Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 24th, 2018: No Helmets Allowed

We should have pleasant riding weather today:

Monday Weather

Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind 10 to 17 mph.

Monday Night Showers likely, mainly after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:46am

Sunset: 6:50pm

Enjoy it while you can:

Tuesday Wednesday Weather

Another reminder that the NYPD will be closing streets and bike lanes for the UN General Assembly:

And speaking of security, the New York Yankees have banned helmets:

“It’s totally ridiculous!” fumed Paul Steely White, executive director of pro-cyclist group Transportation Alternatives. “A sports team like the Yankees should be encouraging healthy, active transportation instead of discouraging it.

“It’s 2018. Biking is as mainstream a mode of transportation as driving or riding the train. It’s not polluting the air or taking up valuable parking space. The Yankees need to get with the times.”

Though there is a more positive way to spin it:

In any case, riders attempting to enter with a helmet face a logistical problem:

“I wasn’t about to throw away a $75 helmet. Leaving it fastened to the nearest signpost or tree would also be tantamount to throwing it away,” Rather told Streetsblog, which first reported the story. “There’s no explanation for the policy. It’s just idiotic.”

Though there is a simple solution:

Helmet Lock

Look for me hawking these outside the stadium.

(Or just lock your helmet through the straps.  I mean sure, someone could cut the straps, but why would they?  Are they gonna re-strap it?  What's the resale on a used helmet?)

Finally, fewer people are commuting by bicycle.  Or more people are commuting by bicycle in cities.  Or lots more people are using bikes for part of their commute but we don't know because we don't count that:

Some quick caveats. The ACS data doesn’t capture the number of folks who are cycling for fun or to run errands. (Note: the number of bike-share trips were up dramatically last year.) People who cycle to a bus or train station might only report the public transit leg of their commute. The data might not take into account those who cycle to work one or two times a week, instead of every day. And because it limits respondents’ answers to a single week, it might not capture people who cycle seasonally, strategically avoiding a bicycle commute at the sweaty height of summer or frozen depths of winter. (The Census Bureau solicits survey responses from about 3.5 million Americans throughout the year.)

All that said: In 2017, according the ACS, the share of commuters cycling to work actually dipped by 4.7 percent compared to the year previous. Less than one percent of American commuters regularly use their bicycles to get to work. But 84 percent of the seventy largest cities in the US have seen an upward cycle commute trend over the past twelve years.

Either way, here are the cities with the highest percentage of bike commuters:

The most interesting trend in these numbers—and certainly not a new one—is the uncovering of a profound cycle commuting gap. In the five US cities with the highest share of cycle commuters (Davis, Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto, California, plus Boulder, Colorado, and Somerville, Massachusetts), an average 11.7 percent took bicycles to work last year. But in the next five (Cambridge, Massachusetts, Berkeley, California, Miami Beach, Florida, Portland, Oregon, and Ames, Iowa), just 7 percent cycle commutes. Take cities 20 to 25 (Redwood and San Francisco, California, Bloomington, Indiana, Portland, Maine, and Salt Lake City), and just 3.1 percent of those cities take bikes to work. You’re either a cycling city, one that opens its arms wide to welcome the two-wheels—or hardly one at alll.

Of course nobody beats us for sheer numbers:

Most Bicyclists

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We make good use of what we have given the circumstances: