Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 17th, 2018: Patchy Fog

Swamp-like conditions today, and you might want a light for your morning commute:

Monday Weather

Monday A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Light east wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the morning.

Monday Night A chance of showers, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 9pm. Low around 70. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:39am

Sunset: 7:02pm

Protected bike lanes are coming to E. 20th Street in Manhattan:

And Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn:

As of yesterday there was also a closure on the East River Greenway:

And the UN General Assembly begins tomorrow, which means lots of street closures:

In other news, another public figure appears to be suffering from bike lane-induced delirium:

Which continues to be an epidemic all over North America:

Yes, aspiring office-holders continue to believe bike lanes destroy communities, despite compelling evidence to the contrary.  Also--and this is particularly mind-blowing--bikes are actually cheaper than cars:

A really nice bike isn't cheap. A Dutch bike can cost more than $1000; a cargo bike several thousand; and an electric bike can be even more. Does this reflect and reinforce our growing urban economic divide?

C: Countries such as Belgium, France, and Germany started incentivizing electric and cargo bikes by providing tax rebates or cash discounts for residents in the knowledge that they will ultimately reduce the amount of capital they have to spend on car infrastructure. Keep in mind that any transportation system that requires somebody to own and maintain a $20-30,000 motor vehicle is the ultimate inequitable solution. Supplementing bike share is another way: In Vancouver, we now have a community pass where you can get an annual membership for $20 if you qualify as a low-income resident. There are solutions out there, they just involve subsidy and incentivizing these purchases.

So are tantrums like these the death rattle of anti-bike politics?

If last week's election results are any indication, they might very well be:

Italians For Klein

Finally, drivers continue to terrorize the city, and the SI Advance has a roundup of people in cars driving over other people and then driving away:

SI Advance

Drivers who leave the scene of crashes are often caught on surveillance video, leading to NYPD investigations, and, in some cases, arrests.  

But Staten Island motorists have not been deterred from taking off, judging by the police and civilian videos provided to the Advance. 

Here is a look at some of the serious hit-and-run incidents:

This video was particularly shocking:

Hit and Run

The driver was since charged and sentenced, and they didn't so much throw the book at her as they did wave a pamphlet in her vicinity

Beatrice Tchoungoua, 23, was sentenced on Friday to a one-year license revocation, a one-year conditional discharge and fined $500, stemming from the incident.

Astounding.  Anybody capable of that should never be permitted to drive a motor vehicle ever again.