Tuesday Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 74. East wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. East wind around 6 mph.
But don't worry, because the rest of the week is going to be...oh, never mind:
If you use the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge, note that there will be night work on it next week:
#GreenpointAveBridge work will require eastbound single lane & eastbound bike lane closures one night between 6/24-6/28, 11PM-5AM. At least one lane of traffic in each direction will remain open at all times. #Bikenyc will be required to dismount as they approach the work zone. pic.twitter.com/nk6N6l6jnb— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) June 17, 2019
And yesterday morning families christened the new 4th Ave. bike lane in Brooklyn:
Great way to start the week: an inaugural #BikeToSchool on the new 4th Avenue protected bike lane.— Brad Lander (@bradlander) June 17, 2019
Thanks @BrooklynSpoke & family, #BikeNYC, @TransAlt @NYC_DOT. Let’s get it all the way from Atlantic to 65th. pic.twitter.com/UTXmnN0kTJ
These bike lanes are really destroying the city:
Today there was a fun Brooklyn #bikenyc parade of children & families riding to PS 118 celebrating @NYC_DOT's 4th Avenue protected bike lane installation. Check out the @Streetfilms— Streetfilms (959 videos!) (@Streetfilms) June 17, 2019
With @BrooklynSpoke @bradlander @philipleff @LAShepard221 @Naparstek pic.twitter.com/pnsZo4K0zh
If you commute via the Hudson River Greenway you've had to grow accustomed to the new detour between 72nd and 83rd street:
West side detour going north is very confusing. What are you supposed to do here? pic.twitter.com/BjsvFFNdOu— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) June 17, 2019
It's unclear which side of the plastic dividers you're supposed to be on, though overall it's far less vexing than all the Port Authority vehicles that use it as a highway further uptown:
Just enjoying some of our best car-free bike routes here in the city... pic.twitter.com/ZuAj4nJDxs— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) June 17, 2019
But at least we've got miles and miles of protected...oh, never mind:
Meanwhile, the 17th Precinct doesn't want to ticket you:
The @NYPD17Pct would like our Cyclists 🚴♂️🚴♀️ to be Safe and Avoid Tickets. Take a moment to look over these bike Laws.— NYPD 17th Precinct (@NYPD17Pct) June 17, 2019
For more info visit https://t.co/k6fc7oaFe3 @17thPrecinctCC pic.twitter.com/LWht6gZy0a
And it looks like soon they may not be able to ticket you if you're riding an ebike:
Ramos’s bill still creates three new classes of electric bikes: pedal-assist bikes that can’t go over 20 miles per hour, throttle-controlled bikes that can’t over 20 miles per hour, and throttle-controlled bikes that can go up to 25 miles per hour — except the new version makes that third class of speedy e-bike legal only in New York City. And it will be up to the city to regulate them (the Council has a package of bills).
But to be clear: this bill, if passed, ends the NYPD crackdowns, Ramos said.
E-scooters would be legal too, but it wouldn't be New York if there weren't carve-outs:
The bill says that localities can set up “shared electric scooter systems” in any county — unless that county is New York County: “No such shared electric scooter system shall operate … in a county with a population of no less than 1,586,000 and no more than 1,587,000 as of the 2010 decennial census.”
That population is pretty specific: Manhattan.
No ebikes on the Hudson River Greenway either:
The new version of the bill specifically bars e-bikes and e-scooters from the Hudson River Greenway, the world’s most popular bike lane. Officials from the Hudson River Park had testified earlier this month against allowing the new mobility devices on the greenway. Apparently, they won.
Port Authority vehicles? Sure. But no ebikes.
Arguably both the aforementioned bike traffic-calming detour and the ebike ban help bolster the Greenway's function as a recreational facility, but they also underscore the dire need for a north-south bicycle highway in Manhattan, since if you're heading downtown from upper Manhattan and beyond that's pretty much all you've got.
And then there's a ban on carrying kids on ebikes:
But feel free to keep using your SUV.
Finally, Dr. Do Lee examines the psychology of bike commuting:
You can take your chances with the weather, or you can take your chances with the MTA.
Arguably, the weather's more predictable.