Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 8th, 2018: Fill In The Blanks

Could be rainy today so be prepared:

Monday Weather

Columbus Day A 20 percent chance of showers after 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 67. East wind around 9 mph.

Monday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 67. East wind 3 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 7:00am

Sunset: 6:27pm

If you're wondering what's been going on with Dyckman Street since the mayor said he would "render a judgment" on the attempt to remove the protected bike lane on the south side, the answer is...nothing:


Apparently the new approach after repaving is to paint the lines nobody's complaining about and then leave the rest to the imagination:


Further uptown, an all-ages bike share procession made use of the new bike lane on Broadway in the Bronx yesterday:


While they appear to be in violation of the NYC helmet law for kids as well as the Limebikes terms of service, everything about what they're doing should be the new normal all over the city.

Speaking of positivity, this is probably the best cycling-related article the New York Times has ever published:

Not only was it full of useful information, but there was absolutely no victim-blaming, and the word "helmet" didn't appear once.  Also, just imagine:

That education begins long before getting behind the wheel. Dutch schoolchildren starting at about 10 to 12 years old learn about road safety for roughly one hour a week for 40 weeks. “It’s part of the curriculum in primary school,” Professor Wegman said. Schoolchildren learn how to ride bikes safely and afterward are tested on their bikes in traffic. They learn the importance of shared roadways to make sure that both drivers and cyclists are aware of each other and know each other’s rules, he said.

If only...

Continuing beyond the city limits, New York State has released an animated video of the new pedestrian and bike path on the Tappan Zee Mario Cuomo Bridge, which is currently under construction:


Once completed, the path will occupy a 12-foot space on the rightmost part of the span. It will feature a lane for pedestrians and a lane for cyclists.

Landings in Tarrytown and South Nyack will have parking spaces and other amenities. The bridge's path will allow easy connections to other trails.

There's just one question left unanswered:

The last remaining question on the walking and biking path is how long it will be open for. Residents in South Nyack want the path to close overnight, while cyclists want it open 24 hours.

I'm fine with the bike path closing at night as long as the motor vehicle lanes do too.

Take that, South Nyack.

Finally, the mayor would like to get around in a more environmentally friendly manner than his infamous SUV armada, but the city can't source a large enough hybrid:

Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s administration learned that recently as it searched for smaller eco-friendly cars to replace the fleet of larger hybrid SUVs used to chauffeur him around. Most hybrid vehicles don’t have the space to accommodate the politician’s 6-foot-5-inch frame.

“We’re in the process of looking at alternative hybrid car options, which turn out to be quite a bit more limited for a guy his size,” his spokesman, Eric Phillips, said in an email.

If only there were some sort of efficient vehicle capable of carrying people of all sizes...

Mayor Citi Bike

Oh, right, it's not "safe" enough:

His security detail has to factor in safety and practicality when figuring out how he travels.

“And he’s a target—he’s a very big target,” Mr. Viteritti said.

Well it certainly exposes him to photobombers: