July 22nd, 2019: The Cooldown

Looks like the skies are going to dump a big bucket of water onto this heatwave:

Monday Weather

Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 83. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Monday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 71. East wind around 6 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunrise 5:43am

Sunset 8:21pm

Sweet relief.

Also at an end is the NYPD's "Bicycle Safe Passage Plan:"

Safe Passage

As you can see, the bike lanes are totally clear and drivers aren't doing anything to endanger cyclists, so mission accomplished:

Now they can re-focus on ebikes:

Whether a courier rides for an app or a restaurant, some occupational hazards remain the same.

“In 2016, I was riding for Postmates and I broke both my arms,” said a former Postmates courier, Mike Cole. “They sent me a get-well-soon card via email.” (Some apps offer riders free accident insurance coverage.)

Delivery riders have long faced another peril: The throttle-controlled electric bikes they favor are not street-legal in New York, and the police have confiscated thousands of them. Though the bikes have been demonized as a menace to pedestrians — including by Mayor Bill de Blasio — e-bikes were involved in, at most, 0.3 percent of crashes that injured pedestrians last year, according to an analysis by an advocacy group called the Biking Public Project.

Of course we're also waiting for details on the DOT component to address the uptick this year in injuries and deaths:

Ideally this should include reforming the community board process:

"Community boards don't have the power to veto street safety projects,” said Joe Cutrufo, spokesman for street safety advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. “As long as Mayor de Blasio allows them to stymie the DOT's plans, we're never going to achieve the goals of Vision Zero."

As well as unambiguously articulating that in 2018 New York City's infrastructure should not be designed to facilitate retail gasoline sales:

It’s hard to overcome businesses’ objections to bike lanes. Bittu Singh, 40, said he believes the protected bike lanes that the DOT carved out on Queens Blvd. near 69th St. in Elmhurst have hurt business at the Mobil station where he’s worked for 17 years.

Singh said he rarely sees cyclists using the lane. "If they close it, it'll be better," Singh said.

But even though the lane appears to be little used, Singh believes it’s partly to blame for sales decline at his gas station from roughly 100,000 gallons a month to about 65,000 gallons a month.

Sadly, we continue to spend stratospheric sums to do just that, which is why our peer cities are leaving us behind:

New York should take a page from peer cities that are developing five-year bicycle plans with projects identified and funding allocated. In London, 2.3 billion pounds, nearly $3 billion, has been apportioned over the next five years to transform London into the best big city in the world to ride a bicycle. London is rolling out incongruous-sounding Cycle Superhighways, which take space away from automobiles and provide protected space for cyclists, buses and pedestrians to travel down main streets.

By identifying the specific infrastructure to be used in the future – be it bicycle parking facilities next to Penn Station, a new East River crossing solely for pedestrians and bicycles, or hundreds of miles of new protected bike lanes – elected officials and city agencies can begin coordinating projects and earmarking capital budget dollars now.

We should probably start taking more cues from them--and from our own past:

You don't have to go home but you can't park here.

In the meantime, know your rights:

Because clearly nobody else does.