After a series of snow storms, this week has been a tough one for walking in New York City. Deep oceans of slush pool at corners where snow and ice block storm drains. Many property owners, including the city government, have failed to shovel their walks as the law requires. Long stretches of sidewalk are bumpy […]
The success or failure of the city’s response to a winter storm is usually gauged by road conditions. If drivers are satisfied, the mayor gets credit for a job well done. Remarkably, there is no equivalent strategy for removing snow, ice, and slush from the pedestrian network.
The weather’s given New York City a lot of opportunities to experiment with new responses to snow in the wake of the post-Christmas blizzard. One potentially exciting new tool is a city attempt to crowdsource information about which streets are and aren’t clear of snow and ice. It could be a good resource for cyclists […]
This post is by Tyler Golly of Stantec and Michael Andersen of The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes. As protected bike lanes have spread from city to city across North America, a problem has followed: snow. Most protected bike lanes are too narrow for standard street plows. […]
New Yorkers looking to get back in a bike-share saddle were out of luck this morning. After Motivate shut the system down at 11 p.m. Wednesday, it was still offline during the a.m. commute today, even though the streets were mostly clear of snow. We asked the company about the protocol for reactivating the system after a winter storm.