July 30th, 2019: "Everything In Our Power"

Another hot and sunny July day:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. South wind 7 to 11 mph.

Sunrise 5:51am

Sunset 8:14pm

And another cyclist killed in Brooklyn:

Witnesses and police on the scene said that Samolewicz was first doored by a van operator, and then was hit by an 18-wheeler after she tumbled onto the street. The driver of the van told Streetsblog that he did not look before he opened the door of his truck. He was not immediately issued a summons, even though it violates state law to open a car or truck door without looking first. The anti-cycling New York Post focused on the van driver’s sadness.

By a senseless and utterly preventable act:

The van's driver, a 46-year-old man, told 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincón he is "very sad, very, very sad" and that he does his best to look out for cyclists. He added that he too is a cyclist, and has been knocked over himself by a door opening. He stayed at the scene.

No charges have been filed, and police said no criminality was involved. 

No charges for an illegal act resulting in death.

This comes just days after the Mayor's announcement of the Green Wave cycling program [PDF], of which NYPD enforcement is a significant part:

Green Wave


Somebody should probably let them know:

Asked whether the person who is believed to have opened their door into the cyclist's path had been charged, a police spokesperson responded: "It's not a crime to open your car door." Per section 1214 of the vehicle and traffic law, it's illegal for motorists to illegally open their doors into moving traffic. The spokesperson later clarified they were "joking around."

Because currently they're under the impression that dooring is fine:

“The police arrived and asked me what happened, I told them, ‘He opened the door and hit me and he hurt my arm,'” Galicia said. “I said I wanted to press charges, but the officer said, ‘There’s no charge for you to place here.'”

But riding a bicycle in the street is a crime:

In Galicia’s case, the responding officers also seemed unfamiliar with the fact that cyclists are legally allowed to use roads without bike lanes.

“You’re getting a summons for riding on Flatbush Avenue,” the officer told Galicia, though he later declined to write the ticket.

As for the Mayor, he says the city will do "everything in our power" to end the crisis:

Anytime you're ready, we're all waiting.

In addition to informing the NYPD of the traffic laws, it might be useful to have a talk with the DOT about sign placement:

East Side

[Photo: @leroys_dog]

Because riding in a bike lane shouldn't involve playing chicken with the express bus:

East Side

And while the new Second Ave. setup is certainly an improvement, between the obstacles and the "refuge island" it still feels like the city is designing a video game and not a cycling network:

Yes, cycling in New York City has come a long way over the years, but it's still hard not to feel short-changed:

During my five-minute, highly unscientific analysis, I noticed that when groups of cyclists passed the counter did not seem to register all the riders.

Hopefully the DOT is rounding up.