Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

March 12th, 2019: With Great Weather Comes Great Chance Of Ticketing

Warm and sunny again today, though it could get gusty:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 46. Wind chill values between 25 and 35 early. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 29. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

Sunrise: 7:13am

Sunset: 6:59pm

And when the weather warms up you know what happens:

Ah, if only all encounters with the police were as whimsical as this one:

About 20 officers turned toward me. I swallowed nervously. 

They laughed and waved me on through.

“Give it a good kick for us,” one of them yelled as I pedaled away.

One day you're getting waved through a red light by an affable officer, and the next day you're getting ticketed for not wearing a helmet.

You really never know which NYPD you're gonna get.

Speaking of enforcement, the NYPD have arrested a driver who killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn:

Earlier this month, 25-year-old Aurilla Lawrence was killed when riding her bicycle a few blocks away on Broadway. She was struck by a grey or silver tanker truck near Rodney Street and pronounced dead at the scene.

Though Aurilla Lawrence's killer is still at large:

But what about self-driving cars, could they help too?

Sheltering from unusually heavy rain in a bandstand in a local park, Wissenbach says the Waymos worry him. The first time he complained was when one cut him off in a bike lane. “It probably didn’t understand what a bike lane was,” he says. “The Waymo will do things inexplicably. Humans are more predictable.”

Looks like that's a no.

Of course bike share technology is far more promising, and the DOT has expanded the city's dockless pilot programs:

While throttle e-bikes and e-scooters are not part of the pilot, the DOT’s continued interest in new transportation solutions like dockless bikes could bode well for the future of legislation on the issue in the City Council. “We see this as the first step in making sure that this conversation is had and that we really are discussing as many options as possible for people here in New York,” Jones said.

Which (at least according to dockless bike share operators) do not threaten existing docked programs:

"There’s a rising-tide-floats-all-boats effect that’s happening in cities where there’s a coexistence between dockless and dock-based systems," said Alex Vickers of Jump, the Uber-owned company that provides bikes, e-bikes and scooters in about 20 cities. "There’s so much demand for bicycling right now that in order to serve it you really have to have both of these modes working together."

Though Jump does see an opportunity in Citi Bike's $2 ebike charge:

Jump Bikes

"Citi Bike's recent announcement of a $2 fee," wrote City Council member Antonio Reynoso in a letter to Lyft, "undermines this goal."

Jump could not agree more. It would like the city to consider expanding Jump's service area.

"We believe e-bikes should be available, and affordable, for every New Yorker no matter if they live in the South Bronx or SoHo," said an Uber spokesman. "A subscription model, with no hidden fees, will make it easier for people to leave their car at home, and we hope the Department of Transportation will allow more New Yorkers to take advantage of the service by expanding access to Jump bikes."

How about making the price of the e-bikes inverse to the number of steep hills in the service area?

Jump Bikes

Let's have a bike lane on every street and an ebike at the base of every climb.