Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

May 1st, 2019: Happy Bike Month!

There could be some rain for your evening commute today:

Wednesday Weather

Wednesday A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunrise: 5:55am

Sunset: 7:52pm

And there's a 100% chance of a bike sting somewhere:

Happy Bike Month!

Of course the greatest Bike Month gift of all would be more of this:

But don't count on it.

In the meantime, check the DOT milling and paving schedule for the condition of your favorite thoroughfare, and check the status of your favorite Citi Bike station while you're at it:

And tomorrow, Thursday, May 2nd, at 6:30pm, the DOT will present the latest on the 14th Street bus plan and the 12th and 13th Street bike lanes to Manhattan Community Board 2.  The meeting takes place on Meyer Hall, 4 Washington Place, Room 102 and is a great opportunity to show your support.

Speaking of free-floating Citi Bike stations:

Huh, that's funny, where was the DOT presentation and two years of Community Board meetings?

But sure, only drivers get to complain about loss of parking, and only cyclists are expected to come to a complete stop at stop signs:

Ironically, in its attempts to shame cyclists, the "Bad Scooterists Hoboken" account is very possibly the best source of pro-bike propaganda on all of Twitter.

Moving on, advocates and representatives gathered to call for more cycling and walking space on the Queensboro Bridge:

And the NYPD has come up with a creative way to further reduce the cycling and walking space on the Brooklyn Bridge:

The NYPD has created a new headache for cyclists and pedestrians along the overcrowded Brooklyn Bridge footpath, deploying police vehicles in an offset pattern that forces cyclists into the path of pedestrians and pedestrians into the path of cyclists — worsening the already-dangerous conditions on a route that is often called “The Times Square of the Sky.”

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You gotta go serpentine, obviously.

Finally, the founder of Ooneepod shares the challenges of working with the city to provide secure bike parking:

A little more than two years ago, I bet everything on bicycles. Specifically on the belief that bicycles, scooters and other forms of “micro” transportation would be the next major revolution in cities. Long perceived as just a market niche, I saw these emerging “micro” transit forms as a way to reduce traffic congestion, while complimenting mass transit systems and enhancing local public space. Bicycle transport cohere with all the emerging (and broadly popular) tenants of the new urbanist philosophy towards neighborhoods and urban space, and so enjoy substantial support at the municipal DOT level. In fact, cities from New York to Los Angeles had spent billions, and were poised to spend billions more, to remake their streets for the bicycle.

Yet, relatively little attention is paid to supporting infrastructure. While streets became dramatically safer for cyclists with new bike lanes, public parking options are rare, and you can completely forget about charging an e-bike or scooter.

We're supposed to be the greatest city in the world and we're still locking our bikes to streetsigns.