Friday Rain likely, mainly before 8am. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a steady temperature around 39. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Breezy, with a north wind 17 to 25 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Wind chill values between 30 and 35. West wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
So far the weekend looks mostly clear too:
Still, it's pretty cold, so the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we recommend getting ready for the meal ahead with Black Chocolate Stout. Its rich waves of chocolate, espresso, and black bread will help you shrug off the cold and put you at ease. Just be sure to save it for after your ride—that 10% ABV can sneak up on you.
It's the beer that drinks like a meal.
Of course yesterday evening the subway seemed like an attractive choice, though depending on what train you took you might have been better off on the bike:
Same goes for the bus:
And the GWB path is closed as of this morning:
The GWB Sidewalk is closed due to snow removal. Updates will be posted as they become available. — GWB Sidewalk Alerts (@PANYNJ_GWBWalk) November 16, 2018
Between the fallen trees and the snarled transit we barely made it through, which means it's gonna be a long winter.
Yesterday the DOT inaugurated the new bike lane on Delancey Street:
This morning DOT, @transalt, & community members gathered for a #bikenyc ride across the #WilliamsburgBridge & into the new Delancey Street protected bike lane, expected to be a vital connector for thousands of new daily 🚲commuters next spring during L tunnel reconstruction. pic.twitter.com/v7VskPQGtx— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 15, 2018
And declared the Williamsburg Bridge a "showpiece:"
"Increasing access for cyclists will help make the #WilliamsburgBridge a showpiece for how we can and will keep New Yorkers moving during next year's challenging shutdown," ~ NYC DOT Commissioner Trottenberg.— NYC DOT (@NYC_DOT) November 15, 2018
More to come @ this location. pic.twitter.com/T0nOEI065e
Though there is the matter of that tiny gap you've got to make your way through:
Delancey Street is getting better for cyclists, thanks to latest @NYC_DOT work. But let’s make sure Polly knows this crucial roadway must be made even better! (And, riders, don’t forget to INHALE when exiting the Williamsburg Bridge!https://t.co/dg8yqwpGms pic.twitter.com/QvjHXTAJVq— Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) November 15, 2018
After waiting for the pedestrians, cyclists must now maneuver through the narrow cut through the security wall at the foot of the bridge (photo above) that is not even four feet wide — far narrower than well-established national standards. Riders must slow considerably.
Which they might want to widen if it's going to accommodate all those new Citi Bikes:
A draft of the new plan was presented to Community Board 1 in Williamsburg last night, ahead of a comment period for residents to give their feedback on the plan. The DOT is aiming to complete the expansion this winter, before the April shutdown.
Of the 62 stations in the plan area, 21 will be upgraded with more bikes. Immediate pushback came from CB 1 members concerned about losing parking spaces in the neighborhood, but the DOT presenters assured them that only 7 spots would be given up to expand the neighborhoods Citi Bike capacity by 200 docks.
Beyond the city, on Saturday, the Steering Committee for the Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan will present its design for a bike-, transit-, and pedestrian-friendly Broadway:
Sat, Nov 17, 1-3pm
Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan
Mercy College, Rotunda
555 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
Open House presenting the Final Report.
Route 9 will be the most direct route to the
Tappan Zee Mario Cuomo Bridge once it opens to bike traffic. As it is, much of it is borderline unrideable, and the proposed redesign would be transformative:
In enforcement news, yesterday the NYPD were out ticketing ahead of the snowfall:
And the 6th Precinct attempted to justify their infamous tweet:
We address conditions and crimes where we observe them. We expect everyone to follow the law, be they in a car, on foot, or riding a bike.— NYPD 6th Precinct (@NYPD6Pct) November 15, 2018
Cyclists riding through red lights continue to be an issue that comes up at community council and neighborhood policing meetings.
There certainly does seem to be a correlation between finding bicycles annoying and having the time to go to civic meetings--or to protest bike lanes, which the ironically-titled "Queens Streets for All" will attempt to do on Sunday in Sunnyside:
Meanwhile, a bike-lane opposition group is staging a “Queens Streets for All Rally” this Sunday just a block away (1 p.m. at 43rd Avenue and 51st Street) to “restore the road on Skillman ... before someone is seriously injured,” according to fliers.
Already, organizers claim, some merchants on Skillman have seen business drop 18 percent since the lanes went in.
I'm sure the protesters will be setting up a table where we can audit their books and verify those figures.
Finally, Denver is the latest city to find itself under the iron thumb of Big Scooter:
No offense to the Bike Snob, who lives in New York City where there are not yet e-scooters, but there’s a big difference between visiting a scooter city and living in one. In September, an older gentleman stopped by the 5280 offices to express his concerns about the “electric scooters possessing our sidewalks.” This man lives at a downtown senior living facility, and said that he and his fellow residents are genuinely scared that they’ll be hit by one of the many scooters zooming outside of their front door. In fact, I’ve spoken with dozens of people who recall nearly being bowled down by distracted riders.
Of course we do have people riding around on e-scooters, as well as pretty much every wheeled conveyance you can imagine--it's like that scene from "Pee-Wee's Big Aventure." But sure, no offense taken.
But how's the century-old great car experiment working out? Oh, right:
Sounds like they should give the scooter experiment at least 100 more years. It's only fair.