Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 7th, 2019: Quick With The Thoughts, Not So Quick With The Accountability

Wet and gusty today, with rain gradually increasing throughout the day:

Monday Weather

Monday A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. South wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Monday Night Showers, mainly before 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 59. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise 6:58am

Sunset 6:29pm

You did put some fenders on your bike for the fall, right?

Sure you did.

Here's where the latest round of street milling will be taking place:

The new section of bike lane on 8th Ave. is coming along:

Wow, 85% pedestrians!  So why isn't 85% of the street a sidewalk then?

Certainly when it comes to allocating street space the balance is shifting in your favor down on 14th St.:

Where a veritable who's-who of New Yorkers have been joyriding:

Wondering how Arthur "Yuba Full Of Sadness" Schwartz feels about it all?  Tune in to WBAI later today to find out:

But while there was celebrating in Manhattan, there was mourning in Brooklyn:

Unlicensed, and in a car registered in Illinois that has been accumulating tickets in New York City for years:

The mayor had little to offer besides "thoughts:"

And reckless driving is certainly being tolerated under his watch:

Brooklyn Council Member Brad Lander proposed the so-called Reckless Driver Accountability Act in June, 2018, but on Monday, the mayor suggested he is slow-walking the bill, which would allow authorities to impound any car that is caught on camera speeding or running red lights more than four times in any 12-month period.

The mayor first said he was unfamiliar with the 15-month-old bill, even though he has been asked about it many times and his own Law, Transportation and Police departments have negotiated with the Council. Then he said he will devote his attention — and limited tenure as mayor — to other bills that are “pending most urgently.”

Even the NYTimes Editorial Board agrees:

Meanwhile, when it comes to the penalty for driving without a license, killing someone is merely incidental:

And certainly people drive without fear of reprisal:

However, there's evidence of a change of consciousness taking place, with not just one:

I’m not so naïve to think we can get rid of cars altogether, but we have so many tools to eliminate traffic-related injuries and fatalities right now. Banning all passenger auto-driving vehicles above a certain weight and front grill height would be a great start. Other solutions run the gamut from the quick and easy fixes — like reducing speed limits, eliminating right turns on red, building protected bike lanes and instituting congestion pricing — to major and necessary commitments like funding new transit projects (upgrading, maintaining and expanding existing transit systems) and rethinking land use to encourage walkable development rather than sprawl.

But two recent op-eds about moving on from cars:

We can make Manhattan its own Central Park. Keep the avenues and the “extra-wide” streets (14th, 23rd, etc.) for vehicular traffic, but turn every other street into a pedestrian thoroughfare. Take the money that would have been spent on keeping those streets viable for cars and invest it in public transit, dedicated bus lanes—even ferries. No street would need to be completely cut off from vehicular traffic; emergency services could get through and transport for the disabled, just as they do in places like Ghent, Belgium, where the city center has been car-free since 2017.

Finally, if you live in Brooklyn CB8, there's an interesting question on their recent survey:

Question from recent CB survey... from r/NYCbike

We know the answer's "no," and we know plenty of people will still say "yes," ...but who's answering "maybe"?  

In a way it's the most vexing response of all.