Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 29th, 2019: Hurry Up And Wait

The rain's coming back:

Tuesday Weather

Tuesday A chance of drizzle or light rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. East wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night A chance of drizzle or light rain. Areas of fog. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunrise 7:23am

Sunset 5:56pm

And it's planning to hang around:

Rest Of Week

As the month draws to a close the DOT has lots of #Biketober PSAs to get off their desk:

And the NYPD wants drivers to watch for bicyclists in bike lanes:

A good way to avoid bicyclists in the bike lanes is to not drive your car in them--though given the paucity of bike lanes in the vicinity of the 105th Precinct the whole issue may be moot.

There's also a lack of bike lanes in Central Brooklyn, where New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie will hold a Bike Equity roundtable on Wednesday:

Join Senator Myrie for his first of multiple transportation roundtables in the community! At this first forum, we'll discuss how to make cycling safe and accessible to low-income, communities of color.

RSVP today to join the conversation.

Now that Corey Johnson's Streets Master Plan is expected to pass perhaps we'll finally fill these bike infrastructure voids:

The bike lanes are a key part of Mr. Johnson’s so-called Streets Master Plan, a bill that is expected to be approved by the City Council on Wednesday. Mr. de Blasio’s administration had expressed concerns about the bill, but the mayor is now on board and says he will sign it.

“We know redesigning New York City’s streets will help us end tragic, preventable traffic deaths,” Will Baskin-Gerwitz, a mayoral spokesman, said in a statement. “Mayor de Blasio and his team have worked hard with the Council to hone ambitious new goals that will save lives.”

Though we'll have to wait for Mayor de Blasio to leave office first:

To gain Mr. de Blasio’s support, Mr. Johnson’s office agreed to push back the start date for the first streets plan, from this month to December 2021, around the time the next mayor takes office. Until then, the city will keep its current commitment to build 30 miles of protected bike lanes each year.

Lives may be on the line, but we wouldn't want to move too quickly:

Speaking with WNYC's Brian Lehrer last month, de Blasio said that he broadly agreed with Johnson "on his analysis of needing to reorient our society away from cars."

But, the mayor, added, "The dissonance here is about how we figure out achievable goals...This amount as sort of a mandate is something we have to really think through: is it achievable on this kind of timeline? Does it create a dynamic where there would not be sensitivity to valid community needs? How do we balance those things?"

In de Blasio speak, "community" means drivers and "needs" means parking.

It's hard to square this sort of delay with his urgent climate rhetoric:

His sense of urgency when it comes to environmental matters seems to be inversely proportional to his power to actually do something. 

Finally, the Brooklyn Paper has more on the sanitation workers who built bicycle barricades in Park Slope's 9th St. bike lane:

The cyclist at first chalked the hazards up to simple negligence — until he spotted municipal trash haulers deliberately placing the cans in the lane. When he confronted them, White says one of the waste collectors went on a long rant about cyclists, who he accused of riding recklessly and wreaking havoc on city streets.

“He was going ‘you bicyclists this’ and you ‘bicyclists that,’” White said. “That’s when I realized this was an intentional act.”

White tried reasoning with the saboteurs, saying he respected them and their work, but the garbage men refused to clean up their mess.

So much for respect.