Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 6 to 9 mph.
Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of rain after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northeast wind 6 to 14 mph.
School starts today, so expect lots of addled drivers:
The NYPD is stepping up enforcement all month during #BackToSchoolNYC to keep kids safe. We have hundreds of new speed cameras around @NYCSchools, and officers will be keeping our school zones extra safe. https://t.co/43pmtUAq61— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) September 4, 2019
Remember when people used to get upset about Citi Bike? Doesn't all that seem positively quaint now? It's such a part of New York City now that even the local news gives credit where credit is due:
Well, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, here comes the mayor to torpedo the whole thing:
.@BilldeBlasio says his administration is considering requiring Citi Bike riders to wear helmets.— Erin Durkin (@erinmdurkin) September 4, 2019
This, of course, would be tantamount to killing the bike share system:
[Pssst: it was the H-E-Single-Hockey-Stick-M-E-T-S.]https://t.co/3ZAe5wYUhe— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) September 3, 2019
But wait! There's more!
After saying he's considering making CitiBike riders wear helmets, de Blasio says licensing cyclists is "also a valid discussion."— Anna Sanders (@AnnaESanders) September 4, 2019
So in case you were wondering how this whole "Vision Zero" thing would end, here's your answer.
As for the context for these remarks, they came out of an exchange with Marcia Kramer, which is alarming enough in itself:
CBS 2's Marcia Kramer — who once told her viewers, "Imagine if the man on the bike was a terrorist!" — asked de Blasio about the idea of requiring helmets for Citi Bike riders, "given the fact there have been a lot of bicycle deaths."
"I have thought about that. And that’s something we are talking about inside the administration," de Blasio replied. "There are different viewpoints on what would work and how much impact it would have. But I think it’s a real valid issue so it’s something we are studying right now."
It's not valid at all, which is presumably why she's so fixated on it:
But Kramer pressed on: "Is it something that you think you should require? I mean, it just seems to me you drive down the street and people for whatever reason don’t always obey the bike lanes, don’t always obey lights or the right way of going down the streets, imperiling themselves."
Wait, is she implying that helmets make you obey the law, or that it's fine to disobey the law just as long as you're wearing a helmet?
Meanwhile, even Google seemed to want to snub cyclists yesterday:
Wow I guess everyone is just using this week to show how fucking brainless they are huh https://t.co/GXgToqXfDM— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) September 4, 2019
They've since deleted the tweet, but here it is for posterity:
It's the "my dude" that's the real twist of the knife.
Of course, if the city really wanted to keep people safe, they'd laugh off any mention of helmet laws and bike licenses and instead shrink our massive municipal vehicles:
Huge vehicles like street sweepers and snow plows largely dictate street design, blocking out more bike lanes, advocates say. https://t.co/K64H1ZvKf3— amNewYork (@amNewYork) September 3, 2019
Advocates believe bulky municipal vehicles are keeping the city from creating truly welcoming, protected bike infrastructure — a proven tool for increasing street safety for all road users.
The Sanitation Departments, specifically, needs to shrink its street sweepers and snow plows, according to a letter nonprofit Bike New York penned to DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia earlier this summer.
“Offering these kinds of biking options is part of the Port Authority’s commitment to a better, easier commute and a cleaner environment,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, in a July press release announcing the agreement.
The agency also cited the May rollout of a shared bike/pedestrian path at the Bayonne Bridge.
Looking forward to seeing more evidence of that commitment.