July 29th, 2019: Surfing The Green Wave

Hot today with the ever-so-slight chance of a thunderstorm:

Monday Weather

Monday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.

Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 76.

Sunrise 5:50am

Sunset 8:15pm

The LPI bill officially goes into effect December 20th:

The East River Greenway is becoming more rideable:

...at least in theory:

And "inattentive motorists" are crashing into cyclists in Douglaston:

It's good to see the 111th Precinct acknowledge this, but we've got a very long way to go before the NYPD does so citywide:

Meanwhile, reactions to last week's "Green Wave" presentation have been varied.  Some feel it doesn't go far enough:

While the more hoary media outlets imply it's not doing enough to punish...cyclists:


But what about bike riders behaving badly?

Three weeks ago when CBS2 went out with an NYPD enforcement unit, we caught a lot of careless riders with police standing right there. CBS2 saw bike riders blowing through red lights, going the wrong way, and one rider so distracted by his cell phone he went through a red light and nearly got hit by a car door.

“Mr. Mayor, you’ve asked the NYPD to crack down on drivers. But what about these bicycle riders behaving badly? Don’t you think they should be ticketed, that they should be accountable?” Kramer asked.

Then there's the Post:

First they criticize de Blasio for not adding as many bike lane miles as Bloomberg, which is just weird:

The week before, he dropped plans to triple the number of Citi Bikes and more than double the program’s service area, even as other bike-share companies grab yet other parts of town.

And this mayor isn’t even all that bike-obsessed: He’s mainly just imitated the “Bikes Good, Cars Bad” approach of Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

De Blasio now hopes to have added 160 miles of bike lane in his eight years. Bloomberg created nearly 400 miles — while starting Citi Bike (with its sprawling bike racks taking yet more turf) and burning up more street space on pedestrian plazas.

Then they call the motorists who have killed 17 cyclists and 55 pedestrians so far this year "victims:"

His transportation department turned nearly 180 acres of prime real estate on stately corridors like Columbus Avenue into temples of torture for motorists, herding cars into single lanes and blitzing roadsides with “No Parking Anytime” signs.

Of course, de Blasio’s focus — his Vision Zero safety goals — often targets the same victims, as in his vows last week that the NYPD will “be watching drivers more closely” and that the city will “change the behavior of motorists.”

And then they go into a whole thing about "ideology," "moral inferiority," and "moral virtue:"

CoJo also reiterated his standard line: “We need to break the car culture” that’s “choking our streets” and “literally killing people.” In late May, he dropped his plan to add even more bike lanes, and to double the city’s pedestrian-plaza acreage, over the next five years. And this is one of the leading candidates to succeed de Blasio.

Ever since Bloomberg, the line’s been that this all about good government: attracting tech companies (who love the cyclist lifestyle), fighting climate change, etc.

Not so: It’s an ideology, pure and simple — a faith in the moral inferiority of car and truck drivers, and in the moral virtue of cyclists.

Sounds like someone needs help with their guilt issues.

Finally, a Lime bike exploded in Rockaway last week:

Videos posted to social media show the bright green ride spewing flames from a battery underneath its seat.

The unidentified victim, who suffered first-degree burns to his hamstring but refused medical attention, told arriving firefighters that the battery — which powers a motor that makes it easier to pedal — exploded.

Which seems sensational until you consider cars burst into flames on pretty much a daily basis:

Hopefully it's not too ideological to point that out.