Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 12th, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast

That windsock means the cooler weather's blowing in:

Friday Weather

Friday Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a steady temperature around 62. Breezy, with a north wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph.

Sunrise: 7:04am

Sunset: 6:20pm

And the weekend's looking more appropriately seasonal:

Weekend Weather

It only follows then that your beer consumption should be appropriately seasonal too, which is why the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery logo

...Brooklyn Oktoberfest!


With the last of the surprisingly warm weather leaving us this week (well, maybe), we’re recommending Brooklyn Oktoberfest to welcome some true fall weather. Enjoy the toasty malts and snappy finish as you revel in finally being able to wear your favorite jacket. Just be careful—with the way the weather’s been this year, winter could spring out of nowhere.

Before you get too carried away though you should first help your fellow cyclists by completing this survey:

On the streets, there's lots happening on Delancey:

Saturday is also Free Ride Day courtesy of Citi Bike:

And you can also use Citi Bike free for these upcoming rides in the Bronx:

It's hard to get excited when you still can't even ride the length of the Hudson River Greenway due to the Amtrak Bridge repair, but the city has released its plans to close some gaps in the Manhattan greenway network:

On Thursday, the city announced that it was investing $250 million toward closing the gaps in the existing Greenway, and announced several construction timelines for various sections of the open space. This latest set of investments will primarily focus on developing the Greenway in East Harlem, Inwood, Harlem, and Midtown East.

“The full potential of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway has yet to be realized,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a statement. “We’re committed to closing the gaps along the Greenway, which will strengthen neighborhoods and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to our iconic waterfront.”

Here are the gaps they'll be addressing:


Speaking of Inwood, the Dyckman Street bike lanes are still in limbo, but faint sketch lines are appearing:


I won't even attempt to speculate as to what they portend, but in the meantime it's a double-parking paradise.

Broadway in Upper Manhattan is also experiencing extreme lane lag, with no crosswalks or lane markings of any kind since the summer.

Moving on, you may be an old salt when it comes to cycling in this town, but for those who aren't this is a well-written and comprehensive guide:

Hello, and congratulations on your decision to become one of the more than 800,000 regular bicyclists in New York City! We’re in the midst of a kind of cycling renaissance, with almost half a million bike trips made in the five boroughs every day. Still, we have a long way to go before riding in New York becomes safe and convenient for everyone. Now that you’re ready to tackle our city two wheels at a time, you should make yourself aware of our laws, customs, and quirks—and hear valuable advice from hardened cyclists who biked the mean streets before you. 

As a certified crank and an old fusspot I really couldn't find much to quibble with here.

And finally, beyond the city, the advent of bike share is inspiring the city of White Plains to install more bike lanes increase its cycling fines:

White Plains

Roach said it’s time for a change to discourage violators. He’s looking to raise the cycling violations from $10 to $100. This comes on the heels of a new one-year bike-share pilot program called Lime Bike. It was rolled out in White Plains in June.

“I think with Lime Bike, you have less experienced riders that may be unfamiliar with the rules. But from my observation, this is not a Lime Bike issue. This a bike issue,” Roach said.

Or maybe it's a "not enough bike lanes to ride in" issue:

White Plains

White Plains has 4.3 miles of designated bike lanes and numerous other bike routes with painted shoulders and "sharrows" for shared lanes.

Just a thought.