Thursday Rain likely, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday Night Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to near 46 by 8pm, then rising to around 54 during the remainder of the night. East wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Yesterday the DOT celebrated adding over 20 miles of protected bike lanes this year:
Today we’re #inManhattan celebrating 20+ miles of protected #bikenyc lanes added to #NYCstreets in 2018, including:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) December 19, 2018
🚴🏻♀️ Crosstown on 26/29th Sts in #Manhattan
🚴🏿♂️ Skillman/43rd Aves in #Queens
🚴🏽♀️ Broadway in #theBronx
🚴🏼♂️ 9th St in #Brooklyn #nycdot2018 pic.twitter.com/nhghOaOgv2
Now we've got to keep them clear:
Watch as @NYPDTransport brazenly ignores 2 vehicles in the Stanton St #bikenyc lane ahead of me. I think its safe to say that they are grossly overstaffed in light of how many drive around all day refusing to work. @NYCMayor pic.twitter.com/sQtm9NfGA4— Chesney Parks (@chesneycheckers) December 19, 2018
Meanwhile, heavy ticketing continues on 1st Avenue:
NOW: #bikeNYC I just heard that the @NYPD19Pct is ticket-trapping queens residents, in the third consecutive week, at 59th street bridge off ramp at 1st avenue. Please keep documenting these incidences as they persist, even if you did not get a ticket. @BicyclesOnly— Chelsea Skye (@pekochel) December 19, 2018
And Streetsblog asks if 20 new mile is enough.
Yes, it's enough, they should totally stop now.
Say what you will, but at least Elon Musk isn't building any tunnels here:
Every inch of Elon Musk’s underground tour-de-farce is a mile in the wrong direction—and every story about it distracts from the sprawling urban mobility crisis that no car tunnel will ever be wide enough or long enough to fill. https://t.co/Ws6RPUxV1r— Janette Sadik-Khan (@JSadikKhan) December 19, 2018
Funny how things work in America:
Elon Musk: "I'm gonna build a car tunnel that somehow won't have traffic in it."— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) December 19, 2018
Cities: "Sounds great!"
Cyclists: "We need a bike lane."
Cities: "Yeah, we're gonna have to let the 'community' debate that for five years first."
The proof of concept for Musk's project is the Holland Tunnel.
Meanwhile the proof of concept for bike lanes is Amsterdam.
And let's not forget about trains:
ok, look, there is so much epically absurd nonsense to make fun of from the boring company dog and muskrat show last night it's hard to know where to start, so i'm going to just pick here:https://t.co/v6u6aJTBfK— el gato malo (@boriquagato) December 19, 2018
Anyway, despite the fact that highways and tunnels are plagued by congestion, somehow a narrower one built for $70,000 cars is supposed to fix everything:
“So what we believe we have here is a real solution to the traffic problem we have on earth,” Mr. Musk told reporters. “It’s much more like an underground highway.”
Though the tunnel project makes perfect sense if you see it for what it is:
Until now, the company has used standard tunneling equipment, but it expects to roll out newly engineered technology as its efforts continue. Mr. Musk said about $10 million was spent on the first mile of the system, which took about a year to complete, largely because of hurdles with permits and licenses.
See, Tesla doesn't advertise in the traditional sense, while the other automakers spend billions on ads every year. Here's how much car they spend on a single Superbowl:
Hyundai/Kia ran three ads, one of which was a 60-second spot for Kia (the “Walken Closet”). At $5 million per unit, that’s $20 million. Hyundai’s U.S. division also signed a deal with the NFL last year giving the company the right to use NFL logos in its advertising and on its cars. That cost $50 million for four years.
Yes, that's $20 million just to show ads during one football game--so when you think about that, building a $10 million tunnel to nowhere that's got everyone talking about it is quite cunning.
In any case, I was wishing for a tunnel yesterday while holiday shopping in Manhattan when I came to terms with the fact that, yes, bicycles do get stuck in traffic:
They can also be difficult to park:
Indeed, after trying three stations I wound up pretty much where I started:
If only I'd had a Smart:
Nothing to see here, just another Citi Bike, please move along. pic.twitter.com/CxKogzz9jx— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) December 19, 2018
What's especially bold here is that the car fits (just barely) in the space between the Citi Bike station and the crosswalk...and since there's no sign expressly prohibiting it that means the space is, for all practical purposes, legal.
Not that this driver is a stranger to tickets:
Known fines for #NY_HHN7980:— How's My Driving NY (@HowsMyDrivingNY) December 19, 2018
$3,419.42 | Fined
$395.27 | Reduced
$2,394.15 | Paid
$630.00 | Outstanding
That's an impressive tally.