June 26th, 2019: It's Officially Hot Now

That's right, we're looking at the wrong side of 90 degrees today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 91. North wind around 6 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light southwest after midnight.

Sunrise 5:26am

Sunset 8:31pm

As always, the best ways to keep cool on a bike are:

  • Moving your bag off your body and onto your bike
  • Making a pit stop and spending your MetroCard savings on a refreshing beverage
  • Riding slower

With regard to that last one, if you're worried about being late then just leave earlier.  

Bonus: it will be cooler out!

Want a protected bike lane along Central Park West?  (That's a rhetorical question; of course you do.)  Then put this on your agenda:

Tuesday, July 2nd @ 6:30pm**

Goddard Riverside Community Center 

593 Columbus Avenue (between 87-88th St)

**Please arrive early; space is limited.

[Optional: Transportation Alternatives hosts a Group Bike Ride to venue beginning at Columbus Circle; gather at 5:30PM, wheels down at 5:45PM]

Can't attend? E-mail office@cb7.org with your written testimony.

If you ride over the Metropolitan Ave. Bridge, note that there's some upcoming work scheduled that will affect the bike lane:

And this week you can attend workshops on the financial benefits of riding a bike:

Here's how it works:

1. Ride Bike

2. Give MetroCard A Rest

3. Profit!

Then you can spend some of that windfall on cool drinks.

Of course, even before the heatwave your blood was already boiling:

"Our unit is specifically the bicycle unit—whenever there's a pedestrian struck or a bicyclist struck, anything that involves a bike, we try to respond to it," Officer Carlos Negron told Gothamist, adding that Hightman's death was the reason why he was standing near the intersection of West 24th and 6th Avenue.

"As far as the female who passed away unfortunately, yesterday, I believe she was riding off the bike lane, you know," Officer Negron said. "It's sad, but it's sad that she was off the bike lane, you know? Maybe if she had been on the bike lane, maybe she'd still be alive."

Officer Negron has clearly been briefed on NYPD victim-blaming protocol.

As for the dedicated bicycle unit that mobilizes to ticket cyclists after one has been killed, this raises an important question:

Yes, the NYPD will free your bike from bees, and yet blitzing drivers after one kills a cyclist remains a fantasy:

As for Officer Negron's remark about the victim not being in the bike lane, I wonder why that could be:

Read the entire thread, it's everything wrong with our streets.

Basically, when it comes to bike lanes, you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't:

And when it comes to killing people with your truck you can just throw the tickets onto the pile of them you already have and drive away:

No big deal, the city will negotiate them down with you.

As for the mayor, in response to this latest death he mostly deflected any criticism, andthen  incredibly brought the discussion around to seniors and ebikes:

This would have been a great opportunity to announce an approach to truck deliveries that goes beyond asking companies to volunteer to make them at night, but presumably we'll have to wait for the next mayor to do that.

Finally, do you ride to Rockland over the weekend?  Well, your "hosts" aren't very welcoming:

The law came about as a result of complaints from motorists and pedestrians, mostly about large groups of cyclists passing through from out of town, according to Day.

The town's Facebook post announcing the law received more than 100 comments, many of them positive. Commenters specifically complained about cyclists riding two or more abreast on Routes 9W and 340, South Greenbush Road, Kings Highway and Western Highway.

In fact that's true on both sides of the Hudson:

I guess we'll have to find someplace else to spend our MetroCard savings...