Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 2nd, 2017: The Piecemeal Approach

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(Astoria Park)

You couldn't ask for better weather today:

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Monday Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 7 mph.

Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Southeast wind around 7 mph.

Sunrise: 6:53am

Sunset: 6:36pm

And new bike lanes are taking shape in the Bronx:

And in Queens:

Good to see DOT is on top of the gravel-grinding trend.  I guess this means we'll all need to get new bikes and obsess over our tire pressure:

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That would explain those new bicycle pumps.

And if the bike network can't expand quickly enough for you take solace that our siblings in Washington, DC are having a similar experience:

They may rival Portland (in terms of bicycle commuters if not beards per capita):

WASHINGTON — Washington could soon bypass Portland, Ore., as the American city with the highest share of bicycle commuters, due in part to growing competition among bike-borrowing programs, according to census data and cycling enthusiasts.

But their bike network remains disjointed and their motorists remain hostile:

But critics worry most about beginner urban riders navigating the segmented nature of the city’s designated bicycle lanes: They begin and end seemingly at random, forcing cyclists to veer into four-lane roads stippled with potholes and urban grit. Buses and hurried automobile traffic push them into the right-most lane, where doors of parked cars can swing open unexpectedly, catapulting cyclists.

“I take the least intrusive route possible, and I still can’t prevent getting ‘doored,’” said Marcus Greenberg, a bicycle commuter of four years, lamenting that drivers curse him onto the sidewalks while pedestrians curse him onto the roads. “Without a bike lane, you’re the minority — everybody hates you. You flip over your handlebars, and the driver wants you to pay for the dent your head made in their Prius.”

Sound familiar?

Whether it's New York or DC it's astounding that the process of implementing a comprehensive bike network remains such a painstaking process in the face of such demonstrable need.  Indeed, in terms of sheer reluctance to accommodate people's demands you've got to look to the cable companies to find an analog, but even they provide you with Internet service.  If they operated as slowly as cities do when providing bike infrastructure each building in New York City would have to share a single modem.

And you can blame politicians like John Quaglione:

This is the same guy who wants to make it legal to park in bike lanes when you get bagels:

“As a result there has been an overkill in parking tickets for the community,” said Quaglione. “And it’s not only hurting the quality of life of the residents who live here who are forced to get double-parking tickets when they run in to get a bagel or a slice of pizza, it’s also hurting small businesses with people who are not able to go shopping in those stores because parking is at a premium, and if you only pull over for a second, a traffic agent will ticket you.”

Yes, it's always about "pulling over for a second," though of course a second is all it takes:

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The driver of the car, which was zipping down Nostrand Ave., never stopped and sped off with a damaged front windshield, police sources said.

The driver is still at large:

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Because there are essentially more controls and safeguards in place for checking a book out of the library than there are for driving a car in the most densely populated city in the country.

All of this is why on October 10th you can take part in helping to complete the bike network by hand:

You gotta do what you gotta do.