Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

February 28th, 2019: A Shot of Decongestant

Today will be cold, but a relief compared to yesterday:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. North wind 8 to 11 mph.

Thursday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunrise: 6:32am

Sunset: 5:46pm

If you're headed north this weekend, note that there will be intermittent closures on the Broadway Bridge on Sunday, March 3rd:

But don't worry, because you can always use the Henry Hudson Bridge.

Oh wait, no you can't, the pedestrian path is closed for like 20 months:

Fortunately, the High Bridge offers a scenic alternative.

As always, watch out for ticketing--yesterday's hotspot was at Broadway and 27th:

Meanwhile, sidewalk driving is so hot right now, but it's great to hear that the NYPD have made an arrest in one of the cases:

It's always fun reading the replies:

Ebikes

"Horn safety"...words to live by.

In policy news, the Onion looks at congestion pricing:

And it says a lot that their their take on it is eminently more sober and reasonable than many of the ostensibly "serious" opinions out there:

Hey, maybe they're all riding Citi Bikes.

LA is also looking at taxing Uber and Lyft to tax congestion, though that could also include taxing shared bikes and scooters:

Metro would need to find $26.2 billion to finish eight other projects by 2028. Those include several highway improvements, a rail line to Artesia and a Sepulveda Pass transit line.

To raise money, Metro also is considering a fee on bicycles, electric scooters, and other devices that can be rented per trip. Agency estimates show a $1 daily fee for each device could collect $580 million over a decade.

Pretty sure you're supposed to tax the thing causing the congestion, not the thing that's relieving it.

Finally, speaking of bad ideas, North Carolina is the latest place in America to propose a bike registration scheme:

Unlike car drivers, cyclists would not be required to apply for a certificate of title. The fees paid would be used by the North Carolina Department of Transportation for bike safety projects, including grants to buy helmets for young cyclists.

"If it goes back to cycling safety, bike lanes, that could be a wonderful thing," said McGrain after reading part of the draft bill.

Sure.  When they give every kid a free bike instead of a free helmet then maybe they'll be onto something.