Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

August 6th, 2019: Snow Network Connection

We could have some thunderstorms today so prepare accordingly:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Sunrise 5:57am

Sunset 8:06pm

Brooklynites who ride late should note upcoming night work on the Kane Street bridge will involve some closures:

The post-Green Wave NYPD is certainly being more proactive with the bike tweets, notifying you of new bike lanes on Beach 94th Street in Rockaway:

Clearing the bike lane on 9th Ave. in Brooklyn:

And even "advising the public on bike laws " in Central Park:

So brace yourself for ticketing in Central Park.

The 105th Precinct also reminds drivers to watch for cyclists, which is great, though it's quite telling that in that part of Queens the closest thing they could find to a bike lane was that lonely little sharrow:


He must be new to the force if he thinks that's going to get him fired from the NYPD.

As for the Green Wave, Commissioner Polly Trottenberg talks more about what's to come:

Though when it comes to community boards they've got their work cut out for them:

The fact that drivers seem to think everyone within a one-block radius should come to a halt when they enter or exit their cars says everything about the motorist mentality.

And hey, sometimes you've just got to drive through a park, right?

The Green Wave also promises a citywide protected bike lane network, though even the existing network is often nearly impassible:

This Patch reporter encountered more than two dozen vehicles blocking bike traffic and had several close calls with drivers on a roughly 10-mile trek through six of New York City's cycling corridors.

The obstructions showed up on five of the six thoroughfares I traversed with a cellphone camera mounted to my creaky, sky-blue single-speed bike. I cruised unimpeded down a two-mile stretch of Queens Boulevard — once known as the "Boulevard of Death" — but other so-called protected bike lanes in Brooklyn and Manhattan were not immune to the vagaries of traffic.

Here's the video:

We need more jersey barriers at the very least:

And possibly some moats.

Finally, Brooklyn Daily Eagle speaks with Danny Harris:

Eagle: That’s an admirable goal, but there are times when conflict is unavoidable. For instance, building up bike infrastructure will necessarily remove parking. In that sort of conflict, how can we meet the needs of everyone?

DH: You need leadership to make difficult decisions. We have community boards and there’s a reason that we have them. But the point is that we have the directives and we have a vision of what we’re doing.

And hey, sometimes it just works itself out:

Look at that, the world didn't end after all, how do you like that?