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Rearranging Street Furnishings On The Titanic – Bike Snob NYC


Again in January, we New Yorkers bought a model new mayoral administration, together with a brand new and boldly-bespectacled DOT Commissioner who mentioned they’d fortify our chronically blocked bike lanes within the first 100 days:

You wouldn’t understand it from the place I’m sitting, however they did put down a few of these massive concrete “jersey” boundaries right here and there. Principally thought the it looks like the pledge has been the topic of derision and mock…although the DOT is now conducting one among its well-known “pilot packages” in the hunt for simply the best cheap-ass materials with which to cosmetically fortify town’s bike-themed truck-unloading lanes:

Thus far, the outcomes look like predictably underwhelming:

To wit:

I’m too lazy to do the required analysis to be able to determine the place these items comes from, however I believe it’s the identical place the place they purchased these:

Somebody someplace identified that when New York Metropolis first began placing in bike lanes they used precise concrete and stuff:

Now it feels extra like each few weeks they make a House Depot run and fill a van with a bunch of stuff they hope would possibly work–which is one thing you are able to do your self simply as simply:

On this sense the DOT is like that one who retains going via low cost gimmicky wheelsets as an alternative of simply springing for a pleasant handbuilt pair made out of high quality supplies and being completed with it as soon as and for all. All of that is compounded by what’s in the bike lanes with you–not simply the supply drivers who haven’t any place to unload there vehicles, however all of the e-contraptions, each business and personal.

I do know it’s politically incorrect to have interaction in “New York exceptionalism,” and I’m supposed to notice that loads of different cities elsewhere on the earth have managed to work a whole lot of these items out. However, as an armchair historian (or, extra precisely a bathroom seat historian, since due to cell gadgets that’s the place I conduct most of my analysis), it appears to me this city has been a clusterfuck since its exception so maybe it’s the peak of folly to count on the rest:

That’s a useless horse left to rot, although a livable streets advocate would little doubt discover this a extra acceptable use of the curb than the storage of a privately-operated Hyundai.

Cholera, polio, drivers…if it’s not one factor it’s one other, and as soon as we do get this automotive factor underneath management who is aware of what shall be subsequent. Will or not it’s a soporifically bland utoptia?

Or will or not it’s an oddly interesting hellscape?

[Food vendors, micromobility, people in the streets…wait a minute, this is the future advocates want!.]

Simply kidding!

We’ll all be underneath water as a result of local weather change, clearly:

[Park Slope, 2024]

Positive we’ll.

Transferring on, placing on my new Dirtbag/Normcore Street evangelist hat, right here’s your Dirtbag Street Craigslist Cut price Of The Day!

Positive, it’s lugged metal and never glued-together aluminum, however no bike is ideal. Simply be sure to decide up an identical helmut:

Craigslist by no means disappoints.



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