Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 6th, 2019: Overtaken

Cool and crisp conditions return today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 7 mph.

Sunrise 6:32am

Sunset 4:47pm

But look what might happen later in the week:

Thursday Friday Weather

Maybe it's time to sign up for that winter cycling class:

The DOT is proud of the city's latest strides towards helping people get around more safely and efficiently without cars:

But let's pause for a moment to consider how much more difficult it will be to stop for a soda after you decide to hop in the car for a whimsical pleasure cruise around Manhattan:

It's the end of an era.

Oh well, if you're nostalgic for the days of driving in order to pick up a beverage in Manhattan there's always "Seinfeld" reruns.

Speaking of busways, let's do Fordham Rd. now!

An arterial route (like 14th Street), Fordham Road is a gem of New York’s northernmost borough, drawing millions of visitors annually with its local fashion outlets, cheap food, and a famous university. The Fordham Shopping District is the city’s third-busiest, boasting more than 300 stores. Some 80,000 pedestrians arrive daily, with 88 percent coming by foot or public transit. In recognition of Fordham’s importance as a shopping and transit hub, the city spent $34 million remaking Fordham Plaza in a splashy project that it unveiled in 2016.

Yet the constant congestion, a danger to life and limb, hurts the plaza’s economic potential. From 2014 through 2018, the Fordham neighborhood experienced 6,549 reported crashes (an average of four per day!) that killed four pedestrians and a motorist and injured 2,009 people total, according to city data, with the Fordham Road corridor shouldering most crashes. This year through the end of October, the corridor has produced 886 crashes injuring 312. Basically, someone is injured in a crash there every day.

Seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it?

Meanwhile, despite tabloid op-ed screeds about how cyclists are basically asking for it, most bicycle crash fatalities in the United States are the result of "a motorist overtaking a bicyclist:"

Though a more accurate description would be "a motorist ramming a cyclist from behind."

And for all the talk about how those pesky cyclists don't stop for red lights, that doesn't even register:


Naturally, given this information, the NTSB is doubling down on...

...mandatory helmets!

This sounds scary, but one Twitter user put it in perspective:

Plus, it wasn't all about helmets:

And there are still reasons to be optimistic on a national level:

Finally, here's a question nobody should have to ask:

What is your responsibility when riding through a crosswalk of oblivious jaywalkers? from r/NYCbike

Here's a suggestion: slow down and shut up.