Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 21st, 2018: Everybody Into The Bike Lane!

There could be some rain today, particularly towards your evening commute:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southeast wind 9 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 73. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:12am

Sunset: 7:45pm

Hopefully you won't have to contend with any goats:

Or inaccurate punning:

A ewe is a sheep!  You might not care wether they use the right farm animal nomenclature, but I doe.


Moving on, if you have any non-livestock-related questions for Polly Trottenberg she'll be taking them on The Brian Lehrer Show later this morning:

One question she could address might be why back in October 2017 Mayor de Blasio considered ebikes so dangerous they warranted a press conference and a crackdown, whereas now his office tweets jovially about how fast they are:

So feel free to enjoy the thrilling sensation of moderate speed--unless you depend on food delivery for your livelihood, in which case you can expect to have your bike confiscated.

None of this is to say that pedal-assist Citi Bike isn't a good thing, because it most certainly is:

It's just that you should probably feel a little bit guilty every time you ride one:

The city’s embrace of pedal-assist e-bikes has upset some worker and immigrant advocates. While the city has paved the way for larger companies to offer pedal-assist e-bikes through their bike share services, the de Blasio administration is still criminalizing a different type of motorized bicycles that many of the city’s delivery workers use to nimbly get around the city during their long shifts.

But don't let that keep you from reserving one for this week's Bike Train:

In other news, bicycles could help with our badly-needed private waste carting reform:

Every month BK Rot collects 10,000 to 15,000 pounds on two trailers towed by bicycle, each of which can haul up to 600 pounds at a time. The nonprofit composts the material at the lush community garden Know Waste Lands on Myrtle Avenue and sells the soil nutrient to residents and other gardens for a nominal fee.

It's a niche operation, but Nurse sees it as just the beginning. BK Rot belongs to a loose alliance of microhaulers, waste-reduction experts and food-rescue groups that envisions a role in the re-formed commercial waste-collection industry planned by the de Blasio administration.

I wonder how much compost you could haul with an electric Citi Bike:

Finally, we'd better start learning how to share the bike lane, because we're increasingly being joined by people on every conceivable wheeled conveyance:

I welcome them all with open arms--except for roller skis, that is:

Roller Skis

Too much lateral movement.  You're liable to take a pole in the spokes while trying to pass.