Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 27th, 2018: Up and Down

You should stay dry today:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 8 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East wind 5 to 7 mph.

Sunrise: 6:49am

Sunset: 6:45pm

Last night the Manhattan Bridge saw one million trips since January 1st:

If you're a Citi Bike user, keep in mind that a chunk of the fleet is out of service pending handlebar upgrades:

Citi Bike issued the advisory yesterday after Streetsblog took them to task:

Citi Bike

According to the Lyft-owned company’s own data, there were only 7,166 Citi Bikes in service on Tuesday, Sept. 25 — down from 9,112 bikes two weeks earlier. That rapid decline makes Citi Bike, which is, arguably, the world’s most popular bike share system, far and away the world’s worst-maintained system.

"World's worst-maintained system," really? 

That can't be true, can it?

In any case, Citi Bike are still offering discounts as we languish under a Gridlock Alert:

Though you must forfeit the discount if you're found to be engaging in gratuitous punning:

Of course Citi Bike's corporate parent is Lyft, and their arch-nemesis Uber now wants to spend $10 million on fighting traffic congestion:

The money will be given out over the next three years as part of a campaign by Uber to support efforts around the world to get more people to leave their personal cars at home and take greener alternatives such as car pools, public transit and bikes. To that end, some of the money will be used to advocate for congestion pricing plans, which charge drivers for entering the busiest neighborhoods at peak traffic times.

Not only will they advocate for congestion pricing, but they'll even throw some money towards bikes:

Andrew Salzberg, who oversees transportation policy for Uber, said the company has a stake in reducing congestion because its drivers and riders are directly impacted by it. He added that Uber views its ride-hailing vehicles as a complement to public transit since people who do not own cars often need to make use of both to get around.

The new campaign will also give money to PeopleForBikes, an advocacy group that supports policies that encourage biking in cities. Mr. Salzberg said that Uber will identify additional projects to support through its local offices.

This comes after scooter share company Bird said it will help fund new bike lanes.

Thanks to the Mobility Wars we'll soon be living in a dystopia...of fantastic infrastructure.

Meanwhile, here's a privately-made news story on the Henry Hudson Bridge closure:

Which shows just how far out of their way regular bridge users will have to go if they don't want to wait for the MTA's shuttle bus:


There's also an appearance from Bronx Community Board 8 traffic and transportation chair Dan Padernacht, who...[record scratch sound]...rides a bike?


"Broadway Bridge, I've ridden across many times, these days I just walk across it, because it is so dangerous and it's so thin mostly for my tires."

This is the same person who tried to scuttle the Broadway protected bike lane.

Must be one of those "avid cyclists."

And a little further south the Amtrak Bridge on the Hudson River Greenway remains closed:

Downtown it's all fancy bike counters, and uptown it's closures.

Moving beyond the city, work on the Tappan Zee Mario Cuomo Bridge bike path is finally underway:

Tappan Zee

TARRYTOWN, NY — Construction work on the shared-use walking and bike path across the Tappan Zee will continue this weekend with a traffic shift. The New York State Thruway Authority announced Wednesday that operations to shift four lanes of Rockland-bound traffic to the opposite side of the concrete median on the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge's westbound span will begin on Friday night, weather permitting.

The temporary traffic configuration will allow crews to construct the bridge's bicycle and pedestrian path and its six overlooks. Work began in August on the Rockland terminus of the path, including the visitor parking lot and restrooms at Interchange 10.

And finally, here's a charmingly unromantic narrative with a bike-clobbering as the lynchpin:


He proposed a walk along Hudson River Park after dinner, and I was not about to object to my favorite thing: Walking ridiculously long distances with good company. At 40th street, we saw literal fireworks. (It was for the Chinese New Year.) He stopped to Snapchat them, and I felt convinced we were in the middle of a rom com. We continued walking north from 40th, and we were so engrossed in conversation that we were a little lax with the path we were walking. The bike path wasn't very clearly marked, and it was dark. A bike bell started ringing behind us. My date stepped to the right. I stepped to the left. Suddenly, I was on the ground.

Hey, at least it wasn't a Hyundai.