Friday Sunny, with a high near 85. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Not bad at all:
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With a beautiful summer weekend ahead, we’re recommending Brooklyn Summer Ale for your adventures. Take our sunny pale ale to the beach, pool, or couch, no matter your plans. Keep an eye on the sky while you drink it—with the days starting to get shorter, there’s only so many Summer Ale weekends left before fall.
Yep. Did you notice sunrise isn't until 6:00am now? That's your summer slipping away.
Before it does, make sure you get out to Summer Streets:
Bike the nearly 7 miles of car-free #SummerStreets this Saturday and stop by the Citi Bike tent at Park Ave & E 24th St from 7:00AM-1:00PM for:— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) August 8, 2019
🚲 Citi Bike Trivia
⭐ Exclusive Citi Bike Swag
🎶 Music from our famous DJ Bike Train
We'll see you there! pic.twitter.com/iDwraB3o6E
Or at least a Weekend Walk:
Can't make it to @SummerStreets this Sat? Be a cool cat on #InternationalCatDay 🐈 & plan your weekend with any of the #carfree #WeekendWalks events happening 8/9-8/11— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 8, 2019
Use our interactive map & calendar for more info & to find an event near you: https://t.co/1HoTeHAQ94 pic.twitter.com/RVbw7BLJ4f
This month the DOT turns its attention to South Brooklyn and the Spumoni Gardens vicinity:
This month we'll begin safety improvements on 86th St from Stillwell Ave to Shell Rd/McDonald Ave in Brooklyn, adding:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 8, 2019
🚶Painted curb extensions & lane closures
⬅Left turn bays
➡Right & left turn bans for e/b 86th traffic
🚗Metered parking & loading zones pic.twitter.com/QDCQrurPI2
If you use the Roosevelt Ave. Bridge note that there will be lane closures next week:
#RooseveltAveBridge work will require westbound traffic delays 8/12-8/15. Beginning about 8/15 at 7AM, two eastbound lanes & south sidewalk will be closed. A single lane in each direction will be maintained for vehicular traffic. Pedestrians & #bikenyc may use north sidewalk. pic.twitter.com/DkE7hxCc4N— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 8, 2019
And crosstown bike lanes are finally coming to midtown:
Layout & markings installation has begun along NYC’s new midtown crosstown protected #bikenyc lanes on 55th & 52nd Sts in Manhattan. Stay tuned while implementation continues.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 8, 2019
Here’s a look at what’s still to come: https://t.co/ja0cN4fMKV pic.twitter.com/2UY3VckVk5
As for NYPD bike enforcement, look for that here:
Eternally grateful for the cyclist who tipped me off to the #bikenyc sting at 59th and 1st ave. NYPD has about seven cyclists pulled over.— Coleman Barton (@Coleman_Barton) August 8, 2019
59th and 1st could easily be the hottest bike ticketing spot in the whole city.
Moving on, TransAlt has issued a statement concerning the pedestrian killed by a hit-and-run cyclist:
Although Collopy is the second New Yorker to be struck and killed by a cyclist in 2019, these types of crashes account for less than one percent of total pedestrian deaths in the Vision Zero era. Since January of 2014, five pedestrians have been killed by cyclists in New York City, while more than 700 pedestrians have been killed by drivers of cars and trucks.”
Though now it looks as though the cyclist may not have killed the pedestrian after all:
“The medical examiner determined the cause of death was a result of the pedestrian being struck by the bicyclist,” the NYPD said. That statement was not true.
A spokesperson for the medical examiner told Streetsblog on Thursday that police were “incorrect.”
“The ME has not yet made a determination (decided cause/manner of death) in this case,” Aja Worthy-Davis said. She added that she would begin reaching out to local reporters who had also published the NYPD’s version of the events.
NYPD spokesman Sgt. Vincent Marchese could not explain the discrepancy on Thursday.
Curbed looks at what the city needs to do to keep cyclists safe:
Will the “Green Wave” help? The jury is still out. Some safe streets advocates have praised the program, and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson—who’s proposed his own comprehensive master plan to address road safety—called it a “major step forward” to making New York’s streets more equitable.
But others argue that it won’t eliminate the biggest danger to cyclists and pedestrians: cars. “The mayor’s plan offered nothing to proactively reduce car driving in this city,” Streetsblog’s Dave Colon wrote in an analysis of the plan. “Instead, he expects that congestion pricing (and the better transit system it is supposed to fund), more bike lanes, and the tripling of the Citi Bike fleet will result in more cycling and less driving. But nothing in his plan specifically seeks to reduce the pernicious effects of the automobile.”
And the mayor has discovered a new way to rationalize his much-maligned gym routine:
OMG how long has de Blasio been waiting for something to happen that would let him feel smug about taking a motorcade from Manhattan to Brooklyn in order to work out on a stationary bike every day?!?https://t.co/WZ3r49zPLF— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) August 8, 2019
Someone else should really read those tweets before he sends them out.
Also vexing is the Times's report on the 14th St. Busway:
It’s unfortunate that this is framed as a “war on cars” and not an “improvement for bus riders.” Cars have been waging a war on people for a century. https://t.co/P0eUSlzITg— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) August 8, 2019
Though they've since changed the headline, which they seem to be doing a lot of nowadays:
Now the headline has been changed from "radical" to "major" and "war on cars" has been revised to "crackdown on cars. It still completely misses the point that it's the framing - that the changes are AGAINST cars and not FOR bus riders - that's the problem. pic.twitter.com/YMbxypYD2E— Doug Gordon (@BrooklynSpoke) August 8, 2019
Nevertheless, the story does contain some head-scratchers:
Today, the soaring popularity of bicycling, an influx of newcomers, a thriving economy, the explosion of ride-hailing apps like Uber and a surge of delivery trucks carrying Amazon packages are strangling many communities.
Which communities are bicycles and a thriving economy strangling exactly?
Finally, kids in East Flatbush are learning bike safety:
Program Teaching Bike Safety to City Students Will Expand https://t.co/VEokZALHZA— Jillian Jorgensen (@Jill_Jorgensen) August 8, 2019
At Meyer Levin, the program is a hit with students, who are taking their knowledge beyond the school yard.
"They started going online and looking up bike routes because in East Flatbush, they have some but they're not as plentiful as maybe downtown Brooklyn, Central Brooklyn, so the kids started going on their own and they're off and they're riding," Patterson said.
Get these kids some more neighborhood bike routes!
Though it could be worse--they could live in Levittown:
Mandatory helmet law for people under 18yrs in Levittown, thanks to lazy Legislator @JohnFerretti - newbie to safe streets policy, flexing outdated helmet reactionary thinking after a 13 yr old was killed by a driver.@BicycleLobby @Daniel_A_Solow @StreetsblogUSA @NYbikelawyer pic.twitter.com/gjnudluRY6— Long Island Streets (@LIStreetsNY) August 8, 2019
Good to see they're protecting the poor motorists from the scourge of kids on bikes.
Gotta have priorities.