November 7th, 2019: Burying The Lede

Rain may be on its way, but hopefully you'll be in bed before it gets here:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Rain likely, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night Rain, mainly before 4am. Low around 37. West wind 8 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunrise 6:33am

Sunset 4:46pm

Also, those snowflakes seem to have disappeared from the extended forecast:

Friday Saturday Weather

Still, consider it a wake-up call.

But while you're unlikely to encounter any snow in the next few days, chances are very good you'll come across a ticketing blitz:

The TLC has some advice for their drivers:

The DOT wants you to plan ahead for gridlock season:

Seemingly without irony:

And there's a new (unprotected) bike lane on Broadway:

The NTSB's recent helmet recommendation continues to make news:

“The individual bicyclist can take steps to avoid a crash by obeying traffic rules and controls, such as signals, and enhancing conspicuity – for example, through the use of bicycle lights,” said NTSB Chair Robert Sumwalt. “In the event of a crash, bicyclists are safer wearing a bicycle helmet that meets federal bicycle helmet standards.”

But planners, including city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, have warned that helmet requirements could suppress cycling—making riding more dangerous. The “safety in numbers” phenomenon, first popularized by researcher Peter Jacobsen, documents that drivers are less likely to crash into pedestrians or cyclists if there are more people walking or riding.

“We’ve been saying this for decades, with the exception of protected bike lanes, the only thing that protects me as a cyclist is other cyclists’ presence on the road which sends that subliminal single to drivers that we are there,” said traffic expert Charles Komanoff. “Safety in numbers—it’s been qualified it’s been fairly well established.”

Commissioner Trottenberg may not be on board with mandatory helmets, but the mayor still cannot resist the forbidden fruit:

Asked by the pro-car WCBS2 reporter Kramer on Wednesday to react to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation that all states should require adult cyclists to wear helmets, the mayor said, “I think the NTSB is pointing us in the right direction.”

Marcia Kramer gets him every time.

Is it really that hard to put the NTSB recommendation in perspective?

The mayor is also still worried about ebikes:

And the NYTimes is worried about scooters:

In Hoboken, the problem has gotten so bad that the city has had to hire two officers whose job is to police unruly riders. Some riders have even been caught scootering while drunk.

Shocking!  Good thing nobody would ever try that with a car.

As for "what happens when the scooters come to town," evidently they make it easier for people to get to work:

In Hoboken, the scooters are so coveted that commuters line up to claim them on weekday evenings. Residents returning from work in Manhattan simply point their smartphones at a scooter to unlock it, hop on and slip into street traffic at speeds of up to 18 miles an hour. Each ride costs $1 plus 15 cents a minute.

In fact one gets the impression that maybe the focus of the story should be the thousands of commuters who ride scooters as opposed to the handful of drunk idiots:

Despite the accidents and arrests in Hoboken, the scooters have been firmly embraced. On a recent weeknight, commuters leaving the PATH train station at the south end of the city waited impatiently as two young men unloaded 73 Lime scooters from a packed van. Within minutes, all but a few were gone.

Phil Jones, a senior director for government relations at Lime, said more than 30,000 users had taken a total of more than 500,000 rides on the company’s scooters in Hoboken in five months. Lime started out with 250 scooters there in May and now has more than 300 in Hoboken, a compact city with about 50,000 residents.

Just a thought.