Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 6th, 2018: Worlds Are Colliding

There will be rain and possible thunderstorms today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 3pm, then rain likely. High near 65. Northeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Sunrise: 6:32am

Sunset: 4:47pm

If you don't want to commit to the bike full-time today then leave just it home, grab a Citi Bike, and ride it to the polls for free:

But whatever you do, watch for ticket stings:

And hopefully we won't have any more bridge closures today:

It's telling that the NYPD closed the entire bike path yet said that "the incident did not affect traffic on the bridge:"

It's not clear what the banner said, but the word "VOTE" was written on it.

Police say the incident did not affect traffic on the bridge.

I've also been pondering this tweet since yesterday:

The implication seems to be that riding a marathon is harder than running it, but I can't tell if they mean it or it's just cop humor.

Out on the street, the DOT is working on the 12th and 13th Street bike lanes:

And in tech news, GM will produce a line of ebikes, and they want you--yes, you!--to name it:

The general public from all over the world is invited to join in a naming contest for two GM models. One is a folding bike that can fit under a desk and the other is a rigid compact bike. They will be available for sale in 2019.

The best name wins $10,000. Another nine runners-up will each take $1,000. Submissions open today and close on November 26 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Contest participants will be instructed to suggest names that transcend languages and cultures and inspire people to adopt bikes as their primary mode of transportation. The names must also be trademarkable.

Why not just add the ebikes to their highly-respected GMC Denali line?

Either way, Carlton Reid has more.

 

Meanwhile, as GM prepares to launch an ebike, Danish bicycle company Biomega is going to start offering a car:

Sounds like they've already got a name, but if they were crowdsourcing one I'd suggest the "Golf Cart 2.0."

Finally, you know the world has gone topsy-turvy when a car publication is recommending bicycles over motor vehicles:

I've had a Specialized Allez road bike since I lived in LA, which offers cycling luxuries NYC can't compete with, like contiguous pavement and bike lanes marked with a better class of paint than Wite-Out. The streets in New York run the gamut from bucolic Brooklyn promenades to long stretches of bombed-out rubble that would delight an Afghan warlord, mostly the latter, so a mountain bike or even one of those ludicrous fat-tires is the better choice. New York has a hardened bicyclist culture, and for good reason: motorists hate us, pedestrians hate us, the city hates us, and tourists gum the whole thing up on CitiBikes, which weigh as much as a couch but are less maneuverable. It's not for the faint of heart. But if you're willing to dice on narrow streets with live cars piloted by maniacs, or god forbid Uber drivers, who are less predictable than the maniacs, it's an invigorating way to explore the city of New York. 

That's right, the bicycle got the second-highest mark after the electric motorcycle.

No idea where the Golf Cart 2.0 would have finished, but hopefully they don't start turning up in the bike lanes anytime soon.