Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
Brooklynites who ride late should note upcoming night work on the Kane Street bridge will involve some closures:
Kane St Bridge over the #BrooklynQueensExpressway will require closures. As a result, motorists, pedestrians, & #BikeNYC will be impacted near Kane St & Hicks St over the #BQE between 8/8-8/14, 12AM-5AM.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 5, 2019
Details: https://t.co/zmtgw3CKto pic.twitter.com/T8jTvJ44R1
The post-Green Wave NYPD is certainly being more proactive with the bike tweets, notifying you of new bike lanes on Beach 94th Street in Rockaway:
Have you seen the new paint job? 🖌️🚲 DOT has created new bike lanes and parking along Beach 94 Street. Please be careful to observe all signage and watch for bicyclists! pic.twitter.com/UgjjxeYMu8— NYPD 100th Precinct (@NYPD100Pct) August 1, 2019
Clearing the bike lane on 9th Ave. in Brooklyn:
And even "advising the public on bike laws " in Central Park:
This evening our Auxiliary Officers are advising the public on bike laws and safety tips. pic.twitter.com/tbWaV0u18p— NYPD Central Park (@NYPDCentralPark) August 1, 2019
So brace yourself for ticketing in Central Park.
The 105th Precinct also reminds drivers to watch for cyclists, which is great, though it's quite telling that in that part of Queens the closest thing they could find to a bike lane was that lonely little sharrow:
A reminder to share our roadways. Beware of bicyclists riding in bike lanes. Please drive safe pic.twitter.com/m3n8eJGsxv— NYPD 105th Precinct (@NYPD105Pct) August 2, 2019
I just waved my hand at a NYPD cruiser that drove into the bike lane, and the officer repeatedly said "I have a blind spot, if I hit you I lose my job." Fair! Accurate! @BilldeBlasio is negligent for not implementing better designed streets— ᴅᴇʀᴇᴋ ᴍᴇᴀᴅ (@derektmead) August 3, 2019
He must be new to the force if he thinks that's going to get him fired from the NYPD.
As for the Green Wave, Commissioner Polly Trottenberg talks more about what's to come:
"Watching advocates & the city come together around CPW was inspiring & we hope it's the shape of things to come. To make the Green Wave work, we'll need our allies to be even more involved at the community level esp. in places where cycling is less accepted" -Cmsr Trottenberg https://t.co/C4Lnd4bvCF— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 5, 2019
Though when it comes to community boards they've got their work cut out for them:
Just a reminder of the insightful feedback DOT heard last time they were at CB10.— Brian Hedden (@BriHedden) August 5, 2019
The dooring complaint is particularly ghoulish, considering how many *cyclists* have been killed this way. pic.twitter.com/0NBCPoc1Nj
The fact that drivers seem to think everyone within a one-block radius should come to a halt when they enter or exit their cars says everything about the motorist mentality.
And hey, sometimes you've just got to drive through a park, right?
Oh nothing, just some guy driving a Cadillac through a park and across a "protected" bike lane... pic.twitter.com/ToDq35piHE— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) August 5, 2019
The Green Wave also promises a citywide protected bike lane network, though even the existing network is often nearly impassible:
I spent part of my Thursday afternoon surveying #BikeNYC lanes with a camera mounted to my handlebars. It was sometimes frightening and often frustrating: 28 vehicles blocking bike traffic and 5 close calls w/ drivers on 2nd/8th Avenues https://t.co/rOGhTOqI1u— Noah Manskar (@noahmanskar) August 5, 2019
This Patch reporter encountered more than two dozen vehicles blocking bike traffic and had several close calls with drivers on a roughly 10-mile trek through six of New York City's cycling corridors.
The obstructions showed up on five of the six thoroughfares I traversed with a cellphone camera mounted to my creaky, sky-blue single-speed bike. I cruised unimpeded down a two-mile stretch of Queens Boulevard — once known as the "Boulevard of Death" — but other so-called protected bike lanes in Brooklyn and Manhattan were not immune to the vagaries of traffic.
Here's the video:
We need more jersey barriers at the very least:
Implementation is ongoing at this location and the bike lane is not yet open. Jersey barriers will be installed in the next few weeks.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 5, 2019
And possibly some moats.
Finally, Brooklyn Daily Eagle speaks with Danny Harris:
"How many New Yorkers will have to die before community boards, or the city, will start to make real decisions?"— Brooklyn Eagle (@BklynEagle) August 5, 2019
We caught up with @DannyHarris_TA, the incoming leader of @TransAlt, about difficult decisions, community boards and how to get things done. https://t.co/PBSXMJBmTg
Eagle: That’s an admirable goal, but there are times when conflict is unavoidable. For instance, building up bike infrastructure will necessarily remove parking. In that sort of conflict, how can we meet the needs of everyone?
DH: You need leadership to make difficult decisions. We have community boards and there’s a reason that we have them. But the point is that we have the directives and we have a vision of what we’re doing.
And hey, sometimes it just works itself out:
Just spoke to a doorman about the 12th street #bikenyc lane. How do people feel? “Now that it’s in, it’s ok. There’s less honking. Ambulances get through. A few people gave up their cars and are happy they did.” No leading questions from me @TransAlt. pic.twitter.com/u0hkGnNKp7— Janet Liff (@JanetLiff) August 5, 2019
Look at that, the world didn't end after all, how do you like that?