Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 44. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35. South wind 5 to 8 mph.
Note that there will be a detour on the Hudson River Greenway:
Work on the #HenryHudsonParkway Viaduct btn 72nd and 82nd Streets will require an approx. 5 week closure of Hudson River Greenway shared path near the basketball courts & the 72nd St dog run.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) March 25, 2019
During this time, #Bikenyc may use the pedestrian path next to the river. pic.twitter.com/TqJKJzcCq5
And of course watch out for ticketing:
Watch out for cops ticketing bicyclists on 8th Ave by 26th St. #BikeNYC— Will (@wjfarr) March 26, 2019
Nearly two months after Chaim Joseph's death, police have arrested his killer, and it looks like he will get off easy:
Manhattan DA spox couldn't comment on the light charges for the Midtown hit-and-run driver Tuesday because he hasn't been arraigned. Failure to yield/use due care after allegedly killing a cyclist, avoiding arrest for nearly 2 months. #bikenyc— Brendan Krisel (@Brendan_Krisel) March 26, 2019
Queens resident Kenneth Jackson was arrested Tuesday and charged with failure to yield to a bicyclist and failure to use due care, police said. The arrest was made nearly two months after Jackson struck and killed Joseph in the intersection of West 45th Street and Eighth Avenue on Feb. 4.
But at least they charged him for leaving the scene, right?
Police did not charge Jackson with leaving the scene of a collision even though he did not stay on the scene after striking Joseph with his big-rig truck. Drivers charged with leaving the scene of a collision that causes serious physical injury or death can face years in jail for the felony offense.
The NYPD sure stuck it to the city's cyclists in the ensuing crackdown though.
If you'd like to know more, they'll gladly invite you to run around in circles:
The DA's spokeswoman referred questions to the NYPD, which referred questions back to the DA's office. #bikenyc— Brendan Krisel (@Brendan_Krisel) March 26, 2019
In better news from midtown, Manhattan CB5 supports crosstown bike lanes:
Community Board 5 voted in favor of creating protected bike lanes on 52nd and 55th streets. https://t.co/fyNc4kxqRH— Midtown Patch (@MidtownNYCPatch) March 26, 2019
Community Board 5 transportation committee voted in favor of implementing bike lanes on 52nd and 55th streets, one of which will head east and the other west, Streetsblog first reported. The new lanes will mirror a similar set created further downtown on 26th and 29th streets.
The vote represents the second approval secured for the bike lane plan. Community Board 6, which is located to the east of Community Board 5's district, also voted in favor of the plan, Streetsblog reported. The city will also present the plan to Community Board 4, which represents the Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea neighborhoods.
And City Lens brings you an e-bike and e-scooter primer:
A primer on e-bikes, e-scooters, and why NYC's mayor thinks they're a "real danger." https://t.co/dGWYiUOSFM— NY City Lens (@nycitylens) March 26, 2019
The police crackdown on delivery workers who ride throttle bikes is often cited as a reason for why city legislators are trying to set the record straight on e-bikes.
“You and I could ride around on a Citi Bike, but the delivery guys risking their life for a small amount of money get fined $500,” said Eben Weiss, an avid cyclist and author of the blog BikeSnobNYC.
"Avid cyclist?" That stings.
So does this:
“The bike lane in a gentrifying neighborhood is a signal directed towards the more affluent class that developers wish to attract,” the Queens Anti-Gentrification project wrote on Facebook. “We don’t need bike lanes in gentrifying neighborhoods, e-scooters, Citi Bike or any of that. Just fix the subways and give us more bus service!”
Like delivery cyclists, right?
Finally, Lohud ponders a Fred toll in their tongue-in-cheek take on congestion pricing:
Lack-of-congestion pricing: Should suburbs up-charge city dwellers? https://t.co/vWlJR3Bk8U— lohud.com (@lohud) March 26, 2019
Nyack is lovely to bike to from the George Washington Bridge. How about bicyclist tolls on Route 9W in Palisades? $4 per axle to cross into Rockland. (Or we could institute a Gothamite Lycra tax.)
While we’re at it, the bike path on the new bridge between Rockland and Westchester — set to open in the second half of the year — could have a Gothamite-only bicycle EZPass. (We can charge them extra if they call it the Cuomo bridge. It will always be the Tappan Zee to locals.)
Sure, but if suburbanites were merely riding bikes into Manhattan, buying coffee and muffins, and going home then we wouldn't need congestion pricing in the first place, now would we?