Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

January 2nd, 2019: Happy New Year!

The cold returns for your first commuting day of 2019, and there could be some rain and/or snow later tonight:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 37. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night A slight chance of rain and snow before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow between 9pm and 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow after 11pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 34. South wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunrise: 7:20am

Sunset: 4:40pm

The Manhattan Bridge bike counter logged 1.3 million cyclists for 2018:

And as the year came to an end the NYPD basically told everybody who wasn't driving to give up on the Brooklyn Bridge altogether:

Of course there's still plenty of room for the cars:

Obviously it's time to reallocate some of that space, but sadly the DOT doesn't seem to have come to terms with this yet:

While some have called for the DOT to replace one of the three vehicular lanes in each direction with a bike lane, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told reporters last year that doing so would create "pretty extraordinary traffic back-ups that made their way through the whole network of downtown Brooklyn," and that it would be hard to make a bike lane that made cyclists feel safe.

Meanwhile it's only a matter of time before a pedestrian is trampled to death.

And one area genius wants to institute a toll...for pedestrians:

"I think they should start charging tourists for the bridge, something small, like $2," Rosow says. "It's just so old, and with over-tourism in New York City, it's not fair: tourists get to use it so much, the locals, we don't have the ability to use it anymore."


Might as well bring back the hog and sheep toll while we're at it:

Brooklyn Bridge

The basis for the charge, as nearly as can be ascertained, is that a bicycle is a vehicle under the law, that its rider is amenable to the laws governing highways, and that when he gets the benefit of the laws he should also pay the same as does the owner of a vehicle.  This is the way in which tolls for cycles are made on the highways in New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, this State, and other states where the old system of toll-gates is still in vogue.

Here we are 124 years later and it's too crowded to ride a bike, but you can drive your SUV over the bridge for free.

Now that's progress.

In other year-end news, 2018 was a "safe" one for the city's cyclists:

The number of bicyclist deaths dropped last year to 10, from 24 in 2017, according to the city. The number of people who died in vehicles also fell to 37, from 58 in 2017. But the number of motorcyclist deaths increased to 39, from 33 in 2017.

But 2019 has already started with a dooring death:

Police say Hugo Garcia, 26, was cycling on an electric bicycle near 28th Street at 5:59 a.m. on Tuesday when a passenger in a 2009 Toyota taxi opened his or her door into him, causing him to fall off the bike and land in one of the northbound lanes on the highway-like street.

That’s where the 53-year-old driver of a 2013 Nissan ran over him. Emergency workers took the unresponsive Garcia to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn where he died. The operators of both vehicles remained on scene, and neither was immediately charged.

And for some reason the NYPD doesn't count people on e-bikes as cyclists:

Garcia becomes the first cyclist to die in 2019. Last year, 11 cyclists were killed by drivers — though only 10 were included in the official NYPD count. One cyclist, MD Rajon, was classified as a motor vehicle driver because he was on an e-bike like Garcia. Rajon died in December in a hit-and-run in East New York that remains unsolved.

Finally, the Times says the West Coast is beating us at transportation, bike share excluded:

City officials have been reluctant to embrace electric scooters or self-driving cars, even as scooters have become a popular way to get around a growing roster of cities — including Austin, Tex., and Detroit — and provide an alternative to sitting in clogged traffic. A proposal by Mayor Bill de Blasio for a streetcar in Brooklyn and Queens appears to be stalled.

There is at least one bright spot: Citi Bike has become an essential part of the city’s fabric. The bike-share system has 12,000 bikes across Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn and Queens and recently announced plans to expand under new ownership by the ride-hail company Lyft, which will triple the number of bikes.

Sobering, but given our 100+ year head start it's unlikely they'll be beating us anytime soon--especially if they keep listening to Elon Musk.