Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 19th, 2018: Your Weekend Forecast

Pleasant riding weather to end the week:

Friday Weather

Friday Sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Friday Night A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Sunrise: 7:12am

Sunset: 6:10pm

And a (mostly) pleasant weekend as well:

Weekend

In light of this, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Brooklyn Brown Ale!

Brooklyn Brown

With jacket weather truly upon us, we’re recommending Brooklyn Brown Ale to give a bit of insulation against what feels like a sudden chill. Its roasty, warming notes are perfect to stave off the cold, but it stays refreshing enough for a post-ride treat. Plus, you can track down hard-to-find cans of Brown Ale in our Brooklyn Mix Vol. 2 on grocery shelves now.

You'll be pleased to know the city has taken the first step towards closing Manhattan's greenway gaps by making this whimsical video:

You still can't ride over that Amtrak bridge though.

Weeknight Pulaski Bridge closures continue through November 2nd:

"Tonight" after midnight is technically Saturday morning, but it's still colloquially Friday night, so if you plan to travel between Brooklyn and Queens after 12am I don't know what to tell you.

And Council Member Andrew Cohen, State Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz, and others celebrated the opening of the Broadway protected bike lane in the Bronx yesterday:

Unfortunately I was too far back to see who won the city line sprint:

Broadway

Speaking of the Bronx, next Sunday, October 28th is the free (!) Tour de Bronx, so sign up now:

Tour de Bronx

Choose one of two rides. The 25-mile route takes riders through the south, east and mid portion of the borough including the Mott Haven district, Clason Point along the East River, and the largest park in New York City: Pelham Bay Park boasting nearly 3,000 acres of natural forest, OR The 40-mile route, which includes a visit to the historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck peninsula, the nautical community of City Island and the northern portions of the borough like Woodlawn and Riverdale. Both rides conclude at the iconic New York Botanical Garden where riders receive a complimentary souvenir T-shirt (while supplies last) and enjoy a live musical performance as they relax from the day’s festivities.

Come ride the mainland, we've got actual hills and stuff!

Meanwhile, down on the terminal moraine, everyone wants a safer Northern Boulevard, but some remain wary of bike lanes:

Jackson Heights Post

There was almost universal support for greater police enforcement; curb extensions to shorten crossing distances; additional pedestrian islands; more leading pedestrian intervals; greenery and beautification; and greater traffic safety education.

Many people were split on whether the DOT should add a protected bicycle lane. Some argued that it would increase safety by slowing traffic down while adding another transportation option.  Others feared that it would reduce the number of moving lanes and add to congestion.

While still others "can't see how it can be done:"

“I would like to see a bicycle lane but I can’t see how it can be done,” said Tim Kesecker, a resident who attended the meeting.

It's easy, Tim--just move the cars over, throw down some green paint, bing bang boom, there's your bike lane.

Done and done.

But of course the real insight is in the comments section:

Overdevelopment

That last sentence would make a fantastic protest sign.

Finally, Vice takes a look at how we don't have enough room for teeny scooters because we gave too much away to giant cars:

The goal, Klein said, is to make it easier and safer for people to use smaller vehicles for shorter trips. That would also mean tackling the real culprit behind this whole debacle: cars. Because while scooters can be a nuisance, the vast majority of people are not dying on them without cars involved. And yet, cars still dominate our roads: 70 percent of the taxi trips in midtown Manhattan are below one mile. One mile also happens to be the average length of Lime’s scooter rides.

Can't argue with that.