Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

April 4th, 2017: Northward Migration

It's going to rain and possibly thunder today:

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Tuesday Rain with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning. Chance of rain near 100 percent.

Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows around 50. West winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Here are sunrise and sunset times, but it doesn't look like we're going to actually get to see the thing:

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If you do ride today keep in mind there's still lots of paving going on, so check the schedule.

In other roadwork news, a protected bike lane is now going in on 2nd Avenue from 59th to 43rd Streets in Manhattan:

This will be a big help if you head downtown via the 59th Street Bridge:

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Which according to the DOT proposal [PDF] carries almost 5,000 cyclists a day:

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Speaking of the bridge, 1st Avenue just north of it remains a ticketing hotspot:

At this point this appears to be a sustained effort, which makes sense since the 19th Precinct takes pride in ticketing cyclists.  In fact when the current commander took over one year ago here's what he had to say:

He wasted no time in getting right to the heart of a major concern for Upper East Side residents: “From what I understand, bikes are a big problem,” he said. “I think the 19th precinct is the only command in the city that writes and confiscates more bicycles than the 17th precinct. I think the officers here … are aggressively pursuing it. And my goal is to continue that.”

Certainly something to be proud of, given how dangerous cyclists aren't.

Of course spring also means baseball, and I was intrigued by this "3D visualization" of a ride from Brooklyn to Citi Field for opening day:

Here's how you make one, and it's almost enough to make me want to download a "sports tracker" like Strava.

But not quite.

As for me, I'm not particularly interested in baseball.  Instead, I visited Van Cortlandt Park yesterday, where I spotted wildlife such as a red-tailed hawk:

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A red-winged blackbird:

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And, surprisingly, a couple of people on Citi Bikes well outside of their natural habitat:

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I didn't take their picture, though I did say something inane along the lines of "Pretty long Citi Bike ride you're taking," which I'm pretty sure they already knew.  Their demeanor implied they were tourists, and their accents suggested they were from one of those bikey European countries, which would explain why they apparently thought nothing of being almost 10 miles from the nearest docking station.  Indeed, this was the furthest north I've ever seen a Citi Bike, and considering they were in for a solid 20-mile round trip the overage fees alone were simply staggering to contemplate.  

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Then after our brief encounter they resumed their northward trajectory in the direction of Yonkers.  I have no idea what even happens if you attempt to enter Westchester County on a Citi Bike.  Do the wheels lock up like when you take a shopping cart too far from the supermarket?  Do they explode?  I'd be too afraid to find out, and hopefully they only continued on as far as Lloyd's Carrot Cake in order to fortify themselves for the return journey.

Lastly, yesterday I mentioned the delivery cyclist who was killed by a driver in Queens this past weekend, and now his family needs help with the funeral costs:

Give what you can.