Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 8 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
It also looks like we're going to stay there for awhile:
However, if you're trying to get to and from Roosevelt Island tomorrow you should know this:
#RooseveltIslandBridge work over the East Channel of the East River will require intermittent 15 minute FULL bridge closures to all vehicular, #Bikenyc, & pedestrian traffic 7/25, 10AM-2PM. pic.twitter.com/5JSqcfyKZE— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 23, 2019
And if you're growing weary of cresting the hills of the Riverside Park detour on the Hudson River Greenway:
@RiversideParkNY & @NYCParks have heard from pedestrians & #bikenyc that detour is dangerous & ableist. Waiting for a serious injury or fatality instead of proactively fixing is irresponsible & unaccountable. https://t.co/HL2A0dk7z3 @lisaorman3 @HelenRosenthal @bikenewyork— Streetopia Upper West Side (@StreetopiaUWS) July 23, 2019
More than a dozen cyclists testified against the month-old detour at a meeting of Community Board 7 on Monday, but Riverside Park Administrator John Herrold dashed any hopes that the Parks Department will make improvements that could ensure that the “shared path” live up to its purpose — which “began with a concern for safety. Everyone’s safety,” Herrold said.
Herrold cited a lack of funding for additional improvements to the $200,000 route, which the Parks Department built on its own, with limited input from the Department of Transportation, which has considerable experience with bike lanes.
Unfortunately there's no end in sight:
Two resolutions were defeated. One, by board member — and Streetsblog op-ed contributor — Richard Robbins called for the detour to be scrapped entirely. That motion was defeated 6-2, with only Coughlin voting with Robbins. Board member Klari Neuwelt asked the Parks Department to consider allowing cyclist to return to the waterfront path during winter, when there are very few pedestrians. That motion also went nowhere. It may be revisited in the fall.
What has ended of course is the NYPD's Bicycle Safe Passage Plan:
I have a serious question for #BikeNYC - Did anyone actually notice or experience a single improvement over the last three weeks in regards to this "effort" by the NYPD? Grand Street was still nearly unusable, 1st and 2nd Ave. were packed and cops were parked in bike lanes. https://t.co/CmeuajiDWV— Eric Helms (@EricPHelms) July 23, 2019
Though motorists certainly up to their usual tricks:
And in one stunningly tragic day yesterday a tow truck driver killed a 17 year-old bicyclist on Staten Island:
The 16th victim this year is a 17-year-old kid. https://t.co/dqgWM8tBkC— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) July 23, 2019
According to the NYPD, the 38-year-old tow truck was heading south on Clove Road and the 17-year-old cyclist on a mountain bike was traveling westbound on Castleton Avenue in the West Brighton section of the Rock at around 12:03 p.m. when the two collided. The NYPD did not have any additional details about the crash, except that the driver remained on the scene.
This is the second teen bicyclist to be killed this year since Yisroel Schwartz in Borough Park, and the first death this year on Staten Island.
Not only are cars deadly, but so is the industry built around taking them away once they've smashed into something:
Today a tow truck driver killed a 17 year-old on a bike on SI.— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) July 23, 2019
This story about tow truck drivers comes to mind. Cars crashing, tow truck drivers racing to retrieve them, it's basically a maelstrom of death out there. https://t.co/92sn3nf48d
Mr. Cali, 47, is a tow-truck operator who circles this section of Brooklyn like a condor, waiting to swoop down on the next car crash.
“They call it chase driving or wreck chasing — it’s just hustling and working the street, looking for the money,” he said. “You can’t wait for an invitation.”
Mr. Cali is not looking for nickel-and-dime towing jobs, but rather for collisions involving cars that, as he said, are relatively new and fully insured. If he can persuade the driver to let him tow the wreckage to the Georgia Avenue shop that he works for, Mr. Cali can collect a 10 percent commission on the repairs.
It's just mayhem on every level.
Then a box truck driver killed a 58 year-old bicyclist in Brooklyn:
Preliminary information is very sketchy, but according to the NYPD, at around 3:50 p.m., the 58-year-old cyclist was “facing southbound on McGuinness Avenue on a bicycle at Norman Avenue when he made contact with a box truck that was traveling southbound on McGuinness.”
Meanwhile the city has yet to announce the details of the new cyclist safety action plan it promised weeks ago.
Finally, in a bit of good news, the LPI bill has passed the full City Council:
Hello #BikeNYC: proud to announce that #LPI4bikesNYC Intro 1457-A passed today in the @NYCCouncil thanks to all of your for being focused, patient and believing. This couldn’t have happened without support of @NYCSpeakerCoJo @NYC_DOT and NYPD. Let’s keep breaking the car culture. pic.twitter.com/ufuLMOeSo9— Carlos Menchaca 萬齊家 (@cmenchaca) July 23, 2019
Though it should surprise nobody that certain media outlets are spinning it as some zany law that will make it legal for cyclists to run red light:
It’s a green light for cyclists to run red lights.
The City Council will vote Tuesday on a bill that would allow bike riders to follow pedestrian walk signs rather than vehicle traffic lights.
This bill lets cyclists run red lights the same way TSA PreCheck allows you to smuggle drugs on commercial flights.
If anything we need all the help out there we can get.