Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

June 20th, 2019: More Rain, You Know The Drill

More rain possible today, what else is new?

Thursday Weather

Thursday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 76. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Thursday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 3am, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise 5:25am

Sunset 8:30pm

In Manhattan, the 11th Ave. one-way conversion continues, so expect more flummoxed drivers:

And if you're interested in helping science here's your chance:

Gothamist/WNYC and Columbia are looking for people who have desk jobs, don't smoke, bike to work about 30 minutes each way, and are willing to collect data from your commute between now and December.

The project ends this year, with full results expected to come in by the spring of 2020.

The big news of course is that ebikes are legal!

It's not a perfect bill, but it's a huge step in the right direction.

In Brooklyn, representatives are defying Community Board 10:

Community Board 10 on Monday night turned down several street safety improvements for Bay Ridge that had been negotiated over the past year. In the end, the board approved several new painted lanes for Dyker Heights, but it only amounted to less than one-third of the lane miles that DOT had hoped to create across both neighborhoods.

So on Tuesday, local pols fired back at CB10 in a letter to DOT.

“We do not agree with their rejection of the proposals for Bay Ridge Parkway as well as 84th Street, and 85th Street,” Council Member Justin Brannan, Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus and State Senator Andrew Gounardes wrote to Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Keith Bray. The group also wants DOT to install a bike lane on Ridge Boulevard, which was also rejected by CB10.

Though they're far from the only backwards board in the city:

So backwards in fact that they can't figure out why the DOT would want to add a bus lane to a busy bus corridor:

Adding bus lanes could create tremendous implications — and unintended consequences — that could reach far beyond the immediate area.

“It drives me crazy with DOT,” Ginty said. “It drives me crazy that when you say, ‘Why are you doing it? Give me the justification,’ you don’t get an answer.”

Yes, no doubt there would be tremendous implications such as...better bus service?

And of course it's all part of a conspiracy to get people out of cars:

“I think this might make that worse,” Padernacht said. “I think this is their bigger issue of getting people out of cars, restricting traffic, getting people on mass transit.”

By the way, this is where they want to put the bus lane.  Think they can spare the room?

Broadway

Moreover:

  • These buses connect with both the subway and the Metro North at Marble Hill, and are especially vital when the 1 train is not running and the MTA runs a shuttle bus to the A
  • Most of the car traffic here is going to and from Manhattan via the free Broadway Bridge, and the nearby Henry Hudson Bridge will soon be free for drivers as well
  • The whole stretch is deadly

Alas, this board is not a group of people known for their logical prowess.  They also oppose electric charging stations for cars because cars should only be allowed to sit on the street overnight if they have gasoline in them:

He may want to recharge his brain.

Incidentally, the DOT will present to this same board a proposal for a bike lane on Mosholu Avenue:

Mosholu

No doubt the board will be highly receptive.