***Please note that as of today the Bike Forecast will be on end-of-summer recess, returning on Tuesday, September 4th. Happy Labor Day!***
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.
Followed by a perfect riding weekend:
Enjoy it while it lasts:
NYC AREA FORECAST 8/23 | Cool and crisp air arrives today, but it won’t be here for long. Heat, humidity and storm chances are set to return next week: https://t.co/mGxL5QlcEm #njwx #nywx #pawx pic.twitter.com/natQbmiM86— NY Metro Weather (@nymetrowx) August 23, 2018
As for what to drink, the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast suggests...
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:
I mean at least he's doing something important. pic.twitter.com/uYDCfn1TBv— Bike Snob NYC (@bikesnobnyc) August 23, 2018
And leaving their garbage all over the living room:
Anyway, if you need to train for the Century, you can always grab a dockless Citi Bike and do hill repeats in the Bronx:
Discover the history of the central Bronx with ease on our dockless bikes! From the Bronx Zoo to the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, where in the central BX will you explore? 🚲 #citibikebx pic.twitter.com/is9h9G7SAX— Citi Bike (@CitiBikeNYC) August 23, 2018
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:
Cyclist speeding down Varick street in Manhattan just misses a pedestrian. Cyclists must also observe traffic laws & as the practice grows we have to figure out a way to ensure there are consequences for those who don’t, just like for motorists.— Sal Albanese (@SalAlbaneseNYC) August 19, 2018
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:
We step up our bike enforcement over the summer. We look for the following three violations when it comes to bicycles: riding on the sidewalk, red light violations, and going the wrong way on the street. We have issued a combined 69 of these summonses in the last 28 days.— NYPD 20th Precinct (@NYPD20Pct) July 24, 2018
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.