Tuesday A 20 percent chance of rain before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. North wind around 8 mph.
And we should see pleasant riding weather in the days ahead:
The 19th Precinct continues to increase their bike lane enforcement as well as their meme usage:
We have been working hard to improve #BikeNYC commuting through the #UpperEastSide to keep cyclists safe. 🚴🏽— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) November 18, 2019
Our officers have been responding to your bike lane concerns & we appreciate all the feedback (good & bad). Thank you! pic.twitter.com/mwcKZhuMws
On the Hudson River Greenway there is a brief detour in Washington Heights right by the remains of the Sisyphus Stones:
And on the other side of the island there is construction work on the Highbridge Park bike path between Edgecombe Ave. and the High Bridge:
Hopefully those are lamp posts and the path is getting new lighting.
In the meantime the Edgecombe Ave. entrance to the bike path is closed, but you can still access the path via the accessibility ramp nearby:
Speaking of the upper portion Hudson River Greenway, there is a report of an attack around W. 150th St., so be vigilant:
@bikesnobnyc a fellow bike commuter friend was attacked on the Hudson River bike path, near 150th, around 5:45pm Friday by a group of 4-6 guys who tried, unsuccessfully, to knock him off his bike, presumably to rob him. Fortunately he escaped, but wanted to get the word out!— mamil58 (@mamil582) November 18, 2019
Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, secure bike parking is coming:
We’ve been a little quiet for the last few weeks, but it's not because we’re slipping— promise 🙃 No, We’ve been workin on an early holiday surprise for cyclists in @DowntownBklyn and Fort Greene. #bikenyc https://t.co/WGg5a5dE6x— Oonee (@ooneepod) November 18, 2019
But the new Wegmans is causing considerable consternation:
Design malpractice. The raised bike lane on Flushing Ave is barely wider than a bike’s handlebars. It’s mere inches from car traffic and drops out at the @Wegmans parking lot entrance, inviting conflicts. It, plus the crosswalk, should continue raised through the intersection. pic.twitter.com/Xty0NJ4Nj0— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) November 18, 2019
Fortunately the arrangement is temporary...
The sidewalk is being moved toward the Navy Yard here so this isn’t final— Jon Orcutt (@jonorcutt) November 18, 2019
...but in planning terms "temporary" is often adjacent to permanent.
Also in Brooklyn, Streetsblog looks at the drivers of the 76th Precinct in light of this weekend's fatal crash:
Here’s the latest in our investigation into reckless driving by cops: 44% of @NYPD76Pct drivers have MULTIPLE moving violations on their records. @NYCMayor will you act? @NYPDTransport will you discipline these reckless cops?https://t.co/IHZNt2fRMz pic.twitter.com/eN6zS1dzXQ— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 18, 2019
On the first business day after Chen’s crash, Streetsblog visited the 76th Precinct stationhouse on Union Street and found that 60 percent of Chen’s co-workers have at least one serious moving violation on their private cars and 44 percent have multiple serious violations.
It doesn't take much sleuthing to make a case for the Reckless Driver Accountability Act:
“So many lives are lost senselessly to reckless driving, the lives of pedestrians, cyclists, passengers, and drivers themselves,” Lander told Streetsblog on Sunday. “The Reckless Driver Accountability Act is designed to save some of them. We’ll never know whether Officer Chen’s life might have been saved, because we did not have it in place in time. Let’s not take any longer to lose more lives we might have saved.” In September, though, the mayor suggested that the bill was not an “urgent” priority.
Though in Bay Ridge, avid conspiracy enthusiasts are implicating a splinter group of rogue cyclists in a rash of tire slashings without any investigation at all:
The unhinged language floating around NYC twitter regarding cars may have led to this. https://t.co/t19aEZE78L— Kevin Tschirhart (@kevintschirhart) November 18, 2019
Of course, to paraphrase a famous detective, once you eliminate the ridiculous, whatever remains, no matter how boring, is probably the truth:
If those cars had been parked in a bike lane though maybe they'd be onto something.