June 28th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Hot and sunny again today:

Friday Weather

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night Patchy fog after 1am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunrise 5:27am

Sunset 8:31pm

And right on through the weekend (though a storm could cool things down a bit for Sunday):

Weekend Weather

As for the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast, it calls for...

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...Stonewall Inn IPA!

Stonewall

With plenty of heat, sun, and a packed Pride Weekend ahead, we’re recommending The Stonewall Inn IPA. We brew this refreshing citrus-forward IPA in support of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, which channels decades of activism to support grassroots LGBTQ+ movements across the country and around the world. Learn more at brooklynbrewery.com/pourproudly, and we’ll see you at the Pride March on Sunday.

Nothing beats drinking beer for a good cause.

The DOT is promoting the "Dutch Reach:"

Though they'd better promote it a little harder:

14th Street goes bus-centric on Monday, much to Arthur "We Have A Yuba" Schwartz's chagrin:

And work begins soon on the protected bike lane for Amsterdam Ave below 72nd Street:

Speaking of bike lanes, good luck finding a rideable one:

Robyn Hightman's death was of course followed by the customary NYPD cyclist ticket blitz, but could this be the last one?

“They went to the scene after an incident, which we do,” said Monahan, offering the summons statistics from the blitz. “We’ll look at this strategy and it’s something we’re looking to adjust.” (It is unclear if Monahan was announcing a new policy or merely considering one. New York Post reporter David Meyer later tweeted, “Pressed by reporters, Monahan says not ticketing cyclists is one option under consideration.”)

Eh, probably not.

By the way, here's how many tickets the 13th Precinct has written so far this year to motorists blocking the bike lane:

Bike Lane Tix

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That should be the annual rate, not the hourly one.

Speaking of enforcement, the NYPD is also squandering the Right of Way Law:

Five years after going into effect, data shows the NYPD is largely enforcing 19-190 through the issuance of civil summonses, a majority of which ultimately end up dismissed—an outcome that advocates say undermines the original purpose of the law, which was to create criminal penalties for dangerous drivers. Between 2015 and 2018, police made 149 arrests under AC 19-190, according to NYPD data. By contrast, the police department issued more than 9,000 summonses where Failure to Yield was the top violation, though more than half of those summonses were dismissed after an OATH hearing, with drivers facing no fines, city data shows.

So much for that.

In infrastructure news, Community Board votes do not necessarily reflect the will of the community:

Our offices received overwhelmingly positive comments in response to DOT’s proposal, and we wrote a letter to the agency expressing support for much of it.

We feel that the position we landed on respects the input of all residents and the results of a robust, collaborative, community process.

It also respects the reality that people can ride their bikes on any street they want. Bike lanes simply provide a designated place to do it, which improves the safety of drivers and cyclists alike and prevents the nightmare scenario of a fatal collision — keeping in mind that southern Brooklyn streets account for half the cyclists killed over the past six months.

And there's a lot wrong with Riverside Park detour on the Hudson River Greenway:

Since the bypass opened, I have often seen pedestrians walking on it — put in danger by cyclists who  pick up too much speed on the steep descent. (There isn’t sufficient signage warning both users.) Cyclists easily can coast down those hills at more than 20 miles per hour, putting pedestrians at risk of serious injury or even death if there are collisions.

Moreover, the hills are too steep for all but the most serious cyclists, so even casual, responsible cyclists (including children and seniors) who formerly could negotiate the greenway are effectively excluded from riding on the bypass. That leaves that section of the route only to cyclists who are able to climb steep hills — and who may be more prone to speed. 

If only there were a nearby roadway that could accommodate some sort of north/south protected bike lane while simultaneously preserving the park for people on foot...

Oh well, we can dream.