Thursday Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers after 2am. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind around 10 mph.
This is certainly auspicious for the opening of the "Cycling in the City" exhibit today:
As for the future of cycling in the city, it holds great promise:
For too long women have been outnumbered by men cycling around NYC. We're changing that by building a better #bikenyc network, expanding #bikeshare & building a record # of protected bike lanes.#GenderEquityNYC also means more women working at & running DOT! #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/oKjAZ7xJch— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 13, 2019
Though in one crucial respect we've got a very long way to go:
Not furnishing ready-made excuses for hit-and-run drivers would be a start:
Following the hit-and-run death of Aurilla Lawrence, a 25-year-old bicycle courier, in Williamsburg this month, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams took aim at the initial police response in the press, which floated speculation that the driver may not have known they struck anyone.
“The NYPD has an important responsibility to uphold in maintaining the integrity of the crash investigation process,” Adams, who spent 22 years as an NYPD officer, said in a statement. “Comments on the record or anonymously sourced that pre-presume responsibility, intentionally or unintentionally, are damaging to the pursuit of justice.” (Reached for comment, a police spokesperson did not respond to Adams’ statement.)
Yes, it's encouraging to see increased ticketing of reckless private sanitation truck drivers:
Picking up garbage is no excuse for the reckless operation of a private sanitation truck.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) March 13, 2019
Early this morning Officers Burke & Ramos caught this truck’s driver blowing through a red light on York Avenue & East 82nd Street & issued him a summons. #VisionZero #UES @NYPDTransport pic.twitter.com/0SD5pnGCsH
And yes, the streets are arguably a tiny bit safer without motor scooter riders who carry opiates in lieu of insurance:
We caught him ridin' dirty... 🛵— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) March 11, 2019
With a suspended driver’s license, no license plate, no registration, no insurance, & carrying 10 bags of heroin!
Great work by Officers Hamdy & Conley for taking this danger off the roads & these drugs off our streets! #UpperEastSide #UES pic.twitter.com/SGRERHMGlc
But all too often it seems as though the NYPD is putting us in danger in order to save us:
NYPD officers in my neighborhood this morning, parking in a bike lane, forcing cyclists into the path of cars, in order to issue a ticket to a cyclist for running a red light. Net result: a modest diminution in public safety. pic.twitter.com/480tNpigeM— Oliver Burkeman (@oliverburkeman) March 13, 2019
And delivery riders still can't seem to catch a break:
Happening now at 27th and Broadway - the man pictured with the blue bag was riding legally and was stopped for using the roadway instead of the bike lane. @TransAlt @BikingPublic pic.twitter.com/32VCyv6CLk— Tom Klein (@therealtomklein) March 11, 2019
Nor can anyone else for that matter:
Which is unsurprising given who's doing the ticketing:
Meet an @NYPD23Pct officer with 63 tickets — including 36 for speeding and 7 for red lights. @NYCMayor must act against this sociopath, rather than enabling him and his ilk. (Image: His full driving record, thanks to @HowsMyDrivingNY)https://t.co/zPetuwASfr pic.twitter.com/Qjxg4sSZzk— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) March 13, 2019
Streetsblog’s ongoing investigation into police officers who repeatedly speed and run red lights unearthed a true sociopath in blue on Tuesday: An Upper East Side cop with 63 summonses — including 34 camera-issued speeding tickets and seven tickets issued for being caught on camera running a red light — since 2014.
Finally, another day, another opinion piece about congestion pricing that blames bike lanes for congestions:
None of the taxes under consideration is a good idea, but the congestion tax is the worst. There is absolutely no promise that charging vehicles astronomical fees to enter Midtown south of 61st Street would have any measurable impact on the arteries clogged not just by cars and trucks, but by bicycle lanes, pedestrian plazas and construction.
Yet by definition, by saying they want fewer vehicles in Midtown, the pols are effectively labeling congestion pricing a sin tax.
Bike lanes don't clog arteries, they relieve them.
If you're sitting in your car stuck in traffic and there's a bike lane next to you, all that means is you chose the wrong vehicle.