Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 2nd, 2018: Biketoberfest

Summer's back:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 5 to 9 mph.

Tuesday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 68. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:54am

Sunset: 6:36pm

Even though it's #Biketober:


It's also Women's Bike Month, which the local news managed to mention without disparaging cycling:

And in an effort to get more people on bikes Councilmember Carlina Rivera is working on a bill to make sure contractors maintain bike lanes around construction sites:

“When you suddenly have a construction site that’s there and there is no bike lane and you’re forced to go into some of these streets… it can be intimidating,” Rivera said. “We’re trying to get more people on a bike, especially women, and we want to make sure that... we’re doing what we can to make sure that we’re protecting the cyclists in the streets.”

Citi bike is also offering free rides and donations:

In addition to the legislation, Citi Bike will be partnering with the United Nations Foundation’s initiative Girl Up, to help promote cycling among young women. Each new Citi Biker can use the promotional code “GIRLUP18” to receive their first 30-minute ride for free in October. One dollar per new rider will be donated to Girl Up’s SchoolCycle Program to provide bikes to girls around the world. And through the first week of October, every 10 points earned by Citi Bike’s Bike Angels will translate to $1 donations to Girl Up.

More info here:

Meanwhile, this is happening tonight:

Make sure you go and do your part for both the environment and equality by protecting free parking for people who live on Central Park West.

Speaking of Citi Bike, the ongoing shortage means people are resorting to drastic measures:

Have you been waiting long?” I asked, putting on my helmet.

“About 30 seconds to a minute,” he said.

“Me too.”

He suggested we play “rock, paper, scissors” to see who would get the bike.

Always wear your helmet when playing "rock, paper, scissors."

Moving on, Dan Hanegby's killer has been found guilty of breaking the Right of Way Law, though if he gets any jail time he'll be the first:

Lewis will be sentenced on October 22nd, and he now faces up to 30 days in jail. Marco Conner, the Legal & Legislative Director of Transportation Alternatives, told Gothamist that he's not aware of any driver who's spent time in jail after being found guilty of the Right of Way Law. The criminal statute, passed as part of a package of Vision Zero laws in 2014, is used only about 12-70 times per year, Conner estimates. (More specific numbers were not immediately provided by the Manhattan District Attorney's office).

Curbed has a story on the DOT's recently-released intersection study:

“Not everybody bikes, drives, or walks in the same way, so each street needs a context-specific solution,” says DOT spokesperson Brian Zumhagen. “The findings help refine the most appropriate street and traffic conditions for these designs.”

The study concluded that Mixing Zone and Fully Split Phase intersections have substantial bike crash reductions following installation. It also found that Delayed Turn and Offset Crossing intersections make cyclists feel comfortable and reduce conflicts with vehicles, like crashes and right of way confusion.

And finally, the L train shutdown has "alternative" transportation types excited:


But shared-scooter companies looking to enter the nation's biggest market may be in luck, and not just because some of them have enlisted lobbyists experienced in clearing a path with local authorities. They are coming in at what could be a moment of unprecedented experimentation.

That's what some observers view as the upside to the L-line shutdown, which will begin in April, stretch 15 months and leave 225,000 commuters without their usual ride between Brooklyn and Manhattan.


Citi Bike will install its own kind of shuttle, adding 1,000 pedal-assist e-bikes on both sides of the Williamsburg Bridge. The bikes, which boost human pedaling power with an electric battery, make it easy to climb hills—or the on-ramps to bridges—and are considered the most promising alternative mode for displaced commuters.

Citi Bike, whose parent company, Motivate, is in the process of being acquired by Lyft, is adding 1,250 standard bicycles and 2,500 docks in Manhattan below 59th Street and in Williamsburg.

And even bike share company trash-talking are the hot topics:

One thousand e-bikes "is a drop in the bucket," said Ryan Rzepecki, Jump's founder. "This is going to be a very significant disruption that needs very large-scale solutions. Is Motivate's [plan] really sufficient to meet this challenge? We're able to contribute and be part of the solution."

Also, while the media loves fretting about scooter share, it turns out that unlike bike share they're equally popular with men and women:

Companies also point to a more diverse ridership for their scooters. San Francisco–based transportation researcher Regina Clewlow says that shared scooters have so far turned out to be about equally popular with both genders, whereas men make up about three-quarters of shared-bicycle users. The difference may have something to do with women's being able to ride a scooter while wearing a dress and heels.

"The scooter has affordability, convenience, accessibility," said Toby Sun, chief executive of Lime. "Between the scooter and the e-bike, you have a solution for a bunch of use cases."

I say bring 'em on.