Monday Sunny, with a high near 87. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 72.
And hopefully the lights will stay on:
We’re happy to report that Citi Bike is operating as normal during the power outage. You are able to access bikes and docks as you normally would.— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) July 14, 2019
Yes, when the you-know-what hits the fan, there's no more dependable form of transportation than the bicycle:
Bikes are a critical part of our redundancy infrastructure. Cars aren't. Cars backed up ambulances for blocks and posed a terror risk to massive crowds. pic.twitter.com/DC3G2IeV2y— Nicole Gelinas 🚌🚆🚇🚲🇺🇸🇫🇷 (@nicolegelinas) July 14, 2019
Clearly we shouldn't be allowing cars in a city with such a fragile electrical grid:
Though maybe if we eliminated automated and transitioned to an all-volunteer model for directing traffic drivers would be more invested in street safety.
Wanna drive in New York City? Not unless you're putting in your 40 hours a month with a pair of white gloves and a whistle.
Hey, it works for the Park Slope Food Co-Op.
Meanwhile, the recent spate of cyclist deaths in New York City has resulted in a bumper crop of bike stories in the local media, including this excellent story from Ginia Bellefante:
Of the city’s 1,240 miles of bike lanes, 337 have been added during the de Blasio administration — but parked cars and the police are often in the way https://t.co/kxOtfU4GQy— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) July 13, 2019
Over the past two decades, urban planning has demonstrated little will to stem the forces of suburbanization resulting from the choice made by many families to remain in New York with the belief that they should forfeit none of the conveniences of living in Greenwich. Just this week The Daily News reported on one neighborhood’s rage over a financier who manage to carve a driveway for himself in front of his enormous townhouse out of a patch of public sidewalk.
About 45 percent of all households in New York City have cars according to recent census data, with close to 93,000 of them owning three or more. This reality has unfolded alongside the rise of Uber and Lyft and our growing reliance on getting everything — pet food, tennis balls, cocktail shakers, bulk ancient grains — delivered to us within 24 hours via the use of panel trucks. These developments not only threaten the cyclist’s sense of autonomy but also undermine the use of small alternative vehicles that reduce our carbon footprint.
NY1's "Off Topic/On Policits" podcast also featured some good discussion, Juan Manuel Benítez's somewhat retrograde attitude towards bicycles notwithstanding:
What needs to be done to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists & does the political will exist to do it? @ZackFinkNews @JuanMaBenitez and I debate the fight over NYC’s streets on this week’s “Off Topic/On Politics” podcast. #NY1OffTopic https://t.co/DU0QagwZ9V— Grace Rauh (@gracerauh) July 12, 2019
And how's that crackdown going? Are the drivers out of the bike lanes yet?
This driver recklessly endangering cyclists by using the 9th Ave protected bike lane to avoid two blocks of traffic till I stopped him. @NYCSpeakerCoJo if I report this to the cops they do nothing. Why? This should be a $1k fine #bikeNYC #VisionZero pic.twitter.com/SDf9S6YWga— Jehiah (@jehiah) July 12, 2019
By the way, check out the tickets:
#NY_GCE4600 has been queried 1 time.— How's My Driving NY (@HowsMyDrivingNY) July 12, 2019
Total parking and camera violation tickets: 14
5 | School Zone Speed Camera Violation
3 | Parked On Sidewalk
2 | Failure To Stop At Red Light
1 | No Standing - Bus Stop
1 | No Parking - Day/Time Limits
Of course, no bikes-in-the-news wave would be complete without a offensive and moronic editorial blaming cyclists for their own deaths:
Hey, @nypost, we hope you’ll call up the families of the FIFTEEN dead cyclists this year and tell them to their face that cyclists are “privileged” in New York City.— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) July 12, 2019
Shame on you.https://t.co/kzXuqM7K9H pic.twitter.com/xcCYWgY7Pf
When Mayor Mike Bloomberg began wedging bike lanes into our already crammed streets, it wasn’t to meet a demand — it was to create one. To promote cycling, he and then-DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, a bike enthusiast, threw caution to the wind and encouraged cyclists to hit the streets without so much as a helmet law, which might have deterred ridership, especially among the affluent, arrogant, scofflaw cyclists who want to use the city as their own personal racetrack.
Then came Citi Bike, offering up cumbersome, unwieldy and garishly colored bikes to inexperienced riders. Suddenly, without any training or education, thousands of New Yorkers were riding alongside hulking trucks and buses, whose blind spots are exacerbated by the speed and narrow silhouettes of bicycles.
It was a recipe for disaster, and the disproportionately influential, ceaselessly kvetching bicycle-advocacy groups capitalized on every heart-rending fatality to further their agenda.
So who is Gary Taustine?
Newspapers (incl. the Times) have been printing anti-bike opinions from "Gary Taustine" for years. Here's his latest for the Post. He has no online presence/contact info/affiliation of any kind yet he's the go-to bike skeptic for NYC print media. Is he even a real person? Fishy. pic.twitter.com/cYAcIqpVDJ— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) July 14, 2019
The Ignatius J. Reilly of hating people who ride bikes, he seems to lead a life of solitary delusion, and a significant portion of his literary output consists of either anti-bike screeds or else screeds on anti-bike-adjacent subjects such as how great smoking in cabs is:
After dodging two bicycles going the wrong way in their own lane, I planted my feet in the dangerously narrow pedestrian area between traffic and parked cars, and began looking for a cab. With none in sight I lighted a cigarette, but after just a few puffs I could see a dimly lit taxi top-light about a block away.
At $14.50 a pack, (Thanks, Mayor Bloomberg) I don’t waste, so as the cab approached, I got in a couple more drags and was about to behead the cigarette to save it for later. Just then, the cabdriver held up a pack of smokes on his dashboard — the universal sign for freedom. More rare than unicorns or honest politicians, this was a smoking cab.
Also, he doesn't know how minivan doors work:
Doors that swing open can hurt bicyclists, so now, once again inconveniencing the many to appease the few, we have sliding cab doors. An elderly person has as good a chance of opening one of those doors as she does of wresting Excalibur from its stone.
Yeah, elderly people can open them just fine, but admittedly stupid people could have issues.
Finally, the big news was that NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan admitted ticketing cyclists after a cyclist is killed is a crappy thing to do:
"We have to get away from the idea today that cars and bikes are treated the same under the law because they certainly are not" said @ShabazzStuart during our #WeTheCommuters panel with @NYPDChiefofDept and @BikeNYCLaw hosted by @ChristRobbins. Hear more: https://t.co/tUb2PaiAXg— WNYC 🎙 (@WNYC) July 12, 2019
"Moving forward, the enforcement is not going to be on bicyclists," said Chief of Department Terence Monahan during a We The Commuters panel hosted by Gothamist and WNYC on Thursday night. "We may do education for bicyclists—if we see one doing something dangerous, they'll be stopped and educated—but it'd be insensitive to give summonses. The enforcement for 72 hours [after a cyclist is killed] will be strictly on vehicles."
Wow, a 72-hour grace period, how generous.
Then again, Monahan is a man who's not afraid to dream big:
Later in the panel, Monahan was asked how he would change the streetscape of New York City if he had a magic wand. "I'd get rid of all the cars so I could drive around," he said.
Presumably, driving over the Williamsburg Bridge bike path will continue unabated:
And so it goes.