Monday, December 11, 2023

Placing Your Foot In It – Motorcycle Snob NYC


I used to be shocked to be informed lately that the New York Town Division of Parks and Sport is “anti-cycling:”

The explanation, it seems that, is they lately closed a bit of park trail to bicycles in Queens:

I occur to grasp this segment of motorbike trail really well and feature ridden it frequently. The pathway that was once simply closed is a good looking instance now not of Park’s alleged “anti-cycling” stance, however of the Division of Transportation’s bizarre Tornado-like contortions in relation to putting in motorbike lanes. Principally, about 10 years in the past they installed a secure motorbike lane alongside Vernon Side road, which runs alongside the East River waterfront and officially made Lengthy Island Town and Astoria part of the Nice Hipster Silk Direction. On the other hand, they didn’t need to take some parking spots away, so at one level the motorbike lane simply stops and sends you thru a park as a substitute:

[I paid $10,000 for this graphic, is that too much?]

It’s about as handy as telling a pedestrian that the sidewalk’s closed to them they usually’ll have to stroll thru a Forestall & Store to get to the opposite finish of the road.

This stretch additionally occurs to run along public housing, and whilst I don’t know the details of why the DOT made up our minds to maintain this actual batch of parking areas it’s now not onerous to believe that they did so that you could accommodate the citizens of mentioned public housing–the similar individuals who advocates are at all times reminding us don’t personal vehicles. The Möbius strip of New York Town politics can actually make your mind harm.

Anyway, it’s a daft detour that now not handiest takes you from your means but additionally calls for you to tip-toe (or do the biking similar of tip-toeing) thru a park wherein youngsters are operating round and the usage of little kiddie scooters and are normally prone to jump out in entrance of you at any time–you already know, as it’s a park. So whenever you try the detour you by no means use it once more and easily keep on the street. On the other hand, I don’t have any downside believing that this is going on since we now are living in a motor scooter and e-bike hellscape:

So if there’s any company responsible, it kind of feels to me it’s the DOT, who principally ran a bicycle freeway thru a small park, with predictable end result.. And sooner or later we will have to almost certainly additionally begin to blame whoever in reality does use that detour, as a result of holy shit other folks don’t forestall for pedestrians. We’ve already failed-to-yield our means out of a good portion of the West Aspect motorbike trail. Streetsblog after all spins the notorious Riverside Park detour as a flirtation with loss of life:

However as hectic as it’s I totally perceive why they needed to do it, and it’s particularly unhealthy now that almost all of the wheeled site visitors is motorized. In most cases once I yield to pedestrians now considered one of two issues occur: both they thank me profusely, or if it’s a bunch considered one of them says to the opposite(s) loudly sufficient for me to listen to, “Those bikers by no means forestall.” I don’t know why they appear to direct this at me, the rider who stopped, however I suppose the pondering is it’s like roach bait and I’ll take the insult again to the nest and infect the others.

Using within the town isn’t all unhealthy although–particularly on a wonderful day:

I can admit although that I’m getting very annoyed with motorcycles. Principally I’ve given up on seeking to perceive them. What makes a motorcycle really feel excellent? Is it the subject matter? The tires? The drivetrain? Simply whilst you assume you’ve were given all of it found out and that it’s some rarefied aggregate of tubular tire and Italian metal, that’s whilst you get on some 35 year-old glued-together Trek and also you’re like, “Goddamn it, this motorbike feels nice too, perhaps all of them do.” I simply don’t know anymore. Positive, there are variations in really feel and dealing with and stuff, and also you understand them for concerning the first 5 mins, however after awhile no matter motorbike you occur to be using that day has some way of turning into your favourite.

As for the pedals, I don’t actually consider in toe clips and straps however I revel in them now and again as an affectation:

They’re additionally a excellent excuse to put on my antique sneakers:

I’m tempted to present the motorbike a gratuitous fancy derailleur from the take a look at devices Paul despatched me, however I’m hesitant to undermine its mediocrity:

Or to direct my consideration clear of the surroundings the place it belongs:

When there’s now not a motor scooter coming at you it’s a sexy delightful position to journey.


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