Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.
Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southeast wind around 6 mph.
And so do the Bike Month opportunities! Today you can hop aboard the Bike Train this morning if you're heading into Manhattan from Brooklyn:
Join us tmrw AM 5/8 for a #BikeMonth filled with #BikeTrain with Ridgewood/Bushwick & WillyB starting points!— North Brooklyn TransAlt (@NBk_TA) May 7, 2019
📅 Every Weds in May starting 5/8!
📌 Bushwick: Knickerbocker & Star, 7:45a
📌 Williamsburg: @SunAndAirNYC S4 & Driggs, 8a
RSVP: https://t.co/JxPqkaXbsn #BikeNYC pic.twitter.com/MCoE7vb4wr
Take a cycling class this evening:
The free @BrownBikeGirl Urban Road School class is everything a new/aspiring cyclist needs to know about owning & operating a bike in NYC 🚴 from how to properly lock 🔒 to left turns 👈 & #bikenyc tips. #BikeMonth— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 7, 2019
Next class is Wednesday in East Harlem: https://t.co/OnpTp1JyM7 pic.twitter.com/SQyNTpezqK
And even participate in Bike To School Day!
Tomorrow is #BikeToSchoolDay 🚲➡️🏫! Whether you ride everyday or are trying something new, it's a great time to plan your route with the 2019 #bikenyc map: https://t.co/AmsZKua5e8 #BikeMonth pic.twitter.com/MmLBz6HY3R— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 7, 2019
Just keep in mind some of those "protected" bike lanes are anything but:
While others don't even exist at all:
And let's not forget that Bike Month is also peak repaving season:
But sure, other than that, send your kid off to school on a bike with the utmost confidence in our infrastructure.
Speaking of which, New Yorkers take pride in living in the Greatest City In The World. But while that may be true when it comes to stuff like pizza and bagels, but when it comes to cycling we're merely in the top 20:
NYC is a great place for pedal-power, so great we’re listed three times in @placesforbikes 2019 City Ratings top 20 list! 🚴♂️🚲🚴♀️#PFBCityRatings @peopleforbikes— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 7, 2019
Plus, our crews are working to build more #bikenyc lanes to keep improving our network. #BikeMonth https://t.co/nbXwxINAVA
And sure, Manhattan may have scored high:
The advocacy group PeopleForBikes released its 2019 city ratings. See how Manhattan fared. https://t.co/8LdstbgTeY— New York City Patch (@NYC_Patch) May 7, 2019
The group used a scoring system to evaluate cities across the nation on five key areas: ridership, safety, network, acceleration and reach.
The report gave Manhattan 3.4 out of five stars, which represents the top spot on the East Coast, and an impressive fourth overall biking destination in the entire country.
However, as it turns out, there's a lot more to New York City than just Manhattan and Brooklyn:
Did you hear the news? Manhattan and Brooklyn ranked high in @peopleforbikes new survey. The problem, as @Julcuba shows, is that the rest of the city is screwed! @NYCMayor, your #visionzero slip is showing.https://t.co/ALEgspOQtQ pic.twitter.com/b72hxs8KqM— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) May 7, 2019
The group ranked the “most bikeable places” in America for the second year in a row, and only two of the five boroughs made the cut. The three boroughs that didn’t are experiencing double-digit increases in fatalities and injuries to cyclists.
The whole Big Apple came in 11th place in 2018, but this year, PeopleForBikes ranked each borough separately after the Department of Transportation said that the single rank for such a large and geographically diverse city didn’t do justice to all the various efforts in different communities.
Finally, the new Kosciusko span opens in September, and it will have a bike and pedestrian path:
New Kosciusko Bridge to fully open in September, bike and pedestrian path includedhttps://t.co/pMoHFZv1jg— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 7, 2019
The old Kosciuszko Bridge bridge did not have a bike or pedestrian lane when it was demolished, and when the second span on the new one is completed commuters will be able to cross the structure without a car for the first time in decades.
“It’s a missing link between Brooklyn and Queens and it’s a good sign that the new bridge is going to accommodate more than just drivers," said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Joe Cutrufo. "It’s kind of crazy that in 2019 it’s news that there is going to be a right of way for cyclists and pedestrians — that should be the norm.”
Maybe one day we'll be opening a new new Kosciusko Bridge and talking about how crazy it that we used to allow cars on the city's bridges.
If humanity survives, that is.