Friday Sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 70. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.
...and through the weekend:
And the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
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Out on the streets, this evening sees the return of Critical Mass:
Just weeks after the die-in that may have been what finally galvanized the mayor into action:
City Hall person says (privately) that @TransAlt "die-in" really mattered to stepping up street redesign announced at today's press conference -- the cyclist deaths didn't rattle de B, but the mass protest did.— Nicole of Hell's Kitchen 🚌🚆🚇🚲🇺🇸🇫🇷 (@nicolegelinas) July 25, 2019
That action of course is the "Green Wave:"
Which may sound like a stoned greeting, but is in fact the name of the city's new cycling plan:
The safest big city in America needs the safest streets in America — for cyclists, for pedestrians, for EVERYONE. https://t.co/xFsJZVCJI3— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) July 25, 2019
Yesterday afternoon the mayor announced the Green Wave at a press conference, and here are the "immediate actions" we can expect:
The city also shared what a citywide protected bike lane network may look like:
Certainly they've got their work cut out for them as those MTA bridges technically don't even allow cycling. Beyond the protected lanes, "neighborhood connections" would consist of "conventional bike lanes, which can be deployed more rapidly...in areas with limited public and political support:"
In other words, the DOT can sneak in and quickly paint some white lines next to the parked cars while Mark Gjonaj is asleep.
The DOT anticipates "changes to traffic patterns" as a result of congestion pricing that will "allow DOT to build more cycling infrastructure:"
And they'll break out some new stuff, including "green wave" signal timing and better physical protection:
As for community boards, the DOT will work to '"streamline" the process:
In all, Commissioner Trottenberg estimates the Green Wave will result in the loss of "thousands" of parking spaces, which elicited applause:
A reporter asked how many parking spaces would likely be lost. Polly Trottenberg estimates it would be in the thousands, and receives raucous applause.— Transportation Alternatives (@TransAlt) July 25, 2019
"I don't usually get applause for that."
Get used to it, Commissioner! People before parking!
Though one writer may have overreacted slightly by comparing it to...THE HOLOCAUST:
EXTREMELY cool editorial from Kings County Politics in which the site's editor compares the effort to reduce car ownership to the Holocaust https://t.co/qe2UMKjpbk— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) July 25, 2019
If New York City cars could talk, I would imagine the following conversation:
“Hear the news, mate? Word in the public parking lots is the city is beginning the final solution,” said the blue Subaru Outback with a strong Australian accent.
“What final solution?” replied the red Ford Focus, whose model is known for their extreme ability to concentrate.
“The pilot program to take away parking spaces on residential streets. It’s the start to the death of us all.”
“No worries, mate. Just because they are doing a pilot program to take away residential parking doesn’t mean they want to exterminate all cars from the city.”
“Well you know the old automobile adage: First, they came for the delivery trucks over double parking and I did not speak out because I didn’t have commercial plates. Then they instituted congestion pricing and I did not speak out because I don’t drive to Manhattan. Then they started to get rid of parking spaces for Citi Bike docks and I did not speak out because it wasn’t on my block. And now they are coming after residential parking spaces and there’s no autos left to speak for me.”
As for the enforcement component of the Green Wave, clearly the NYPD are going to have to hit the books and learn what's actually legal out there:
Two uniformed officers were caught on video insisting that cyclists are legally prohibited from riding in certain intersections, claiming they should dismount their bikes and walk when approaching a bike lane on the opposite side of the street. #BikeNYChttps://t.co/A2QtuOrvCm— We The Commuters (@WeTheCommuters) July 25, 2019
Officer 1: If you are going westbound to northbound, you're supposed to walk your bike over to the bike lane
Cohen: You are not.
Officer 1: Yes you are.
Cohen: You're supposed to cross, to get off your bike and walk?
Officer 1: Yes absolutely.
Officer 2: For your safety.
It's always "for your safety," isn't it?
Finally, the Dyckman Street protected bike lane is coming back, though it will now be entirely on the north side of the street:
The city will restore a protected bike route on Dyckman Street in Upper Manhattan — almost one year after the Department of Transportation hastily removed the vital life-saving roadway design under fire from Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who spend all of their travel time in cars.
A new two-way protected bike lane will be installed on the north side of the key east-west strip in Inwood within weeks, City Hall told Streetsblog — ending (or perhaps renewing) a bitter battle between cyclists and the two politicians, who both claimed that protected bike lanes on Dyckman were causing congestion for drivers.
Looks like the Green Wave is starting with a trickle.