Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 11th, 2018: Number Nine...Number Nine...Number Nine...

Well this doesn't look too promising:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 10am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 76. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Thursday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 7:03am

Sunset: 6:22pm

Nor does this:

Of course the NYPD never tickets cyclists:

And cyclists never stop at lights:

Want a better Northern Boulevard?  Here's your chance to participate:

Maybe we can improve on our 9th place finish in the latest Bicycling cycling cities ranking:

Number Nine

Still, New York isn’t yet a cyclist’s utopia. The fatality rate for New York was the highest of any city that made the top 15, with 2.5 fatalities per 10,000 cyclists. That’s something we take seriously, and one reason why the city, despite its many bike lanes, wasn’t closer to the top of this list.

It's easy (and fun) to quibble over these rankings, but #9 does feel about right.  On the other hand, remember back in 2014 when we were #1?

That was just weird.

Of course cycling has improved tremendously here in the past couple of decades, and it will continue to do so.  For example, the de-expressway-ification of the Sheridan has already begun:

BX Times

The boulevard will have a number of pedestrian and cyclist friendly features, including new, at-grade signalized pedestrian and bicycle crossings at Jennings Street, East 172nd Street and East 173rd Street.

Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. took to praising Governor Cuomo’s investment saying, “this project is a win-win for New Yorkers, not only gaining a new pedestrian bridge and bike path, but ridding the neighborhood of its outdated, obsolete roadway.”

That new, two-way bikeway will go along Edgewater Road leading to Starlight Park and the Bronx River Greenway. The new pedestrian bridge will cover the Bronx River while also connecting to Starlight Park to the multi-use path across the river.

And while the drivers may be just as bad (or worse), at least we're finding new ways to quantify just how bad they are:

Still, even the most ardent New York City cyclist occasionally contemplates leaving it all behind, so it may be either comforting or frustrating to consider things are often no better in the more bucolic corners of the state.  Consider New Paltz, where drivers are threatening cyclists with assault:

New Palz

"It's complete [expletive]," he wrote, venting about bicyclists on the road. "Brand new rail trail, [and] they have to 'Lance Armstrong' down 299. I don't move over. If they [are] over the white line, they are getting a mirror [expletive] slap."

Did he cut and paste that comment from 2005?

But why address the problem when you can just claim it's a function of the current political zeitgeist?

"I would think people would generalize and think that people on bicycles -- especially adults -- must be liberal," Gottlieb said. "And vice versa... ...People [might] think that when they see somebody in a pickup truck, it means they're conservative."

No, the problem is that, while we can see somebody in a pickup truck, they can't see us because their hood line is like seven feet off the ground.

But it doesn't matter anyway, because saying you're going to hit somebody with a truck is "not actionable"...and even if you do it, it's still just an "accident:"

While the comment was reported to police, village officials said it is "not actionable" since the post's author was not specifically threatening anyone, adding that it could be used to show intent in a criminal or civil court if he were to be involved in an accident like what he described.