Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 7th, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast

It will be cooler and possibly wetter today:

Friday Weather

Friday A chance of rain and thunderstorms. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 79. Northeast wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 64. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:29am

Sunset: 7:18pm

And through the weekend:

Weekend Weather

Fall?  Not exactly.  Nevertheless, in the spirit of anticipation the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

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...Brooklyn Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest

With Labor Day behind us and a bit of coolness creeping into the forecast, we’re recommending Brooklyn Oktoberfest this weekend. Its hearty malts and classic hops will help you look forward to crisp fall days, but the crisp, refreshing finish can still handle a final heat wave or two.

Go ahead and treat yourself to some after the NYC Century this Sunday:

NYC Century

Or the night before, what the hell.

The big news is that Manhattan Community Board 8 has voted for the Second Avenue bike lane extension that will close the gap between E. 68th Street and the Queensboro Bridge:

Community Board 8's transportation committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the plan during its Wednesday night meeting, just one night after Community Board 6 also backed it. The city Department of Transportation's plan will fill in a gap of the Second Avenue protected bike lane from East 68th Street to East 59th Street.

The gap between East 68th Street and East 59th Street is one of two remaining stretches of Second Avenue without a protected bike lane, DOT officials said. The stretch of road is particularly perilous due to the approach to the Queensboro Bridge were Second Avenue meets East 60th Street.

This is a highly positive development, and even Fox 5 almost managed to report on it without including some gratuitous cyclist smearing--though this guy got in right under the wire:

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"...bikes are blowing through red lights and there's no enforcement to be seen."

We all know that the NYPD enforces bicycle violations to a comically high degree, but of course you're not going to see any of that if you don't ride a bike yourself.

It's bad enough that they'll ticket you for going to work, but it's even worse that they don't break out the bike ticketing data so we can shove it in people's faces when they say there's "no enforcement."

Incidentally, if you're wondering how many bike lane tickets the NYPD has issued on the Upper East Side, here's your answer:

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Now that's "no enforcement to be seen."

Meanwhile, beyond New York, from suburban Chicago comes not just one:

But two stunningly offensive examples of journalistic victim-blaming:

Man dies after walking into bullet, man dies after running into knife, you know the deal.

The collision happened shortly before noon on Tuesday, when Richmond — who, police said, was not wearing a bike helmet at the time of the incident — was riding a bicycle south on Dunton Avenue from Thomas Street, and struck an open car door to a 2015 Kia and also the driver of the Kia.

Right, had he not been wearing the helmet he'd surely never have been doored.

Fortunately however the person who killed a cyclist with the door of a Kia passive and totally blameless victim was unharmed:

The owner of the Kia, who was struck in the back by Richmond’s bicycle, did not report any injuries, police said. Around the time of the crash, the owner was retrieving belongings from inside the vehicle and left the driver’s side door open to the street, police said.

I know I'm supposed to say I do my best to stay alive out there for the sake of my family or whatever, but if I'm to be totally honest it's because I can't bear the thought of someone writing about my death this way.

I'm also surprised they didn't add that he failed to "act like a car:"

Here in New York City we're great at acting like cars.  After all, we're always in the bike lane--just like they are!