Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 19th, 2018: Induced Demand, Suppressed Logic

Be prepared for rain today:

Monday Weather

Monday A 30 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 49. West wind around 5 mph.

Monday Night A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 40. North wind around 6 mph becoming northeast after midnight.

Sunrise: 6:47am

Sunset: 4:35pm

Rain in the forecast is never thrilling, but we could use some to clean up those lingering snowy patches:

Amtrak Bridge

On the Upper West Side, the 20th Precinct will add bike lane clearing to their to do list:

Captain Timothy Malin also said keeping bike lanes clear would be a priority after the death of Madison Jane Lyden, though the subsequent ticketing stats seem to be at odds with that statement.

Meanwhile, yesterday, in a characteristic display of poor taste, the ironically-named Queens Streets For All observed the World Day of Remembrance for crash victims by protesting the new bike lanes in Sunnyside:


Speaking of bad taste, remember Councilmember Mark Gjonaj's delightful outburst over the summer?

Well on November 28th the Morris Park Community Association will hold a town hall on the proposed changes to Morris Park Avenue:

The plan, part of a citywide initiative to improve pedestrian safety called Vision Zero, would see Morris Park Avenue’s current two lane roadways (including travel lanes and combined travel/parking lanes) in both directions reduced to a single travel lane in either direction between Bronxdale and Newport avenues.

Additionally, as in other communities that have implemented the road narrowing to slow down traffic, a 10-foot-wide turn bay and flush median would be added in the middle of Morris Park Avenue, along with five-foot-wide bike lanes in both direction, according to a DOT proposal.

And here's Gjonaj confessing that he has no idea how traffic works:

“We obviously have congestion which we see day in and day out,” said Gjonaj, adding, “When you have congestion, you are supposed to invest in roads and expand.”

He added: “You are supposed to take two lanes and make three lanes, not go the other way.

Uh, no you're not:

Gjonaj is the guy who builds an extension on his house because he's sick of his in-laws coming to visit.

In other Bronx news, Jump has provided 15,000 rides on the mainland since the start of the pilot program, and Citi Bike has provided 1,000:

Lime has served 70,000 rides—and 20,000 riders—at its two locations during the life of the program. Jump counts 15,000 trips in the Bronx and 20,000 on Staten Island, and says its bikes have averaged five trips per day in the Bronx and two on Staten Island.

And Citi Bike has 

Citi Bike says nearly 1,000 riders have tried its dockless bikes in the Bronx.

"The pilot has been enough of a test case to show that this is something that really works," said Gil Kazimirov, general manager of Lime. "The next phase is figuring out how to expand it beyond a couple of service zones."

More ebikes in a hilly borough makes sense to me.

Finally, New York Magazine offered a tongue-in-cheek guide to surviving the L train shutdown in which they explored other transit modes including sailing:

Before you commit to watching it, here's an indicative joke:


You have been warned.

Oddly they didn't take on bikes, though perhaps we should be grateful.