Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 20th, 2018: Closing the Gap

Looking pretty good today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Rain likely, mainly before 7am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a steady temperature around 45. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Sunrise: 6:49am

Sunset: 4:34pm

With Thanksgiving coming up it's officially "Don't drive, pretty please?" Gridlock Alert season, and Citi Bike is offering discounts on 3-day passes:

They've also officially surpassed 70 million trips since 2013!

Though the NYPD is doing their best to keep that growth in check:

In Rockaway the DOT will add protected bike lanes:

And while the Sunnyside bike lane has been a tremendous improvement:

This past weekend some disgruntled parking enthusiasts gathered for a misguided protest:

Kids B4 Bikes

(Photo by Gersh Kuntzman)

The idea that bikes and kids are somehow mutually exclusive is both deeply stupid and profoundly depressing, and it's a terrible shame we've robbed children of their childhoods by making it near-impossible for them to ride--though she and this Prospect Park West protester should probably get together for coffee.  (Assuming they can find someplace to park.)

Anyway, CBS New York has taken up the story:

Cars that double park often take up the only lane of traffic. Video shows a postal truck traveling down the bike lane, and delivery trucks backing up on to the road.

“Horrible. The other day there was a fire and the firetrucks couldn’t turn down on Skillman. They had to back up, go back the other way,” Woodside resident Jenny Ruiz said.

Why do a story about how illegal double-parking is blocking emergency vehicles all over the city when instead you can make it about bike lanes?

Also, one business owner is claiming that the bike lane is costing him $300-$400 a day:

“Right now, we are losing like $300, $400. The business is losing and we have to close early then,” said Hirenkumar Thakker, owner of Discount Variety Grocery.

Maybe he should throw tacks in the bike lane and sell patch kits.

Finally, blocked bike lanes may be frustrating, but how about the ones that just disappear?

We've got some truly great bike paths in this town:

Hells Gate

We just need to close the gaps between them.