Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 24th: Your Weekend Forecast

***Please note that as of today the Bike Forecast will be on end-of-summer recess, returning on Tuesday, September 4th.  Happy Labor Day!***

It's a perfect riding day:

Friday Weather

Friday Sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night Clear, with a low around 68. South wind 3 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:15am

Sunset: 7:41pm

Followed by a perfect riding weekend:


Enjoy it while it lasts:

As for what to drink, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast suggests...

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...Brooklyn Pilsner!


With a classic summer weekend of blue skies and sunshine ahead, we’re recommending our classic Brooklyn Pilsner. It’s snappy and refreshing for the hot afternoons, and refreshing enough for late-night parties. Pro tip: pick up our Brooklyn Mix Vol. 3 variety pack to snag it in easy-packing cans.


Alas, summer's almost over, which means it's time to register for the NYC Century:


Owning city streets sounds good to me.  Sure, technically we own part of the streets, but people keep crashing on our couch:

And leaving their garbage all over the living room:

St. Nick

Anyway, if you need to train for the Century, you can always grab a dockless Citi Bike and do hill repeats in the Bronx:

Or just skip the training and show up for the ride on a pedal-assist Citi Bike or Jump bike:


Knock out the Century by lunchtime, then spend the rest of the day at the beach.

Of course, in all of this it's important not to lose sight of the real problem:

I won't even touch the consequences for motorists bit, but yes, if only there were some way to give cyclists who break the law some sort of legally binding notice requiring them to either enter a guilty plea or go to court:

Who am I kidding, it'll never happen.

Anyway, you'd think by now we'd be moving on to frantic op-eds about how scooters are going to destroy the city, but so far there's only this letter to the Daily News:

Delivery scooters drive down streets the wrong way, and don’t stop for stop signs, red lights or pedestrians crossing the street. It would be a travesty to not take into account these unlicensed and probably uninsured vehicles before adding commuter scooters into the mix. Many streets now have the red-painted bus lanes that condense all the rest of the traffic — cars, trucks, taxis, Ubers, delivery trucks, emergency vehicles, sanitation, Access-A-Ride, dollar vans and many more. Cyclists and motorcycles, too.

I think the problem is the cars and trucks are squeezing the buses and not the other way around.

Finally, speaking of scooters, here's a look at Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden and some of the "controversy" around scooters:

When it comes to freaking out about scooters, San Francisco is the gold standard:

Advocates for the disabled said they would have trouble moving through the streets if the scooters were zooming around or left on sidewalks. Advocates for older people said rampaging scooters would also encourage them to seek the safety of their homes, becoming shut-ins.

“Somebody whizzing along at 15 miles an hour, that’s a symbol of entitlement and arrogance,” said Fran Taylor, a retired medical reporter. She called the scooters “a plot of the young people to kill off all us old farts so they can have our rent-controlled apartments.”

As for VanderZanden, he shows a flagrant disregard for both cars and helmets:

And even though Bird is handing out helmets, he said the requirement that scooter riders wear them is absurd unless all pedestrians have to wear helmets because cars are the real danger.

“We’re not going to be happy till there are more Birds than cars,” Mr. VanderZanden said.

Sounds good to me.