Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 19th, 2018: "If you are in the traffic, you are the traffic."

Well that's more like it:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 10 mph.

Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. North wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:41am

Sunset: 6:58pm

Looks like a perfect day to stay above ground:

Or head to the park if you can get away with it:

But don't worry, because the subways may already have been saved:

Now that's the kind of thinking that keeps New York City at the forefront of urban planning.

That, and adding more Gridlock Alert Days:

Motorists are routinely surprised and/or undeterred by road closures that have been announced weeks in advance, so the idea that they'll heed polite requests not to drive at certain times of the year seems optimistic at best.

Nevertheless, the DOT will also sweeten the pot with various discounts:

I dunno about parking at Citi Field, but the Citi Bike one seems like a good deal:

Of course the current gridlock culprit is the UN General Assembly, and it looks like a portion of the 1st Avenue bike lane will be closed starting this Saturday:

The Times has more on how UN traffic is so hot right now:

In fact, United Nations gridlock is now worse than holiday gridlock for the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center or the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. It took an average of 19 minutes to drive just one mile in Midtown Manhattan on a Monday during the United Nations session last year, up from an average of 10 minutes the rest of the year, according to city data. The only time it took longer last year — 20 minutes — was in a blizzard in March. By comparison, the mile-long drive took 14 minutes the day of the Rockefeller Center tree lighting.

“U.N. week is the most challenging traffic time in New York City and I’m not even sure people know that,” said Polly Trottenberg, the city’s transportation commissioner. “If you are in the traffic, you are the traffic.”

At no point did the article imply bike lanes are somehow to blame, so that in itself is progress.

Moving along, via Reddit, someone has made a milling and paving map:


I can't vouch for its accuracy, but potentially that could be extremely useful.

Finally, Minneapolis will be getting "virtual stations" as it transitions to dockless bike share:


Nice Ride, instead, will create “virtual stations” to support the transition to dockless. “Virtual station” is essentially a fancy name for a designated drop-off and pick-up zone for dockless bikes, which could be little more than just some paint striped onto a sidewalk or public pathway to delineate where the bikes should go. It’s a solution that’s so astonishingly simple that one wonders why Minneapolis is among the first to try it–until you consider that making even such basic changes to the public right-of-way requires the authorization of the city, which startups like Lime often do not have.

Sounds promising.