Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 18th, 2018: Construction Ahead

Another cool, pleasant day for riding, and with less wind:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Sunny, with a high near 50. Northwest wind 13 to 16 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Sunrise: 7:10am

Sunset: 6:11pm

We can argue about which season is best for cycling, but fall is the only time of year you can wear exactly the same clothes both on and off the bike.

Yesterday Carlina Rivera announced her new bill to maintain bike lanes in a city that is under unrelenting construction:


Riders should also note that there will be weeknight closures of the Pulaski Bridge:

Here's more from the DOT:

Speaking of closures, even the most conservative bike estimates for the L Train shutdown could have a significant effect on cycling in the city:

In my experience, most cyclists didn’t suddenly decide to start biking to work. Something—whether it’s a particularly nightmarish subway commute or moving apartments or jobs—pushes them to make the change. Chelsea Yamada, the Manhattan organizer for Transportation Alternatives, says many of the group’s longest-tenured members started cycling during the transit crisis of the 1980s.

In 2019, for thousands of New Yorkers, that change may be the L shutdown.

And if we've got scooters by then they'll be playing a big role too, so the city will need to catch up:

So cities will have to design their way toward a solution. This is no small task, as more than a century of urban design championed the car above all else, leading to public spaces where the majority of the space is devoted to private vehicles. This has meant that most cities find themselves in an awkward phase: designed for one form of transportation, but increasingly serving as a stage for newer, unexpected forms of mobility.

There's also the matter of trucks blocking the bike small vehicle lanes:

The presence of delivery trucks double-parking or occupying space in bike or scooter lanes is a major contributor to urban congestion (or, worse, collisions). Creating a policy that gives trucks an incentive to make their deliveries during off-peak hours has been tried in cities from New York to Stockholm, and the results are promising.

Sounds better than encouraging them to park illegally, which is what we've been doing:

If only there were some other smaller and more efficient vehicle we could use to deliver stuff...

E-cargobikes fit the bill. Their 350kg capacity is not weedy – in the Netherlands, the average van carries as little as 130kg per trip. And e-cargobikes are nimble, which will become increasingly important as more and more of us opt to live cheek by jowl in cities, where road space will always be in short supply.

Alas, we won't even adopt the metric system, so coming to terms with the commercial potential of cargo bikes might take awhile.

Or, when it comes to the inevitable growth of scooter and bike share, you can always just stick your fingers in your ear and go NONONONONONO! like Huntington Beach:

The ordinance would make it illegal for any operator to provide, place or offer shared mobility devices in any public right of way. People also would not be allowed to ride such scooters or bikes in the city, and the devices could be impounded.

Offenders would be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second and $500 for each additional violation within a one-year period.

How forward-thinking of them.