Tuesday A 20 percent chance of rain before 11am. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning.
Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind 6 to 8 mph.
Firstly, on Thursday, May 2nd, at 6:30pm, the DOT will present to the Community Board 2 Traffic and Transportation committee the latest on the 14th Street-only plan and the 12th and 13th Street bike lanes--which are moving forward despite the objections of people like self-hating Yuba owner Arthur Schwartz.
No doubt there will be people complaining about how difficult it is to park and how "it's not right to have a bike lane so close to a school." So if you can, attend yourself and be a voice of reason, and perhaps even harness the power of social media to quote some of those less reasonable voices for the benefit and/or amusement of those who cannot attend. And who knows: maybe you'll even be able to solve the mystery of the Bike Lane Saboteur! Just look for someone with flecks of broken glass on their pant cuffs who keeps ranting about circling the block for a parking space.
The meeting takes place at Meyer Hall, 4 Washington Place, Room 102.
Moving on, this week's ticketing hotspot is the Manhattan side of the Manhattan Bridge:
And who's excited for Bike Month?!?
In anticipation of #BikeNYC #BikeMonth here is @NYPD52Pct dutifully protecting over a dozen illegally parked vehicles obstructing the bike lane on Grand Concourse. #visionzero @AndrewCohenNYC pic.twitter.com/6PP6k7ciAC— Pavel Goriacko (@PavelGoriacko) April 29, 2019
But hey, let's not forget that cyclists aren't perfect either:
Yes, horrifying, note all the carnage and devastation. Also, stop using my word.https://t.co/t0fbhl4FSQ— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) April 29, 2019
It's worth noting those riders are going even slower than the speed most motorists consider to be "stopping."
Speaking of delivery cyclists, Legal Aid is suing the NYPD over its ebike enforcement:
Mayor Bill de Blasio believes the NYPD's crackdown on illegal e-bikes should be targeting businesses, not the delivery cyclists themselves. The NYPD believes this too, according to a memo they sent to every uniformed officer last fall. Yet police officers continue to fine the cyclists $500 and confiscate their e-bikes, and when judges toss those penalties out, the NYPD's Legal Bureau appeals them anyway. Now, a Legal Aid attorney is filing a lawsuit to ask a judge to direct the NYPD and the de Blasio administration to follow the law and stop penalizing workers who use e-bikes.
Sounds about right. After all, this is the same NYPD that covered up a fender bender in which the mayor was a passenger:
Aside from the transparency issues here, this is more proof that de Blasio doesn't understand Vision Zero. He got in a crash. So what? Why cover it up? It was minor and no one was injured. https://t.co/82uXR8NcE8— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) April 29, 2019
And in the process dismissed Vision Zero as a bunch of "double-parking and crosswalk shit:"
“Redmond hell-bent that this doesn’t get out to anyone, we need to kill the story,” executive protection unit cop Jorge Bravo wrote.
“He went off on OPTICS of this detail – the little things (double-parking and crosswalk s--t),” Bravo added, referencing common complaints of street safety advocates who see double parking and vehicles in crosswalks as symptoms of a toxic car culture.
"No one is to know; also, Eagle was not in the limo … are we clear guys please?” Ioveno said, using the code word limo for the NYPD Chevy Tahoe.
Presumably the "Eagle" code word is ironic, because there's very little about de Blasio to suggest of bird of prey.
But the most shocking aspect of the story is that de Blasio then walked--presumably under his own power--for an indeterminate distance:
Immediately after the Harlem crash involving de Blasio, Robles drove the SUV across the street, a source close to the mayor’s detail said. By the time the civilian driver had reached the vehicle, de Blasio had left it and was walking away with members of his detail, a source familiar with the incident said.
We can only assume he was picked up by helicopter shortly thereafter, but this very brief ride on the heel-toe express could be what led de Blasio to wrongly conclude that people don't drive on the sidewalk.
In infrastructure news, Patch has more on the state funding that will go towards Harlem River crossing improvements:
Improvements include expanded sidewalks and bike lanes, safer bridge approaches and improved signage and lighting for 13 Harlem River spans. https://t.co/Q4xRcXyLk7— Harlem Patch (@HarlemPatch) April 26, 2019
Upgrades to the Harlem River bridges should mirror those made to bridges along the East River in the 1990s and early 2000s. Since upgrades on East River bridges were implemented, bicycle traffic between Brooklyn and Manhattan increased from 3,000 daily cyclists in 2000 to 22,000 in 2017, city officials said.
And some people in Brooklyn are really pleased that they won't be getting a useful and enjoyable new service.
“Thank God,” said Joann Weiss. “Canceling it out is the right thing to do for the welfare of the community, because it would have only been a hindrance and not a help. Having these bikes and being able to drop them wherever you choose was just a ridiculous situation.”
Yeah, having bikes around to ride is a real hindrance, which is why Citi Bike is such a flop.
This is like celebrating not getting internet access in the '90s.
And finally, blocked bike lanes are enough to drive you to seek therapy, but for some people they are therapy:
In an all-around entertaining interview, @imseanavery tells "Boomer and Gio" he finds confronting NYC bike-lane violators to be "therapeutic" for him. https://t.co/ZnvbjjBLQC @WFANmornings pic.twitter.com/n40EevaYHG— WFAN Sports Radio (@WFAN660) April 29, 2019
"I am slowly starting to realize how cathartic and therapeutic it is for me because this is my release," said Avery, who twice led the NHL in penalty minutes. "I can get it out. And there's no question that that's a thing with us when we're done playing.
"Trust me, there's days where I wish that somebody would get out of his car in the bike lane and we would just take our jackets off like men calmly and just go at it," he added.
If that hasn't happened to him yet then clearly he's riding in the wrong bike lanes.