June 12th, 2019: If It Ain't Broke, Keep Swinging

Glorious weather for your cycling pleasure today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 9 mph.

Sunrise: 5:24am

Sunset: 8:28pm

Corey Johnson has pledged to "break the car culture;" in the meantime the city may not be breaking it exactly, but they are taking a few decent swings at the SUV-shaped piñata.  In July the new speed camera law goes into effect:

And heavy car restrictions will begin on 14th St.:

These restrictions will not apply to Arthur Schwartz's Yuba.

Also, a new combination drop-off/bike lane combo is apparently coming to 29th St.:

And in Brooklyn, the 94th Precinct stands by its bike lane blocker ticketing efforts:

Though they may just want to deploy Sean Avery instead:

But in the absence of a bike mayor—or a full-time regular mayor, for that matter—a leadership vacuum has emerged, and the ex-hockey hothead has rushed in to fill it. Calling himself Officer Avery, he's been fairly transparent about his quest to become the city's most visible bike lane enforcer.

He made progress toward that goal on Monday, earning headlines after receiving a desk appearance ticket for allegedly crashing his scooter into a car that was blocking a West Village bike lane. Leaving the courthouse, he was interviewed by a Post reporter (he in turn filmed her, interviewing him) and spouted off a not-quite-coherent speech about Mel Gibson and Braveheart and the war for cyclists' freedom.

At first blush a retired professional athlete would seem like an ideal candidate for Bike Mayor.  Not only do they have plenty of time on their hands, but they're also more likely to get through to the bike-hating bro types you often find blocking bike lanes.  Unfortunately, this particular professional athlete is just as likely to alienate pretty much everyone else:

Take, for example, him deeming this man a "fucking animal" and mocking his appearance for reasons that are never really explained.

Or him harassing this delivery worker for parking his e-bike on the sidewalk (part of a series).

Or him calling this person, who appears to be homeless, the "biggest asshole on the planet." (also part of a series.)

Oh well, so much for that.

In Queens, the Sunnyside Post has the story on the erudite and insightful infrastructure critique someone placed in the bike lane via the artful and judicious application of spraypaint:

The words ‘f*** the bike lanes’ were scrawled upon a stretch of 43 Avenue in protest of the DOT’s decision to redesign the roadway to make way for protected bike lanes. The offensive language and the nature of the protest caused outrage among several Sunnyside residents.

Council member Jimmy Van Bramer apologized to residents who saw the profanity at 41-00 43rd Ave. and vowed to clean the bike lane as soon as possible.

And in Bay Ridge, yet another reminder of how many people think bicycle delivery people don't count as either bicyclists or as people:

Fortunately this sort of derision doesn't extend to the NYPD.

Oh, wait...

So much for that.

Finally, Streetsblog reports on the Vision Zero trial in the Bronx, and it's well worth reading:

Suarez could have dismissed the case right then and there — the city’s only requirement is that it demonstrate that it makes its decisions on a rational basis, not in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner. The city is not bound by any statute to listen to community boards, local businesses, 1,700 signatures from mostly car owners, or even a Council member with a megaphone screaming, “Shame!” The only requirement is a rational reading of the data.

But Parker persisted. “No one in this community is saying we want to live on an unsafe roadway,” he said. “The argument is we struggle and we’ve been thriving. Don’t take that away from us.”

Yes, you can only truly thrive when you're under imminent threat of death by motor vehicle.