Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 20th, 2018: Tunnel To Nowhere

The day starts off sunny and warm, but it could be raining heavily for your evening commute, so be prepared:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Rain likely, mainly after 5pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Temperature falling to near 46 by 8pm, then rising to around 54 during the remainder of the night. East wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunrise: 7:16am

Sunset: 4:31pm

Yesterday the DOT celebrated adding over 20 miles of protected bike lanes this year:

Now we've got to keep them clear:

Meanwhile, heavy ticketing continues on 1st Avenue:

And Streetsblog asks if 20 new mile is enough.

Yes, it's enough, they should totally stop now.

Say what you will, but at least Elon Musk isn't building any tunnels here:

Funny how things work in America:

The proof of concept for Musk's project is the Holland Tunnel.

Meanwhile the proof of concept for bike lanes is Amsterdam.

And let's not forget about trains:

Anyway, despite the fact that highways and tunnels are plagued by congestion, somehow a narrower one built for $70,000 cars is supposed to fix everything:

“So what we believe we have here is a real solution to the traffic problem we have on earth,” Mr. Musk told reporters. “It’s much more like an underground highway.”

Though the tunnel project makes perfect sense if you see it for what it is:

Until now, the company has used standard tunneling equipment, but it expects to roll out newly engineered technology as its efforts continue. Mr. Musk said about $10 million was spent on the first mile of the system, which took about a year to complete, largely because of hurdles with permits and licenses.

See, Tesla doesn't advertise in the traditional sense, while the other automakers spend billions on ads every year.  Here's how much car they spend on a single Superbowl:

Hyundai/Kia ran three ads, one of which was a 60-second spot for Kia (the “Walken Closet”). At $5 million per unit, that’s $20 million. Hyundai’s U.S. division also signed a deal with the NFL last year giving the company the right to use NFL logos in its advertising and on its cars. That cost $50 million for four years.

Yes, that's $20 million just to show ads during one football game--so when you think about that, building a $10 million tunnel to nowhere that's got everyone talking about it is quite cunning.

In any case, I was wishing for a tunnel yesterday while holiday shopping in Manhattan when I came to terms with the fact that, yes, bicycles do get stuck in traffic:


They can also be difficult to park:


Indeed, after trying three stations I wound up pretty much where I started:


If only I'd had a Smart:

What's especially bold here is that the car fits (just barely) in the space between the Citi Bike station and the crosswalk...and since there's no sign expressly prohibiting it that means the space is, for all practical purposes, legal.

Not that this driver is a stranger to tickets:

That's an impressive tally.