Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 10th, 2018: Difficult Crossings

Pretty much a repeat of yesterday weatherwise:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind 3 to 7 mph.

Sunrise: 7:02am

Sunset: 6:23pm

So far it's a rather sultry Biketober:

Ride safe on your commute today, and watch out for ticketing, particularly in the new Sunnyside bike lanes:


They're doing their best to flatten out that cycling growth.

Certainly one way to restore double-digit cycling growth would be to improve the Harlem River crossings--which will happen eventually. Prior to the last big bike boom the East River bridges were difficult or impossible to cross as well, and there's a lot of potential cyclists waiting to be unleashed uptown.

Another way of course would be to significantly expand Citi Bike--though the current administration would rather spend money on boats instead.

More bike lanes would also help, as would keeping drivers out of the current ones:

I'm sure London would have even more tips for us:


“Pedestrian priority” zones would ban cars, vans, taxis and buses from using some routes, apart from for access. At least half of the roads in the Square Mile are earmarked for pedestrian priority status, including parts of Threadneedle Street near the Bank of England, and roads around Mansion House, Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations. Bicycles would be expected to give way to pedestrians in these zones.

They're also working on updating the congestion pricing scheme and improving the bike network:

The report outlining the plans said a “road user charge” could be varied according to demand and vehicle type — opening the door to higher charges for more polluting vehicles.

The draft proposals, which were being presented to elected members today, also call for a “core cycling network” including two-metre wide protected cycle lanes on busy routes.

Silly Londoners.  It's all about helmet giveaways and parking placards, everyone knows that.

Speaking of river crossings, there's one less way to do that for the foreseeable future thanks to the temporary closure of the Henry Hudson Bridge pedestrian path:

MTA is not forcing anyone to detour to Broadway, offering a free shuttle running daily, every half hour, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., between March and November, with reduced hours in the winter.

On the Bronx side, the shuttle picks up residents and their bikes at Kappock Street and Independence Avenue, stopping on the Manhattan side of the bridge at Dyckman Street below the south Henry Hudson parkway.

The shuttle, however, doesn’t seem to be very popular. At least since Sept. 20, the MTA has reported relatively low ridership.

What?  Cyclists don't want to take a two-and-a-half mile van ride each way just to get to Manhattan?


In other news, get ready for the ebike takeover:

Yes, but they shouldn’t. Riding an e-bike still takes work. Unlike a moped, pedal-assist doesn’t mean you simply let the thing fling you forward. You’re still pedaling, but as you do, the motor enhances your efforts.

When you climb a hill, you pedal with more force, and the bike funnels in just enough power to let you rise with ease. It doesn’t feel like cheating, and the rider gets to think, “Hey, I’m much stronger than I thought.”

I think they mean "avid" cyclists.

Finally, the LIRR is rolling out a bike locker pilot program:


Bike lockers have finally arrived on Long Island, but availability is scarce. A lottery was held on Tuesday for a lucky few.

“You come back from work and your bike is missing, but these seem very secure,” lottery participant Hunter Gross said.

Each locker measures 4 feet tall and 6 feet long, and is weatherproof. Thirty-six are now being installed at LIRR stations in Baldwin, Bellmore, Merrick, Oceanside, Wantagh and Woodmere, CBS2’s McLogan reported.

Good to see.  The days of the "station car" are finally numbered.