Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 23rd, 2018: Whatever It Is, They're Against It

It will be a little warmer today but it could get windy for your evening commute:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

Sunrise: 7:16am

Sunset: 6:04pm

Watch out for ticketing, especially in midtown:

And check in with Citi Bike to make sure your favorite station hasn't pulled a disappearing act:

In New York Magazine, Justin Davidson makes the case for scooters deftly and convincingly:

Love that photo, by the way:

Of course we have little fear from scooters except convenience:

How can anyone detest these things? Simple, efficient, cheap, and slightly goofy, they are the 21st-century version of the Vespa. You can ride one in a dress or in a suit, or if your knees hurt too much to walk a mile or your legs are too weak to pedal. You can chug up hills and over bridges without arriving at your destination shellacked in sweat. Suddenly, a platform with two battery-powered wheels and a vertical handlebar seems like the most obvious way to get around.

Unfortunately people will detest them anyway because the more benign a vehicle is the more it offends the American sensibility.

Seems to be working out in Portland though:

Meanwhile, News 12 The Bronx took a look at the new Broadway protected bike lane:

News 12

Which included dramatic footage of your humble blog curator and Councilmember Andrew Cohen comparing Bromptons:

Bromptons

Unfortunately, when it comes to reporting on bike lanes, they always make sure to give some time to the token crank:

Yes, it's true, there was a net gain in parking spots:

Net Gain

(PDF)

But don't tell that to "40-year resident Andy Miller," who is living proof that if there's no real reason to oppose a bike lane then people will just invent one:

Parking

“It’s a real problem here for parking as it is, now it’s everything has gone down to zero right now.”

It can be hard to leave a place after 40 years, but if parking is such a concern he can certainly find a lot more of it by moving to his immediate north:

Westchester

Andy Miller can rest assured that once he leaves the city limits he won't encounter another bike lane network of any significance until he reaches Montreal.

In more Broadway news, the Bronx CB8 member who blamed the people killed on Broadway for their own deaths has called the redesign "chaotic:"

The entire section of the redesign from Burger King to West 242nd Street is chaotic. Drivers heading southbound are confused by the myriad of lane markings, and are unsure how to proceed. That hesitation and indecision creates a safety problem for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike, and has severely hurt access to our businesses.

Here's a look at some of that chaos:

Broadway

Anyway, my letter was better:

Finally, in LBS news, 718 Cyclery is expanding into outdoor gear:

718 Cycles

"We started thinking more about the landscape in New York City for outdoor goods. You have REI and another big location called Paragon, but beyond that there's really nothing in terms of outdoor gear or camping gear," Nocella said. "The thinking leading up to this was that thinking of ourselves as just a bike shop can be limiting, and we thought that being able to rebrand part of this and spread our wings outside the bike industry into the outdoor world would be something that could stand on the shoulders of stuff we already do — all these trips, classes and other stuff. It's just a natural progression."

On your way out of town, try not to yield to temptation by taking your mighty hatchet to the tires of the SUV blocking the bike lane.