(Jump bikes on University and E. Tremont Avenues, Bronx)
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Friday Night A 50 percent chance of rain after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable wind becoming northeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight.
Well, okay, you could, but it would be unreasonable of you to do so.
Rain arrives late tonight for Saturday, but the sun returns on Sunday so that's the day for your big ride:
As for what to drink, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With rain and unsettled skies in the forecast, we’re recommending you pack your own sunshine with Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. This farmhouse saison harnesses the unique Sorachi Ace hop’s bright aromas of lemongrass, dill, and lemon peel to bring light wherever you may go. Leave the mud on the trails—at 7.2%, this is one for after the ride.
Works for me.
On Wednesday night the NYPD unleashed a "massive ticket blitz" on the Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge:
Massive ticket blitz last night at the Manhattan entrance to the Manhattan Bridge, with the cruiser hidden around the corner. Fresh-faced Finest tagging me for riding outside the bike lane and not having a bell, and many others for running red lights. #bikenyc #bikesnob— paul kobrak (@paulkobrak) January 3, 2019
You are of course allowed to leave the bike lane:
And indeed you often have to:
(Willow Ave., Port Morris)
Thanks in no small part to the NYPD:
Maybe they were in hot pursuit of a scofflaw cyclist.
The big news yesterday was that Governor Cuomo swooped in at the last minute and shut down the L train shutdown:
🚨🚨🚨 “We will not be shutting down the tube and no full closure...will be necessary,” MTA Acting Chairman Freddy Ferrer says. This new project scope will take 15-20 months, with 15-20 minute headways during the weekend work. 🚨🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/Gj7TMEQy4F— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) January 3, 2019
Thanks to the miracle of cable wrap:
Governor Cuomo announced an alternative repair plan for New York City's L train that could be completed in 15 to 20 months and maintain its rush hour schedule. Trains would still run at night and on weekends but wait times would be longer. https://t.co/oJcxKRxt1h— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 3, 2019
A key provision of the alternative plan eliminates the need to replace major portions of the bench wall, which runs along the side of the tunnel and houses electrical cables. The cables were corroded because of damage from Sandy, Mr. Cuomo said.
Instead, using what engineers referred to as a “racking system,” new cables would be mounted on the side of one wall and wrapped in protective material. A new power and control system would be installed and the old cables housed the bench wall would no longer be needed.
The prospect of an impending shutdown helped expedite new bike lanes and provided a tailwind to the effort to fully legalize ebikes and electric scooters, so what does this mean for the mitigation efforts?
Among the unanswered L train questions:— Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) January 3, 2019
- what happens to station improvements to be done during shutdown?
- will the HOV rule on Williamsburg Bridge be abandoned?
- will 14th Street remain a bus-only corridor? 🚎
- was this new technology first rejected by MTA engineers?
Regardless of the answers, now that it's not happening you can expect to hear from Arthur Z. Schwartz any minute now.
Many were taken by surprise by Cuomo's announcement:
Wow. We moved our cool Greenpoint office to Manhattan in anticipation of the L train shutdown -- and know that rents in that Greenpoint building have plummeted while vacancies have increased. All for naught. It's too bad this study wasn't done earlier to avoid #Lmgeddon angst!— Jennifer Hampton (@daisysmom0113) January 3, 2019
But perhaps nobody more than the makers of this game:
Users navigate through Brooklyn as they try to get to work by bus, ferry, bike, or alternate train service - facing obstacles every step of the way.
It's simple, choose your hipster, roll the dice, and follow the path. If you land on a "Draw Card" space, you pick up a card that will most likely send you back a few spaces for some clever reason...
A lot of Kickstarter investors are gonna lose their fedoras on that one.