Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

November 6th, 2017: Barriers to Entry

There's a good chance of rain today, especially for your evening commute, and the wind will be a factor:




Monday Showers, mainly after 2pm. High near 72. South wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 46. Breezy, with a north wind 11 to 20 mph.

Sunrise: 6:32am

Sunset: 4:46pm

Certainly doesn't look like a washout though, so if you do head out make sure to use fenders and dress accordingly.

Meanwhile, this will be the first full week of the widely derided safety barriers in the Hudson River Greenway bike path, though the mayor has indicated there may be "some revision:"

“I think what was originally put in just in the last day or so needs some revision to make sure people can still ride their bikes,” the mayor said. “Obviously we want safety and security, but we also want people to be able to go on about their lives, and enjoy their lives. That’s another part of showing our enemies they cannot win.”

And incredibly Commissioner O'Neill says they'e "taking a look at" a car-free Central Park:

At the press conference at 1 Police Plaza, the mayor was also asked about whether the city was considering barring motor vehicles from Central Park. He declined to comment, but NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said a car-free park is “something that we’re taking a look at it.”

Another solution could be to take advantage of geography and take a look at making the entire island of Manhattan car-free:


But why do that when the appearance of safety is all you need?

Anyway, sign the petition to get everybody moving on this much-needed revision:


New Yorkers have the right to bicycle, walk, and commute safely and without fear of traffic violence -- anytime, anywhere, and regardless of age, ethnicity or income. There are smart policies we can implement, like retractable metal bollards, that will largely and inexpensively eliminate the risk of traffic violence, without compromising the easy flow of pedestrians and bicyclists. But until they can be installed, demand that the State and the City refine the placement of their concrete jersey barriers so that the integrity of the busiest bike path in the country can be maintained.

In other news, bicycle industry trade publication BRAIN takes a look at the bike retail landscape here in New York City:


And cites a claim that Citi Bike is costing local shops entry-level bike sales:

But perhaps the biggest change to affect the local retail market since our visit is the 2013 launch and subsequent expansion of New York’s bike sharing program, Citi Bike. The system now boasts 10,000 bikes and has sold more than 100,000 memberships. 

Harry Schwartzman, a Brooklyn-based rep with Sport Tech Sales Group, noted that while Citi Bike may be creating more cyclists, retailers commonly say the program is eating into their sales, particularly for entry-level bikes. 

“I think it’s been born out. At the time (before Citi Bike’s launch) I didn’t really share that view, but I do now more. Conversely, cycling in New York is a lot easier because of it. So maybe it’s just a long game and we’re still in the bad part,“ said Schwartzman, who served as ride guide for BRAIN’s New York Dealer Tour.

While anecdotal it's an interesting premise, and you have any insight you're welcome to share it with them:

Retailers, area reps and others familiar with the NYC market should feel free to comment below or email Hill at thill@bicycleretailer.com with any tips or information. New bike shop or bike service openings, retail expansion, the effects of Citi Bike, new strides in advocacy — we want to hear it all.

Finally, in the wake of last Tuesday's tragedy it's good to see prominent figures publicly embracing riding in the city:

You'd almost think using a bike is a normal, convenient way to get around.