April 23rd, 2019: The Bikes Are Out And The Bells Are Off

Delightful riding conditions today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 69. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night A slight chance of showers before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10pm and 2am, then a chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunrise: 6:06am

Sunset: 7:44pm

Just make sure you have a bell on your bike:

For six years, bike messenger Shardy Nieves, 38, has organized the 4/20 Race and Bake relay bike race without any major issues with the NYPD. "At the finish line we have cookies, pizza, cupcakes, local bakeries sometimes sponsor it, it's just a way to bring the community together," Nieves told Gothamist. 

But on Saturday afternoon, when Nieves arrived at the starting point for this year's race, Tompkins Square Park, he said he was greeted by name by an NYPD Lieutenant. "The officer had a manila envelope, and inside that envelope was screenshots of my social media and screenshots of the event," Nieves says. A few minutes later, Nieves was in handcuffs.

It's safe to assume we'll be seeing more of this now that young people on bikes are the scapegoat du jour:

The Manhattan resident was a victim of what police sources called “bike-outs” – roving bands of teenage cyclists – with many of them looking for trouble.

"Bike-outs"?  That's not what they're called.  Are they also taking the pot?

As for the assertion that "many of them looking for trouble," mostly they just seem like a bunch of kids riding around and popping wheelies, but it's much easier to vilify and dehumanize them so here we are:

This must be why the NYPD will monitor social media in order to thwart rides and confiscate bikes, but when a driver commits a hit-and-run it's shrug city:

“Let me get this straight. You want to file a report, because you hit a car,” an officer allegedly said to Kadidal. “Do you have evidence it was his fault?” 

But then one of the officers told Kadidal that the neighboring precinct would have to take the complaint because the crash was actually in the 24th Precinct, which contains the other side of the street. When cops from that stationhouse finally showed up, they told him they don’t usually press charges if only one person is there to say what happened — and especially if there’s no driver, and no license plate. 

It's also why not having a bell on your bike will get it impounded, but using a fake police placard is hardly noteworthy:

The NYPD said the grainy picture of the placard in the car’s front windshield window does not look like an official police placard.

In bike share news, some of the riders injured in pedal-assist Citi Bike crashes are taking legal action:

The electrics use brakes from Japan-based parts maker Shimano. A Shimano spokesman claims Citi Bike misused the company’s products in building its electric models.

“This is not a Shimano brake issue,” said Shimano spokesman Eric Doyne.

Shimano specifications require power modulators on ebike brakes, Doyne said. Electric-assist Citi Bikes lack such modulators, which are supposed to make it easier to control braking.

And Staten Island is moving towards borough-wide bike coverage:

“In last year’s pilot, we learned that Staten Islanders love bike share, and we often found that their rides sometimes drifted outside of the North Shore boundaries we set last summer,” said Trottenberg in a statement. “So now that riders have voted with their feet, we want to have the entire island to be available to them."

Staten Island commuters logged 61,000 trips on JUMP and Lime bikes since last summer, according to DOT.

This will officially make the Bronx the most-neglected borough when it comes to bike share availability.

Finally, speaking of the Bronx, there's nothing to see here, just someone using his position to delay a public safety project and advance his own misguided personal agenda:

CB 11 chairman and small business owner on Morris Park Avenue, Al D’Angelo, is currently working with a legal team to sue the city over the road diet plan, he said.

“It’s criminal what they’re doing. It’s not their livelihood here, it’s ours,” the chairman said.

He also says it's a waste of money:

They’re spending a lot of money on this, money that could have gone to something more beneficial,” D’Angelo said, noting that the DOT rejected the community’s alternative proposals to the road diet offered months earlier.

You could say the same thing about the community board.