Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind around 6 mph.
If you're looking to fill your daily irony quota, here you go:
Me: Please can you sign this petition https://t.co/e1PxN3MP0Y? The elegant gentleman riding @CitiBikeNYC responded: No, I am not signing because a protected bike lane would take the parking and I would lose my parking spot. Then he rides away #BikeNYC #DoubleStandars #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/t7Hp1LvLOk— Claudia Corcino (@corcinoclaudia) May 21, 2019
He should look at it this way: if there were more bike lanes he wouldn't be forced to salmon.
Reports of ticketing on the Hudson River Greenway continue to come in:
Earlier on the Hudson river greenway...2 cyclists ticketed for rolling through the bicycle red light— Joe (@scrosepose) May 20, 2019
Cyclist: The driveway is gated shut. Cars can't even drive through here!
Cops: Rules are rules. pic.twitter.com/LwY59L0GR9
It's telling that the officer didn't point out there's also a crosswalk there, which is the real reason to stop for those lights.
The big news is that Corey Johnson appears to be making good on his pledge to "break the car culture:"
I dedicated my first State of the City speech to transportation because the way we move around NYC makes no sense and we must do better. We need to break the car culture that has dominated our streets for far too long. This is how we do it. https://t.co/G0YoFNzVy7— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) May 21, 2019
The bill offers benchmarks, and the city would be required to account for each one. DOT would have to release its first plan this October, with specific plans on how it will achieve the following items within five years:
- at least 150 miles of protected bus lanes;
- at least 1,000 intersections with signal priority for buses;
- at least 250 miles of protected bicycle lanes, or 50 per year;
- citywide bus stop upgrades;
- and commercial-loading-zone reforms that prioritize people who don’t drive.
By 2021, the agency also would have to double the city’s total pedestrian-plaza acreage and add 12 new “shared streets,” where speed limits are capped at five miles per hour.
He better do it quick, because the car culture is breaking us:
"You don't see cars drive on the sidewalk a whole lot." --presidential hopeful Bill de Blasiohttps://t.co/UVgRbOdl5F— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) May 21, 2019
That's nowhere near the new Broadway protected bike lane, so it should be interesting to see how CB8 manages to blame it.
It would also be great to see the NYPD help break the car culture, but at least they seem to be increasingly using Twitter for good:
While we don’t have any Officers by the name of Roy working in the 19th Precinct, we do agree that @GrowNYC trucks should not be parking in #BikeNYC lanes.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) May 21, 2019
I’m sure after this tweet @GrowNYC will educate it’s drivers that this practice is illegal and dangerous & discontinue it.
Though of course the NYPD lecturing someone about blocking the bike lane means you're now well over your irony quota.
On Staten Island, advocates continue to push for a Verrazzano Bridge bike path:
Transportation Alternatives and the Harbor Ring Committee, a group calling for a 50-mile recreational route around New York Harbor, have been raising the idea for years. On Monday five representatives from those groups blitzed the public testimony session at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Bridge and Tunnel committee meeting, demanding agency officials take it seriously.
“Staten Islanders have few ways to exit our island, particularly few to access the rest of New York City,” said Transportation Alternatives member Laura Barlament. “The island is choked with traffic as it is underserved by both public transportation and cycling infrastructure.”
Pro-bike people "blitz" public hearings, whereas pro-parking people "express concerns."
The MTA shot down a proposal two months ago to temporarily replace one of the bridge’s 13 car lanes with a bike and pedestrian space over the summer. Officials said it wasn’t safe to install a bike path next to cars that are moving 45 mph.
1) Maybe they cars should go slower;
2) What speed do they think everyone drives next to all the other bike lanes in the city?
Finally, here's a fun discussion:
New York Cityhttps://t.co/AtYuAOeV5Z— Tucker Anderson (@tucker_id) May 21, 2019
Pink = places you ride with your 5 year old
Gray = not so much#hotpinkness #protectedbikelanes@bikesnobnyc @BrooklynSpoke #NYCBike @NYC_DOTr pic.twitter.com/tSnc0dLvxv
Arguably the whole city should be gray, save for a couple of boardwalks.