Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.
Tuesday Night Increasing clouds, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Go ahead, start your Thanksgiving break early, you deserve it.
Here's where the DOT will be milling and paving this week:
Find out where crews will be milling & paving this week 11/24 – 11/30: https://t.co/rROOoSgKzl— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 22, 2019
Queens: Jamaica, Jackson Heights, Cambria Heights
Manhattan: Clinton/Chelsea, Upper West Side, West Village
Bronx: West Concourse, Highbridge pic.twitter.com/s4lfQVhLYI
And the 19th Precinct continues to keep the bike lanes clear:
Now you see them blocking a #BikeNYC lane, now you don’t!— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) November 25, 2019
Our patrol officers ensuring bike lanes remain clear of all obstructions on the #UpperEastSide. Like promised, our commitment to cyclists safety continues. 🚴🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/i5JGInFUEj
Though invariably more vehicles return like it's a great big three-dimensional game of Candy Crush.*
There's plenty of ticketing going on this week, including on St. Nicholas Ave., which is a perennial hotspot:
Alert! @NYPD28Pct is out again giving red light tickets to #bikenyc on Adam Clayton Powell Jr (while using a lot of 'discretion' vis-a-vis bike lane blockers). This usually lasts for a few hours and goes on for afew days! pic.twitter.com/Nu44bqCgK4— Reasmus (@Reasmus2) November 25, 2019
And the new Columbus Circle bike lanes seem to have been commandeered:
The #bikenyc path leading to CPW and the one heading to Broadway have both been taken over by NYPD, pedicabs and street vendor cars. Cyclists need to mix with the circle traffic to get to either avenue. pic.twitter.com/Z82tTEXLu4— Joe (@urbaneoptics) November 25, 2019
You can expect to find Citi Bike station deactivations and street reconfigurations in advance of the Thanksgiving Day Parade:
⚠️Service Alert (November 25)⚠️— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) November 25, 2019
- Central Park S & 6 Ave station will be deactivated today in preparation for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- Grand Ave & Bergen St will be removed today for sidewalk repair
Check the map for other stations nearby: https://t.co/MzTkWVSI47
These barriers were moved ahead of the Thanksgiving Parade. They will be replaced the week of 12/2.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 22, 2019
But the big news is that the City Council will introduce bills to create both a Bike Mayor and a Pedestrian Mayor:
Okay. So at noon tomorrow (Tuesday) at City Hall there's going to be a press conference about creating a #bikenyc mayor & a #pednyc mayor!— Streetfilms (967 videos!) (@Streetfilms) November 25, 2019
I'll be there (60 degrees!). IF you want to declare your candidacy and want to record a message, keep reading this thread. @StreetsblogNYC
On Tuesday at City Hall, Council Members Carlina Rivera and Ydanis Rodriguez, both of Manhattan, will introduce a package of legislation to create two new agencies: an Office of Active Transportation, and an Office of Pedestrians.
“Pedestrians and cyclists [are the] two most vulnerable road users,” Transportation Alternatives said in a statement in support of the paired legislation. “These bills will ensure that not only safety improvements are implemented, but also ensure that all projects are done using best practices. They will also serve as a liaison between residents and agencies for issues affecting pedestrians, cyclists and other active transportation users.”
No word yet on whether either position comes with a city-issued Prius.
No word yet on how the current "Bike Mayor" feels about any of this:
In fact, Mayor de Blasio has resisted the call to create a bike mayor position. A City Hall spokesman once famously said de Blasio was “already the bike mayor.”
Though across the river in Jersey City, the mayor may indeed actually qualify as the Bike Mayor:
We started marking out the Grand Street Bike Lanes this week as part of our #JerseyCity Bike Master Plan. I know some drivers aren’t supportive of us doing this but when we’re done, the car focused people will adapt to the new normal + the streets will be safer for everyone. pic.twitter.com/GzwWP16ZWE— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) November 22, 2019
This should be every mayor's approach to every bike lane naysayer everywhere.
*I've never actually played Candy Crush but that's my understanding.