Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 25th, 2018: Go Ride In Traffic

Could be quite rainy today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers. High near 73. East wind 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 71. South wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunrise: 6:47am

Sunset: 6:48pm

Be prepared with rain gear, or else stay in and play with your Matchbox cars, which is what they did on NY1 yesterday:

Actually the correct answer is always call in sick and ride your bike.

Doug Gordon, aka "Brooklyn Spoke," also made an appearance:

And while you wait for the city to catch up, try wrapping your head around this:

So in order to keep traffic moving and maintain security during the UN General Assembly they're allowing cars and trucks but closing the bike lane.

Sounds about right.

In other news, this past Friday an SUV driver killed a scooter share rider in Washington DC:

Scooter Death

News outlets report 20-year-old Carlos Sanchez-Martin was hit Friday by an SUV in Dupont Circle. He was dragged around 20 yards (18 meters) and pinned under the SUV, leaving the distinctively green Lime scooter, a shoe and headphones in the roadway.

Firefighters extricated him from underneath the vehicle, and he died at a hospital shortly thereafter. The SUV’s driver stayed at the scene. No charges have yet been filed.

As Streetsblog points out, this underscores the desperate need for more bike lanes:

Though this isn't quite accurate:

Another e-scooterer was killed last week in Washington, D.C. — the third such fatality in just over a month. The death rate on shared e-scooters is now six times worse than the death rate for bike share systems.

As one of the three scooter deaths was on a private scooter:

Carlos Sanchez-Martin, 20, was the latest victim, struck and and fatally run over by an SUV driver as he tooled around on a Lime e-scooter in the DuPont neighborhood. His death followed the Sept. 3 roadway death of 24-year-old Lime rider Jacoby Stoneking in Dallas and the Aug. 19 killing of 21-year-old Jessica Summers on a private e-scooter. The driver who ran her over was high on heroin, police said.

And at the same time they do not include the bike share deaths in the wake of last year's Hudson River Greenway attack (and only seem to include ride data from two scooter companies):

Even excluding the Cleveland death, the death rate on shared Lime and Bike e-scooters is roughly one per 10.75 million trips. There have been just two bike share deaths nationwide, making the death rate roughly one for every 61.5 million trips, though there have been many more bike share trips since those stats were published in 2017 — with no additional deaths. (Note: This figure does not include two Citibike riders who were killed in a terrorist attack in New York in 2017.)

Regardless, the bottom line is that cities are in desperate need of more places to ride wheeled vehicles that are not cars.

Finally, it's the end of an era:

We can only hope a much-needed chain pharmacy or bank branch takes its place.