Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 4th, 2018: It's Bike Light Season

Summery weather again, though it could rain tonight:

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph becoming north after midnight.

Sunrise: 6:56am

Sunset: 6:33pm

Looking ahead, on October 17th there will be a Big Jump workshop in Queens:

You can learn more about Big Jump here [PDF].

And this past Tuesday night Manhattan Community Board 7 voted in favor of a protected bike lane on Central Park West:

NY1

NY1 spoke with local residents and board members who say the protected bike lanes should have been installed long ago.

"I'm not surprised at all. You cycle up that stretch and you're having to go up double parked cars the whole way and it's really scary," said one resident.

"I can't speak for anyone else on the committee but for me personally it was a no-brainer because our streets should be safe for everyone. That includes pedestrians of course but that also includes bikers," said another.

I can't believe those flyers didn't work:

Meanwhile, a little further uptown, look out for this guy:

Who, with his fanny pack and mullet, is cunningly disguised as a German tourist:

Thief

Of course it's always better to get free bike stuff the legal way, and with the sun setting earlier and earlier you can take advantage of a free bike light giveaway near you:

Speaking of scaffolding, City Councilmember Carlina Rivera's bill would require contractors to maintain bike lanes around construction zones, and Streetsblog interviewed her about her insights as a New York City cyclist:

You said a specific location in your district spurred you to introduce this bill.

It’s on First Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, right on the west side where the bike lane is. There was construction there, and there was no detour. As someone who cycles up First Avenue all the time, I can tell you that as soon as you got to that street, it just said, “Bike lane closed.” So you have to go and venture into the traffic, and you know that First avenue is incredibly busy, not just with [cars], but with the SBS, the M15.

This is why every policymaker in the city should ride a bike.

Finally, people love to blame bikes for gentrification, and now Time Out says that, because of Citi Bike, Norwood, Bronx is going to be the city's hottest neighborhood...in 50 years

Further, Norwood has all the necessary infrastructural bones to attract transplants: It’s connected to multiple train lines and near the Mosholu Parkway. Almost completely surrounded by parkland, Norwood is also only steps away from the New York Botanical Garden and CitiBike’s new dockless bike-share zone. And the culturally diverse nabe offers proximity to great tacos, which is a determining—though perhaps unspoken—real estate clincher for all New Yorkers.

Don't worry.  In 50 years the Citi Bikes will be flying and the gentrifiers will long have moved upriver to Cohoes.