Daily Bike Forecast — by Bike Snob NYC

Novenber 7th, 2017: Straightening Things Out

Should be a good day to ride, though be prepared for rain if you're heading home on the later side:

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Tuesday A 30 percent chance of light rain, mainly after 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 11 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night Light rain likely with a slight chance of rain, mainly between 8pm and midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 44. North wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunrise: 6:34am

Sunset: 4:45pm

The New York State Department of Transportation is also straightening the barriers on the Hudson River Greenway bike path for your convenience:

And in other NYSDOT news, as the new Tappan Zee Bridge takes shape:

Those who ride in Rockland will be pleased to know that River Road in South Nyack is open again as of this past Friday:


River Road beneath the Tappan Zee Bridge reopened Friday afternoon following a nearly month-long demolition project to make way for the new bridge's second span.

The busy road at the South Nyack-Grand View-on-Hudson border has been closed since Oct.10, which necessitated detouring cars, buses, pedestrians and bicyclists onto local roads and Route 9W.

Though you'll still have to wait for 2018 for the GWB south sidewalk to reopen.

2018 is also when the e-bike crackdown is supposed to begin in earnest, and here's a story that does a good job articulating the fraught relationship the city has with the next generation of bicycles:

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Nolte doesn’t sell throttle e-bikes. But in 2015, he received a $25,000 fine for trying to sell pedal-assisted bikes. As Nolte tells it, an inspector for the Department of Consumer Affairs came into his shop and informed Nolte he was going to fine him $1,000 per bike. Nolte says the inspector wasn’t informed of the local or state law and didn’t know the difference — legal or otherwise — between pedal-assist or throttle. “Apparently,” Nolte said, “his stance was if it has a motor on it, I'm writing a ticket for it.” Nolte did not fight the ticket on the merits because he couldn’t risk losing, he told me. Instead, he leaned on his credibility as a veteran, calling roughly a dozen elected officials and city offices, and ultimately got the fine dismissed on what he calls “a technicality” through the city’s Department of Veterans Services.

As well as the way in which restaurants avoid taking responsibility for their delivery workers:

De Blasio, spurred on by Shefler, reiterated another misunderstanding about e-bike riders: That the e-bikes ridden by delivery workers are actually owned by the restaurants that employ them. De Blasio emphasized cracking down on businesses in addition to going after the workers themselves. “Once a bike is confiscated the business cannot get it back unless they pay all their fines,” he said. But the reality is that workers typically own the bikes themselves. Do Jun Lee, a Ph.D candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and activist for the Biking Public Project, has spoken to over a hundred delivery workers in the city; every one of them says they own their own e-bikes. Restaurants pass all the potential costs of illegal e-bike operation, including purchase, fines, tickets, and impound fees, onto their delivery workers. Year to date, the NYPD has confiscated 923 e-bikes for a street value of $1.38 million, almost entirely seized from low-income immigrant workers. Even under De Blasio’s new plan, businesses will be fined “$100, $200” while riders will be fined $500 in addition to impound fees.

Meanwhile, as we prepare to punish the people who can afford it least, in Southern California cyclists can now get their tickets waived by going to traffic school, just like drivers can:

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Opened in March, violators can have fines and court fees waived if they complete a three-hour bicycle safety class run by certified instructors from Bike SGV. The classes are held on certain Saturdays at the Jeff Seymour Family Center, 10900 Mulhall St. Referrals are made by Lopez, who heads up the traffic court division in the El Monte courthouse.

“It is amazing to have a judge who actually understands these fines are not a small deal for a lot of people,” said Jose Jimenez, education director for Bike SGV, who also teaches the bicycle traffic school classes.

Amazing indeed.

In other news of bicycle justice, you may recall the avenging Toronto parking enforcement agent dedicated to keeping the bike lanes clear:

Well, it seems he's flown too close to the sun, for the police department has suspended his Twitter account:


Jared Kolb, executive director of Cycle Toronto, said Ashley has “filled a vital gap” in Traffic Services communications that leaned toward blaming pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured rather than motorists who hit them.

“In speaking out for road safety issues Kyle put responsibility for traffic fatalities squarely on the shoulders of motorists . . . and I hope he’s back soon,” Kolb said.

They can take his twitter, but they can't take his ticketing book.

Finally, speaking of injustice, the woman who flipped off the presidential motorcade has been fired from her job:

On Oct. 31, she was called into a meeting with the official and two other company executives.

“We have chosen to separate from you,” she quoted one of them as saying to her, citing the company’s social media policy ban on “obscene content.”

She said she was told that she was not meeting the company’s code of conduct and that the officials feared “it could hurt business” because of their work related to government contracts.

Hopefully she doesn't regret she had but one finger to give for her country.

Of course, such behavior is not without precedent:


That's a single-digit approval rating.