June 11th, 2019: Legal Is A State Of Mind

We could see some rain this morning but overall conditions should be much better than yesterday:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a northwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 6 to 16 mph.

Sunrise 5:24am

Sunset 8:27pm

Though it never hurts to bring an umbrella just in case:

Umbrella

There could be some partial closures on the Queensboro Bridge bike path next week:

As well as on the Metropolitan Bridge bike path:

And if your commute takes you along E. 26th St. you're in for a bumpy ride:

Tonight the DOT presents its proposal for a protected bike lane along Central Park West:

And the driver who intentionally rammed a cyclist with his car on the West Side Highway has eleven (11) school zone tickets:

He should have been off the road, but instead he has a placard:

Placard

Advocates and legislators rallied yesterday for an investigation:

And look at that--results!

Even so, in order to be charged for hitting or killing someone with your car, you've got to either be the subject of a viral video and subsequent rally, or else be intoxicated, speeding, and carrying a child passenger:

These are the food delivery riders whose bikes the mayor is still confiscating while he campaigns for president as a champion of working people.

And of course ebikes remain illegal, despite the fact that they're an important part of the transportation system in New York--you know, like helicopters:

Obviously.

Though they couldn't be that important if I've never found one parked in the bike lane.

Finally, speaking of illegal conveyances, no matter how hard he tried this white bro couldn't get in trouble for riding an electric scooter in Manhattan:

"E-scooters are considered illegal for the same reason that throttle-propelled e-bikes — the type largely used by immigrant delivery workers — are," Joe Cutrufo, a spokesman for the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, said in an email. "But the mayor has empowered his NYPD to crack down on delivery workers, not people who ride scooters."

The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the video. But police officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio have maintained that the e-bike enforcement is driven by safety and quality-of-life concerns.

Funny how that works.