Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 5th, 2019: Speedy Delivery

The sun returns today, and the cold remains:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Wind chill values between 25 and 35. West wind 11 to 17 mph.

Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. West wind 8 to 14 mph.

Sunrise 7:04am

Sunset 4:29pm

Hudson Street is getting more bike lane:

Be warned that despite the cold, and the dark, and the ice, the NYPD is still enforcing the Hudson River Greenway detour:

And the big news is the DOT's new cargo bike pilot:

Streetsblog broke the story early:

Followed by NY1:

And of course the Times:

Who, as is their custom, included commentary from a token naysayer:

But the city’s efforts to promote cargo bikes drew criticism from some truck drivers and business owners who said the cargo bikes would take up already scarce street space and make their work harder.

“It’s a problem,” said Steve Margarella, the owner of a road construction company based on Staten Island with a fleet of eight trucks. “Everything is being put on our backs. You’re further limiting our ability to provide services.”

Mr. Margarella added that what he spends to operate each truck — more than $10,000 annually in registration and vehicle fees and insurance — should give his trucks priority in using the loading areas.

It's hard to see how this limits his ability to provide services, though he could probably save a few bucks in registration fees by adding cargo bikes to his fleet.

Some see limits, while others see opportunity:

As for the delivery companies, DHL ready to throw down with the Cubicycle:

"Cargo bicycles will play an important role in hitting our environmental targets. The DHL Cubicycle has enjoyed great success in Europe, with each bicycle deployed taking at least one conventional delivery van off the road, helping to relieve congestion and increasing our service levels," said Mike Parra, DHL Express Americas CEO. "We are grateful to the City of New York for enabling this pilot and hope to see the DHL Cubicycle have a similar positive impact on the city's transport network."

Doesn't this...


...look a lot better than this?

And this?

At the very least, once a package is placed in the bike lane it should legally be up for grabs.