Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a west wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a northwest wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.
This month, Bay Ridge gets a bike lane:
Corridor safety improvements beginning this month on 86th St between 3rd Ave and Shore Rd in #Brooklyn will:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 2, 2019
🚲Add #bikenyc lanes
⬅️Create simpler, safer left turns
🚶♂️Create safer pedestrian crossings pic.twitter.com/APTjIcdFxJ
And lots is happening in Queens:
Check out the #BigJump April newsletter for info about events in Queens this month, including #WeekendWalks, @BrownBikeGirl #bikenyc classes & rides, training rides for #TDFBBT, plus DOT’s Bike program is #NowHiring two interns: https://t.co/TTCew0aqoJ pic.twitter.com/FsSXJRbH0Y— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 2, 2019
Watch out for ticketing as always:
Just got a $50 ticket for “improper use of a bicycle” in the bike lane at 1st Ave and 20th St. A few years ago I would have emphatically told the officer what I think of the NYPD’s traffic enforcement priorities.— JW Mason (@JWMason1) April 2, 2019
Ticketing has also been reported on the Brooklyn side of the Manhattan Bridge and on the Hudson River Greenway.
Sometimes though it's just "outreach;"
And sometimes the NYPD uses Twitter for good:
If you are referring to the bicycle traveling north around the .07 mark of the video clip, that bike is traveling in the marked bike lane, not on the sidewalk.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) April 2, 2019
Hopefully once congestion pricing goes into effect we'll find fewer drivers parked in the bike lane. Either that or they'll think their congestion fee entitles them to do just that, we'll have to wait and see. Either way, if it works other cities may follow:
New York will charge drivers to enter Manhattan’s most congested neighborhoods. Will other crowded cities follow suit? https://t.co/jlMsW8pB6i— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) April 2, 2019
“New York’s use of congestion pricing could be a game-changer,” said Travis Brouwer, an assistant transportation director in Oregon, which has considered congestion pricing for traffic-jammed Portland.
“If New York City can prove that congestion pricing can work and gain public acceptance, it could give cities like Portland a boost as we look to introduce pricing.”
And ironically Jersey City is threatening to do just that:
“We can do the same thing,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop told NJ.com a day after lawmakers in Albany approved a toll for drivers heading into downtown Manhattan.
“If NY does a commuter tax that only funds @MTA + exempts NYC residents from the tax – why should NJ not implement a commuter tax on NYC residents leaving NYC that exempts NJ residents so WE can fund our transit,” he tweeted Monday.
Hey, nobody's stopping you.
But while congestion pricing may be moving forward, e-scooter legalization may have lost a bit of momentum:
The governor's office says they fought for the measure along with the rest of their agenda, but neither the State Assembly or the State Senate included it in their budget proposals, indicating that getting it passed will be difficult.
A package of City Council legislation that would legalize e-bikes and e-scooters needed Cuomo's proposal to pass first. The bills seek to end what is seen by many as a double-standard on New York City's streets: while Citi Bike is allowed to deploy 4,000 pedal-assist e-bikes, delivery cyclists who rely on the throttle-powered e-bikes for their livelihoods are fined and have their bikes confiscated. Bird and other scooter companies want the legislation to pass so they can flood neighborhoods with the kind of electric-powered scooters that have become popular in Portland, San Francisco, and Mexico City.
Sadly we can only focus on one non-car-centric transit policy at a time.