Thursday Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. East wind around 10 mph.
Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind around 9 mph.
The DOT wants to help you make every day Bike To School Day:
Our Street Ambassadors will have #bikenyc resources at events all #BikeMonth to help you make #BikeToSchoolDay every day! Find them:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 8, 2019
🚴♂️@NYCParks' Al Oerter Rec Center Springfest, 5/11 (11AM-3PM)
🚴♀️@ThirdAvenueBID's #WeekendWalks on Willis Ave btn 147-148th Sts, 5/19 (12-4PM) pic.twitter.com/t4QYWq117w
Hopefully those resources include bulldozers to get the cars out of the bike lane--though it looks like the Uber strike may have helped:
My commute this morning only had one ubet driver block the #bikenyc lane. Its usually a handful.— Shmuli Evers (@Shmuli) May 8, 2019
And you can also join a rally in Long Island City this morning against bike lane blocking, as well as all that sidewalk parking Mayor de Blasio doesn't seem to notice:
Tomorrow 830AM: Join @TransAlt @JimmyVanBramer @CourtSquareCA to rally against illegal parking in LIC. This means blocked #bikeNYC lanes, blocked sidewalks and more.— Juan Restrepo 🚲 (@juaninQNS) May 8, 2019
We need #TechForSafety to keep our bike lanes clear and a commitment from @NYPDnews for our sidewalks. pic.twitter.com/MHHWnkSRJT
Because this is ridiculous:
Hey @car2goNewYork your employees are using the Vernon bike lane to clean cars at #SocratesPark @NYPD108Pct @BillDeBlasio @transalt #Astoria #VisionZero #bikenyc 31st and Vernon Blvd pic.twitter.com/lMC51z9WMW— Eric Harold (@eric7anthony) May 8, 2019
Just imagine the headlines if Motivate washed a bunch of Citi Bikes in the car lane.
Speaking of parking, we need more of it for bikes:
Bike to work month is off to a strong start in #bikenyc New York's first secure cycle parking hub was filled to capacity by 10am. We hope to add more capacity to accommodate increasing demand in the months ahead :) @bikenewyork @TransAlt @BrooklynSpoke @StreetsblogNYC pic.twitter.com/2c9uo7vesr— Oonee (@ooneepod) May 8, 2019
I have a meeting at an off-site location, and there no bike racks the entire block. As I'm locking up to a sign post, not impeding sidewalk access at all, security + NYPD come up to me to tell me I can't lock my bike here. Meanwhile there's 2 cars parked fully on the sidewalk 🙄— Bike Commuting NYC (@driversofnyc) May 6, 2019
Ah yes, the age-old question: "Is it legal to lock your bike to a street sign?"
The answer, of course, is that it's okay until someone decides it's not:
Here is the DM from 311. They cannot (or will not?) advise whether it is legal or illegal, but simply that the city will only remove “unusable” bikes. As ever, I appreciate 311’s diligent/prompt responses but I want one of the two agencies to please give a response on the record. pic.twitter.com/Meu10NcMrz— macartney (@macartney) May 8, 2019
It's tough to feel like a real stakeholder as a cyclist when our parking infrastructure is basically the equivalent of borrowing someone else's WiFi signal.
We do, however, more than our share of tickets:
Thread:— Bman (@BarmanNYC) May 7, 2019
1) I went to the @NYPD19Pct community meeting last night.
And if you're wondering where bike stings come from, here's your answer:
5) then the antibike tirade: “I know you complain about bikes and scooters so we are cracking down!”— Bman (@BarmanNYC) May 7, 2019
In Brooklyn, the Parks Department and the DOT will have to remove some trees to install a new bike lane:
The project the city Parks Department is undertaking, with the cooperation of the city Department of Transportation, involves creating a bike lane with a protective buffer by combining a two-foot-wide swath of the grass verge beside the Ocean Avenue sidewalk and an eight-foot wide section of roadway.
Justine Heilner, Prospect Park Alliance’s senior landscape architect, said at a hearing prior to the LPC’s vote that 57 trees on Ocean Avenue will be removed because of the bike lane’s design. Another 13 trees along the bike lane will be removed because they are in poor condition, she said.
Well, we need the bike lanes, and that's still fewer healthy trees than there have been traffic deaths this year. So seems like a net gain.
Finally, if you watch this video without sound you realize how crazy it is that people are worried about ebikes and sooters instead of cars:
We constantly repeat how crazy the streets of NYC are, and so we all just take it for granted, but it's really just the cars.https://t.co/t7RNFiGsnm— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) May 8, 2019
I just see some people trying to get around while other people in giant vehicles try to block them.