Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 3rd, 2018: Is It Fall Yet?

80 degrees and mostly sunny in October:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunrise: 6:55am

Sunset: 6:35pm

But let's just go ahead and pretend it's fall:

This morning's Bike Train will be hijacked by scooters:

This Wednesday at 8 a.m., Brooklyn commuters will gather with Borough President Eric AdamsTransportation Alternatives and representatives from e-scooter company Bird at Myrtle-Wyckoff Plaza in Bushwick for short press conference, followed by a group ride on Bird e-scooters to the Grand Street L Train station at Grand Street and Bushwick Avenue (where bus shuttles will terminate during the L Train shutdown).

The "Bird Train" takes place in conjunction with Transportation Alternatives weekly "Bike Train," a group ride intended to help prepare new bike commuters for the 2019 L Train shutdown. Transportation experts believe e-scooters are going to be an increasingly popular mode of transport in coming years, especially between Brooklyn and Manhattan once the shutdown begins. 

Consider it your chance to experience the Scourge of San Francisco up close.

Meanwhile, the L train bike lanes are being hijacked by Arthur Schwartz:

"The goal is to eliminate those bike lanes as designed, to make them not protected bike lanes or not do them at all," Schwartz told Gothamist, adding that his preference would be for the lanes to be restored to parking spaces. "I just don't think there's any genuinely demonstrated demand for people who used to take the L train who are all of a sudden going to hop on a Citi Bike."

Stupid and spiteful?  Sure.  But he's standing up to "the government" unlike those rubes in Brooklyn:

Still, the West Village attorney remains undeterred, unlike the "people on the other side of the river, who are resigned to just doing what the government says," according to Schwartz. He says he's confident that a state judge will ultimately block some of the city's shutdown plans.

Also, remember that his wife has a Yuba, so he's allowed to hate bike lanes.

The Times also covers the guilty verdict in the trial of Dan Hanegby's killer:

The authorities initially said that Mr. Hanegby had struck the bus after swerving to avoid a parked van.

But surveillance video from a nearby business showed Mr. Hanegby riding in a straight line before being struck by Mr. Lewis, prosecutors said.

Despite the presence of the video, much of the trial revolved around the distinctly different perspectives of the motorists and cyclists who battle daily for turf on the city’s increasingly crowded streets.

Seems like the authorities initially blaming Hanegby for his own death would be the real story here.

In infrastructure news, the DOT put a signal in the middle of the East River bike path for some reason:

East River

The city has installed a pedestrian crosswalk signal directly in a busy southbound bike path of the East River esplanade, for the downtown intersection at South Street.

Jon Orcutt, the communications director at TransitCenter, said he noticed the signal sometime in early August. He described the signal as a paradigm for the city's mismanagement of the esplanade bike path, which is consistently blocked by construction or left in poor shape. The city’s Economic Development Corporation manages the space, while the Department of Transportation is typically in charge of crosswalk signal installations.

“When was the last time the DOT put a signal pole in the middle of a moving car lane?” he asked.

Must be some of that innovative new bike infrastructure from NACTO:

And finally, Cannabis Now looks at New York City's marijuana bike delivery industry:

While marijuana is illegal here, it's also illegal to delivery it by bicycle in the places where it is legal, which ironically makes us the leaders in sustainable marijuana delivery:

However, not a single state in America that has legal cannabis delivery allows those deliveries to be conducted by bike, out of concern for the security of the products and the messengers in transit. So, New York City has emerged as the most environmentally friendly underground model in the United States for cannabis delivery, demonstrating a sustainable means of furthering the cannabis economy as cities continue to grow across the country.

Go figure.

As for "Andrew" the delivery rider, he's understandably concerned about revealing too many details about himself, but while he's comfortable telling us that lots of his friends work in bars he won't disclose the title of the book he's reading:

Andrew explained that a typical day as a cannabis bike messenger, he rides between 40 and 50 miles per day in a predetermined region of the city, makes roughly one delivery per hour and has lots of downtime built into his schedule.

“I have a lot of friends that work in bars, so I’ll make the rounds and drink a seltzer,” he said. (He also reads a lot between deliveries, but asked me to omit the name of the book he is reading).

Andrew lives in a city with almost 2 million cars, which, in 2015, accounted for 29 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to government data released in 2017. By riding his bike instead of driving a car, Andrew is able to move across the city without a carbon footprint.

Go figure.

And of course his line of work comes with its share of hazards:

It’s easy to romanticize Andrew’s lifestyle, but it certainly has its drawbacks, too. Although he doesn’t seem terribly daunted by the potential legal repercussions of his career, he is still breaking the law in New York state. Carrying over $4,000 in inventory at a time, he’s a prime target for thieves who know he can’t call a cop. Fortunately, he says he’s only been robbed once. And while New York is much safer for cyclists than other cities, he’s still been doored — meaning someone opened a car door on him while he was biking. His bike frame was destroyed, but he walked away from the accident unscathed.

Wait, you get doored, and also you can't call the police for help?

So basically it's just like riding a bike in New York City without delivering weed.

Go figure.