Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph.
Wednesday Night A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind around 8 mph.
Take advantage of the great weather, and while you're at it also take advantage of all the free Bike To Work Week stuff!
We'll be out again tomorrow with more free treats for cyclists!— TransAlt Ambassadors (@TA_Ambassadors) May 14, 2019
May 15 from 6:30 am - 10 am AND 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
-72nd and Hudson River Parkhttps://t.co/RXt1d0qbU7#BikeNYC #bikemonth pic.twitter.com/OpYq1pJDMK
Note that the tweet is from yesterday, so when they say "tomorrow" they mean today.
But while nothing gets you going quite like the potent combination of sunshine and free coffee, don't get too far ahead of yourself:
Regardless of how you feel about ticketing, this is a lousy place to run the light. Pedestrians shouldn't have to ford the West Side Highway only to have to dodge people on bikes.
But sure, as far as enforcement goes, it's important to keep things in perspective:
Person riding bike just hit by an @illegal53NYC on 1 Av & 14 St. Heard the cyclist (who is dinged up but appears to be ok) say he had green at the split phase going north on 14th & a witness who works at Papaya Dog say the same thing. #bikeNYC #visionzero pic.twitter.com/UGj9fX4rIo— Maximillian (@MaxSholl) May 14, 2019
Oddly, in New York City, the larger and more deadly a vehicle is, the more exceptions we seem to grant it:
In other Bike Month news, the latest city cycling stats are both good and not-so-good:
The @NYC_DOT ‘Cycling in the City’ report is out, offering good news for @CitiBikeNYC and bike commuting in general, but other mixed signals. @dahvnyc separates the wheat from the jargon.https://t.co/8Afsjz0tig pic.twitter.com/WSHx8mzxwh— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) May 14, 2019
An overall decrease in the number of cyclists using the East River bridges falls into the latter category, though there are a number of possible explanations:
Bike New York Communications Director Jon Orcutt, a former city DOT official, pointed to two possible reasons for the discrepancy between the growth of Citi Bike and the drop in East River bridge crossings. As the waterfront communities of North Brooklyn and western Queens get older and wealthier, for example, the bike commuting demographic has moved further and further from Manhattan.
Additionally, last year was the city’s fourth rainiest year on record, which Orcutt suggested may have discouraged people from taking their bike in and out of Manhattan.
“Commuting into Manhattan is more of an all-day commitment that people may not make if the weather looks or is forecast to be bad,” he told Streetsblog.
It's also a big city, and despite the Brooklyn-centrism inherent in the cycling discourse, there are lots and lots of people who ride every day and yet never cross the East River.
For that matter, there's also a whole lot of Brooklyn that hasn't been lavished with the sort of bike infrastructure you find near the bridges:
Which explains a lot:
No bicyclists were killed in southern Brooklyn in all of 2018 — but this year, the neighborhood accounts for half of cyclist deaths citywide. https://t.co/LpNolP0sU0— Brooklyn Eagle (@BklynEagle) May 13, 2019
“That half of the fatalities have occurred in Southern Brooklyn is the entirely predictable result of the city government and local officials abandoning people on bikes here and never taking serious measures to improve the bike network or cycling safety,” the group Bike South Brooklyn said in a statement.
The group blamed the mayor and Department of Transportation commissioner for failing to provide significant bike lane networks in Brooklyn.
Finally, soon e-scooters will be just a PATH ride away:
Here are some comments seen on our Facebook post about the pilot program in Hoboken:
- "Not a good idea, period. Seen them.in San Diego and it's not good. Dangerous. They're left all over the place, there's research on it in the cities that have executed those programs. Read up before you say this is a good idea."
This is absolutely true, the legalized car program in San Diego and other American cities is widely regarded as a disaster.