Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 4th, 2017: My Kind Of Garbage


(Long Island City)

It's lovely commuting weather for December so make sure you get out there and take advantage:

mon weather

Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Monday Night A 20 percent chance of showers after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph.

Sunrise: 7:04am

Sunset: 4:29pm

Oh, and great news!  The mayor is pushing for more bike parking and better beer access:


Sorry, I meant the mayor of London, hope that wasn't too confusing.  See, he wants to nearly freeze the creation of new car parking:

The most eye-catching feature of the report is a near-blanket ban on new parking across much of the city. In Central London and in a constellation of new development zones grouped around outer transit hubs, new car parking spaces will be forbidden altogether. In the few, less central areas of inner London where new parking will be permitted, it will be at a rate of no more than 0.25 spaces per new housing unit.

Oh, and increase minimum bike space requirements while he's at it:

The only road-users who will get new parking are the ones riding bicycles: The plan calls for raised minimum bike space requirements for businesses and a new zone flanking most of the Thames’ banks where even higher minimums will be required for new construction.

Yes, that's right, in London there is apparently such a thing as  "minimum bike space requirements."


Meanwhile here's the current state of car parking here in New York City:


A fight over a parking spot outside a Queens hookah lounge turned deadly Sunday when a driver flew into a blind rage, stabbing two foes before mowing down six people — killing one, authorities said.

Police took the driver into custody hours later after he showed up at a hospital with cuts on his hands. He’s suspected of using his white Hyundai Sonata to run down and kill 23-year-old Ricardo Chatergoon after the fracas outside XS NYC at 129th St. and Liberty Ave., police said.

The driver is currently preparing a "bike lane defense:"

Some residents have complained that the redesign of the boulevard has increased congestion by slowing down traffic and bringing more bicyclists who do not heed pedestrians. They also said that the bike lanes take away parking and make it more difficult for local deliveries.

Yes, you can't read an article about anything without coming across something negative about bikes:

Others find the changes unwelcome. Lillie Marshall, president of the Red Hook West tenant association, a large public housing complex, said the ferry benefits locals, but the ubiquitous Citi Bike racks that sprang up around the pier take away parking from residents who drive to work. “We don’t need that garbage,” she said.

I dunno, for $5 a month you're a short ride from like seven subway lines, that doesn't sound like garbage to me.

But when it comes to anti-bike sentiment it's hard to beat this recent missive from Canada:

financial post

The basic premise here is that bike lanes cause pollution and this pollution is killing cyclists:

As a consequence of the idling traffic, pollution levels have risen, contributing to what is now deemed a toxic stew. Ironically, cyclists are especially harmed, and not just because the bike lanes they speed upon are adjacent to tailpipes. According to a study by the London School of Medicine, cyclists have 2.3 times more inhaled soot than walkers because “cyclists breathe more deeply and at a quicker rate than pedestrians while in closer proximity to exhaust fumes … Our data strongly suggest that personal exposure to black carbon should be considered when planning cycling routes.” Cyclists have begun wearing facemasks as a consequence. A recent headline in The Independent helpfully featured “5 best anti-pollution masks for cycling.” Neighbourhoods endure extra pollution, too, with frustrated autos cutting through residential districts to avoid bike-bred congestion.

Then there's a bit about how people are abandoning the public transit system for bikes in droves, yet they also need parking for their cars so they can go shopping, and yet they don't go shopping anymore, or at least they would but all the stores have been demolished to make room for parking lots, or something:

The indirect costs of cycling also loom large because cycling lanes typically displace lanes that formerly accommodated street parking, especially outside rush-hour periods. Businesses that rely on street parking for their customers are often bitter at seeing their sales gutted. Cities not only lose revenue from street parking, they also lose revenue from public transit because — anecdotally, at least — people are switching to bikes more from public transit than from cars. And because the demand for parking hasn’t vanished, cities now find themselves levelling buildings on main streets and side streets in favour of parking lots. In effect, the varied uses to which the lanes adjacent to the sidewalk were once put — for car and bike traffic during rush hour and for parking benefitting delivery vehicles, local businesses and their patrons at other times — has devolved into a single-function piece of under-used pavement.

And then there's this:

In a user-pay or market economy, where users pay for the services they consume, bicycle lanes would be non-starters outside college campuses and other niche settings. If roads were tolled to recover the cost of asphalt and maintenance, no cyclist could bear the burden he foists on society. The cyclist has been put on the dole, made a taker rather than a giver to society.

Though what he meant to say was this:

"In a user-pay or market economy, where users pay for the services they consume, cars would be non-starters.  If roads were tolled to recover the cost of asphalt and maintenance required to accommodate cars, no diver could bear the burden he foists on society.  The driver has been put on the dole, made a taker rather than a giver to society."

Here are the writer's credentials, by the way:

Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Urban Renaissance Institute, a division of Energy Probe Research Foundation. LawrenceSolomon@nextcity.com

And the "Energy Probe Research Foundation" is exactly what it sounds like:

It was founded in 1970 as a sister project of Pollution Probe.[9] In 1980, the two organizations formally separated and the Energy Probe Research Foundation (EPRF) was created, describing itself as "one of Canada's largest independent think tanks, with 17 public policy researchers", focusing "on the economic, environmental, and social impacts of the use and production of energy."[10][11][12] After its separation and incorporation, and led from then on by Lawrence Solomon, EPRF began to accept funding from the oil and gas industry, and, in 1983, began a campaign "to educate Canadians to the social, environmental and economic benefits of less regulation in the petroleum field."[13] In the 1980s, the organization was also responsible for a proposal to dismantle the province of Ontario's publicly owned electricity utility, Ontario Hydro, in favour of privatization.

Good stuff.

Finally, here's a video containing some NSFW language in which a cyclist confronts police who regularly block the bike lane so that they can patronize the 7-Eleven:

Nov 30th, 4:15pm. Cops from the 25th blocking the bike lane, suggest that I take a different route home (insinuating that their desire to park in the bike lane for a 7-11 coffee run trumps my right to safety). I tell them that I've seen this same van, and squad cars, parked her routinely every weekday at the same time for weeks/months at this point, and that I always see the officers going into the 7-11 or into a neighboring barber. They're suggestion is that I take a different route home. That's their answer - "fuck you and your bike lane." I tell them to double-park like everyone else, and the look on the driver's face is priceless - utter shock that someone would suggest to him to double-park. He doesn't want to hold up traffic, but he's fine inconveniencing and endangering working cyclists. Got it.

These are the men and women who are supposed to protect us, acting like complete pricks, and using intimidation tactics on civilians in order to get their way and justify their behavior.

Not exactly the tactics I'd employ, but more confirmation (as if you needed it) of the regard in which the NYPD holds bike lanes.