Tuesday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph.
Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 10pm and 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph.
Note that starting today the Manhattan Bridge bike path will be narrowed:
Starting 10/1 until further notice Walk/Bikeway width reduced at Manhattan Tower. At least a 7 ft width will be maintained at all times. This narrowing of both pathways is to facilitate the structural & component rehab of the towers. #Bikenyc/pedestrians advise to use caution. pic.twitter.com/XwOUOxdS3M— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 30, 2019
Presumably to facilitate much-needed globe replacement:
On Saturday night, two globes were safely removed from the top of the #ManhattanBridge (Manhattan-tower), with the remaining two being removed next week.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 30, 2019
These ornamental globes were originally installed over 110 years ago, and will be recast & replaced with exact replicas. pic.twitter.com/Kn3g63Tmfb
They should totally replace them with weathervanes shaped like bikes instead.
Alas, we get to vote for license plate designs but not for bridge finials...
Further along the East River the Queensboro Bridge bike path will also see partial closures this week:
#QueensboroBridge cleaning will require partial pedestrian & #bikenyc path closure 9/30 -10/4, 9am-3pm. Cyclists and pedestrians are advised to proceed with caution. Cyclists may be required to dismount as they approach the work zone. pic.twitter.com/xty5Hkeq6r— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 27, 2019
In Manhattan, construction in bike lanes still an issue, despite the passage of Carlina Rivera's bill:
This midtown area is very hard to navigate @NYC_DOT. My team member @ivy_ann_ and I recently couldn’t access these lanes so this has been ongoing. Let me know how else we can help #bikenyc https://t.co/QCjJNQ989h— Carlina Rivera 利華娜 (@CarlinaRivera) September 30, 2019
And as always, watch out for ticket stings:
Oh, and what was that about bike lanes slowing emergency response?
Those drivers certainly looked like they were in a hurry to pull over.
In the media, CBS2 covers yesterday's rally at City Hall:
As the story points out:
"None of the bills address any new rules or enforcement for cyclists."
They say that like it's a bad thing.
Meanwhile, the FDNY firefighter who rammed a cyclist with his car on the West Side Highway is still racking up speeding tickets in school zones:
Everyone’s favorite reckless @FDNY firefighter, Brauley De La Rosa, who is already in hot water for driving without a license has gotten ANOTHER speeding ticket! While awaiting trial! @Julcuba has the story (De La Rosa’s driving record is below).https://t.co/VBYOyDH14M pic.twitter.com/MW5ycjP4Dv— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) September 30, 2019
It’s not clear if De La Rosa is on the road legally or not — he hung up when Streetsblog called, and did not respond to multiple text messages about whether his license remains suspended. The state Department of Motor Vehicles did not respond to a request for comment about the status of De La Rosa’s license.
He's racking up fines in Yonkers too:
And those are just the unpaid ones.
This guy's clearly a pathological driver.
Asked why it would take months to complete the rest of the project when the first phase was completed so quickly, a DOT spokesperson said it had to do with the agency’s project schedule.
“The project was phased in order to be able to begin implementation this year, within a very tight schedule and an extensive work program of other previously planned projects,” the spokesperson added. The second phase will be one of the first projects started when the implementation season begins in the spring.”
That's longer than it took them to open the first section of Central Park back in 1858, go figure.