Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 2nd, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast


Well, it had to rain eventually:

Friday Weather

Friday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 69. South wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Friday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 56. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunrise: 7:27am

Sunset: 5:51pm

Fortunately it's going to stop...eventually:


Whatever the weather, you'll be covered just as long as you heed the Brooklyn Brewery Beer Forecast and stock up on plenty of...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Lager!

Brooklyn Lager

For a classic fall weekend, we’re recommending our classic Brooklyn Lager. It’s the perfect companion from bright, cool afternoons outside to testing out the heavier blankets at night. It’s also a great comfort if you’re squeezing in some last-minute horror movies before holiday music comes out in force.

Also, don't forget that we set our clocks back this weekend:

Flux Capacitor

Which means the roads get even more dangerous:

To that end, the DOT is telling ferry commuters to drive more safely:

Which seems counterintuitive as it's been awhile since you were able to drive onto the Staten Island Ferry.

Though it's not as counterintuitive as this:

Meanwhile, it looks like this whole "smartphone" fad might just catch on, so the DOT is finally offering a NYC Bike Map app:

Beats waiting for that giant PDF to download.

And a tipster reported ticketing yesterday at Vanderbilt Ave. and Bergen St. in Brooklyn:


Moving on, Business Insider takes a look at the day in the life of a New York City delivery truck driver:

And blames bike lanes for all their hardships:

The new bike lanes are excellent for New York's population of bike users. They're not so great for delivery truck drivers.

What about people who deliver stuff by bike?

Regardless, the driver is understandably flustered by how difficult it is to make deliveries, but he conspicuously overlooks all the cars:

Miguel Santiago has been a Coca-Cola delivery truck driver for 20 years. I recently spent a day with him and his delivery helper Louis Gonzales.

"Ten years we're all gonna be on the sidewalk — the cars, the people," Gonzales joked. "It's horrible when it comes to parking."

Um, the cars are already on the sidewalk. 

Anyway, the upshot, according to the article, is that delivery drivers "have" to park in bike lanes:

Commercial vehicles are allowed to double park in the street for 30 minutes, but that's not always an option. Sometimes, truck drivers have to park in bike lanes.

But people rarely give them a break in New York:

Yes, nobody gives them a break...except for the City of New York, which gives them discounts on the fines (if they even fine them in the first place).

Plus, when you park in a bike lane nobody confiscates your truck:

In bike share news, the Daily News is calling for more dockless bikes:

While the city hasn't said yet whether it will expand the pilot program beyond its current coverage areas, there's already one large roadblock to the spread of dockless bikes: Citi Bike.

Citi Bike claims to have a monopoly on bikesharing in all the areas in which it operates. But while Citi Bike has had a contract with the city since 2012 for docked, pedal bikes, Citi Bike's agreement does not — and should not — prevent the city from allowing other bike share services, particularly dockless bikes and e-bikes, including in the areas where Citi Bike currently operates.

A subsidy for citywide Citi Bike would be even better.

Finally, will scooter and bike share save public transit?

Public Transit

That may come just in time to save public transit. The number of riders on public transport has fallen for seven straight years, declining by 2% to 4% quarterly since the second quarter of 2016. The loss of riders comes despite a growing urban population drawn to cities’ job and cultural opportunities. The Congressional Research Service (PDF) blames the ridership decline on cheap gas, more cars, and the rise of ride-hailing and bike-sharing services.

Well, Cuomo ain't gonna do it, so why not?