BIKE LANE CONFESSIONS
Oh my goodness, it's been 17 days since my last [blog post] and I have no good excuse for it. Just sitting down to write has just been too freaking difficult to do right now, and I am glad to be hopping back on the bandwagon again.
It has been such a good start to the summer. Today in New York, it's been in the high 90's and I have been quite content sitting inside an air conditioned room for most of the day. The humidity is up there right now, and with that it is definitely bringing back a serious case of #theallergies. I was also reading that in New York the air quality itself is really bad right now, and we're being encouraged to stay indoors. Ridiculous.
Which brings me to my rant of the day:
RANT OF THE DAY :: Bike Lanes
Oh. My God. If you have never ridden on a bike in New York, in the past few years there have been great improvements in creating bike lanes called greenways, where there is a row of parked cars in between traffic and the bike line. HOWEVER, just imagine yourself walking down this greenway trying to quickly cross the street... oh wait no. STOP WALKING IN BIKE LANES.
Obviously this is something that is going to be worse when there is heavy tourism or walking traffic, but it just seems as though many New Yorkers aren't even aware that this green pathway is not from them. And I mean, who can blame them since most of the writing on the streets of New York is pretty illegible at this point, but it just seems as thought some people just do not want to move out of the street.
Now, let's all take a deep breath and realize, yes, traffic is annoying for everyone. But the world is not [yet] coming to an end. In fact, it's always a good time to just actually slow down and enjoy the city you're in. But when you approach a street that has a green light, but the cars are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, most New Yorkers are going to jaywalk, often totally ignoring the possibility of blocking bikers. Today, I was riding into this pool of New Yorkers on the corner of 44th/8th dinging my CitiBike bell as loud as I could and not a SINGLE PERSON MOVED. Like, they clearly heard me, but just didn't move at all. I had to stop my bike in front of them where I eventually just said "Anyone Move. Just someone, anyone has to move [please]." Ugh it was just ridiculous.
It's moments like these that make me realize I've probably been that person blocking traffic too many times. And so, in to attempt to be part of the solution here, I hope you will join me in choosing to stay out of the bike lanes and instead walk on the sidewalk [ uhhhh, but with a smile #duh 💁✨]
In other news,
If you're a fan of THE VIEW, make sure to tune in this Wednesday and you might see someone you know! ✨😉
Heheh and now, it's time to make another delicious Blue Apron meal, and go to sleep [after some quality time with Greggers of course]. But I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your evening!
<3 - Eoin Thomas