Thursday Sunny, with a high near 89. North wind around 6 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 70. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.
School is out as of yesterday, so the streets should be just a bit quieter:
It's the last day of @NYCSchools, but that doesn't mean 🏫 will be empty - many schools have summer school & day camp programs. Beginning 7/11, speed cameras in school zones will be activated weekdays from 6AM-10PM to protect all New Yorkers on our streets. #SpeedCamerasSaveLives pic.twitter.com/UUZL2bNpAn— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) June 26, 2019
Though if you're a parent your home most certainly won't be.
There's a new bike corral in the South Bronx:
The new #StreetSeat & #BikeCorral in #theBronx are now open! Grab the Bx1 🚌, take a #bikenyc ride 🚲 or walk by and grab a seat to start enjoying your new #publicspace in front of Freshly Made on 3rd Ave & 138th St. pic.twitter.com/zZpSju9Pb1— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) June 25, 2019
A few more million of these and we'll have as many places to park as the drivers.
Tonight, riders will place a ghost bike at 23rd and 6th for Robyn Hightman:
BREAKING for #BikeNYC and all NYers: Messenger ride CANCELED. Instead, Ghost Bike memorial and install 8pm Thursday June 27 at 23rd and 6th Ave, site of fatal crash of Robyn Hightman. Be there to honor Robyn. @TransAlt @Streetsblog @ny1desk— melodie bryant (@bikeloveny) June 26, 2019
And in the meantime it's raining bogus tickets:
#bikenyc sting happening at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge. The @nypd5pct is emphatic that all bikes must have wheel reflectors. Apparently, they have also given out 5 "car" tickets. The 2 officers said, "we are enforcing EVERYTHING!" pic.twitter.com/Xf7pAlh7GB— noel hidalgo 🌹 (@noneck) June 26, 2019
Especially at the Manhattan Bridge, where the NYPD is ticketing for anything and everything:
As always, they're punishing us in order to save us.
And yes, that reflector ticket is total BS:
In his Daily News opinion piece, @BrooklynSpoke articulates what the city should be doing instead of ticketing cyclists:
For @NYDNOpinions, my thoughts on what the mayor must do to stop people on bikes from being killed in New York. "Beyond policy, a larger cultural conversation is required, one that should start with de Blasio himself." https://t.co/zQzR0GWEKa— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) June 26, 2019
To change this blind spot, de Blasio needs to get out of his SUV, off of his stationary bicycle, and talk to his constituents about why they choose to cycle, whether it’s for work, for exercise, to save money, to avoid subway delays or just for the love of it. He could even make an effort to attend some of the vigils that spring up in the wake of cyclist fatalities.
And Corey Johnson has spoken out against it:
I am disturbed by reports of a NYPD crackdown on cyclists near the intersection where cyclist Robyn Hightman was killed yesterday by traffic violence. Trucks and cars are the cause of the overwhelming number of traffic fatalities in our city. https://t.co/w3zPRPqCQD— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) June 25, 2019
Between the drivers and the tickets there's lots to be scared of out there:
I’m sorry, but riding a bike in Manhattan would scare the crap out of me.— Kai Ryssdal (@kairyssdal) June 26, 2019
Finally, the West Side Rag covers the Hudson River Greenway detour like only they can:
The new route stretches from 72nd to 83rd Street, moving cyclists away from the water further into the park so that they don’t crowd out pedestrians on the promenade next to the Hudson River. A cyclist slammed into a four-year-old near the Boat Basin at 79th Street earlier this year, sending the child to the hospital. The new route was funded via participatory budgeting arranged through Council Member Helen Rosenthal’s office.
“Mixing bikes and pedestrians on the Greenway, particularly in front of the boat basin, is problematic,” Rosenthal wrote in a message to constituents. “This separate cycling path will make the park safer for all of us, and I am urging the Parks Department to extend the path throughout the park wherever possible.”
Miss having a flat car-free cycling route? Tough!
People are all for keeping the seniors safe until the seniors want to ride bikes.