June 6th, 2019: Of Choppers And Pork Chops

The rain gave us a pass yesterday, but today could be another story:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. North wind 7 to 10 mph.

Sunrise 5:25am

Sunset 8:24pm

Lots of new bike lane activity, with the 4th Ave. lane in Brooklyn moving along:

And a parking protected lane coming to 11th Ave. in Manhattan, which also becomes one-way:

Citi Bike is also seeing a lot of action:

And the DOT wants to wants to know where you want more docks:

How about in the Bronx?

Hey, the woods of Van Cortlandt Park are deeply underserved:

Lime may want to send out a search party for the rider.

As you make your way through the city, beware of touts trying to sell you tickets to the Staten Island Ferry, and cops trying to ticket you for not having reflectors:

And if we ever get a Bike Mayor, at what point should they be empowered to confiscate and crush your car?  When you park it on the sidewalk?

How about parking on the sidewalk with over 100 tickets?

This particular vehicle should have been turned into a cube 101 tickets ago.

Finally, CBS New York flies a chopper over the 2nd. Ave. "pork chop":

Yes, this toll-free bridge continues to fill Manhattan with thousands of motor vehicles, each carrying an average of one (1) occupant and a trunkful of disdain:

Despite the confusion, many cyclists said the bike lane is a welcome addition to what’s usually a very dangerous area.

It’s also getting disdain from drivers.

“Easy to get into an accident now. More easy,” one driver told Grymes.

Having ridden it myself on Monday, I found it fairly intuitive as long as you follow the markings, and I imagine it will improve considerably once they install signals:

Kallos, who represents the Upper East Side, said the DOT will be adding a special light in the next week or two, so it’s clear who has the right of way.

For now, traffic agents have been posted.

This section of 2nd Ave. is also much, much better than it was.

Nevertheless, at least one "avid cyclist" is ready to literally throw the rest of us under the bus:

Kallos got an earful from Herman, who drives and rides his bike.

He admitted that the are is dangerous for cyclists, but wishes cyclists could share the bus lane on the other side of the street.

“Instead of interfering and putting bicycles in line with thousands of automobiles … It’s insane,” Herman said.

And of course the closing line about drivers hoping cyclists obey the rules is priceless.

The feeling is mutual, drivers.