Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

June 25th, 2019: Senselessness

The sun has business elsewhere today, but it should be back in town tomorrow:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11am and 2pm. Patchy fog before noon. High near 83. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Sunrise 5:26am

Sunset 8:31pm

Yesterday's weather was glorious however, and we've got ourselves a real bicycle rush hour now:

Rush Hour

That's a lotta bikes:

Rush Hour

Though my own Hudson River Greenway commute featured heavy trucks both coming:


And going:


Just after that last truck I passed someone carrying a young passenger on an ebike and marveled over the irony that the ebike rider was breaking two laws simultaneously (no ebikes on the greenway, no child passengers on ebikes) while the Port Authority drivers taking up the entire pathway are are just "doing their jobs."

Speaking of pathways, if you ride Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn you'd better work on your bunnyhops:

And on 2nd Avenue the dance continues:

It's safe to say that this endeavor is now officially Sisyphean--especially when you consider what's going on pretty much everywhere else:

It also seems hollow as New York City is reeling after yet another senseless cyclist death:

A direct result of the fact that the entire length of Manhattan is basically ten parallel interstate highways that carry heavy truck traffic all day long:

“I didn’t see her. A taxi waved me down a block away and said I hit someone,” said the distraught trucker, who only gave his name as Antonio. “I looked and I didn’t see anyone.”

And a crushing blow to a community that is still raw from another unprosecuted killing:

Roughly 20 bike messengers raced to the scene as word of the fatal smash-up spread, and demanded justice in the wake of this and other recent cyclist deaths, threatening to “shut down” the city in protest.

“There’s no accountability for drivers,” said one courier, Mario Sepulveda. “How many deaths do we have to have for something to be done?”

Just another day in a city where neighborhoods go without crosswalks due to the twisted agendas of selfish and narrow-minded officials and community boards:

Councilmember Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx) has been asking since May 3, when a State Supreme Court judge on imposed a temporary restraining order to block the thoroughfare’s reconfiguration by the city Department of Transportation.

Gjonaj joined as a plaintiff in the case, vying to stop DOT’s proposed “road diet”: left-turn lanes, a median zone and other engineering moves intended to more tightly control traffic and discourage speeding.

Now, with the Morris Park Avenue layout in limbo, part of a prime commercial strip in Gjonaj’s district is left with more hazards than before. Crews already had repaved about a half mile of the strip before the judge’s decision, covering existing crosswalks and lane lines in the process.

Anything to stop a bike lane.