May 8th, 2019: Objects On Bike Map May Be Less Protected Than They Appear

Pleasant cycling conditions continue today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southeast wind around 6 mph.

Sunrise: 5:47am

Sunset: 7:59pm

And so do the Bike Month opportunities!  Today you can hop aboard the Bike Train this morning if you're heading into Manhattan from Brooklyn:

Take a cycling class this evening:

And even participate in Bike To School Day!

Just keep in mind some of those "protected" bike lanes are anything but:

While others don't even exist at all:


And let's not forget that Bike Month is also peak repaving season:

But sure, other than that, send your kid off to school on a bike with the utmost confidence in our infrastructure.

Speaking of which, New Yorkers take pride in living in the Greatest City In The World.  But while that may be true when it comes to stuff like pizza and bagels, but when it comes to cycling we're merely in the top 20:

And sure, Manhattan may have scored high:

The group used a scoring system to evaluate cities across the nation on five key areas: ridership, safety, network, acceleration and reach.

The report gave Manhattan 3.4 out of five stars, which represents the top spot on the East Coast, and an impressive fourth overall biking destination in the entire country.

However, as it turns out, there's a lot more to New York City than just Manhattan and Brooklyn:

The group ranked the “most bikeable places” in America for the second year in a row, and only two of the five boroughs made the cut. The three boroughs that didn’t are experiencing double-digit increases in fatalities and injuries to cyclists.

The whole Big Apple came in 11th place in 2018, but this year, PeopleForBikes ranked each borough separately after the Department of Transportation said that the single rank for such a large and geographically diverse city didn’t do justice to all the various efforts in different communities.

Finally, the new Kosciusko span opens in September, and it will have a bike and pedestrian path:

The old Kosciuszko Bridge bridge did not have a bike or pedestrian lane when it was demolished, and when the second span on the new one is completed commuters will be able to cross the structure without a car for the first time in decades.

“It’s a missing link between Brooklyn and Queens and it’s a good sign that the new bridge is going to accommodate more than just drivers," said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Joe Cutrufo. "It’s kind of crazy that in 2019 it’s news that there is going to be a right of way for cyclists and pedestrians — that should be the norm.”

Maybe one day we'll be opening a new new Kosciusko Bridge and talking about how crazy it that we used to allow cars on the city's bridges.

If humanity survives, that is.