Monday A slight chance of showers before 8am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 13 to 15 mph.
Do you love data? If so the DOT has some for you to contemplate:
New #NYCOpenData sets added this #BikeMonth include:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) May 17, 2019
🚲 Midtown #bikenyc counts on various avenues at 50th St taken in May, July & Sept (data used in #CyclingintheCity) https://t.co/JRQRIKnDhg
🚲 Bike parking list #CityRacks #BikeCorrals https://t.co/2KsvTOHVfB#opendata pic.twitter.com/a4lFe7JNMy
And feel free to return the favor by supplying them with some data of your own:
To my #bikenyc brothers and sisters have you seen the new @NYC_DOT feedback map? You can log your rides and provide feedback for smarter policy and possibly more safe street redesigns pic.twitter.com/vy37MC6cmV— Daniel A Solow (@Daniel_A_Solow) May 17, 2019
If you commute on 2nd Ave., the good news is that it's paved again, but the bad news is that the bike lane's still gone:
2 Ave from 9 St and south is now paved. No concrete pedestrian islands, no paint, therefore no #BikeNYC lane, but at least it's smooth asphalt. The section between 9 St and 13 St is still a bumpy milled mess though.— Bike Commuter NYC (@driversofnyc) May 19, 2019
And you may take some satisfaction in knowing that cops are just like us!
Though arguably his only real violation was the shoaling.
On Friday, riders took to the motor vehicle roadway of the Queensboro Bridge after it was closed due to presidential movement:
Attn #bikenyc: @NYPDnews is detaining people on the #QueensboroBridge because “the president is moving.” People are now biking in the car lanes on the bridge. @NYPDnews is not stopping cars because “cars can’t throw things.”— Laura Shepard (@LAShepard221) May 17, 2019
Stupidest logic I’ve ever heard. pic.twitter.com/ta8aWFRyA7
In fairness to the NYPD, it is much harder to throw--or at least flip--certain things from a car than it is from a bicycle.
In Brooklyn, CB6 has approved the bike lane on Flatbush Avenue:
“We’ve learned that designs that include protected bike lanes are very successful in improving safety along corridors like this,” Dupierre noted. “In places where we’ve installed this kind of design throughout the city, we’ve seen a 15% drop in crashes.” Referencing the Prospect Park West protected bike lane as an example of a “very successful project,” she said after its installation in 2010, weekday cycling tripled after one year and crashes were reduced by 16%.
From 2011 to 2016, the number of Brooklyn residents bicycling to work has increased 65%, Dupierre noted, and DOT has responded by installing 65 miles of bike lanes in the borough over the past three years. With a majority of those bike paths focused in the northern part of the borough, “Prospect Park is the beginning of a hub to connect that network into the rest of Brooklyn,” she said.
Though everybody knows "real Brooklynites" don't ride bikes:
Where's this bathroom they're referring to? Sounds like it could come in handy.
And the Greenpoint Post reports on the Grand Street bike lane:
Some local business owners argued that the new design will in fact put cyclists at risk. Delivery trucks, they argued, will no longer be able to legally pull up to the curb, forcing workers to either illegally park in the bike lane, or cross over the bike path with forklifts and other industrial tools.
“I think we’re going to be making it more dangerous for bicyclists with people unloading next to the curb,” said Ryan Preuss, a business owner on Grand Street. “Anybody that is riding a bike at 15 miles an hour that crosses an unloading is not going to fair well. On the south side, you have 11 businesses that load heavy equipment all day. I unload tractor trailers three or four times a week.”
DOT does not believe this will be a problem, citing a decrease in cycling, pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents overall in areas where protected bike lanes have been installed on similar streets.
In New York City you either get bike lanes with trucks in them or no bike lanes at all.
Finally, you know you want to geek out on bike parking etiquette and the rack design on a Monday morning, so here's a thread:
Whether it's riding or parking, cyclists behavior is only as good as the facilities with which they're provided.