Friday Light rain, mainly after 1pm. High near 45. East wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday Night Rain, mainly before 1am. Temperature rising to around 46 by 4am. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
But the sun should be back with us by Sunday...for awhile anyway:
So the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With some milder temperatures ahead, we’re recommending Brooklyn Summer Ale this weekend. We know it seems early, but with baseball season underway and more than enough damp, dreary weather behind us, we’re using our sunny pale ale to give the weather a helpful push in the warmer direction. Crack one open and start planning ahead.
Because summer is a state of mind.
The NYPD reminds you to use the bike lanes:
Unless they're using the bike lanes to ticket cyclists, of course:
The traffic sting continues on Bedford Ave. @NYPDTransport doesn’t seem to know you can enforce the law without blocking the #BikeNYC lane and putting cyclists in danger. That was two squad cars parked in the lane, btw. pic.twitter.com/NDSz22Z3Gu— BedfordBikeLaneBlockers (@BikeBedford) April 4, 2019
And don't think they won't use the sidewalk to chase you down in an unmarked car:
Hey, why use a fly swatter when you can use a bazooka?
In the Bronx, Baychester Avenue is getting a bike lane:
On Baychester Ave & E 241st St #intheBronx #VisionZero safety improvements are in progress: crews recently completed building a new pedestrian refuge island & excavation is underway for pedestrian ramp upgrades. More to come, including left turn bays & #bikenyc lanes. pic.twitter.com/OTol7oWBT9— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 4, 2019
Though it looks like it will be a "conventional" one:
The word they're looking for is "obsolete."
This is like calling a VCR a "conventional streaming device."
And in Brooklyn, the DOT is proposing protected bike lanes in Bay Ridge:
As one longtime resident of Bay Ridge noted at the meeting, change is in the air for a neighborhood that has its own Twitter account devoted to documenting the area’s unsafe driving.
“It’s a great thing for Bay Ridge,” John Murphy said about the increased interest in cycling in the neighborhood. “If you build it, it will be used. I’m winding down my career, hopefully, as a senior hipster, I’ll be using the bike lanes even more. It’s just a great thing.”
This is good news, but we need less "proposing" and more "informing."
The DOT really should update its lexical toolbox.
Still, change is awheel, and even Staten Island is moving towards island-wide bike share:
Councilman Joseph Borelli (R-South Shore) announced Wednesday that the Department of Transportation (DOT) intends to expand the pilot program to encompass the entire borough in order to better assess the dockless model in a larger geographic area with an expanded fleet of bikes.
“This is about making certain that South Shore residents have an opportunity to test out these bikes as part of the pilot program. Users will be able to gauge the usefulness of the bikes and to experiment with a different mode of transportation to make short trips into town or to public transit hubs without having to worry about parking the car,” said Borelli.
Finally, speaking of parking:
“We don’t let people put their self-storage containers in public parks, but it’s just fine to store their cars on other public land for free.” https://t.co/p604ETL1Zu— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) April 4, 2019
The idea of the open road evokes these intertwined meanings: The freedom to use it should be free. Residential street parking should be free. Traffic lanes should be free. Stretches of public curb dedicated to private driveways? Those should be free, too.
In other ways, the government has heavily subsidized driving, or hidden the reality of who pays for it in places no one sees. Local laws require off-street parking from businesses and housing developers, who pass on the construction cost of it to tenants and customers who may not drive at all.