Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 22nd, 2019: Priorities

We could get rain today:

Monday Weather

Monday A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. North wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Northwest wind around 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:07am

Sunset: 7:43pm

But hopefully not until after this morning's ride to work with Eric Adams:

And before you head out, check the DOT's milling and paving schedule, because this was 1st Avenue from E. 3rd St. to E. 7th St. this past Saturday:

1st Avenue

Milled streets are even worse in the rain.

On Friday, CBS New York aired an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Polly Trottenberg:

Here's the YouTube version if you prefer a video player that actually works:

Highlights include reporter Dave Carlin chasing an Uber driver down the street to taunt him about bike lanes, as well as referring to the bill to add 100 miles of new bike lanes a year like it's the slaying of the firstborn.

Then he asks her:

"You make more bike lanes, more pedestrian plazas, does that add the congestion back?"

Obviously the answer to that is "No," for the same reason the answer to "If I stop eating meat and instead eat more vegetables, does that add the meat back?" is also "No."  

Instead she answers, "“It’s interesting...," giving Dave Carlin exactly what he wanted.

In other news, NYPD apparently devoted considerable resources this past weekend to keeping kids off the steps in Union Square:

And ridding the streets of a threat even more deadly than ebikes, which is of course bicycles without bells on them:

So basically the NYPD are driving to work, parking on the sidewalk, and then taking bikes away from people because they don't have bells on them:

Sounds about right.

Finally, the Queens Chronicle found a bike lane it can get behind:

Though they still found a way to say something ridiculous:

Our only caveat — and this is one place where we so often differ with cycling activists — is that there must be no loss of space for cars. The walkway can be narrowed a few inches if necessary to maintain the bike lanes’ width; the travel lanes must not be.

Yeah, that would be a real shame if the cars lost any space:

Addabbo Bridge

If the walkway were any narrower you'd have to walk across the bridge sideways, but that's a small price to pay for driver convenience.