Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 31st, 2019: The Master Plan

One more day of rain before the sun returns tomorrow:

Thursday Weather

Thursday Showers. Patchy fog. High near 71. South wind 8 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Low around 51. Breezy, with a south wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise 7:25am

Sunset 5:54pm

Though neither rain nor gloom of night will stay these children from the swift completion of their rounds:

Anyway that's what hot chocolate is for:

If you missed the latest Citi Bike expansion workshops you can still share your input:

Now it's time for the infrastructure to catch up:

And for bike lanes to actually be protected:

The bill has also been updated to heighten the standards for protected bike lanes. The legislation previously defined protected bike lanes as those that are "separated from traffic by vertical delineation or physical barrier,” meaning that the city would only need to install flimsy plastic poles along the edge of the lanes.

Johnson said Tuesday that he updated the lane definition in the bill after he was questioned about it by the Daily News in September. The definition now includes “off-road or raised pathway." That means that some of the lanes could be raised to the same level as the sidewalk, giving cyclists more space away from drivers and keeping up with standards set by other bike-friendly cities across the globe.

To wit:

The 1.2-mile lane, part of a plan to build 14 miles of "greenway" along the Brooklyn waterfront, is almost always filled with illegally parked cars because its only barrier is a short, often flat, curb that drivers can easily run over, advocates said.

"What should be a multi-use path where families can bike or be otherwise active with small kids is heavily overrun by parked or stopped cars and trucks, including on weekends," the letter reads. "It's simply not functioning as a bike path or greenway."

Maybe the press can stop calling bike lanes "controversial" too:

The day also brought a reminder of why this is so urgent--not that we needed it:

It's about time we unleashed the full potential of the bicycle:

The tools we need to change transportation are right there in front of us. It’s not the lack of bleeding-edge technology that has stopped us from building cities where a person can live without owning a two-ton, $25,000 vehicle, or from designing a high-speed rail network to sap carbon-spewing domestic air routes like the one between New York and Chicago (the nation’s first and third cities are no further than Beijing and Shanghai, which are now joined by a 4.5-hour train). It’s not for want of “innovation” that we aren’t turning parking into parks, or traffic-clogged arterial roads like New York’s smoggy crosstown arteries into multimodal streets. It’s not the deferred promise of automation that stops us from charging people for the full, ice cap–melting cost of driving. The future of transportation is not about inventions. It’s about choices.

It only took us 140 years...