Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

September 6th, 2017: Amenities

Not looking so great today unfortunately:

sept 6 2017

Wednesday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 74. West wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:28am

Sunset: 7:20pm

So with school back in session tomorrow it could be a good day to stay in and get the bus ready for another year of pupil-hauling:

school bus

And if you leave the bike at home for your commute today you can always grab a Citi Bike if the rain eases up--something that will be easier now that the system is expanding once again:

Though the Post reports there will be "growing pains:"

citi expansion

Motivate, the operator of the popular bike-sharing program, has admitted it lacks the resources to even out the rolling stock around town fast enough, which could spell trouble with new docking stations in Harlem, Astoria, Long Island City, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights.

Citi Bike says it does not have enough cargo vehicles to transport bicycles from filled-up stations to empty stations, and has asked for public funds to help. City officials, however, have refused.

14 million Citi Bike trips in 2016 without receiving public funds and the city can't even buy them a van?

Citi Bike's like the good sibling who never gets enough attention because everyone's always fussing over the brooding and tempestuous one:

F Train Derailment (14090723915)

Meanwhile we're stuck in the middle, which I suppose makes the NYC Ferry the boat our parents bought us out of guilt:

Ferry Lunch Box May 2017

That's certainly not to say we don't get any cool bike stuff, because the DOT is now installing public bike pumps in select locations:

Here's the story:

pumps

According to the spokesperson, the pumps are part of an effort on the city's part to help out the increasing number of cyclists in the city, a population that's grown 150 percent since the 1990s, according to DOT officials. These specific locations were chosen because they were heavily trafficked and contained some shelter for the pump, according to a department spokesperson. Those conditions will dictate how future sites for the pumps would be chosen.

Sounds great, though I wish they'd install them in the middle of nowhere instead because that's where you usually are when you find you suddenly need a pump.  

Plus, if they're anything like the bike lanes you won't get to use them anyway because the NYPD will manage to park on them:

Funny how whether it's fetching a cup of coffee or fighting terrorist, the NYPD can't seem to accomplish it without parking a bunch of motor vehicles in a bike lane--though if you look closer there are some NYPD bicycles there so maybe there's some sort of logic to it:

This is where we find out the NYPD is making a wholesale switch to bicycles and they're commandeering the entire bike lane network.

It's the plot twist you never saw coming.

Finally, speaking of the NYPD, this Sunday is the NYC Century:

century

And among the many reasons that you should register is the new family-friendly 15 mile route, complete with police escort:

15 mile

The weather looks great, space is limited, and it's not exactly every day the NYPD is looking to escort you rather than ticket you, so get on it!