Finally, on Wednesday officers from the 88th Precinct were involved in two bike lane incidents on Jay Street in Brooklyn, which inspired a disturbing Reddit thread in which one cyclist recounted a harrowing experience with the same precinct:

In November 2013 I was arrested in Brooklyn for running a red light on my bike while on my way to work in Manhattan.

Normally you're given a ticket and let go, but in this instance, the officers took issue with the fact that I was not carrying ID. Both officers told me that I "could be arrested for not having ID." For clarification, I asked if it was a city, state, or national law, and the officers adamantly maintained that it was a state law. I, stupidly, thought to educate them on this misconception, and one officer in particular decided to bring me in because she "knows the laws and doesn't need to be told how to do [her] job."

Also, even though 88th Precinct Commanding Officer, Captain Lashonda Dyce, pointed out that Wednesday's bike lane incidents did not take place within the 88th Precinct, her officers were in the same spot again yesterday:

And they were there under orders:

I wonder if this any of this came up in last night's Safety Meeting:

Though after that Reddit thread I wouldn't blame people for steering clear.