June 13th, 2019: Take That, Car Culture

Well, so much for the good weather:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Rain before noon, then showers between noon and 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Patchy fog after 2pm. High near 69. Northeast wind 9 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a chance of showers between 11pm and 2am. Patchy fog before 8pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. West wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunrise: 5:24am

Sunset: 8:28pm

The big news is that Corey Johnson doubled down on breaking the car culture at the City Council Transportation Committee meeting yesterday: 

He wants to do it with MORE bus lanes, MORE plazas, and yes, MORE bike lanes:

And of course LESS honking:

And less reliance on paint and paint alone:

For her part, commissioner Trottenberg said the agency needs both restructuring and more money:

And that dealing with community boards is time consuming:

Sounds great!  Watch this video and wonder why the city goes through this process when lives are on the line:

In the meantime, we are seeing some incremental improvements out on the street:

Though we need some major changes in policy as well as in infrastructure:

"She feels that in Manhattan in particular, we're already overcrowded in the sidewalks, the bike lanes, and the streets, and the situation is different in other localities," Justin Flagg, a spokesperson for Krueger, told Gothamist. "But that's been her observation in Manhattan and that's what she's hearing from her constituents."

Famously detail-oriented when it comes to issues like illegal short-term apartment rentals and marijuana legalization, Krueger's office could not provide any hard evidence to back up their assertions.

Seems like reducing cars and the parking of cars would free up a lot more room.

Plus, more importantly, legalizing ebikes would free up a lot more people:

Police say that Djelloul Boulkhrachef, a Queens resident, was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, and driving without a license. A witness reportedly said that police pulled him over for not being in the bike lane.

"A Chinese food deliveryman is the only guy who'll ride a bike on the Major Deegan at night with no helmet, no lights, to delivery ten dollars worth of Chinese food," a person named "Jimmy," who called into Bike Snob's WBAI show, said on Tuesday. "Jimmy" said he was from Orange County, and identified himself as a 30-year veteran of the NYPD's Highway Patrol Unit.

"It's not a stereotype if it's the truth," Jimmy added.

In other news, Sean Avery is clearly not the bike advocate some people hoped he would be:

Yeah, if there's one thing we need it's definitely more ticketing:

Just imagine being 15 and getting hit with $300 in fines:

I’m 15 year old a minor and while riding a citibike a cop pulled me over he said I ran a red light and had headphones in I respectfully waited and when he gave me my ticket he said it was 50 dollars but after checking it thoroughly at home the total is over 300 from r/NYCbike

I mean he technically wasn't allowed to be on that Citi Bike either, but I won't tell if you won't.

Finally, we've all thought it, but someone actually went out and did it:

Desperate times take desperate measures. In a move that was effective commentary without crossing the line to plain-old-gross (ie, minus the bags), residents have left fecal messages on the roof and windshield of permanently parked city-issued cars that have been camped on Greenwich for what one reader said is two months now...

It's more of a response than you'll get from 311.