Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 23rd, 2018: Going Electric

Looking good out there today:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 8 to 10 mph. 

Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:14am

Sunset: 7:42pm

If you're headed out towards the beach in the next few days note the following:

Of course the big news is that we could be getting scooters:

Bird, an e-scooter firm operating in U.S. cities and in Paris, has been lobbying Council members to allow these rides in New York.

“...There are already other places where many riders, they’re using electrical scooters,” Rodriguez, the Transportation Committee chairman, told the Daily News. “It’s important not to leave New York City behind.”

Don't worry, you're gonna like 'em.  Sure, San Francisco couldn't handle them, but if anything that's a selling point.

In the meantime, New York City is quickly embracing a pedal-assist future.  Yesterday the Bike Train went electric:

And here's a thrilling multimodal tale--well, thrilling if you're the sort of person who can identify subway rolling stock by model number:

What's more thrilling than a high-speed chase?  A high-speed chase that incorporates a Select Bus!

In hot pursuit, I hopped on the next M15 SBS—one of New York’s bus rapid transit routes—headed towards the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Tight on time, I was grateful for all door boarding. I checked the app again, watching my location inch closer towards the elusive bike. It moved three times in 20 minutes, heading north in 5-block leaps.

That's pursuit so hot it'll melt your MetroCard.

As for why electric delivery bikes are still illegal, nobody has a good answer:

In a statement, Seth Stein, a spokesperson for Mayor de Blasio, said, “In order to increase the transportation options for New Yorkers, including delivery workers, the Mayor clarified DOT rules that pedal-assist bikes are legal in the City. The Administration is currently considering additional actions to help delivery workers transition their throttle e-bikes to pedal-assist.”

The NYPD has yet to present any evidence to suggest that throttle-controlled e-bikes are more dangerous or harm New Yorkers more than traditional bicycles.

Though at least one delivery worker is simply using Citi Bike instead:

If you can't join 'em, beat 'em.