April 11th, 2019: What's the Big Hurry?

It's another lovely spring day:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. North wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:24am

Sunset: 7:31pm

Be on the alert for ticketing--but take solace in the fact that sometimes drivers get them too:

Also, slow down in the parks and on shared paths, because there are kids around, and because newspapers like the West Side Rag live for this kind of thing:

Jensen says she is rattled. “We should be able to enjoy the park and not be on high alert every single second and feel high-strung because our kids might get mowed down by a speeding biker. The problem is this idea that you are trying to mix high speed cycling with narrow pedestrian walkways. It’s a ridiculous idea. The bikers who are going at a casual speed are not threatening but the commuters are using it as a freeway. I acknowledge that pedestrians have responsibilities too, but I also think there is no safe way for a cyclist to pass through a crowded pedestrian area at a vehicular speed. That is a recipe for a lot of injuries.”

Sure, drivers are orders of magnitude more deadly and reckless, but if you regularly find yourself yelling and ringing bells like the rider interviewed in this video then you're doing it wrong:


“You just got to kind of watch out -- yell, rely on each other, whistles, bells  -- it all works,” Josh Witchger, a cyclist, says.

Though it is not always easy to share a narrow space among cyclists and pedestrians, Witchger says it is all part of getting around in a crowded city.

“It’s tricky because sometimes you have to weave in and out,” he said.

No, it's not particularly tricky, and you shouldn't be weaving.

Meanwhile, the Sunnyside Post has gotten wind of Michael DnDekker's bike lane camera bill:

The bill would allow for a pilot program of remote monitoring at 50 locations throughout New York City, with offenders receiving fines in the mail, similar to the red-light cameras already in place. The locations have yet to be determined.

“We must protect bicycles from reckless drivers,” said Assembly Member Michael DenDekker (D-Jackson Heights), the bill’s author.

And the comments are exactly what you'd expect them to be:


Those must be the same immagrants who are stealing all the jabs.

And in the Bronx, Mark Gjonaj is putting down the megaphone:

And moving on to a petition:

A 2-mile stretch of Morris Park Avenue from Eastchester Road to East 180th Street is included in theDOT’s road diet plan.

Recent data collected by the city agency indicated that injury-related accidents have decreased on the main thoroughfare.

Morris Park Avenue, which is now safer for pedestrians then previously studies indicated, should be delisted as a Vision Zero priority corridor, said the councilman.

Yeah, right.

Maybe if we just ignore Vision Zero altogether the problem will just fix itself.