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A longstanding hazard for cyclists is no more Uptown. Plus more news.

12:03 AM EDT on August 8, 2023

Cyclists won’t eat it on Broadway Bridge after the city installed these metal plates. Photo: Ed Ravin

Grate news from Uptown!

The spot in question before (top), and after (bottom).

A longstanding hazard for cyclists is no more after the city covered a "bicycle-eating" grate on the Broadway Bridge connecting Inwood and the Northwest Bronx, according to local bike advocate Ed Ravin, who snapped the above photo over the weekend.

The hazardous mid-deck metal joint was known to trap bike tires and throw cyclists off their wheels. No more — a metal plate now allows for smoother sailing for two-wheelers.

Cyclists have complained about the movable bridge's treacherous joints for "decades," Ravin said — it not clear why the city Department of Transportation decided to act now.

Construction work on the bridge is not scheduled to wrap up until 2027, according to the city's capital projects dashboard.

In other news:

  • Ballroom, LGBT communities turn out for O'Shea Sibley, whose alleged killer had his first day in court. (Gothamist, The City, Daily News)
  • A 24-year-old BMW driver sped through an Astoria park into the East River and died. (Daily News)
  • Congestion pricing is humming along: the panel tasked with recommending tolls and exemptions is set to hold its second meeting next week. (Daily News)
  • Meanwhile, environmentalists are furious at New Jersey's governor for fighting the toll plan. (NY Times)
  • LIRR says goodbye to Covid-era "20-trip ticket." (News12, Newsday)
  • Did you know the mayor of New York City is extremely weird? (New Yorker)
  • Driver t-bones, kills scooter rider in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Cops: No charges. (Daily News)
  • MTA uses workers to spot fires at Brooklyn bus facility that lacks working sprinklers. (Daily News, NY Post)
  • Amazon hires firms to stop its "non-employee" drivers from unionizing. (Vice)
  • And finally — the same Cuomo sister who fought UES bike lanes also rallied the disgraced ex-gov's supporters to harass his accusers. (NY Times)

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