July 17th, 2019: Established Practice

The rain is on its way, so prepare accordingly for your evening commute:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 4pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7pm and midnight, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 76. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise 5:39am

Sunset 8:25pm

The big news of course is that Citi Bike has revealed its next wave of expansion:

And yesterday morning the DOT held a press conference in the Bronx along with Citi Bike staffers and elected officials, all of whom arrived on bicycles via the Grand Concourse:

Citi Bike

Cameras awaited them:

Citi Bike

And they shared the details of the expansion before a triumphant Yankee Stadium backdrop:

Citi Bike

In the coming years Citi Bike will cover more of Queens and Brooklyn and all of Manhattan, and of course the Bronx will finally join the network:

Though if you're waiting for the city to subsidize full wall-to-wall coverage don't hold your breath:

Officials at the conference and elsewhere were enthusiastic about Citi Bike's expansion, though it does raise some concerns:

And if you were at the conference you didn't have to go very far to see this was true:

Then there are the problems that go way beyond infrastructure:

Namely male aggression:

Seasoned with the inalienable right of drivers to operate giant vehicles in New York City with the expectation that they remain clean, pristine, and untouched at all times--a right, of course, which supersedes your right to safe passage:

Car Wash

And yet people loathe...cyclists?

So if trucks, cars, and buses are capable of doing far more damage than bikes, why do pedestrians seem angrier about cyclists than they do about drivers?

Goddard has one theory: It’s easy to forget that people control cars because drivers are cocooned in their vehicles.

“Whereas if someone’s on their bike, they’re very visibly human,” she said. “And so it’s much easier to focus on and think about resenting this person rather than this kind of amorphous thing that is a vehicle.”

True, but anyone who doesn't resent Escalades really isn't trying hard enough.

Finally, yesterday I mentioned that alternate-side parking is sanctified in New York City, but incredibly East Village drivers are apparently being ticketed for double-parking in the bike lane:

Yesterday, an EVG reader who lives on Third Street between Avenue A and Avenue B told me that she received a $110 ticket for double parking in the newly created bike lane while waiting for the street sweeper during Alternate Side Parking.

She explained that the established practice on the block for at least the past seven years is that you double park, often even leaving your car unattended for a short period of time, and wait for the street sweeper to pass ... then you move your vehicle into a freshly swept space. It's the usual game of musical vehicles that takes place citywide on alt-parking days.

Many New Yorkers take this "established practice" for granted, but when you see it written out you realize how truly ridiculous it is.