Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

October 6th, 2017: Your Weekend Forecast

Nothing to keep you off the bike weatherwise today:

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Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 3 to 7 mph.

Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunrise: 6:58am

Sunset: 6:29pm

And with rain possibly coming on Sunday it looks like Saturday may be the safer bet for your big weekend outing:

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As for which beer to pair with that, your Brooklyn Brewery Weekend Beer Forecast calls for...

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...the Defender IPA!

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With New York Comic Con in town, we’re recommending our Defender IPA for your rides this weekend. This is our sixth year brewing the official beer of the Con, and this year’s recipe is a heroically hopped golden IPA filled with tropical fruit, melon, and a surprisingly dry finish. It clocks in at a reasonable 5.9% ABV—just enough to help with your long weekend, but not enough to make you think tangling with the traffic that swirls around the Javits Center is a good idea.

Nothing like a cool IPA after some spirited cosplay.

If your weekend plans involve heading over the Hudson, don't forget that the south sidewalk is closed through the end of the year:

Also, make a note now that from October 10th through early November, River Road in Grand View and South Nyack will be closed due to work on the new Tappan Zee Bridge:

During this time, "cyclists are strongly encouraged to avoid the area:"

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BICYCLE TRAFFIC

Cyclists are strongly encouraged to avoid the area, as demolition efforts will require extended waiting periods on River Road. Project safety personnel will hold bicycle traffic for up to an hour on weekdays and up to 15 minutes on Saturdays. Access will be provided without extended waiting periods on Sundays.

This is a huge blow to the legions of roadies and triathletes who stream up to Nyack each weekend, and you can expect to see a big uptick in golf participation for the duration of these projects.  However, it should all be worth the wait, because we're getting closer to a future in which you'll be able to do a great big GWB/Tappan Zee circuit, and it will be glorious:

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Indeed, the new Tappan Zee is could do for cycling what the Erie Canal did for shipping.

Of course there's still a lot to be done to make this route truly sublime, and on our side of the Hudson, Bike Tarrytown is pushing for a protected bike lane on Route 9:

There's some great riding up around Tarrytown but Broadway really needs to become rideable for it to reach its full potential.

Hey, if we had our priorities straight as a society you'd be able to ride Broadway between Tarrytown and the Battery on some kind of bike lane, but clearly we do not.

In any case, while they're working on the GWB you might as well familiarize yourself with Westchester riding, and the "Dirty Apple" ride seems like a great opportunity to do just that:

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Sure, $50 ain't cheap (and that doesn't even include the tire pressure consultation), but the route looks worth it:

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Plus you can get to the start easily via Metro North.

Finally, here's something you knew already:

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So what can you do about it?

For those wishing to do something about this state of affairs, there are a few methods of civilian oversight, none of which are particularly effective. You can file a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, an agency with high-profile failings on major issues such as police brutality, to say nothing of minor traffic violations. Another method is good ol’ social media complaining: In 2014, the NYPD rolled out Twitter handles for each precinct, which are displayed as bumper stickers on each car. (Tweeting at them works roughly as well as any other form of social media complaining.) The third tactic is to issue your own tickets, as some activists did in 2015. (This does not work. When an activist asked the cop if he knew he was parked in the bike lane, he replied, “Yes,” and then walked away.)

Or, you can join the world's longest human protected bike lane next week:

Maybe instead of blocking the bike lanes UPS should look into making deliveries via humanc chain.