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Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

December 5th, 2017: The Future is Up in the Air

Dress for rain today and make sure your bike has fenders:

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Tuesday Rain likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 58. South wind 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night Rain before 9pm, then showers after 9pm. Low around 44. South wind 11 to 16 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 7:05am

Sunset: 4:29pm

Watch for "security" in Midtown:

Keep in mind Citi Bike valet service is winding down:

And if you commute via the Hudson River Greeway beware of a detour between 59th & 70th Streets:

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DOT did announce the closure (and it was duly mentioned here in the Travel Advisories) but it appears the work began later than planned.

The DOT are are also rightly proud of their work on Queens Boulevard:

Rankled deli owners notwithstanding.

Moving on, in Washington, DC a man threw a bicycle into the path of a Metro train:

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According to Metro, Demarcus Joseph Graves entered the station in Northeast Washington about 7 p.m. and approached the platform, where he found a bike owned by LimeBike, one of the District’s recently-launched dockless bike-share services. The bike had been left in the station by another Metro rider.

After use, the dockless bikes are supposed to be left in legal bike parking spaces, but many have been abandoned in inappropriate places.

With the city now considering dockless bike share, this could be just the horror story Citi Bike needs to retain its exclusivity.

But don't worry, soon our troubles will be over, thanks to BMW:

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BMW calls it the the E3 Way: an elevated network of covered bicycle highways that would wind their way through congested Chinese cities. Picture rented electric bikes, with fees charged based on the distance traveled, whisking commuters and tourists (at up to 15 miles per hour) to their destinations.

“It’s our Hyperloop,” Markus Seidel, head of the BMW Technology Office China, said when the idea was debuted in Shanghai this month, according to Automotive News (paywall) .

So basically a car company wants to consign cyclists to a gigantic hamster Habitrail.

Sounds about right.