Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 10 to 13 mph.
Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Northeast wind around 11 mph.
It's Revenge of the Buses!
Blocked bus lanes delay commuters every day. Starting today, our new bus lane enforcement cameras are here to put a stop to that. pic.twitter.com/m0qp4g9cVj— NYCT Buses (@NYCTBus) October 7, 2019
First came the 14th St. busway, then came reducing the cars to two dimensions and driving over them--and of course banishing them to different dimensions altogether:
Starting October 7th, we’re speeding up your ride. pic.twitter.com/VnH66s57Mp— NYCT Buses (@NYCTBus) September 23, 2019
Not to mention the shrink ray:
The rollout of our bus lane enforcement cameras starts with M15 SBS buses next week. Bus-mounted cameras will photograph vehicles that are blocking bus lanes, and drivers will be ticketed. #LaserBus pic.twitter.com/pP6CVfJ9Fd— NYCT Buses (@NYCTBus) October 4, 2019
And the smelting ray:
We’re prioritizing buses, keeping streets clear, and getting everyone where they need to go, faster. pic.twitter.com/PhC6BRcDfr— NYCT Buses (@NYCTBus) September 28, 2019
When's the video came coming?
Do you like bike lanes? Can you be diplomatic yet resolute as you take the floor before a roomful of irate parking enthusiasts? If so say hello to your dream job:
Help wanted: @NYC_DOT seeks committed people to help create great city infrastructure like the bike lane pictured (caveat: Must be willing to defend the truth in front of car-loving community boards). @DaveCoIon has the story.https://t.co/mwgeI9aZeR pic.twitter.com/2PPvuIh5lm— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) October 7, 2019
You better believe that involves going to meetings where you’re going to be yelled at for destroying the “fabric” of a neighborhood, and by “fabric,” many community board members mean “unfettered access to every inch of public space by cars.”
No word if the gig comes with a parking placard...or some kind of ray.
Speaking of bike lanes, heated community board meetings aside, isn't it time the media stopped calling them "controversial?"
Basically, bike lanes are about as “controversial” as vaccines: sure, there are people out there who are against them, but it’s a relatively small number because it requires expert-level mental gymnastics to convince yourself that they don’t work.
Sure it is.
Some honesty in road signage would also be helpful:
For the third time in a week, a digital road sign was hacked to display anti-car messages, such as "cars kill kids" and "cars are death machines." https://t.co/w7pVCl9FxG— BKLYNER (@bklyner) October 7, 2019
The full message on the billboard read “cars kill kids, cars melt glaciers, cars ruin cities, stop driving! Get rid of your car, honking won’t help, cars are death machines, use bus, subway, or bike!”
DOT told Bklyner that the sign had been reprogrammed to read “Construction Eastern Parkway,” and that the board belongs to demolition contractor Gramercy Group Inc. A representative for Gramercy Group could neither confirm nor deny that the sign belongs to the company.
Yes, traffic signage finally has its own Banksy:
Apparently it's so easy a child could do it.
In the media, NYTimes op-eds are getting increasingly anti-car:
New York's car culture makes no sense. This year alone so far, 69 pedestrians and 19 cyclists have been killed. Only 16% of our bike lanes are protected in New York. I think we can do better...
And finally, here's one for anybody who thinks there's no such thing as salmoning drivers:
And they're not even wearing helmets.