July 18th, 2019: Fleeting Relief

We could see heavy rain today:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A chance of showers before 9am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Sunrise 5:40am

Sunset 8:24pm

But it will bring only fleeting relief from the unrelenting heat:

Friday Saturday Weather

Just as the NYPD's latest crackdown is bringing only fleeting relief from the city's unrelenting bike lane blockage:

Though the heat isn't nearly as stifling as the community board process:

This should be sufficient grounds to have someone removed from a community board but instead it's business as usual.

On the Upper West Side, advocates continue to pursue a better solution for Hudson River Greenway pedestrian safety than the current vertiginous detour through Riverside Park:

And everyone's covering the next Citi Bike expansion, including the Times:

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who is running for president, tied the plans to his broader effort to tackle inequality.

“This expansion will help us build a more fair and equitable city for all New Yorkers,” the mayor said in a statement. “Even more communities will have access to this low-cost, sustainable mode of transportation.”

He does realize he could expand it even more if he spread around some of that ferry money, right?

Not only has Citi Bike proven popular, but it's also proven very safe despite the infrastructural shortcomings we're all too familiar with:

Citi Bike has been remarkably safe considering the number of blue bikes circulating on New York City’s busy streets. Out of millions of trips, only two cyclists have died while using a Citi Bike — a rider in Manhattan who was hit by a bus in 2017 and a man who was hit by a UPS truck in April and died from his injuries last month. (Two Citi Bike riders were also killed in a terror attack on the bike path in Hudson River Park in 2017.)

Given this, mainsterammedia coverage of the expansion has been positive--though leave it to CBS 2 to look for a negative angle:

And of course this story will embolden the relatively few people out there who still shake their fist at Citi Bikers:

“There’s a lot of Citi Bikes around not obeying traffic rules,” said one cyclist.

Many cyclists and drivers noticed the destroyed Citi Bike on the edge of the road during the evening commute, but it did necessarily change behavior at this intersection. Cyclists repeatedly ran the red light at 5th and Warren Street as PIX 11 cameras rolled. Others made the same sharp left that led up to the crash.

Meanwhile drivers often showed little regard for cyclists riding legally.

While the cyclist certainly may have made an error in judgment the video only shows a tiny sliver of the streetscape, and it's all too easy to criticize from afar.

So let he who has not had to make a left hand turn on a busy street while riding a bicycle cast the first stone.

Finally, look who's back on the job:

I think we all know how he's getting to work.