Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 91. North wind around 6 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light southwest after midnight.
As always, the best ways to keep cool on a bike are:
- Moving your bag off your body and onto your bike
- Making a pit stop and spending your MetroCard savings on a refreshing beverage
- Riding slower
With regard to that last one, if you're worried about being late then just leave earlier.
Bonus: it will be cooler out!
Want a protected bike lane along Central Park West? (That's a rhetorical question; of course you do.) Then put this on your agenda:
We can improve Central Park West for #bikeNYC and pedestrian safety. Attend the @CB7Manhattan next week to make sure the Full Board supports the @NYC_DOT's plans. 🚸 Safety now! @TransAlt— Chelsea Skye (@pekochel) June 25, 2019
Full PDF here: https://t.co/LoYKZ2PV5h pic.twitter.com/eXDmTq6pUe
Tuesday, July 2nd @ 6:30pm**
Goddard Riverside Community Center
593 Columbus Avenue (between 87-88th St)
**Please arrive early; space is limited.
[Optional: Transportation Alternatives hosts a Group Bike Ride to venue beginning at Columbus Circle; gather at 5:30PM, wheels down at 5:45PM]
Can't attend? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your written testimony.
If you ride over the Metropolitan Ave. Bridge, note that there's some upcoming work scheduled that will affect the bike lane:
#MetropolitanAveBridge over English Kills work will require single lane & partial #bikenyc lane closures in one direction at a time on 3 Saturdays: 6/29, 7/13, 7/20, 7AM-1:30PM. Cyclists are advised to proceed with caution & will be required to dismount. pic.twitter.com/S7GRV11FFF— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) June 25, 2019
And this week you can attend workshops on the financial benefits of riding a bike:
Join us and @nyc_dot this week for workshops on the financial benefits of biking! We'll host Bike Your Way to a Bigger Bank Account workshops Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. For more info & to RSVP click here https://t.co/5SYRISzrqN pic.twitter.com/nBikmqVfvQ— BedStuy Restoration (@BSRC) June 24, 2019
Here's how it works:
1. Ride Bike
2. Give MetroCard A Rest
Then you can spend some of that windfall on cool drinks.
Of course, even before the heatwave your blood was already boiling:
"NYPD Tickets Cyclists After Driver Kills Cyclist" has basically become the NYC equivalent of that Onion headline they run after a mass shooting.https://t.co/PKDakDoNWy— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) June 25, 2019
"Our unit is specifically the bicycle unit—whenever there's a pedestrian struck or a bicyclist struck, anything that involves a bike, we try to respond to it," Officer Carlos Negron told Gothamist, adding that Hightman's death was the reason why he was standing near the intersection of West 24th and 6th Avenue.
"As far as the female who passed away unfortunately, yesterday, I believe she was riding off the bike lane, you know," Officer Negron said. "It's sad, but it's sad that she was off the bike lane, you know? Maybe if she had been on the bike lane, maybe she'd still be alive."
Officer Negron has clearly been briefed on NYPD victim-blaming protocol.
As for the dedicated bicycle unit that mobilizes to ticket cyclists after one has been killed, this raises an important question:
>@NYCMayorsOffice @Billdeblasio @NYPDTransport @NYPDHighway: When do we get a specialized @NYPDNews unit to do instant blitzkreig zero-tolerance traffic law enforcement on motorists at the location of a fatal crash caused by a motorist? https://t.co/IRcThqFUaf via @gothamist— Steve Vaccaro (@BicyclesOnly) June 25, 2019
Yes, the NYPD will free your bike from bees, and yet blitzing drivers after one kills a cyclist remains a fantasy:
🐝 Bee advised: we are responding to a swarm on Greenwhich street in the TriBeCa/Soho area of Manhattan. At a glance it looks like the queen needed a break and decided to take the swarm there. Maybe she wanted to take the bike for the rest of the ride? 👸 🚲 pic.twitter.com/lJbbDCv2MR— NYPD Bees (@NYPDBees) June 16, 2019
As for Officer Negron's remark about the victim not being in the bike lane, I wonder why that could be:
As I pass by the deadly intersection from yesterday's crash, I see a crew, who just got a ticket for these metal plates, remove them. Obviously while blocking the #bikenyc lane. pic.twitter.com/cOF554FLtQ— Shmuli Evers (@Shmuli) June 25, 2019
Read the entire thread, it's everything wrong with our streets.
Basically, when it comes to bike lanes, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't:
A few cyclists I spoke with yesterday said police were among the variety of reasons why they avoid protected lanes--because riders know police wait in those lanes to nab and ticket them. Their policing is pushing riders into traffic.— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) June 25, 2019
And when it comes to killing people with your truck you can just throw the tickets onto the pile of them you already have and drive away:
The NYPD said they issued 5 tickets to the driver who struck and killed cyclist Robyn Hightman.— Christopher Robbins (@ChristRobbins) June 25, 2019
All of the tickets were related to his truck, not that he killed a cyclist then drove away: https://t.co/ompDB34goM #bikenyc #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/rhk7Z9GNa9
No big deal, the city will negotiate them down with you.
As for the mayor, in response to this latest death he mostly deflected any criticism, andthen incredibly brought the discussion around to seniors and ebikes:
https://t.co/YSmPYjh8FH it was a bit of a rambling reply - deaths are bad, but they’re not really up, but safety is priority, seniors worried about traffic in bike lanes (?)— Samantha (@tweetsamsamsam) June 25, 2019
This would have been a great opportunity to announce an approach to truck deliveries that goes beyond asking companies to volunteer to make them at night, but presumably we'll have to wait for the next mayor to do that.
Finally, do you ride to Rockland over the weekend? Well, your "hosts" aren't very welcoming:
The law came about as a result of complaints from motorists and pedestrians, mostly about large groups of cyclists passing through from out of town, according to Day.
The town's Facebook post announcing the law received more than 100 comments, many of them positive. Commenters specifically complained about cyclists riding two or more abreast on Routes 9W and 340, South Greenbush Road, Kings Highway and Western Highway.
In fact that's true on both sides of the Hudson:
On 6/17 #Tarrytown banned #biking on a BUNCH of sidewalks in, & leading to, downtown.— Bike Tarrytown (@BikeTarrytown) June 24, 2019
Sadly, TT's officials don't understand #cycling and, even sadder, ignored:
* advice from professionals who do
* community who testified
* 100 petition signatures
Info: https://t.co/wAbQsBxRkT pic.twitter.com/CJLvUfd9lz
I guess we'll have to find someplace else to spend our MetroCard savings...