Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight at 6:30pm the DOT will present plans to Manhattan Community Board 3 for improvements on the Lower East Side:
On Wednesday, 6/19 at 6:30PM DOT will present to @CB3Man safety improvements on streets around schools on the Lower East Side, including Montgomery St btn Madison St. & Grand St, & the intersections of East Broadway, Henry St & Madison St with Grand St. pic.twitter.com/HXqmEQWLmc— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) June 18, 2019
And in Brooklyn it's #BikeNYC trivia night:
Join @BrownBikeGirl on Wednesday, 6/19, 6PM-9PM, at @bergnbk for #BikeNYC trivia. Bring your team of 4 or find friends to test your cycling 🚴♀️🚴♂️ knowledge! #GetThere— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) June 17, 2019
More info & RSVP: https://t.co/vEAzJuavi7 pic.twitter.com/ttnn0dn7Fx
Remember: the official shade of green the DOT uses for its new protected bike lanes is "spring algae."
Speaking of new bike lanes, a brave NYPD regiment continues to secure and hold a small stretch of the one on 2nd Ave.:
Officers back out on 2nd Avenue today ensuring the new stretch of #UES #BikeNYC lane is being used by 🚴🏾♂️ only.— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) June 17, 2019
Looking good at this hour. We didn’t have to ticket or tell any motorists to get out of the bike lane this time. We will continue to monitor to ensure cyclists safety. pic.twitter.com/bYkPXjXRmN
In other words, it basically takes a standard army just to keep drivers from double-parking on a single street in Manhattan.
If we're going to secure the entire network citywide we're going to need reinforcements from the UN.
And if we're going to get a real citywide network we need to stop wasting time with community boards:
This is not a bike network https://t.co/t0FK84Aa77— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) June 18, 2019
Basically that second map is a photo negative map of all the community board members' homes.
Of course a comprehensive bike network would also make all sorts of other new transport options possible, and on the eve of e-bike and e-scooter legislation here comes on opinion piece in the Times that's mostly about helmets:
In Opinion— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 17, 2019
Margaret Renkl writes, "While there is no question that this country needs a micro-mobility revolution, it takes years to build the kind of infrastructure that would make it safer for people to ride scooters on city streets." https://t.co/kRFinQxPIU
I found four mentions of helmets and one mention of "protective gear," but no actual insight:
Electric scooters are fun, and joy should never be discounted, but a city needs to be the municipal equivalent of the sober parent, the safety-conscious parent, and either ban the devices altogether or commit the resources to make them safer.
Maybe that sober parent should take away everyone's car keys, because clearly we're not fit to drive.
But who am I to argue with a flora and fauna writer:
Finally, there's another kind of electric scooter that's already here:
Almost seemingly overnight, large chunks of Brooklyn and Queens got one of NYC’s first real shared mircomobility services — 1,000 electric mopeds. I spoke w/ the co-founders about how the first week went, and have also used it a ton already: https://t.co/AiotjC8JFf via @Verge— Sean O'Kane (@sokane1) June 16, 2019
Each motor scooter also comes with two helmets, one big and one small, which are locked away in a cargo compartment at the back. Those helmets are cleaned “every two to three days,” Suhey says.
Otherwise, it sounds pretty good:
Moving through Brooklyn on a Revel scooter is fun, but it also feels freeing. It’s like biking without any of the work, with the added bonus of being able to get away from the cars around you. I liked it more than using an electric skateboard, or even an e-bike — especially because I could just walk away from it after every ride.
Nothing wrong with having options.