Thursday Rain, mainly before 3pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to near 53 by 9am, then falling to around 44 during the remainder of the day. Breezy, with a south wind 16 to 21 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Wind chill values between 20 and 25. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph.
We've got wind advisories:
.@NWSNewYorkNY Coastal Flood Statement issued for Brooklyn & Staten Island on 1/24 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Tides 1 1/2 ft above normal possible. https://t.co/oBGvYAYGD9. Multilingual & ASL link: https://t.co/cYuGLAn9Dj.— NYCEM - Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) January 23, 2019
NYC Emergency Management Issues Travel Advisory for Thursday— NYC Emergency Management (@nycemergencymgt) January 23, 2019
Read more: https://t.co/dF3elS1pDp
Basically all the advisories.
Speaking of advisories...
#WANTED for an Assault 🚨 On Friday, January 18th at 1:30 PM in front of 3 East 40 Street #Midtown #Manhattan Male struck victim with a bicycle lock 🔒 then broke the windows of victims 🚗. Anyone with information please ☎️ #800577TIPS ‼️ Up to $2,500 REWARD 💰 @NYPDTips pic.twitter.com/XMKjL4CACH— NYPD Midtown South (@NYPDMTS) January 24, 2019
I'll refrain from using the word "hero" until all the facts are in, but here's hoping NYPD catches that driver.
Of course the big news was the City Council's e-scooter/e-bike hearing, and if you couldn't make it Vincent Barone's Twitter thread was the next best thing:
Before today’s Council hearing on e-scooters, a look at Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget legislation: legalize e-scooters/pedal-assist e-bikes but also require helmets, bells/horns and reflective clothing for overnight operation of both. The language gives local govs wiggle room, tho pic.twitter.com/St8UHZvcyv— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) January 23, 2019
Helmets in bike legislation are like sun-dried tomatoes in just about everything: we're just gonna pick them out anyway so you might as well leave them out in the first place.
Marco Conner, of Transportation Alternatives, says it’s “unconscionable” for the mayor to train NYPD on typically low-wage delivery e-bikers “with no data whatsoever to support the crackdown that came about from the mayor receiving a phone call on the Brian Lehrer Show.” pic.twitter.com/Jj7baUIq7l— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) January 23, 2019
While the NYPD may have no data to support the crackdown, they do have data on how many e-bikes they've confiscated:
NYPD e-bike crackdown numbers:— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) January 23, 2019
2018: 1,215 e-bikes confiscated
2017: 1,005 e-bikes consisted
Here's how that looks in real life:
As for e-scooters, the DOT is "concerned:"
Trottenberg says it’s one thing to legalize e-scooters, but the next question is whether the city wants to pursue a scooter-share program. She’s concerned with wear/tear on shared scooters: “Our understanding is they last somewhere between a month or two months” on the street.— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) January 23, 2019
Who cares how long they last? Isn't that Bird's problem?
And here's an idea we can all get behind:
@CMReynoso34 taking no prisoners at #ebikehearing. Asks/tells @Pollytrott NYPD isn't asking comm boards permission to do their job, @NYC_DOT shldnt either. To just go put these bikes where they KNOW we NEED for safety.— Courtney Williams (@BrownBikeGirl) January 23, 2019
It's real hot up I here suddenly.
Finger snaps are heard.
If that were to happen we could probably get rid of community boards altogether, because without endless bike lane arguments a typical meeting would last about 14 seconds.
For more on the hearing, check out Streetsblog's coverage.
In other news, if you want to see selfish driving the best place to go is always the nearest school:
More cars in #Bikelane #QueensBlvd #Queens. With kids ages 10-14 #walktoschool alone, @NYPD110Pct @NYPDQueensNorth @NYPDONeill Does this warrant 911 📞#visionzero #Protectedbikelane #PBL narrow crossing distance and keep cars out of #BikeNYC #BikeQNS lanes. pic.twitter.com/etrlaz1TUW— Make Queens Safer (@MakeQueensSafer) January 23, 2019
And they only inserted one gratuitous insinuation that bike lanes are bad:
Some have wondered if the implementation of bike lanes has done more harm than good.
"Protected bike lanes have been a key element of Vision Zero efforts to make our streets safer, with lower traffic fatalities five years running," the Department of Transportation said in a statement. "When DOT pursues such projects, we also perform a full analysis of potential traffic and parking—finding that as a rule, the addition of a bike lane neither creates more congestion nor dramatically increases travel times for other vehicles."
By "some" they basically mean Whoopi Goldberg.
Meanwhile, CBS has gone with this hard-hitting story:
Lots of trouble in the city and the world today, but let's all spare a thought for the real victims: West Village restaurant patrons forced to look at old bikes:https://t.co/qGCDyPFcOC— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) January 23, 2019
The defunct cycles are missing parts and are rusted out, and not exactly the best scenery for the front of his eatery.
“It’s frustrating because you try to keep your business as appealing looking as possible,” Rudy said.
The city sidewalk is public space.
“So basically our customers get to stare at that every day,” Rudy said.
Have you ever decided not to go to a restaurant because it had some crappy bikes locked up outside? And how is that any worse than staring out at somebody's Hyundai while you're eating?
A local resident is also distraught:
“I called in the beginning of December to have them removed and they were marked,” Baily said. “I was going to call again today to find out why they haven’t been removed.”
Baily lives above Hudson Hound, and continuously called 311. The Sanitation Department eventually showed up with stickers that warn the bikes will be removed if not claimed in seven days. That was in the first week of December.
“The problem is these things collect snow in the winter and that makes it really icy and hard for the sidewalks to drain,” he said.
I appreciate that he's getting into drainage esoterica and all, but it's funny how nobody seems to be concerned with the only actual problem here, which is that you can't use the bike rack.