Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind around 7 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
There's also a virtual certainty of ticketing stings:
If you or someone you know wants to get more comfortable on the bike there are lots of chances coming up:
Just finished the #5borobiketour and ready to #commute?— Courtney Williams (@BrownBikeGirl) May 6, 2019
Join the final #thebrownbikegirl Urban Road School bike safety and street skills class this Wed. 5/08, 6pm at the East Harlem Health Action Center. (158 E 115th)
Don't miss it! #uptown #harlem #elbarrio #bikenyc #fbbt pic.twitter.com/L3zLcGluZ5
Want to learn more about Citi Bike and safe cycling in NYC? 🚲— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) May 6, 2019
Join us this Friday, 5/10 for a FREE Citi Bike education class at the New York Public Library- Harry Belafonte Branch!
We'll have free day passes and discounted memberships for attendees! Details below. 👇 pic.twitter.com/D7C8hNzplP
Last week, a cyclist hit a pedestrian in Midtown. That pedestrian has now died:
I’m all for more bikes and less cars but cyclists MUST observe the rule of the road. Stop at red lights and go the right way or more New Yorkers will die! https://t.co/btYmJuVQzR— Judy Rybak (@JudyRybak) May 6, 2019
This is all the more tragic for how rare it is; this is the 10th person killed by a bicyclist since 2000, and the first since Jill Tarlov in Central Park in 2014. And while it's utterly inexcusable, there's also no indication this is a trend, as the tweeter implies. Alas, you can't say the same thing about drivers:
There have been 65 traffic deaths in New York City through April 28, according to the most recent police data. That’s a 30% increase from the 50 traffic deaths recorded at that point last year and averages to a lost life nearly every other day of 2019.
“When I ride my bike it’s free transportation; free exercise and it’s carbon-free. It’s three wins in one — the only downside is I might get killed,” said Jacob Ouillette, an artist from Chelsea, as he biked to work in Long Island City recently.
The DOT arrives at a different number:
After 5yrs of fatality declines, DOT continues to work hard to achieve #VisionZero. We grieve at the increase in traffic fatalities this year: by DOT’s data, the increase thru 5/5 is 10% - 64 compared to 58 on the same date last year. At 36, ped fatalities are even with last year— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 6, 2019
Though they appear to be saying that the increase is less because more people died in traffic last year than are cited in the article, which is hardly comforting.
Meanwhile, the NYPD is ticketing people for rolling slowly through red lights at empty intersections due to faulty Citi Bikes:
Citi Bike pulled its pedal assist fleet because the brakes were too powerful, so maybe now they're weakening all the brakes to compensate.
Komanoff and I travelled to and from Brooklyn by bicycle, and halfway across the Manhattan Bridge we stopped to take sound readings. His meter showed that, at the spot where we were standing, the average ambient-sound level, arising mostly from motor traffic on the bridge, was about seventy decibels, or roughly what you’d experience while using a vacuum cleaner at home. Then a train went over the bridge, on tracks twenty or thirty feet from where we were standing, and the reading jumped to ninety-five decibels—more than a three-hundredfold increase in sound intensity and a five- to sixfold increase in perceived loudness—or roughly what you’d hear while using a gasoline-powered lawnmower in your yard. The train sound wasn’t physically painful, but almost; even shouted conversation became impossible.
The big public health crisis is still the cars, but if you get rid of that one the others pretty much fix themselves.