Riding the Bike Mayor of Twitter Edition – Streetsblog New York City

You know John Bauters, don’t you? After all, everybody knows John Bauters, the mayor of Emeryville, California, and the de facto mayor of Bike Twitter?

Well, some of our closest friends from Streetfilms and Transportation Alternatives had the chance to hang out with America’s bike executive (who isn’t Joe Biden) over the weekend on a nifty ride from downtown Brooklyn, through the village, and all the way to Soho (all the way, wearing his “Sharows are Bullshit” shirt).

Check it out (and follow Bauters on Twitter @johnbauters. He always has the right grip):

Now, in other news from a long weekend of fun and carnage:

  • First the fun: The mayor took a jet-ski lesson on Monday:
  • Now for the carnage:
    • First, the mass shooting in Highland Park inspired a dead thread by Heidi Feldman, a Georgetown law professor, linking gun violence to the erosion of democracy itself. It is worth reading.
    • The driver of a van truck lost control of the vehicle and crashed into cars in Brooklyn, seriously injuring himself. Photos from the scene suggest he was going very fast. (NYDN)
    • A man on a moped was killed when his own passenger exchanged gunfire with a man in an SUV, cops said. (NYDN, New York Post)
    • A man driving a moped lost control of the vehicle near Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn and died. But for some reason the police keep calling these devices “electric scooters”, which they are not. They are mopeds (and illegal if they don’t have a plate). The Daily News also misidentified the vehicle – a practice that continues to link legal e-bikes with illegal vehicles in the public mind.
    • The post office did a better job identifying the illegal motorcycle in a different accident.
    • A cyclist was killed by a driver in the Bronx. (New York Post)
    • Another pedestrian was killed in the Bronx. (New York Post)
  • Yesterday was our nation’s Independence Day, but today is our city’s Independence Day – dirty streets and pampered motorists. Twice-weekly street cleaning returns today. (NYDN, gothamist)
  • Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine is stepping up his call for a walkable Broadway. (ViaTwitter)
  • The post office the editorial board spoke out against Governor Hochul’s Penn Station boondoggle. Larry Penner said the same thing a few days ago. (Long Island Weekly)
  • How much the post office hate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? So much so that they asked a guy who literally has no power to say that AOC has no power. Do better, Rupert.
  • The Adams administration is not doing a good job of keeping the public records database up to date. (New York Post)
  • As per usual, the temperature turned a long story of “curious photographer” into a reflection on crime.
  • viewers of the sanitized ESPN broadcast or Times readers may not have realized it, but legendary hot dog eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut not only beat 19 other taste gladiators at Coney Island, but also an anti-pork protester who took the stage to receiving a headlock from the champ, who barely stopped chewing. The pig protest was ironic, of course, because Nathan’s franks are all beef, not bull. (New York Post, amNY Sports stool with video)
  • And, finally, Avril Lavigne wanted to revisit her past, but Cap’n Transit only saw how much our public space is improving:

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