Friday Areas of drizzle before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 69. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday Night Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Low around 59. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
And the weekend could very well be a washout:
Fortunately there's always beer to help you cope, and the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
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Out on the streets, the DOT will soon begin extending the 2nd Avenue bike lane to 60th Street:
DOT will soon begin #VisionZero safety improvements on 2nd Ave:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 18, 2019
🚲Install curbside #bikenyc lane between 68-60th Sts that is:
➡Parking protected during off-peak hours 8PM-3PM
➡Buffered during peak hours 3PM-8PM
🚦Add two-stage bike crossing w/island
🚶Add ped island at 59th pic.twitter.com/rVI2kiYAln
Hopefully that all makes sense when it's installed.
If you're headed over the Williamsburg Bridge you could encounter partial closures on Saturday:
#WilliamsburgBridge work will require single lane closures:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) April 18, 2019
4/20: Mn-bound inner roadway, 7AM-3PM
4/22-4/26: Mn- & Bk-bound outer & inner roadway, 10AM-3PM
Partial pedestrian/#bikenyc path closures will be necessary, but the path will still be accessible pic.twitter.com/DJRWlDXo1O
And the bike lane on the Addabbo Bridge in Queens could be getting some much-needed protection:
In its latest report about road projects statewide, the state Department of Transportation revealed it has begun a study of bike traffic on the bridge, a preliminary step to installing some type of protection.
The bike trip through Howard Beach and over the Addabbo Bridge is notorious among bike riders on their way to and from the Rockaways.
Of course if you're headed to Rockaway you're technically supposed to walk your bike over both the Cross Bay Bridge and the Marine Parkway Bridge but that's another matter.
Speaking of new bike lanes, Ydanis Rodriguez is introducing legislation that would require the DOT to add 100 miles of bike lanes annually:
🙏Kudos to CM @ydanis Rodriguez for this amazing & potentially life-saving step! From #BikeNYC @TransAlt thank you!— Marco Conner (@marco_conner) April 18, 2019
Also hats off for simple bill language: "DOT shall install, on an annual basis, at least 100 miles of protected bike lanes" - that's it!https://t.co/WNsWQfkpfT
Transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez will introduce legislation requiring the Department of Transportation to add at least 100 new miles of protected bike lanes every year from 2020 through 2026.
If passed, the legislation would force the city to aggressively ramp up its bike lane construction; the DOT added about 20 miles of protected bike lanes last year.
Rodriguez said the bike lanes are needed more than ever with the ongoing expansion of the Citi Bike network, and proposals to allow electric scooters to use city streets.
That's not going to leave very much time for interminable community board presentations!
Guess they'll have to go.
As for scooters, they're still not legal, but by the time they are the tech companies should be able to deploy them with the push of a button:
The docking stations, designed by Arup and Boyce Technologies, could support up to 10,000 e-scooters and would be housed in parking lots, garages, gas stations, and other off-street locales, answering policymakers’ concerns about where such infrastructure could be incorporated onto the city’s already-crowded sidewalks. Users would be able to locate docking stations through a map on the Charge app, which would also identify available vehicles and their level of charge.
Though de Blasio is still sticking to the whole "e-bikes are dangerous" thing:
De Blasio is not backing down from the idea that throttle e-bikes are dangerous, even though crash data suggests otherwise. He calls the bikes a “problematic reality.”— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) April 18, 2019
He's also got "plenty of evidence:"
“We’ve got a class of...e-bikes that go way too fast” and “there’s plenty of evidence of them being used in a manor that’s reckless,” de Blasio says, adding that there’s “a lot of recklessness, a lot of going-the-wrong-way down the street.”— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) April 18, 2019
Which he still hasn't shared, probably because there's plenty of evidence they aren't particularly dangerous:
.@NYCMayor has aggressively cracked down on e-bike delivery workers — most of whom are immigrant men — citing alleged safety concerns. But new data from @dosik and @LegalAidNYC shows e-bikes account for only .07% of the total number of collisions in 2018. https://t.co/Ty9ckhFXoD— Julianne Cuba (@Julcuba) April 18, 2019
According to the city’s NYPD Motor Vehicle Collisions database, just 31 of the reported 45,775 motor vehicle collisions that resulted in injuries last year were caused by e-bikes. That’s roughly .07 percent. And e-bikes injured 32 people in all — or just .05 percent of the 61,939 injuries.
In all, 11,115 pedestrians were injured in 2018. Just nine of them were struck and hurt by an e-bike rider, the statistics show. Again, that is a tiny fraction of one percent.
And even when they do hurt someone, it's usually the rider:
The numbers are even more startling when you take out the injuries that e-bike riders caused to themselves. Twenty-three of the 32 injuries caused by e-bike riders were to the cyclist themselves. Drivers killed 121 pedestrians last year. Not a single pedestrian was killed by a cyclist — on an electric-powered bike or a regular bike. Zero.
Then again, this is the city where cyclists mysteriously fall into trucks:
The mental and linguistic gymnastics here is staggering: pic.twitter.com/4c7wUEAN4K— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) April 18, 2019
Remember the "wind force?"
"Yesterday, police floated another theory: that the truck created a "wind force" that sucked the bicycle underneath, which an NYPD spokesperson said is "normally what happens" in these cases." https://t.co/GFqZOZ3AEI— Ellen McDermott (@HeyNell) April 18, 2019
When it comes to truck drivers hitting cyclists, the only "wind force" is what comes out of the NYPD spokesperson afterwards.
Finally, here's another one from the mayor:
"You don't see cars drive on the sidewalk a whole lot" says the mayor of a city where people tweet pictures of cars parked on the sidewalk every day— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) April 18, 2019
Maybe help set him straight on that one: