Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 11th, 2019: Make It Stop

Should be good riding for most of the day today, but watch out for possible thunderstorms this evening:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise 6:33am

Sunset 7:12pm

A driver killed a 10 year-old on the sidewalk in Brooklyn yesterday:

With a car that had four school zone speed camera violations:

Media moved quickly to absolve the driver:

We know who the dangerous drivers are, and we know where the dangerous areas are:

Time to do something about it.

The city is failing its kids:

And of course today's death comes the day after the Daily News ran an opinion piece about how bike lanes endanger children.

At least nobody seems to be taking de Blasio's helmet comments seriously:

Council Speaker Corey Johnson flatly stated last week that a mandatory helmet law was the wrong direction, as did other Council members Streetsblog approached yesterday.

“This is so obviously not where we should be spending our energy on making cycling safer, and it’s really disappointing because we have so much to get done to make cycling safer,” said Council Member Brad Lander, before finding a Citi Bike dock, sans helmet.

Nevertheless, we all have to deal with the fallout, as CBS 2 is going all-in on Helmet Mania:

It's a cavalcade of misinformation and fear-mongering from start to finish, complete with utterly meaningless "statistics" designed to look scary:


100% of them were not wearing moon boots either.

Think about it.

Meanwhile, a study shows that half the motor vehicle trips in New York City are under three miles long:

Some 51 percent of the vehicle trips taken in the five boroughs cover just three miles or fewer, meaning they're short enough to be taken on a shared bicycle or e-scooter, according to the traffic analytics company's examination of more than 50 million car trips taken in the 25 most congested U.S. cities in October 2018.

Not only that, but 22% of them are under a mile:

Some 22 percent of the city's car trips are up to a mile, tying for the third-highest rate among the cities INRIX analyzed. Another 17 percent cover one to two miles and 11 percent are two to three miles, the study says.

No word on how many of those trips are simply people circling for parking.

Too bad the e-bike and scooter bill is still sitting on the governor's desk:

The city's Department of Transportation says it is keeping an eye on the micromobility industry and other cities' experiences as it awaits action on the scooter bill from Cuomo. The agency is also facilitating a Citi Bike expansion and evaluating dockless-bike sharing programs, according to a department spokesperson.

"Shifting trips to more sustainable modes, including walking, biking, and transit, is a key pillar of the New York City's climate strategy as well as a central objective of our mobility strategy," the DOT spokesperson said in a statement.

Any time you're ready, guv, because these non-car options are important to a lot of people:

“I grew up in the Bronx, and it was affordable, so I could purchase a [co-op] apartment,” said Kaminsky, a 28-year-old high school science teacher who works on the Upper East Side. But when Díaz “said, in front of everybody, that that he’s for development but he’s also supportive of not losing the culture and the vibe that the Bronx has maintained, his words really resonated with me — and also that he hopped on a bike and did the Tour de Bronx with us.”

Jumping on a bike was a nice touch for Kaminsky. Maybe even the selling point for someone eyeing the borough and wondering about its transportation options.

It's all very encouraging--until you see how much more they're doing in places like Paris:

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, who has been on a great spree of road reduction and pedestrianization, recently said that she wants her city to become a place “where you can let go of your child’s hand.” (Paris’ renewal projects do not come without the normal attendant problems of gentrification and displacement and are not perfect. But it is a bit shocking to see a mayor — the city of Paris didn’t even have a mayor for most of its modern history — take so active and thoughtful a hand in her city’s design rather than, say, presiding over the opening of a useless new subway station and then running off to pretend to run for president.) Hidalgo was talking about the way a city is built, which is the most fundamental part of how its inhabitants live. And if you build for a city of infuriated hurrying, forever trapped between speeding and a standstill, leaving early to arrive late, alone and angry for long stretches of the day, then that is exactly the population you will produce. The French have an expression for hard work at the expense of life: métro, boulot, dodo — train, work, sleep. Repeat. Ours may as well be, auto, auto, auto, as we live, eat, and, hell, even sleep in our dumb, dangerous, and omnipresent cars.

Anne Hidalgo wants parents to let go of their children's hands, while Bill de Blasio wants us all to strap on helmets.

Sounds about right.