Thursday A 20 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a west wind 24 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph.
Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
With gusts of up to 30mph bridge crossings could be disconcerting, and you'll probably want to avoid the West Side Greenway...though you could get lucky and catch a tailwind, in which case you might cut your commute time in half.
Citi Bike is finally coming to the Bronx:
Help plan bike share in the South Bronx! Join us & @CitiBikeNYC at the @bronxcb1 workshop at @BronxWorks on 10/23. Sessions begin at 6PM & 7PM, available in English & Spanish. #Biketober #bikenychttps://t.co/GlLgD4nFXM pic.twitter.com/r8NxEFuTkP— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 16, 2019
And Manhattan is in the grip of Bus Fever...catch it!
Remember how the 14th St. busway was going to cause a traffic nightmare on the side strees? Well, that didn't happen:
Preliminary data by @INRIX reveals 14th St busway keeps people moving, even on side streets: "... the displacement of personal vehicles to neighboring roads was negligible, but the time savings for the tens of thousands of daily bus riders was massive." https://t.co/guIVELSN9n pic.twitter.com/JAO8hkmuQi— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) October 16, 2019
But that's not stopping Arthur Schwartz:
Here's a brief update on the 14th St. lawsuit from @pdberger. In summary, DOT says no real impact on side streets, but Schwartz is going to keep pushing the case. He's kind of just pathetic. https://t.co/kaxwuUnazD— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) October 16, 2019
He's got hutzpah by the Yubaful.
Wait a minute...maybe she's furious at the plan because someone parked a Yuba in front of their house.
Now that changes everything.
In Queens, elected officials are calling for protected bike lanes and other safety improvements on Cross Bay Boulevard:
Officials want the DOT to install protected bike lanes and a stoplight on Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens, where a cyclist was killed Sunday. https://t.co/Im8O4oZEyZ— Queens Patch (@QueensPatch) October 15, 2019
In an Oct. 15 letter to DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, City Council Member Eric Ulrich, State Sen. Joseph Addabbo and Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato write that Broad Channel residents have long called for safety improvements along Cross Bay Boulevard — the main thoroughfare that connects mainland Queens to the Rockaways.
"This particular area in Broad Channel has long been a hotspot for speeding, and it is crucial DOT take the appropriate steps to keep cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safe," the letter says.
And local press is catching on:
Advocates and elected officials criticized the street’s design following the tragedy. The boulevard is “terrifying” to ride on — even though it provides a critical link to the Rockaways, according to Laura Shepard, a Queens resident and advocate at Bike NYC. Cross Bay currently features typical “class II” painted bike lanes, with no separation from passing vehicles on a wide, four-lane artery.
Safe streets proponents have been calling for better bike access for years.
“Traffic on Cross Bay is really fast and when you’re on the class II lane, you do feel good that there is a space allocated for you,” said Shepard. “But you’re watching out for car doors. You kind of always have to watch and listen to what’s going on behind you to make sure the cars are staying in their lane.”
“I came upon this scene on the RSP detour about 4:30 this afternoon. A cyclist going south and descending from 79th Street hit a woman who was walking with other women across the bike path from the Boat Basin Cafe towards the tunnel leading to the parking garage. The cyclist told me he did all he could to avoid hitting anyone and braked so hard that he went over the handlebars. The women readily acknowledged that it was not his fault and that they had no idea they were crossing a bike path. Witnesses concurred that there was nothing more the cyclist could have done. An ambulance was called but it spent untold minutes at the top of the traffic circle, unsure of where to go next. I helped direct them down. The woman who was struck was conscious but apparently had at least an injured shoulder, perhaps more. I left after the ambulance arrived.”
More dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.
Sounds like a real lose-lose.