Wednesday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Wednesday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers between midnight and 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
As always, watch out for ticketing:
#bikenyc sting at 47/9th Ave in Manhattan as of about 30 min ago; maybe ongoing.— John Halpin (@bronxitenyc) September 3, 2019
This month, a protected bike lane is finally coming to Southern Boulevard in the Bronx:
This month we'll begin safety improvements on Southern Blvd from East Fordham Rd to Allerton Ballfield in the Bronx. This #VisionZero project will:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) September 3, 2019
🚶♀️Add bus boarder & ped islands
🚲Add two-way protected #bikenyc lane
🚗Organize & calm traffic
🌳Improve access to Mosholu Greenway pic.twitter.com/xokpu6BX5K
This means you'll soon be able to ride to the New York Botanical Gardens for some quiet contemplation--which you won't find in Central Park:
Here’s the talker of the day! Former Parks Commish @Adrian_Benepe tells @EJKessler that he won’t even ride in Central Park anymore because @NYCParks and @NYC_DOT have screwed it up so bad!https://t.co/x3b0SWChqE@Azi @nahmias @ClaytonGuse @dahvnyc @vinbarone @cliffordlevy pic.twitter.com/e4ARuFaYFB— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) September 2, 2019
“It’s the Wild, Wild West. It has to stop being the Wild West,” said Benepe, who now works at the Trust for Public Land.
The chaos starts with bad design — roadways are still striped for the (mostly absent) automobiles, and the many traffic signals inside the park don’t immediately appear that they apply to pedestrians and cyclists. So it’s not just that no one obeys the rules — it’s not clear what those rules are. Indeed, Benepe said, after the park officially became car-free last June, the city “never figured out the new rules of the road.”
If the city can’t figure out the rules, how can the users? (Hint: They can’t.)
Removing the cars was a good start, but maybe it's time to use the park the way it was originally designed:
The Central Park drives weren’t designed for car traffic. They were designed for horses as well as horse-drawn carriages and chariots; the park is pre-bicycle, pre-running. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park designers, created ways to the interior of Central Park that didn’t involve crossing the road. Just as they did with the transverses, which allow car traffic to cross under Central Park at 65th, 79th, 86th, and 96th streets, but remain out of view of park users, they created means for horse-drawn vehicles to use the drives and pedestrians to cross underneath without running into one another. These are effectively bridges. But to the person on foot, they’re archways, the underside of an arched bridge. They were designed to be visually striking, both to draw people to see the archways on their design merit, and to beautifully frame what is beyond the arch. The Central Park Conservancy lists 25 bridges and arches on their website. Of those, at least 15 appear to go under park roads. There were actually more, including a few bridges over roadways, but they were removed by Robert Moses. In some cases, it was to make it easier for cars to drive through the park.
Then put two-way bike lanes on all the surrounding streets and avenues and turn the transverses into crosstown bikeways.
Done, and done.
Meanwhile, here's what it takes for a driver to be charged with murder:
Victim may or may not have been a thief but anyone who rides a bike in NYC knows how many drivers out there will try to kill you for simply *touching* their cars.https://t.co/jt0qjbmQYr— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) September 3, 2019
In a city filled with cars, breaking into one is a crime so common it often goes unnoticed.
But on Labor Day, a motorist in Brooklyn spotted a man trying to break into his sport-utility vehicle and, instead of calling the police, chased him with the S.U.V. as the man fled on a bicycle, running him over and killing him.
And Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams expressed frustration with "trolling debates" and "hidden figures" prior to last night's placard abuse town hall:
I’m REALLY excited for Tuesday’s meeting on placard abuse and related issues. I’ve become increasingly frustrated with trolling debates between hidden figures over social media, instead of people engaging in face-to-face dialogue that leads to results. We’re all in this together.— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) August 29, 2019
Responses weren't exactly cloaked in anonymity:
On day of @BPEricAdams town hall on #placardcorruption, this is the sitch at Boro Hall. This patch of land is pretty much the only bits of real estate the beep has authority over, and he can't/won't keep them free from cars. Not even today. 1/2 @StreetsblogNYC @placardabuse pic.twitter.com/jCzL0TShzw— Peter "Disloyal Jew" Kaufman (@inklake) September 3, 2019
Sounds like things went well:
Eric Adams just told people at the placard abuse town hall to go into a precinct and ask to speak to the Integrity Control Officer if they see placard abuse. Here is a precinct that drew a sidewalk parking spot for their ICO https://t.co/ooErJKtwKs— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) September 3, 2019
Adams justifies the Borough Hall cars parked in the plaza by saying that he has staff responding at 3 am or 4 am and that he wants to “protect the safety of [his] workers.” He also says there is adequate enough space in the plaza for all other users with the cars there.— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) September 3, 2019
There are "major parking problems" for anyone who wants to park free. If free legal parking for police is a city goal, city should provide free legal parking for police. Otherwise, should be collectively bargained or should be consistently enforced against to uphold rule of law. https://t.co/RgKQ7Gsuq9— Nicole of Hell's Kitchen 🚌🚆🚇🚲🇺🇸🇫🇷 (@nicolegelinas) September 4, 2019
Yes, there's conflict over our streets, our parks, and our plazas, and the solution is obviously--*record scratch sound*--personal human flight?!?
To accommodate increasing population density, cities will require massive changes to infrastructure, including more efficient and environmentally friendly transportation — such as personal human flight, writes Gwen Lighter for @CNNOpinion https://t.co/NEnqKTnQZU— CNN (@CNN) September 2, 2019
And problems with our infrastructure will only worsen due to growing urbanization. A United Nations report last year predicted that by the year 2050, two-thirds of the world's population is expected to live in urban areas. To accommodate this population density, cities will require massive changes to infrastructure, including more efficient and environmentally friendly transportation.
One innovative solution is on the horizon. For the first time in history, we have the ability to create personal human flight. Earlier this month, Franky Zapata piloted his hoverboard across the English Channel. Of course, this is just one example of many inventions that are being developed.
From electric aircraft to jetpacks, our science fiction dreams are becoming a reality.
Tell people we need more bike lanes and it's, "Well what about the snow? The rain? The elderly? The groceries?" But tell them we'll all be zipping through hyperloops or flying around on hoverboards and it's, "Well there's our transit and climate change crises solved, what's next?"
Sometimes America feels like a dystopian science fiction story in which the bicycle was never invented.