Thursday Sunny, with a high near 82. North wind around 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 70. South wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.
At Columbus Circle the bike lanes are going in:
This month we'll begin 1st phase of safety improvements on Central Park West from Columbus Circle to 77th St— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) July 24, 2019
🚲Install n/b protected #bikenyc lane
🚫Remove parking on east side from 62nd-77th
🚶♀️Add ped space at T-intersections
🚦65th St Transverse turn lanes & signal updates #LPI pic.twitter.com/htQ4VHwwQB
Though the patchwork approach to bike infrastructure is clearly not enough:
I am at a loss for words. We need action. We need a protected bike lane network. https://t.co/lQxGmQeY4F— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) July 24, 2019
Even Councilmember Eric Ulrich, who once called for mandatory bicycle registration, now wants a bike lane network in his district, so the political will is there:
This accident occurred in my district. Clearly more needs to be done to protect cyclists and pedestrians at busy intersections. @NYC_DOT should start by planning and installing safer bike lanes. The current network (or lack thereof) in South Queens is a big part of the problem https://t.co/YeNwwzyhoi— Eric Ulrich (@eric_ulrich) July 24, 2019
The city's "action plan" is imminent:
Terrible news from Staten Island today. Our hearts break for this young man and his family.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 23, 2019
These deaths are preventable.
The City is about to lay out a new action plan that will make streets safer for cyclists and everyone on the road. https://t.co/iSceReWPsn
And as we wait for the details of the DOT component the plan, the NYPD has announced that enforcement on reckless drivers will now be permanent:
Wow, @StreetsblogNYC gets action: @NYPDnews announces permanent enforcement blitz on reckless drivers and bike lane blockers after @NYCSpeakerCoJo @TransAlt and @bikenewyork call for full crackdown to keep cyclists safe!https://t.co/jBS74vYThR pic.twitter.com/DcDmUhioOT— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) July 24, 2019
The NYPD has confirmed that it will seriously step up enforcement of reckless drivers as part of Mayor de Blasio’s “bicycle safety” plan that will be announced this week — an announcement that came hours after Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for just that in an article on Streetsblog.
“Yes, confirmed,” NYPD spokesman Phillip Walzak told Streetsblog on Wednesday afternoon after being asked if the mayor would announce that a permanent extension of the NYPD’s three-week enforcement blitz against bike lane blockers and drivers who fail to yield would be part of the mayor’s announcement this week.
Permanent enforcement of reckless driving? What a concept.
Also, Assembly Member Joe Lentol will throw a cool million at the problem, so there's that:
I will be allocating $1,000,000 in New York State Funding for the NYC Dept. of Transportation to implement immediate roadway safety infrastructure for cyclists and motorists in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill.@TransAlt @NBk_TA @StreetsblogNYC #BikeNYC— Joe Lentol (@assemblymanjoe) July 24, 2019
Of course, another approach the city could take would be to address the frequency with which its own employees park in the bike lanes:
Me: Hi sir, do you know you're parked in a #bikenyc lane?@nycgov employee: yup.— noel hidalgo 🌹 (@noneck) July 23, 2019
Me: you know you are endangering people's lives?
Gov Employee: I don't care.
Me: Excuse me, you don't care about endangering people's lives when you have spots across the street to park?
GE: Nope. pic.twitter.com/S3njpjgEhW
Then maybe they could move onto creating more loading zones:
Surely there must be a way to balance human lives and our undeniable need for cold cuts.
And surely Access-A-Ride must be accountable to somebody, right?
Ah, if only there were a magical foam hat that could make all these problems just disappear:
This poor guy on his bike just got wiped out by a small truck just outside our TechCrunch office in New York. No helmet — massive head injury, blood everywhere, carted off in an ambulance.— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) July 24, 2019
For the love of all that is holy, wear a fucking helmet.
If you're wondering what happened, no response to this inquiry was forthcoming:
The problem is not his lack of a helmet. The problem is that somebody drove a truck into him.— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) July 24, 2019
Instead of knee-jerk helmet-shaming, it would be much more useful to let #bikenyc know exactly where and when this happened. Please share.
And the original tweet has since been deleted.
In any case, if the NYPD is truly committed to enforcing reckless driving, maybe they can pull a few officers off e-bike detail:
2 Ave and 20 St, 3 cop cars (2 blocking the crosswalk and blocking daylighting of the turn lane) for 1 guy on an e-bike. This is the day after 3 people on #BikeNYC were struck by and injured or killed by drivers of motor vehicles. Do you feel safer? pic.twitter.com/xWPvE8nHEn— Bike Commuter NYC (@driversofnyc) July 24, 2019
Seems like a slightly better use of resources.