Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 17th, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast

***Update***

This happens tonight, join if you can:

There could be thunderstorms today, particularly towards your evening commute:

Friday Weather

Friday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7pm and 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 76. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:08am

Sunset: 7:51pm

And the weekend's fair game too, particularly Saturday:

Weekend

With that in mind, be sure to heed the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast, which calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery Logo

...Summer Ale!

Citi Bike

The days are hot and pop-up thunderstorms are everywhere, but the nights are starting to get just a little cooler. We recommend enjoying them with a Brooklyn Summer Ale in hand to relax, refresh, and enjoy the lightning from a safe distance. After all, that nighttime drop means that summer will only be here for a bit longer—enjoy it while it’s here.

Yes, these are the dog days of summer, but it's winding down, so take advantage while you can:

Then on Sunday there's the Tour de Flushing:

On Sunday, Aug. 19, cyclists of all ages are invited to this free, family-friendly event that takes participants on a scenic ride through Queens’ Greenbelt in Flushing. The 11-mile ride begins on the Western End of Kissena Corridor Park at the intersection of Main Street and Elder Avenue and will be broken up into two legs with an optional third leg.

Register here.

The New York Times is also plugging the Ample Hills Creamery "Tour de Hills:"

Basically it appears to be an ice cream-themed brevet.

And remember to register for the NYC Century, which happens on September 9th:

Century

Do so by August 23rd and you'll be automatically entered to win an S-Works Venge ViAS (did I spell that right?)!

Venge

(I'm not sure it's exactly this one but you get the idea.)

It's the perfect low-key bike for commuting to work, running errands, or just cruising around the neighborhood.

Basket and streamers sold separately.

Hey, if it's not for you I'll take it off your hands cheap.

Speaking of cruising around the neighborhood, the Skillman Avenue protected bike lane is in:

The horror.

Finally, (dockless) Citi Bike is officially live in the Bronx, but it's not quite dialed in yet:

I asked Motivate for an explanation of the bugs and what’s being done to address them, but the company didn’t offer details. “We will be continuously working to upgrade our dockless technology as well as providing excellent customer service and operations so riders can enjoy the bikes,” said a spokesperson. “In the less than 24 hours since launch, we’ve already seen nearly 100 rides.”

And on the nuts and bolts of maintenance and operations, it’s certainly true that Motivate isn’t skimping for this pilot zone. The company has four mechanics assigned to the area, two rebalancers who can haul six to eight Citi Bikes at a time on bike trailers, and three bilingual “ambassadors” getting the word out in a part of the Bronx where most residents speak Spanish.

This is what comes of the piecemeal approach to five-borough bike share.