Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming south 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph.
New speed cameras go into effect tomorrow:
Speeding in a school zone? Never a good idea. Beginning Thursday 7/11, vehicle owners will be fined $50 for speeding in a school zone (6AM-10PM, M-F, year round).— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 9, 2019
Avoid a ticket: follow the posted speed limit & always yield to pedestrians & cyclists. #SpeedCamerasSaveLives pic.twitter.com/UKH08tor2c
Of course you can always count on drivers to stay a step ahead:
Attention Fellow Drivers: Year-round school zone speed cameras will be switched on as of July 11th, so be sure to deface your license plate before then!— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) July 9, 2019
Worried about getting in trouble? Don't worry, "enforcement" is virtually non-existent. pic.twitter.com/nz2C2KGyaB
Downtown, Oonee has officially removed its bike parking pod:
That’s a wrap— parking service is ended, all bikes removed. Deconstruction scheduled for Thursday morning. Thanks again to @DowntownNYC and the entire Lower Manhattan community for the amazing memories. We fought hard together until the end. pic.twitter.com/oyWCdi3SZO— Oonee (@ooneepod) July 9, 2019
And the City Council is pledging to respond to the growing crisis out on the streets:
It is heartbreaking that New Yorkers feel so unsafe walking and biking right now that pedestrians, cyclists, and advocates feel they must stage a die-in in order for something to change. We must not stop fighting until our streets are safe for all. I hope you’ll fight with me. pic.twitter.com/N4EPk10LFE— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) July 9, 2019
While we’re working quickly at @NYCCouncil to pass a transit “master plan”, stay tuned for my bill that improves coordination of safe bike infrastructure. We’re learning from other cities around the world and in light of recent events, every agency will be accountable #bikenyc https://t.co/tcH9uZlRkE— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@CarlinaRivera) July 6, 2019
Meanwhile, we're not keeping pace with our peer cities elsewhere in the world:
As #bikenyc gathers for @TransAlt “die-in” in Washington Square Park tonight at 6:30, @DaveCoIon offers a preview of the message they’ll send: “Hey, @NYCMayor, we don’t feel safe on your roads.”https://t.co/QnmVUMkm1M pic.twitter.com/pBuQVj7cOF— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) July 9, 2019
In London, bike riding is soaring, with over 900 million bike miles traveled in 2018, likely far more than New York, which gives statistics only in total number of trips, not distance, at 178.8 million in 2017. Cyclists in the British capital rode an average of nearly 2.5 million miles per day last year, up 5 percent from the previous year, according to city figures.
If cycling is declining in New York City, it will have a ripple effect because many cyclists say they get a strength-in-numbers feeling when bike riding is on the rise. But it’s the “De Blasio-22”: Cyclists will ride less if they don’t feel safe, but the city will be less inclined to build more protected infrastructure if cycling declines. Left in the breach are plenty of would-be riders.
But strength in numbers was certainly on display at yesterday evening's die-in:
It was truly inspiring to see such a powerful gathering of...lunatics?
I admit to being a both-sider on Twitter bike drama. The cops should do more and don’t culturally feel it like they should. And a not small portion of NYC cyclists act like lunatics on the road and want the rights of drivers without the responsibilities. And our streets suck. https://t.co/817C9P5U4U— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) July 10, 2019
First, he should watch this ten times:
Cyclists aren’t the ‘scourge of the streets’. They are mothers, fathers, grandparents and children all doing their bit to make Britain a healthier, greener and more liveable place.— British Cycling (@BritishCycling) July 9, 2019
Share this video from @Chris_Boardman to help us make our message loud and clear to @channel5_tv pic.twitter.com/PDkRGEjsRi
Then, he should try riding a bike in New York City without getting hit by a driver and without getting his bike stolen for a few days after which he can report back and let us know if he still thinks drivers have more responsibility out there.
Of course, what mistake for "driver responsibility" is in fact being completely trapped in and in thrall to the car matrix:
For most people, driving isn't a choice, it's a non-negotiable fact of life. We need to change the structures that encourage and entrench driving in cities and bring real transportation independence—the freedom not to drive—to more people.https://t.co/xSJ3R1SqKm— Janette Sadik-Khan (@JSadikKhan) July 9, 2019
It’s no secret that American public policy throughout the 20th century endorsed the car—for instance, by building a massive network of urban and interstate highways at public expense. Less well understood is how the legal framework governing American life enforces dependency on the automobile. To begin with, mundane road regulations embed automobile supremacy into federal, state, and local law. But inequities in traffic regulation are only the beginning. Land-use law, criminal law, torts, insurance, vehicle safety regulations, even the tax code—all these sources of law provide rewards to cooperate with what has become the dominant transport mode, and punishment for those who defy it.
And it's a matrix that must be broken:
Mass transit, bikes and pedestrians: shantay you stay.— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) July 9, 2019
Car culture: sashay away. https://t.co/c8JylmYkAw
Wow, maybe RuPaul should be Bike Mayor.