Friday, February 17, 2017

This Just In: Winter Recess!



(We're gonna need a bigger monument.)

As you know by now, as a curator of human children I am at the mercy of the schedule of the New York City Department of Education, at least until such time as: A) My human children finish or leave school and start earning their goddamn keep; or II) Betsy DeVos abolishes the public school system and instead provides families with vouchers that are redeemable at Chuck E. Cheese's:


The point is it's winter recess for the school kids next week:


(Mmmm...winter Reese's.)

Which means I'll be taking leave of this blog in order to "parent."  Unless something really exciting happens before then I'll be back on Monday, February 27th, at which point I will resume regular updates.  So mark your calendars...

...with blood.

In other news, Freds of New York rejoice!  The George Washington Bridge restoration will now include additional improvements to the bike and pedestrian path:



The authority announced and approved a new proposal on Thursday to extend the narrow sidewalk as it winds around the bridge’s two towers. The “wedges,” as they’re called, will allow for cyclists to navigate the towers comfortably, without dismounting from their bikes, according to the Port Authority.

The agency added the plans to the project after receiving feedback from the cycling community. The George Washington Bridge rehabilitation already includes designs to improve cycling and pedestrian access to the bridge. Narrow staircases leading to the bridge will be replaced with ADA-compliant ramps. And the existing access ramps will be widened and redesigned with gentler curves.

Now all the Port Authority needs to do is implement an aerobar ban and we'll really be getting somewhere.  After all, if you can't use them in a mass-start event why should you be able to use them out on the open road?



I'm sure the triathlete community would fight this bitterly, but hopefully in the end we can settle and allow aerobars for Jersey-bound trips but ban them for New York-bound trips.

And if you don't like my travel ban I'LL SEE YOU IN COURT.

Speaking of justice, what's the greatest offense you can possibly commit here in the United States of Canada's FUPA?  Why, impeding the flow of motor vehicle traffic, of course:



A Michigan State Trooper ticketed a bicyclist for allegedly impeding traffic. The bicyclist fought the ticket with the help of Bike Law attorney Bryan Waldman. The bicyclist prevailed at Circuit Court.

This is not a recent video, but it's the first time I've seen it, and it's worth watching because as an American cyclist it's important to know where you stand.  ("In the way," according to pretty much everybody.)


Lastly, further to yesterday's post there was some spirited (tedious?) discussion about lighting, and as it happens it looks like the NYPD was cracking down on lightless riding last week:
Something tells me they weren't checking for shaped beams.

And with that, I'm outta here.  Thanks for reading, ride safe, and I'll see you back here on Monday, February 27th.


--Wildcat Rock Machine


72 comments:

Ted K. said...

215. The anarchist [34] too seeks power, but he seeks it on an individual or small-group basis; he wants individuals and small groups to be able to control the circumstances of their own lives. He opposes technology because it makes small groups dependent on large organizations.

Two Claws said...

Two Claws Up!

Joe said...

Podium?

sTONEdEADLAND said...

Skol!

Anonymous said...

"...I am at the mercy of the schedule of the New York City Department of Education...

Two words to setting your own schedule: Home Schooling.



Cinimod said...

I was impeded.

Dan Rather said...

Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn't block traffic

Brad Smith said...

Off to Maralago again?

streepo said...

Where is my effing quiz?
Scranus

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

The tennus ??

vsk

Chazu said...

Eleventeenth

Anonymous said...

Toppus XIII?

Chazu said...

Easy now, Anonymous 12:58.

You mention those two word together and everyone things you're talking about religious indoctrination AND white nationalism.

Call it "living the life of a nonconformist" and you'll get some traction.

I paid $ to buy a house in the best damn school district in my state, and after a single year of public schooling, my wife started talking about "living the life of a nonconformist" and I though she was nuts. It took another full year before I realized that I'm the one who is nuts. She was right, I was wrong, and the kids are out riding bikes RIGHT NOW, in the middle of a beautifully sunny school day.

At the elementary school level, >80% of "teaching" is crowd control. Our kids are better off learning at their own pace, rather than being part of the crowd under control.

Did I mention the bikey part?

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

14th, happy hiatus snob! Scranus!

JLRB said...

"Gentler curves".

hoghopper said...

Quit your sing song and just write me the ticket.

JLRB said...

And after riding home on the chubby tires last night I would probably go for electric assist - not for the actual trail ride portion of my modified commute - but for the rumbling along pavement on knobs part. Chubbies and pavement never mix well.

BikeSnobNYC said...

Chazu,

I think calling public education "80% crowd control" is at least as simplistic as calling home schooling "white nationalism" or whatever.

--Wildcat Etc.

N/A said...

I gotcher shaped beam right here!



Have a nice Hi8us, Snobster.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

I'm glad the cyclist pulled over by the Michigan state trooper prevailed in court, that cop was a real dick, even left his car radio on while he made the stop. Maybe so many of the cops wouldn't be such douches if they didn't have to be tax collectors and mental health counselors and could just fight crime. Then again, maybe not, especially with the Orange SCROTUS administration running like a well oiled machine!

Anonymous said...

Public "education" is 100% crowd control and needs to be extended to 52 weeks per year and a minimum of 6 days per week. For the sake of society not the parents who should be blogging.

JLRB said...

Home schooling is one of my go to threats when my human child is acting up

Bryan said...

LightsnobNYC: I have a B&M light. I would only give it a 6/10 rating. I like how wide the light spreads out, and battery life is decent, but it isn't bright enough for me. So I end up using that and a light on top of the ole plastic head protector (cause cycling on an unlit road with woods on both sides I like to be able to turn my head and see what I want to look at).
Even if doing urban riding, I usually take along the brighter light and run it at full strength. I'm okay with being an asshole. As long as I can see the road in front of me and all the potholes and debris, I'm happy.

Bryan said...

I do wish there was year round school. As it is, my state sucks donkey balls in public education, even though I live in one of the best districts in the state.

Hill Slayer said...

Just to clarify, you meant FUPA as in "Football Umbrella Party Association"? "It's actually a group of die-hard European football enthusiasts that always carry umbrellas in case it rains." Wait, that doesn't quite make sense in this context... hmm.

http://www.refinery29.com/2016/06/113007/sexist-insulting-words-body-shaming-women#slide-3

Anonymous said...

the cop was an ignorant bully. He didn't know the statute he was trying to enforce and his treatment of the rider was abusive. Every cop needs a bodycam.

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Cop was a dick. Condescending and obnoxious. I'm glad he went after the cyclists, rather than the driver that made the left in front of the four cyclist travelling 20+mph.

grog said...

Here are my answers to the quiz:
1) Impeding
2) Shaped beams
3) Chris Christie's meatloaf
4) A fine tuned machine
5) Recumbabe
Have a nice weekend. Sunny and 65 is perfect for riding.

Nat King Coal said...

"running like a well oiled machine" probably meant to say "running like a coal fired furnace".

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Finally got the old biekcycle out for the commute this morning. It was nice. Here's my stats because I know how much you like ride data:

Duration: 0:27:02
Distance: 4.75 miles
Average Pace: 5:41 min/mile
Average Speed*: 10.53 mph
Calories burned: 235kcal
Total Ascent: 135 ft
Total Descent: 33 ft
Scranal Conditions: Not bad at all thanks to my Brooks B67.

*Just poking along to keep operating temperatures moderated.

Chazu said...

WCRM,

Good point, and, agreed.

The "homeschooling" term carries political and religious connotations for a wide swath of the "general public", which used to include me on that topic. Now I find myself taking a defensive position in conversations with others who have the point of view that I held in the past. As an example; "homeschooler" was hurled at Barron T. recently as an insult by an SNL writer. Not funny for two reasons; he's a kid who didn't choose his parents, and homeschooling isn't an indication of psychopathy.

Hope you have a great High 8 Us.





Joey Nick said...
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Cujoe8 said...

Change of topic:

http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2017/02/study-shows-millennials-worst-drivers/#more-1513953

Thought I'd post this here.
Here's why separate bike lanes are needed. Everywhere.

bad boy of the north said...

Well,another hightail-us!Speaking of blinky lights,I am one the last ones if not the only one to still use those "cysts".Still like 'em.the battery lasts forever.they may not be the best at lighting the way but they work for me.oh,yeah! The Michigan smokey was a dick.didn't even put on the drill sergeant bear hat.no offense to those here in law enforcement.

BeerDrivenCyclist said...

30 fïvë?

Old Timer said...

Huh? What?

bieks said...

I can't help thinking how awesome it would have been if the donald was a professional cyclist. If only Lance had Kellyann handling his case.

Dooth said...

Pure Michigan. That looks like Ten Mile Road or maybe Twelve Mile Road. Either way, it's way too narrow road.

Anonymous said...

Here are my answers to the quiz:

1) Violation
2) Strobe
3) Rise of the third reich
4) Melania's cunt
5) Bird of prey

BTW, there's a Ducati motorcycle ad in your sidebar.

Anonymous said...

I was hohm skulled.

Anonymous said...

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Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Anonymous, could there have been a Ducati motorcycle ad in your browser while looking at the blog? The other day I noticed an ad on my screen while reading the blog that obviously came from my browsing history. If it gives snob a few more bucks to feed his 17 kids I'm ok with it. But if he only gets paid if I click on it he won't get anything, sorry.

The 64 Thousand Dollar Question said...

Naswers to quiz (I know it's "An")

1. Q: What Me Worry A: Donald Trump
2. Q: Melania A: Treatable with Penicillin
3. Q: Babble sprawled on Wreck Beach A: Not this time of year
4: Q: Appointed Sec. of Peninsulas A: Carlos Danger
5: Q: General Electric A: We bring good things to bikes.

leroy said...

Ride something something all.

Anonymous said...

So quiet here... enjoying Presidents Day weekend. Riding? I wish.

Phez7 said...

Oh wow. Cyclist grandfather shot in a random attack... was wearing a helment. What a relief: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/cyclist-shot-with-pellet-gun-on-tourist-trail-in-victorias-north-east-20170218-gug3tc.html

'Straya peeps!

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dop said...

Ted K had an admirer on the number 6 train this morning

Law and Order Bicycle Division said...

First the police were cracking down on bikes without bells, now it's lights, what's next, no handlebar tape, no fenders?

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...
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Pathetic Old Cyclist said...
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Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

I like to post comments and delete them. Blogger call me an author when I do.

Swedish Fish with a Bomb said...

Top of the 02/21 Podium. Eat Fresh!

The Original Fred said...

Beautiful day in the neighborhood
a beautiful day for a neighbor

Sesame Street Chef said...

Bya Yourgen da Trumper bis fritter craz ya!

JLRB said...

The title to this entry is fitting - Winter is on recess - enjoying the riding of bikecycles!

GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM said...

NEWS FLASH - This Just In from Sweden.

Nothing happened yesterday.

Frickus Rungus said...

Mild mannered blogger by day, bovine Wrangler by night, wildcat stays busy during hi high-8-us: Elusive Bull Is Apprehended In New York City

Frickus Rungus said...

At one point Tuesday morning, the bull trotted peaceably behind a cyclist — who nonetheless decided to make a sharp right turn out of the animal's path.

Can't wait to see the fly6 video.

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

I hate being cat 6'd by a bull!

yusuf islam said...

No, my album was called, Catch Bull at 4

Holy Roller said...

Jesus is not fake news.

Holy Roller said...

Though some might equate Him to alternative facts.

Wikiquote quote of the day: said...

Wikiquote quote of the day:

If Men are to be precluded from offering their sentiments on a
matter, which may involve the most serious and alarming consequences,
that can invite the consideration of Mankind; reason is of no use to us
— the freedom of Speech may be taken away — and, dumb & silent we
may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter.
--George Washington

BamaPhred said...

Pro tip
Helments cause cancer
Had one removed at the base of neck at the helment/base of skull intersection
But now I have a cool 3 inch long suture.
It's all good

JLRB said...

if we all wave red flags maybe Snob will come back and post

JLRB said...

And, fuck it, I'm leasing an interstellar spaceship I've always wanted to live near a cool dwarf sun

pbateman said...

my goodness. i came here for some bike themed comedy, and as bonus got a recipe for homemade winter recess cups from some guy named Anony Mous.

hashtag: Blessed

Frickus Rungus said...

Not just a cool dwarf, an ultra-cool dwarf sun. It's, like, totally cooler than the other sun's...

dancesonpedals said...

If anyone knows what the fuck this sign means, please tell me.

Pist Off said...

Handicapped access to the bar thatta way?