Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 9th, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast

We're looking at a rainy end to the week:

Friday Weather

Friday Rain, mainly after 3pm. High near 55. East wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday Night Rain before midnight, then a chance of showers, mainly between midnight and 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 43. East wind 10 to 16 mph becoming northwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:36am

Sunset: 4:43pm

Followed by a sunny but genuinely cold weekend:


So the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Winter Lager!

Winter Lager

For some of the first truly cold nights of the year, we’re recommending our Brooklyn Winter Lager. Based on the schwarzbier style, this dark lager packs plenty of the toasty chocolate notes we love about winter beers, but maintains a clean, refreshing lager finish. Whether you’re braving the elements or getting reacquainted with your blankets, it’s a perfect companion.

Don't worry, that's not real fur.

The big news of course is that the Amtrak Bridge on the Hudson River Greenway is finally open as of yesterday:

As a much-used commuting route and a crucial springboard for weekend cycling adventures this was a particularly inconvenient closure, but on the bright side now we all know the official name for that little bridge.  (I'd always just called it "That Messed Up Wood Section After The Lighthouse Climb.")

Meanwhile, not too far away, there are still no bike lanes of any kind on Dyckman Street:


De Blasio said in early September that he would "render a judgment," but so far Dyckman remains a monument to both indecision and double-parking.

And over in Queens, there will be a "Family Fun Bike Ride" in Sunnyside this Saturday to celebrate the new bike lane:


Or, for those who hate both family fun and bikes, the ironically-named "Queens Streets for All" will hold a protest against the bike lane one week later:

The following weekend, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, Queens Streets for All, a coalition of residents, businesses and members of Community Board 2, will meet at 51st Street and 43rd Avenue to protest the dangers and the disruption to businesses that their members are blaming on the bike lanes.

In a statement issued Nov. 4, they quoted Gerard Fitzgerald, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, who last month told the Chronicle that road changes made to accommodate bike lanes are delaying firefighters’ response times when heading to calls across the city. The FDNY’s Engine 325 and Ladder Co. 163 are housed on 51st Street just south of where Skillman has been narrowed to one lane.

“We’re not waiting for there to be a tragic accident in our community,” business owner Gary O’Neil said in the statement. Real estate broker Dorothy Raymond Morehead said some businesses along Skillman have lost up to 18 percent of their revenue since the lanes went in.

Sounds like the members of Queens Streets for All have lost up to 18 percent of their minds.

Finally, here's a nice piece of driving:

If bike lanes hurt response times you have to wonder why they're so tempting for impatient motorists.