Tuesday Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. East wind 7 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3am, then a chance of showers. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
At least it had the decency to wait until after the weekend:
Citi Bike is celebrating its sixth birthday:
It’s our 6th birthday! 🎂 Thank you to everyone who’s helped make Citi Bike what it is today. We look forward to continuing to serve NYC in the years to come.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) May 27, 2019
Now, let’s ride! 🚲 pic.twitter.com/wL2UTxGN5a
They should really release a special limited edition begrimed Citi Bike to mark the occasion.
The DOT is actively closing the 2nd Avenue bike lane gap by the Queensboro Bridge is finally shrinking, but there are growing pains:
#2ndAveGap QBB update: #porkchop is open and a cozy refuge from traffic...but the lined #bikeNYC path leading onto the west island has no curb cuts yet and is still kind of a confusing left-hook death trap. 💀 be careful out there! pic.twitter.com/mHcq7zxRPH— 12stTales (@12stTales) May 26, 2019
Well #bikenyc I will tell you how the 2nd Ave pork chop is working: I got hit by a van waiting to go thru it— brianvan, who eats paper all the time (@brianvan) May 25, 2019
The #SecondAvenueGap is shrinking, but the mid-60s are lousy with scofflaw drivers parked in the #BikeNYC lane. Also, the 30s are still a mess. Also, drivers don’t know what a flashing yellow arrow means. pic.twitter.com/PLzavz8WIx— Will, P.E. (@wjfarr) May 25, 2019
Sounds like the pork chop is way undercooked.
In other new infrastructure news, the Bayonne Bridge bike and pedestrian path is finally open:
Good news, bikers & runners: the Bayonne Bridge shared use path is open! The 12' wide path (with a 9' safety fence) is now open daily from 6am-12am. We're committed to green transportation alternatives, and this new path is the perfect one to explore this #MemorialDayWeekend. pic.twitter.com/ZBVvDdIOjB— Port Authority NY&NJ (@PANYNJ) May 24, 2019
They're committed to green transportation alternatives, but not between 12:01am and 5:49am.
Funny how that works.
Meanwhile, in Harlem, another day another dooring...only this time it was the NYPD:
@NYPD26Pct An NYPD officer that was on patrol this morning around 9:50am on 127th St & Adam Clayton Powell opened his door into the bike lane w/o checking for cyclists first. The officer sitting in the passenger seat made me crash into a parked car &then said “sorry didn’t see u”— Daniella (@Daniellanotelle) May 26, 2019
And finally--surprise!--a community board doesn't want a bicycle lane on Southern Boulevard in the Bronx because parking:
“Up to this point we’ve supported what the DOT has wanted to do in the area, but this is something that the community board unanimously voted against,” Sanchez said, mentioning he was skeptical about the proposal when Lopez and his staff wouldn’t specify the number of accidents that occurred in the corridor that apparently prompted the change, during the town hall meeting.
“Not to mention no cyclists spoke up in support of the plan at the meeting,” the district manager added, drawing a comparison to the DOT’s ongoing battle with residents and elected officials over a similar plan for Morris Park Avenue.
Right. And you can be sure if they had shown up they'd have been well-received, because this is how much they don't like bikes:
As a matter of fact, even Clarita Bailon, who serves as the CB6 Transportation Committee chair, spoke out against the DOT’s plan.
Her position carries major significance since it was coming from someone who is bound to a wheelchair after being struck by a car herself.
Bailon’s main objection comes from her own personal experiences with cyclists not adhering to traffic rules in, on top of the reasons already given by the community.
Wow. Now that's commitment.
Anyway, this portion of Southern Boulevard runs alongside the Bronx Zoo, which like most popular destinations in New York City is surrounded on all sides by roadways that are hostile to anyone not in a car. Currently the only remotely bike-friendly way to get there is via the Bronx River Greenway on the east side of Bronx Park, and the west side is virtually inaccessible. But a bike lane won't help because...
Another point that Sanchez and the board raised was that adding bicycle lanes wouldn’t solve the issue of congestion on Southern Boulevard.
The main traffic problem is generated by the many buses going to and from the Bronx Zoo, according to Sanchez.
I've taken the bus to the Bronx Zoo many times. The traffic is not generated by the buses. It's generated by the cars. Cars, cars, and more cars. In fact the last time I took the bus there the cars were generating so much traffic the bus couldn't move and the driver just gave up and let everyone off in between stops.
But of course the most important reason not to have a bike lane on Southern Boulevard is that it might inconvenience suburban daytrippers:
Other concerns coming from the community are over the effect of losing so many parking spaces. Some feel the parking loss would impact on the Arthur Avenue Market shoppers who primarily use their own cars.
“Most of Arthur Avenue’s patrons drive in from Westchester, Connecticut and elsewhere,” Sanchez said fearing the plan would hurt the small businesses if customers can’t park in close proximity.
Don't worry, nobody from Westchester and Connecticut is parking on Southern Boulevard and walking to Arthur Avenue.