Thursday Rain likely, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Thursday Night Rain, mainly before 4am. Low around 37. West wind 8 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Also, those snowflakes seem to have disappeared from the extended forecast:
Still, consider it a wake-up call.
But while you're unlikely to encounter any snow in the next few days, chances are very good you'll come across a ticketing blitz:
Red light ticketing on 2nd Av #bikeNYC lane at 20th St. Just gave out three tickets to Citibikers for failure to yield. Which is nice compared to a red light ticketing but still.— Steven Bodzin (home) (@stevenbodzin) November 6, 2019
NYPD bike ticket sting at 1st Ave and 20th st. Watch out y’all. pic.twitter.com/rXWYIWocOE— 12stTales (@12stTales) November 6, 2019
The TLC has some advice for their drivers:
Bike boxes aim to provide bicyclists a safe and visible space to stop and turn at the light. You should stop before the bike box and leave it clear for cyclists. #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/1x5BW40Ovm— NYC TLC (@nyctaxi) November 6, 2019
Not all street lights are alike. Watch for bicycle lights (the green light in the picture below), as they allow cyclists to get a head start through intersections. Drivers must wait for their light, and yield to cyclists and pedestrians. #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/6FuHw2fodW— NYC TLC (@nyctaxi) November 6, 2019
The DOT wants you to plan ahead for gridlock season:
#GridlockAlert Days are coming. Plan ahead and walk🚶♀️, #bikenyc 🚴♂️ or take public transportation 🚌🚇 whenever possible, especially on November 15th, 20th, and 27th and December 6th, 11-13th and 18-20th. pic.twitter.com/NUQaP44wQB— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 6, 2019
Seemingly without irony:
Gotta love that the tweet says to "Plan ahead" when City Hall is sitting on a plan to alleviate the pedestrian crunch on 5th Ave.— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) November 6, 2019
And there's a new (unprotected) bike lane on Broadway:
The NTSB's recent helmet recommendation continues to make news:
“The individual bicyclist can take steps to avoid a crash by obeying traffic rules and controls, such as signals, and enhancing conspicuity – for example, through the use of bicycle lights,” said NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt. “In the event of a crash, bicyclists are safer wearing a bicycle helmet that meets federal bicycle helmet standards.”
But planners, including city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, have warned that helmet requirements could suppress cycling—making riding more dangerous. The “safety in numbers” phenomenon, first popularized by researcher Peter Jacobsen, documents that drivers are less likely to crash into pedestrians or cyclists if there are more people walking or riding.
“We’ve been saying this for decades, with the exception of protected bike lanes, the only thing that protects me as a cyclist is other cyclists’ presence on the road which sends that subliminal single to drivers that we are there,” said traffic expert Charles Komanoff. “Safety in numbers—it’s been qualified it’s been fairly well established.”
Commissioner Trottenberg may not be on board with mandatory helmets, but the mayor still cannot resist the forbidden fruit:
It is HOT TAKE time as @NYCMayor choose political fiction over fact in siding with @NTSB call for mandatory helmet laws. Non-cyclist @BilldeBlasio clearly wants to diminish cycling because he knows he can’t keep #bikenyc safe.https://t.co/0pCjavZnib@jonorcutt @DannyHarris_TA pic.twitter.com/seGDKmWMPv— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 6, 2019
Asked by the pro-car WCBS2 reporter Kramer on Wednesday to react to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation that all states should require adult cyclists to wear helmets, the mayor said, “I think the NTSB is pointing us in the right direction.”
Marcia Kramer gets him every time.
Is it really that hard to put the NTSB recommendation in perspective?
Yes, helmets help protect bike riders. But helmet laws don't help cyclists - safer streets do. https://t.co/eLIJ6DDa8u— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) November 6, 2019
The mayor is also still worried about ebikes:
De Blasio says his "bottom line" is that "I don't think there should be an e-bike that can go more than 20 miles per hour." Says "physically modifying" e-bikes to stay at that level "takes us closer to safety."— David J. Meyer (@dahvnyc) November 6, 2019
And the NYTimes is worried about scooters:
In Hoboken, the problem has gotten so bad that the city has had to hire two officers whose job is to police unruly riders. Some riders have even been caught scootering while drunk.
Shocking! Good thing nobody would ever try that with a car.
As for "what happens when the scooters come to town," evidently they make it easier for people to get to work:
In Hoboken, the scooters are so coveted that commuters line up to claim them on weekday evenings. Residents returning from work in Manhattan simply point their smartphones at a scooter to unlock it, hop on and slip into street traffic at speeds of up to 18 miles an hour. Each ride costs $1 plus 15 cents a minute.
In fact one gets the impression that maybe the focus of the story should be the thousands of commuters who ride scooters as opposed to the handful of drunk idiots:
Despite the accidents and arrests in Hoboken, the scooters have been firmly embraced. On a recent weeknight, commuters leaving the PATH train station at the south end of the city waited impatiently as two young men unloaded 73 Lime scooters from a packed van. Within minutes, all but a few were gone.
Phil Jones, a senior director for government relations at Lime, said more than 30,000 users had taken a total of more than 500,000 rides on the company’s scooters in Hoboken in five months. Lime started out with 250 scooters there in May and now has more than 300 in Hoboken, a compact city with about 50,000 residents.
Just a thought.