Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 1st, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

Sun and cool temperatures return today:

Friday Weather

Friday Sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39. West wind 8 to 14 mph.

Sunrise 7:26am

Sunset 5:53pm

And that's the way it's going to be all weekend:

Weekend Weather

So get on your bike and ride off into the foliage.

Also, abide by the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast and stock up on...

Brooklyn Brewery Logo

...Brooklyn Oktoberfest!


With some chilly temperatures creeping into the evening hours, we’re recommending Brooklyn Oktoberfest for your weekend. Its hearty malts battle back the cold while staying smooth and refreshing enough to share at an after-Halloween party. Bring enough to pass around, or make it a part of your costume and keep it to yourself.

Yes, technically it's November now, but it pairs well with leftover candy

"Bikesy" had a message for drivers on Halloween yesterday:

Though once again the city failed to ban cars:

That would smack of an "agenda" after all:

The clocks change this weekend:

And speaking of riding in darkness, there will be partial nighttime bike lane closures on the Queensboro Bridge next week:

That big running thing also happens this Sunday, so factor that into your riding plans, whatever they may be:

And if you're hosting a marathon party be sure to serve Brooklyn Oktoberfest and leftover Halloween candy.

On the streets, in the Bronx the Willis Avenue protected bike lane is nearly finished:

And Staten Island is getting more (unprotected) bike routes:

Wondering how your City Councilmember voted on the Streets Master Plan?  Well, here's the breakdown in Queens:

Van Bramer

Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer, Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards, Daniel Dromm and Antonio Reynoso were strong supporters of the plan. Each were listed as co-sponsors. Meanwhile, Council Members Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, Peter Koo, Rory Lancman and Barry Grodenchik voted in favor of it.

Council Members Robert Holden, Paul Vallone and I. Daneek Miller were the only three from Queens to vote down the plan. Holden and Vallone said that their districts were in transit deserts where residents have no other options but to drive vehicles. Queens only Republican Council Member Eric Ulrich abstained from the vote.

And here's how Councilmember Joe Borelli of Staten Island rationalized his own vote.

Council Member Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) said he voted against the plan because he doesn’t want to see vehicle lanes in his borough eliminated.

“I am concerned this will force a reduction of driving lanes in the outer boroughs where more are desperately needed,” Borelli said.

“I believe we should be making the lives of all our commuters easier; government should not exist to inconvenience us.”

A city in which it's difficult to do anything but drive is the very definition of the government inconveniencing us, but on some level he probably knows that.

You can see the full vote here.

Meanwhile, Crain's is giving Corey Johnson the de Blasio treatment:


Though unlike the Mayor, he did not have to form a committee to figure out when was the last time he rode the bus:

But when Crain's asked whether the speaker was ready to model good behavior by forfeiting the city-owned sports utility vehicle that regularly chauffeurs him to and from his home in Chelsea, the Democrat grew irate.

"I'm not going to play 'gotcha' questions," Johnson said at the press conference before the vote. "It's not a simple question. I take the subway all the time. I took the bus across 14th Street last Friday. I do use a car, and I haven't told anybody that they have to ditch their car."

Hey, even the Dutch drive:

Summary: Dutch biking rates are highest for trips of about 1 mile, and when trips get longer than three miles, bike trips start to fall sharply while car trips rise.

The Dutch are not so different from you and me. Most of them don’t much like to bike more than three miles at a time, either.

This leads to our final question. What, then, is different in the Netherlands, aside from the low-stress bike infrastructure that makes biking so attractive for short trips?

The answer is that Dutch cities are different.

It's almost like different vehicles are appropriate for covering different distances, go figure.