Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 6 to 9 mph.
Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind around 9 mph.
We are at 19 now:
Another cyclist is dead on deadly Coney Island Avenue. @nyc_dot and @NYPDTransport need to do something about this murderstrip. Not safe for drivers, pedestrians or cyclists — and horrible for business, too.https://t.co/KZtpJFQsNF pic.twitter.com/xxgb8CLurb— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) August 11, 2019
Horrific, but sadly not surprising on the dragstrip that is Coney Island Avenue:
Heartbreaking news from Brooklyn today. A cyclist was killed and a pedestrian injured.— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) August 11, 2019
Our streets are in crisis. This is our 19th cyclist death this year. We need to make them safer immediately. https://t.co/qbz7wYHo2r
The mayor was at the Iowa State Fair, in case you're wondering:
Not going quite as planned indeed.
On Friday the DOT were preparing everybody for the implementation of the 14th St. Busway today...
DOT staff were out this morning reminding drivers about new 14th St regulations going into effect on 8/12:— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) August 9, 2019
6AM-10PM Every Day: Buses & trucks only btn 9th-3rd Aves. All other vehicles may make local trips, but must turn at the next available right.
More: https://t.co/gsIvfVszf2 pic.twitter.com/cyXnGk7Ip1
...until the NIMBYs stopped it yet again:
The plan sparked considerable confusion and concern, especially among residential and community groups that feared a traffic spillover onto neighboring streets.
"For those who think that this is just selfish neighbors, we live here, we breathe the air, our buildings rattle and vibrate and we have to deal with horns and honking," said Arthur Schwartz, an attorney for the plaintiffs. "We deserve consideration as well."
Basically, they've got thousands of dollars to throw around to make sure New Yorkers have to endure brutally slow bus service:
Don’t read @thevillagernyc coverage, I said to myself. It’s Saturday, I said to myself. It’s nice out, I said to myself. One rage stroke was enough, I said to myself.— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) August 10, 2019
Sigh. https://t.co/myelyZCOiP pic.twitter.com/4gGOfmVD3E
“I said it might cost $5,000 to $10,000 to print the record,” he said, referring to the paperwork — in multiple copies — required to file the appeal.
“I got a great reaction,” he said. “Everyone was pledging $1,000 here, $1,000 there.
“It’s much easier to stop something, than to stop it once it starts,” Schwartz noted of why he scrambled to pull the last-minute appeal together.
Meanwhile, the New York Times takes a characteristically puzzling look at Revel scooters:
New York City streets just got a little bit more crowded. https://t.co/MeybjSRL2w— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 9, 2019
For many Revel users, the program offers a quicker alternative to CitiBike, the city’s bike-sharing service, and a more exciting option than ride-hailing companies like Uber or Lyft.
If people are using them instead of Uber of Lyft then how are they making the streets more crowded?
And look who's back:
Gary Taustine right on cue, and wielding the telltale purple prose of the failed writer. pic.twitter.com/tbUO2wOxVz— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) August 10, 2019
On July 31, a cyclist rammed 60-year-old Michal Collopy in the bike lane on 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue and kept on pedaling. Collopy died a week later from severe brain trauma; the killer remains at large.
Of course the medical examiner still hasn't determined a cause of death but apparently Taustine didn't get the memo.
He also seems to be pushing for mandatory helmets now, no doubt having learned how effective they can be at suppressing ridership:
There’s not a single seasoned cyclist from Seattle to Singapore who would deny that education, law abidance and headgear makes bicycling safer, but TA lobbies for exemption from traffic lights and objects to helmet laws.
As it happens, helmets are mandatory for street riding in both Seattle and Singapore. Yet Jon Orcutt, a former DOT policy director and current communications director for Bike New York, another bike lobby, opposed helmet requirements even for inexperienced bike share users, telling the Times in 2011: “You don’t want to impose a regulation. You don’t want to be working at cross-purposes with a heavy-handed rule that depresses or reduces cycling.” Helmets are hell on man-buns, you see.
What a hateful person. Clearly Taustine never got that bike he wanted for Hanukkah and he's been bitter and spiteful ever since.
Speaking of hating people who ride bikes, CBS 2 covers the East River Greenway bike path as only they can:
Complete with the specter of ambulances trapped like mammoths in tar pits:
The bike path has also removed an emergency lane on the FDR Drive — used by vehicles in distress and first responders — creating a bottleneck for traffic.
CBS2 cameras saw an ambulance struggling to get through the newly narrowed path during rush hour. City officials claim new signal changes will improve the traffic flow moving forward.
Finally, if you've ever noticed what look like hair clippings on your Citi Bike, don't worry, they're just someone's hair clippings:
EEEW!!!https://t.co/gzB3ALhYqN— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) August 11, 2019
Julien Howard’s barbershop is wherever you need it to be. A recent summer afternoon found him in lower Manhattan at the corner of Lafayette and Howard streets trimming one customer’s hair from the seat of a parked Citi Bike.
Next time you use a Citi Bike you may want to give it a quick going-over with the hairdryer.