Thursday A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.
But it will bring only fleeting relief from the unrelenting heat:
Just as the NYPD's latest crackdown is bringing only fleeting relief from the city's unrelenting bike lane blockage:
Our officers are out again ensuring that drivers are not obstructing traffic. Let’s keep our #bikenyc lanes clear of cars and trucks for our 🚴♀️! #VisionZero @NYPDTransport pic.twitter.com/5AYsVUr02m— NYPD 5th Precinct (@NYPD5Pct) July 17, 2019
Bike lanes are not shortcuts & red traffic lights mean stop!— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) July 17, 2019
Officer Burke pulled this motorist over & issued tickets for driving in a #BikeNYC lane & driving through a red light. #VisionZero #UpperEastSide #UES pic.twitter.com/6y5PvkgK9z
Though the heat isn't nearly as stifling as the community board process:
Kim Ohanian, a Community Board member, is seen here having a public meltdown, largely in part because of DOT plans to put a bike lane along the street on which she lives. She should be removed from the Community Board for these comments. https://t.co/4ZcLLultbC— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) July 17, 2019
This should be sufficient grounds to have someone removed from a community board but instead it's business as usual.
On the Upper West Side, advocates continue to pursue a better solution for Hudson River Greenway pedestrian safety than the current vertiginous detour through Riverside Park:
"You’ve simply moved the problem and made it worse” says it all. Riverside Park 79th Boat Basin #bikenyc bypass creates more danger than it solves. Why not allow cyclists to self-select path by speed? @NYCParks & @RiversideParkNY @CB7Manhattan @HelenRosenthal @LindaBRosenthal pic.twitter.com/qG15DcyIYq— Streetopia Upper West Side (@StreetopiaUWS) July 17, 2019
And everyone's covering the next Citi Bike expansion, including the Times:
Citi Bike, New York's bike-share program, is finally expanding into the Bronx https://t.co/oB7eNXcttT— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 17, 2019
Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who is running for president, tied the plans to his broader effort to tackle inequality.
“This expansion will help us build a more fair and equitable city for all New Yorkers,” the mayor said in a statement. “Even more communities will have access to this low-cost, sustainable mode of transportation.”
He does realize he could expand it even more if he spread around some of that ferry money, right?
Not only has Citi Bike proven popular, but it's also proven very safe despite the infrastructural shortcomings we're all too familiar with:
Citi Bike has been remarkably safe considering the number of blue bikes circulating on New York City’s busy streets. Out of millions of trips, only two cyclists have died while using a Citi Bike — a rider in Manhattan who was hit by a bus in 2017 and a man who was hit by a UPS truck in April and died from his injuries last month. (Two Citi Bike riders were also killed in a terror attack on the bike path in Hudson River Park in 2017.)
Given this, mainsterammedia coverage of the expansion has been positive--though leave it to CBS 2 to look for a negative angle:
I was standing right by this reporter at the press conference, was looking forward to seeing how she'd manage to spin this all as a negative:https://t.co/PGLNh4nq9t— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) July 17, 2019
And of course this story will embolden the relatively few people out there who still shake their fist at Citi Bikers:
Nearly number 16: Video captures near death bicycle crash in Park Slope https://t.co/zrFgjGYyV4— PIX11 News (@PIX11News) July 17, 2019
“There’s a lot of Citi Bikes around not obeying traffic rules,” said one cyclist.
Many cyclists and drivers noticed the destroyed Citi Bike on the edge of the road during the evening commute, but it did necessarily change behavior at this intersection. Cyclists repeatedly ran the red light at 5th and Warren Street as PIX 11 cameras rolled. Others made the same sharp left that led up to the crash.
Meanwhile drivers often showed little regard for cyclists riding legally.
While the cyclist certainly may have made an error in judgment the video only shows a tiny sliver of the streetscape, and it's all too easy to criticize from afar.
So let he who has not had to make a left hand turn on a busy street while riding a bicycle cast the first stone.
Finally, look who's back on the job:
You can’t keep a good — or in this case, bad — man down. @FDNY reinstates reckless firefighter Brauley de la Rosa after 28-day suspension for using his Dodge muscle car as a battering ram. Will @ManhattanDA Vance do anything? @Julcuba has all the outrage:https://t.co/dJt9dIqfGY pic.twitter.com/wBufxExwZ6— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) July 17, 2019
I think we all know how he's getting to work.