August 15th, 2019: Laser Focus

There could be some rain today so be prepared just in case:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Isolated showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. East wind 7 to 10 mph.

Sunrise 6:06am

Sunset 7:54pm

In downtown Manhattan, getting to and from the Brooklyn Bridge will soon be a little easier:

Though getting across it will remain just as difficult as it's always been.

Yesterday protesters gathered on W. 12th St. against the 14th St. Busway lawsuit, and Arthur Schwartz did not disappoint:

Busway opponents are also against bike lanes because it gets cold in February:

Yeah, sure they won't:

But how many of those nearly one million trips were on 12th and 13th Streets specifically?  Because everybody knows that, due to seasonal wind patterns, 12th and 13th Streets are generally 20-50 degrees colder than the rest of the city and can often be impassable until the spring thaw.  That's why they shouldn't have bike lanes.

It's just a fact.

Watch out for ticketing on your commute today:

Though admittedly there's only so much you can do when the NYPD will ticket you for not having a bell even when you clearly have a bell:

Yes, it's Orwell meets Magritte.

Evidently the NYPD doesn't see bells like the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association doesn't see color:

Yet oddly the SBA does see things that aren't there, like an epidemic of "people being killed by bicycles:"

And certainly one color the NYPD doesn't see is green, which explains why they're often found in the bike lane:

"There's no emergency! Nothing is happening! I'm looking around, there's no terrorist threat. There's just you guys jerking off and doing nothing but standing here staring at me. I'm not threatening people's lives—you are! You are the problem!"

Well, in there defense, it does sound like they were doing something in the bike lane. 

Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio is "laser focused" on keeping cyclists safe:

De Blasio spokesman Seth Stein said the mayor is “laser focused” on street safety and pointed to HIzzoner’s recently announced plan to drastically expand the city’s network of protected bike lanes.

Here's what laser focus looks like:

He'd better pick up the pace, because thanks to the inadequate number of bike lanes, riding a bike in New York City feels like playing skee-ball on a machine with no holes:

With more people cycling than ever before, setbacks are leading to accidents. According to the NYDOT, the number of daily bike rides more than doubled between 2012 and 2017. Today, nearly half a million cycling trips are made every day.

More people are choosing to cycle for a variety of reasons — concerns about their impact on the environment, frustration with public transit and desire to improve their physical health. The city has also been instrumental in encouraging people to bike, including the massive rollout of Citibike bike shares.

Over the last few years, the city has on average built 62 miles of bike lanes each year — the largest increase anywhere in the country. But, in a city with more than 6,000 miles of streets, fewer than one in five has a bike lane.

Only you're a lot more likely to get hit by a bus:

Somebody buy that guy a drink.  (And hopefully a lawyer sees to it that the MTA buys that guy a house.)

And let's not forget there are cops who think you're not allowed to ride on a street that doesn't have a bike lane on it:

An NYPD spokesperson acknowledged the cop's mistake and said the bike lane summons will be voided, but added that Goldmark was properly ticketed for using headphones.

"The Commanding Officer is aware that the bike lane summons was issued in error, that summons will be voided and the officer will be instructed on proper summons-able traffic offenses," Det. Sophia Mason, the NYPD spokesperson, said in an email.

Limiting cyclists to streets with bike infrastructure in 2019 would be like limiting shoppers to online retail in 1995.

Yes, bike news in New York City often sounds like the Onion, which is why it can be so hard to tell the difference:

Seems legit.