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The North East is getting a big snowstorm. (It sounds comparable to the Blizzard of 1996 in intensity, but the NYC didn't react so much to that.) I've noticed a good amount of "un-logic" here:

  • Yesterday, the mayor of NYC said this was going to the biggest storm ever to hit NYC (he later corrected to one of the largest.) The worst case prediction at that point was not worse than 1996. And even though he was convinced about the worst storm bit, he wasn't ready to cancel school. (that announcement was made hours later)
  • Roads are closed tonight including bike deliveries. Now, I don't think it is wise to be on a bike in this weather. But I don't think it is the city's job to ban it. A bike isn't getting stuck in the way of a snowplow
  • Mass transit in NYC is shutting down at 11pm. A road ban on non-emergency travel is starting at 11pm. So. How is the bus driver supposed to get home after his shift ends at 11pm and he drives back to the bus depot?


  • Did I miss any more un-logical "opportunities" from the storm?
     
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    Thought of another one. In Connecticut, the roads were closed starting 9, but the last train home from NYC was after that.
     
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    Ha! When I was five I lived in Queens (part of NYC), and I remember snow drifts up to my waist all winter long.
     
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    Frank Silbermann wrote:Ha! When I was five I lived in Queens (part of NYC), and I remember snow drifts up to my waist all winter long.



    Did you have to walk uphill both ways?

    Mass transit in NYC is shutting down at 11pm. A road ban on non-emergency travel is starting at 11pm. So. How is the bus driver supposed to get home after his shift ends at 11pm and he drives back to the bus depot?



    I'd put money on there being an exemption for those who provide "essential services", like employees of the city, hospitals, utilities, etc.
     
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    A bike may not get stuck in the way of a snowplow, but if the cyclist gets hurt and calls for an ambulance, that ties up city resources, the ambulance could get in the way of a snowplow, and also puts the EMTs at risk.
     
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    Joe Ess wrote:

    Frank Silbermann wrote:Ha! When I was five I lived in Queens (part of NYC), and I remember snow drifts up to my waist all winter long.



    Did you have to walk uphill both ways?



    No, but the hills were over twice as high as they are now. Steps were close to knee-high.
     
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote: . . . But I don't think it is the city's job to ban it. A bike isn't getting stuck in the way of a snowplow . . .

    It is safe to ride a bicycle in fresh snow; the tyres being narrow press well into the snow, often right to the tarmac, giving a good grip, and the soft snow affords one a soft landing. Actually you can control your speed by riding through different depths of snow.

    Old snow which has compacted to ice: now that is something different to ride on
     
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    fred rosenberger wrote: . . . if the cyclist gets hurt and calls for an ambulance, that ties up city resources . . .

    Thre ain't any snow here tonight, but I shall remember: if I fall off on the way home I ought to bleed to death in the gutter
     
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    Don't hate me.

     
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    Frank: I live in Queens. Was that snow in 83? My parents have a picture of me it. I was very small so the snow mountains looked even bigger.

    Bear: You do remember snow though, right?
     
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Bear: You do remember snow though, right?


    Yes, yes, I do. And I do not miss it one iota. Not one.

    Come June through August, we pay for it though, when the temps are routinely in the triple digits.
     
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Frank: I live in Queens. Was that snow in 83? My parents have a picture of me it. I was very small so the snow mountains looked even bigger.



    I'm thinking more of 1960-'63. When I was four feet tall, a two-foot high pile of snow would have been waist high.
     
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    Frank Silbermann wrote: . . .
    I'm thinking more of 1960-'63. When I was four feet tall, a two-foot high pile of snow would have been waist high.

    But the piles of snow I remember from 1962/3 were a d*mn sight more than 4′ tall.
     
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