Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 30th, 2019: Just Deserts

It's another day for wool and fenders:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A chance of drizzle or light rain before 2pm, then a chance of showers after 2pm. Areas of fog before 2pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. North wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Wednesday Night Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunrise 7:24am

Sunset 5:55pm

Today is Senator Zellnor Myrie's Bike Equity roundtable:

On the streets, the NYPD is increasing "nighttime enforcement" in anticipation of the clocks changing:

Though drivers commit some of the worst offenses in broad daylight:

We'll see how much of this nighttime enforcement they direct at cyclists.  You could get a ticket, or you could get a free light:

But whatever they're dispensing, they gotta park somewhere:

Of course the big news is the Streets Master Plan:

The city has already taken bold steps to begin progressive reconfigurations, such as closing 14th Street to most traffic to prioritize buses. The change infuriated many drivers, who complained that cars would be pushed to smaller nearby streets. The city is also retiming traffic lights to give priority to cyclists instead of motorists.

The story doesn't mention that so far cars haven't been pushed to those nearby streets.  It also doesn't mention who these infuriated drivers are, though we can assume Steve Milloy is one of them:

Certainly Jeff Jacoby would also like to be able to hop in his freedom machine and drive down from Boston:

It is madness, we probably need a few more billion to undo a century of damage and poor planning.

Meanwhile, yesterday Corey Johnson discussed the Streets Master Plan at City Hall:

He pledged a placard abuse crackdown:

And said saving lives will come first:

The bill also changes the definition of a "protected bike lane":

Though Marcia Kramer also tried to change the definition of "transit desert":

Maybe she meant to say "oasis."

New York City isn't the only place embracing the future, either:

Citizens enjoy having a variety of options to fulfill their transportation needs, and cities are realizing that. In the past, before vehicles like electric scooters or city bikes were widely available, people were limited to cars, buses, or the subway. With more diverse transit options, cities are forced to plan for improved safety and access, to build streets that accommodate all types of transportation. And that means scaling back on what they’ve built themselves around for decades: the car.

Though just outside the city things seem to be moving backwards:

Children under 18 are now legally required to wear helmets while riding bikes, scooters, motorized scooters, motorized bicycles, roller blades and skates. The law — which includes any passengers on bikes — states violators could face a $50 fine. The county is now stricter than the state, which mandates that children under 14 wear bike helmets.

Yes, the streets of Nassau must be rid of the scourge of "chicken:"

As Patch previously reported, the second piece of legislation is aimed squarely at increasing reports of children playing "chicken" with cars in traffic. Under the new law, Nassau County police officers can now impound their bikes. They'll only be returned to parents. The offense is a considered a misdemeanor and family court judges would handle cases.

Too bad punishing kids for intentionally avoiding cars will do nothing to keep drivers from hitting them anyway.