Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 30th, 2018: Trying New Things

The weather's looking good today:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48. West wind 5 to 7 mph.

Sunrise: 7:24am

Sunset: 5:55pm

And so is the foliage:

WorkCycles

As [hashtag] Biketober draws to an end, be sure to take the NYC bike map survey:

If you've been dreaming of seeing the official NYC bike map in shower curtain form now's your chance to make that happen.

Hey, they have one for the subway, so why not?

Also, be extra considerate when riding through intersections:

And while passing:

Now that was some searing hot Cat 6 action.

Recently, the 19th Precinct unleashed their Bicycle Safety Officer on the Upper East Side:

And according to a commenter yesterday he's already hard at work:

I witnessed the the Bicycle Safety Officer in action on Friday. At least, I'm pretty sure it was the same strapping officer as above. He was standing in the 2nd Ave bike lane on Friday afternoon ticketing cyclists. He was standing underneath the cyclists signal at 79th and 2nd and ticketing cyclists who crossed when the cyclist signal was red but the 2nd ave light was green (i.e. 2nd Ave SB is green, 2nd Ave EB turn lane is green, Cyclists SB light is red). So, thank god the scourge of cyclists merging into the turn lane and continuing south has been eradicated. #Priorities. Seems relevant to note that there was a car crash at that intersection the day before on Thursday.

So much for that.

Meanwhile, here's the 10th Precinct reminding people on Citi Bikes that the speed limit is 25mph:

If you can sustain a pace of over 25mph on a regular Citi Bike for any length of time you deserve a pro contract, not a ticket.

Speaking of Citi Bike, note these station deactivations for the Halloween parade:

Also, they're giving free rides on Election Day:

Of course one of the most frustrating aspects of cycling in New York City is the abundance of parcel trucks in the bike lane:

And while we have yet to do much about it (besides giving companies like UPS bulk discounts on parking tickets), Seattle is trying something new

Scott Phillippi, a senior project manager with UPS, said the trikes can maneuver in tighter spaces more easily. Truck drivers, meanwhile, must search for large enough parking spaces where their trucks can sit while deliveries are made.

In the new system, cyclists will pull a trailer from UPS’ distribution center to a vehicle parking spot downtown. They’ll drop off the trailer, then ride on sidewalks and in designated bike lanes to make deliveries in narrow and congested areas, like Pike Place Market.

I guess that's why they're the Number One Bike City in America while we're only number nine--though according to this press release I recently received they're the worst city in which to find love:

Seattle


Using a formula that considered the opinions and demographic data from over 92,000 singles who have attended the tour's shows over the last 5 years, and the millions who have listened to the top-rated Great Love Debate with Brian Howie Podcast; Seattle singles earned low marks across the board for their lack of communication, confidence, and optimism.

Go figure.

Finally, there's a long and rich history of commuter racing here in the metropolitan area, and today four New Jerseyans will see who can get from the 'burbs to Midtown fastest:

Four Reporters

For many otherwise happy Garden Staters, there is no greater sorrow than the commute to New York City.

If the almighty dollar were not calling us, there’s no way we would spend up to four hours or more a day — every weekday — making our way to the city and back. Whether we choose to drive ourselves, carpool with office “friends,” or attempt to traverse the wilds of NJ Transit, we have to be honest with ourselves: most of the time, commuting is miserable.

I guess that's why they're always blocking our bus stops:

Anyway, they'll be racing to the library:

In an effort to ease that pain (or at least provide a little entertainment while you’re going through it), we have commissioned four of our most cunning reporters to take part in a commuting experiment. Tuesday morning, they will all depart from the same spot in New Jersey and, taking different methods of transportation, race to the New York Public Library.

As they try to get into NYC, you will be able to follow along, as we catalogue their journeys on NJ.com.

And here's who will be representing the cyclists:

Commuter Race

Name: Steve Strunsky

Method of transportation: Bike

Rules: Strunsky will take his bike all the way from West Orange, but is allowed to take it onto the ferry to cross waterways into Manhattan.

The odds: Not pretty. Any way you slice it, biking is a tough way to commute from New Jersey into New York. But, if the traffic and NJ Transit gods are on Strunsky’s side Tuesday, you never know.

Ordinarily I'd put my money on the bike but that is a pretty long way, and it's either a ferry or a bunch of extra miles to go to the GWB.

If I were him I'd just bail and ride up to Nyack or something.