November 8th, 2019: Your Weekend Forecast

***The Bike Forecast will be off this Monday, November 11th for Veterans Day and will return on Tuesday with regular updates.***

Clear, crisp, and breezy today:

Friday Weather

Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Wind chill values between 20 and 30. Northwest wind 13 to 17 mph.

Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Wind chill values between 25 and 30. Northwest wind 7 to 15 mph.

Sunrise 6:34am

Sunset 4:45pm

And through the weekend:

Weekend Forecast

Though as of now it looks like it may get a bit cloudier and a bit warmer as we approach Veterans Day:

Monday Weather

So prepare by heeding the Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast and picking up some...

Brooklyn Brewery

...Black Ops!

Brooklyn Black Ops

With some of the season’s first freezing temperatures coming our way this weekend, we’re recommending you go for maximum defense with Brooklyn Black Ops. This year’s vintage was aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels for a mellow finish and distinct vanilla oak notes to combine with the powerful dark chocolate and espresso notes in the beer. Be warned: at just over 12% ABV, this is a beer for well after the riding is done for the day.

In the meantime, as you finish out the work week, watch out for ticketing:

No wonder cyclists receive a disproportionate number of red light tickets--we're easier to catch.

This inconsistency also seems to apply in far more serious scenarios:

Steve Vaccaro, an attorney who frequently represents cyclists, said he was surprised by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance's decision to bring the top-level misdemeanor against the cyclist, given the lack of consequences for motorists in similar incidents.

"This guy is facing serious consequences for his bad choice, and that's how it should be," Vaccaro told Gothamist. "But is this the same Cy Vance who refused to to bring criminal charges against the cab driver who killed 9-year-old Cooper Stock?"

The charges aren't outrageous--until you consider how drivers make out:

Vance and other NYC district attorneys have been frequently criticized by safe streets activists who echo Vaccaro's complaint. In 2014, a plea deal with Vance resulted in an unlicensed driver receiving a $400 fine after striking and killing a woman crossing an Upper East Side street. Earlier this year, an oil truck driver who fatally struck a cyclist in Manhattan and left the scene faced only a potential penalty of a $500 fine and 30 days in jail from misdemeanor charges brought by Vance.

If you're going to kill someone in New York City you should always do it with a car.

Thanks to the NTSB bike helmets continue to make headlines:

The day after a federal panel called on states to require cyclists wear helmets, New York City’s incoming police chief called it “logical” — while Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed some skepticism.

“It certainly seems like a logical conclusion to me,” NYPD commissioner-to-be Dermot Shea said of the recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Hey, they've already been ticketing for it anyway, so in a twisted way it is logical.

The mayor on the other hand comes off in this article as a bit less eager for mandatory helmets than we've all made him out to be:

Later in the press conference, de Blasio also backed off his September comments expressing openness to requiring Citi Bike uses wear helmets.

“Citi Bike has not come with that requirement and it’s been incredibly successful and productive. We don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, so that’s what we have to balance,” the mayor said.

But what's considerably more baffling are the comments from his spokesman:

Despite his stated enthusiasm for increased helmet use, Hizzoner has shown little commitment to the cause — on the two occasions he’s biked as mayor at press events, he did not wear a helmet, photos show.

Asked why, a spokesman said: “When the Mayor has ridden a bike publicly as Mayor, he’s done so on the Rockaway Boardwalk and Prospect Park — neither of which are actual streets that the NTSB proposal would be limited to.”

Why would a theoretical helmet law not apply on the boardwalk or in Prospect Park?  How are they not "actual streets?"  Do traffic laws not apply if you're recreating?  Does that mean cyclists don't have to stop for lights in the parks either?

Someone really ought to tell the NYPD.

All these profound misunderstandings make it abundantly clear that we really need a Bike Mayor.

Finally, it's time to change our policy with regard to SUVs:

New York City will become the first city in the nation to implement congestion pricing sometime in 2020 as both a revenue stream for mass transit improvements and a means to incentivize cars off crowded city streets.

Perhaps it’s also time to impose a tiered tolling system that takes in account an automobile’s fuel performance as well as the added risks SUV width, weight and height pose to pedestrians and cyclists.  Or maybe it’s just time to just ban SUVs from congested cities like New York altogether.

At the very least anyone driving one should have to wear a helmet.