Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 26th, 2018: Mixing It Up

The rain's not finished with us yet:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 7 to 13 mph.

Wednesday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 7pm and 1am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southwest wind around 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunrise: 6:48am

Sunset: 6:46pm

Nor is the gridlock:

Unfortunately, the NYPD is doing all they can to make your sustainable transport option unsustainable:

Happy Climate Week!

In other infrastructure news, the DOT has released its study of bike lane intersections and mixing zones:

Overall, this study's findings show that both Mixing Zones and Fully Split Phase intersections have substantial bicycle crash rate reductions following their installation as part of Protected Bike Lane (PBL) projects. The study also found that pilot treatments currently being investigated by NYC DOT show promising results, with high levels of user comfort and low incidence of conflict between bicycle riders and turning drivers. These treatments will continue to be used in NYC bicycle projects while they are refined.

One finding is that 60% of cyclists go "behind or between" turning vehicles rather than yielding or going straight:

Mixing Zone

• There is little consistency in whether bicyclists go in front or behind of turning vehicles, but bicyclists appear to prefer going behind the path of the turning vehicle. The intent of the Mixing Zone design is to allow for freedom of movements to negotiate the space between turning drivers and bicyclists, this includes bicyclists riding behind turning vehicles. Not all bicyclists may be aware that this is a permitted maneuver which can make behaviors at Mixing Zone intersections less predictable and may add to the stress of people bicycling. 

Honestly it never occurred to me there was any other way.

Moving on to enforcement--oopsie!--wouldn't you know it, the NYPD is wrongly ticketing delivery riders on ebikes:

Ebike Tickets

Hearing officers in the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings on Sept. 11 dismissed summonses against three workers caught using throttle-powered e-bikes. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration launched a crackdown on such bikes this year before moving to legalize so-called pedal-assist bikes.

The city code says businesses — not individuals — should be fined when one of their employees is caught riding an outlawed bike on the job. But the cops in all three cases didn't try to ascertain whether the riders were working before slapping them with tickets, the court records say.

They've been doing it pretty consistently too:

NYPD figures reportedly illustrate the pattern. Police had confiscated 541 e-bikes and cited riders 345 times as of July 18, while businesses had gotten just 138 violations, according to Streetsblog.

A spokesman for de Blasio deferred to the NYPD for comment on the dismissals. The Police Department did not respond to emailed questions on Monday afternoon.

Welcome to the "fairest big city in America"...if you've got a placard:

It's almost like reporting the abuse to the agency responsible for the abuse isn't an effective way to solve the problem.

Meanwhile, the push to legalize electric scooters in New York City continues:

L Train Scooters

Councilman Antonio Reynoso, whose district includes parts of Williamsburg and Bushwick, wants the city to legalize e-scooters, he said at a news conference Monday.

As of August, council members Ydanis Rodriguez and Rafael Espinal were in the process of drafting legislation that would legalize the scooters. That legislation hasn’t yet been introduced, a spokeswoman for Reynoso said Monday.

Though the media is still preoccupied with how "dangerous" they are:

Scooters

In Salt Lake City — where dockless electric scooters have been on city streets since June — one hospital says it has seen a 161 percent increase in the number of visits involving scooters after comparing its latest statistics with the same three-month period a year earlier.

161% sounds like a lot...until you consider there was no electric scooter share in Salt Lake City one year ago, and the total number of injuries during that period went up from 8 to 21:

Between June and September 2017, physicians at University of Utah Health’s emergency room treated eight patients injured by scooters, although those were probably people’s personal devices and not the electric fleet vehicles owned by companies such as Bird, Lime and Skip.

During the same period this year, that number had climbed to 21, according to Troy Madsen, a doctor who practices at University of Utah Health’s emergency department.

Of course any injury is a source of concern, but if we can survive the Fidget Spinner Injury Epidemic of 2017 we can get through this too:

Fidget Spinner

Finally, the Wall Street Journal takes a look at the most dangerous place in America to ride a bike:

The collision added to the already-high cyclist death toll in Pinellas County. Its per-capita cyclist death rate for the past decade ranks No. 1 among the four counties in the Tampa Bay metro area, which has the highest fatality rate of any major metro area in the U.S., according to federal data.

The Gulf Coast region stands out in a state that itself stands out: Florida has by far the highest per-capita bicyclist death rate in the country.

Which also happens to be in the same metro area as one of the most racist places in America to ride a bike:

Tampa

A Tampa Bay Times investigation has found that Tampa police are targeting poor, black neighborhoods with obscure subsections of a Florida statute that outlaws things most people have tried on a bike, like riding with no light or carrying a friend on the handlebars.

Officers use these minor violations as an excuse to stop, question and search almost anyone on wheels. The department doesn't just condone these stops, it encourages them, pushing officers who patrol high-crime neighborhoods to do as many as possible.

Funny how that works.